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JH/HS Social Studies Department

USD 240 Social Studies Department

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Mr. Gish Mr. Myer Mrs. Ringler Mr. Walker
jgish@usd240.org smyer@usd240.org kringler@usd240.org dwalker@usd240.org
785-488-3323 785-488-3323 785-283-4774 785-283-4774

Bennington JH/HS
Mr. Gish's Lesson Plans

Bennington JH/HS

Mr. Myer's Lesson Plans

Tescott JH/HS
Mrs. Ringler's Lesson Plans


Tescott JH/HS
Mr. Walker's Lesson Plans

Get to know your teacher

I graduated high school from Southeast of Saline.  I attended Tabor College and played football.  I transferred to Bethany College and then to Fort Hays State University in 1991 where I served as KSNEA president.  I have a B.S. in Elementary Education with endorsements in Social Science, Math, and Language Arts.  My student teaching was at Simpson Elementary Kindergarten in Russell, Kansas.  After graduating, I served as the At-Risk Coordinator in Lindsborg, Kansas.  I starting teaching math and social studies at Bennington in 1994.  Since then, I have coached jr. high and high school football, jr. high boys and girls basketball, and jr. high and high school track.  I currently teach 7th-8th grade social studies, current events and high school geography.


I grew up in Miltonvale, graduating from Miltonvale Jr./Sr. High School in 2014 That fall I began studying at Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas. I majored in History and Education. I graduated from Bethel in 2018. I began with Bennington High School in June of 2018, becoming a high school social studies teacher and assistant football coach. 

Mrs. Ringler graduated from The University of South Florida in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Social Science Education.  Mrs. Ringler taught for three years at Seminole High School in Seminole, Florida.  While at Seminole, she taught Economics, Cultural Geography, and American History.  She  also coached JV and Varsity Swimming.  In 2013, Mrs. Ringler moved to Kansas where she began teaching 8th Grade American History at Great Bend Middle School.  In 2016, Mrs. Ringler began teaching at Tescott Schools.  At Tescott, Mrs. Ringler teaches 7th Grade Geography, 8th Grade American History, 8th Grade Current Events, 10th Grade Geography, 11th Grade American History, 12th Grade Government, High School Current Events, 8th and 11th Grade Ramp Up. I am a graduate of Sylvan Unified High School and have a Bachelor of Science degree from Fort Hays State University and a Graduate Degree from Baker University.  After student teaching at Victoria High School, I accepted the Physical Education position in Tescott.  During my time here, I have also been the Driver Education Instructor for the district and have taken on junior high social studies classes.  I currently teach K-12 PE classes along with Kansas History.  Along with teaching, I am the head HS football coach, head jr. high boys basketball coach, the head boys track coach at the junior high and the high school assistant track coach.

What your student will learn in their social studies class

USD 240 follows the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards for History, Government, and Social Studies which has been adopted by State Board of Education. Using this link, individuals can access specific course outlines.
Social Studies Standards

Course Title: American Government

Course Code: 2901/2901B

Duration: 2 semesters

Grade: 12

Credit: 1

Objective: The American Government course builds upon and adds to students' previous learning within social studies courses.  The course will examine the foundations of our government, the principles of checks and balances, the separation of powers, the organization of the three branches of government, and the relationship between the federal, state, and local government.  The course will work to create student understanding of how the Constitution embodies the purposes, values, and principles of American democracy, and how to fulfill the "job" of a citizen.

Course Title: American History

Course Code: 2900/2901B

Duration: 2 Semesters

Grade: 11

Credit: 1

Objective:  The American History course begins around the 1850s leading into the beginning of the American Civil War and Reconstruction Era.  We will study the mid-19th century and will go through key moments for the United States including imperialism, industrialization, and immigration.  Students will concentrate on the critical events, people, groups, ideas and issues of the period from 1850's to the early 21st century.  Some of these events will include Progressivism, World War I, the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression and New Deal, World War II and its aftermath, the Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam, the Cold War, and the movement into our current era.

Course Title:  Current Events

Course Code: 2905/2905B

Duration: 2 semesters

Grade 9-12

Credit 1

Objective:  The Current Events course is designed to analyze current happenings at the local, state, national, and international levels.  Throughout the course students will use a variety of sources to obtain the news discussed in class.  The course will identify events, analyze their impact, and compare them to other events from throughout history.  The amount and topics covered within this course will fluctuate on a regular basis depending on the topics current in the media.  In order to better understand topics students will research various topics, formulate opinions, discuss different stances, and express personal views.


Strategies for student success

In USD240 students will assume responsibility, contribute to class in a positive manner, come to class prepared (book, paper, pencils, and charged computer) and show respect for everyone and everything. 


Know the standards


USD240 per the Mission Statement of the Kansas State Department of Education strives to, “prepare students to be informed, thoughtful, engaged citizens as they enrich their communities, state, nation, world, and themselves.”


Kansas College and Career Ready Standards:

1. Choices have consequences.

2. Individuals have rights and responsibilities.

3. Societies are shaped by beliefs, idea, and diversity.

4. Societies experience continuity and change over time.

5. Relationships between people, place, idea, and environments are dynamic.