8th Grade Social Studies

The eighth grade curriculum concentrates on the “Emergence of the Modern World.” The seventh grade skills are applied, and PES is re-introduced as a standard of evaluation. Political, economic, and social conditions are researched, and then evaluated as either a success or a failure.

Eighth graders shall focus on the modern world, global economic interdependence, political systems and cultural diversity as it applies to the United States. Major events in the twentieth century, and a shifting balance of power among nations is discussed and analyzed. World War I and World War II are studied for their profound global affect on 20th and 21st century life.

The primary objective is to analyze historical evidence and make inferences in relation to the emergence of the developing world, global interdependence, and current issues.

Students in Middle School continuously refine their research and written response skills. Logical progression of thought becomes second nature to the students. Students are fully prepared to meet all New York State Standards, and to succeed in competitive testing.


1) Provide framework and methodology
2) Problem Solving and decision making
3) Use of geography to determine living patterns
4) History
5) Interdisciplinary connections
6) Analyze Primary Sources
7) Inferences
8) Values and Empathy
9) Economics and Economies
10) Governments
11) Values and Empathy
12) Political Systems
13) Technology and society
14) Current Events
15) Research Skills
16) Written and oral communication



Students will simulate the planning that resulted in “Operation Overload,” the Allied invasion of Western Europe in June of 1944. Under directives of General Dwight D. Eisenhower, students assume the role of Allied commanders in charge of planning the invasion.

Students read background information and research various events of WWII leading up to D-Day. They investigate Allied historic shortcomings made during previous invasions to become experts in one aspect of their planning, determine their final invasion, and plan and debrief comparing their plan to what actually took place in history.


The complex subject of Vietnam, America’s longest war, is dissected in this unit. Students experience the scope of the war and its consequences through readings, soldiers’ perspectives, mapping, timelines, and dramas.

Cross-curricular activities provide opportunities to practice poetry, essay and reflection writing, perform dramas, and create artwork. Immersed in the causes and culture of the Vietnam War, students achieve a deeper understanding of America’s involvement.

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Parent Bravos

Here is a small sample of some of the  beautiful comments from our Parents

From a 6th Grade Parent:

Dear Mr and Mrs Stark,
And all our wonderful LHS teachers! We want to support all parents in sending our deepest gratitude for giving our kids some sense of normalcy during these very challenging times.
It’s very important for us to know that while my husband, as many other ICU doctors and nurses, are fighting every day with this vicious disease, our children can still follow their routine, learn, and communicate with their teachers and friends. It helps us, parents, and it definitely helps kids to continue their growth as individuals.
I see excitement in (our daughter’s) eyes when she is getting ready for school in the morning, when she is running to the printer to get an assignment, or just talking to her friends during breaks.
Thank you so much to every single one of you!

From a 3YR Old Parent:

“We wanted to say thank you for accommodating the preschool families with the tuition suspension during this time.
We are also amazed (and truly grateful) that the zoom on- line learning format is continuing despite the circumstances.
I know this is not an easy time for businesses, organizations etc. If there is anything at all we can do to help the school during this time or once we return, please let us know. Maybe a fundraiser or maybe there is something we can do for our individual teachers. Just brainstorming…
Finally, some thoughts as we’ve entered week 3 of zoom/on-line learning. It’s been such a wonderful experience participating in our kids’ learning! Yes managing working from home and helping with homeschool can be exciting… but I’ve enjoyed seeing firsthand how dedicated our teachers are to not only teaching and providing additional resources to enhance learning, but also doing it with such great enthusiasm.
 There’s a great sense of community and collaboration between administration, teachers and parents, and it is evident that our main goal is how to make this experience the best it can possibly be.
How lucky are we to have such amazingly dedicated teachers in our kids’ lives! How blessed are we to be part of the
Laurel Hill family!
In the midst of chaos you have given us a sense of normalcy and we are genuinely appreciative of all your efforts.


As Charles Dickens famously observed…
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times . . .
it was the season of darkness,
it was the spring of hope . . .
We at Laurel Hill live “the best of times” every day because we are blessed by the beauty, by the serene innocence, and by the precocity of our boys and girls.
We at Laurel Hill live “the best of times” every day for the blessing of totally dedicated teachers and support staff who clearly know why they selected to do what they do in career and in life and give, and give, and give tirelessly to fulfill their greatest ambitions for their children’s growth and well being.
We at Laurel Hill live “the best of times” because we are blessed to have families joined with us to support and to build – partners in turning great ideas into great accomplishments, partners ready to share their skills and to help in the work that needs to be done.
Ms. Bond’s Zoom Classroom
Never in my teaching career would I have thought that I would need to teach elementary class via online classes. Yet, here we are in uncertain times, teaching in a media platform that is geared towards the children of this generation.
As apprehensive as I was before the first day of Zoom (I woke up a number of times during the night like it was my first day of school!), I now feel energized and excited about what we are able to do with the Zoom program. I’ve found that I’ve been able to keep most of my teaching the same as when it is a live class! In Reading, we’ve done an author study and vocabulary work in just three days! I am so proud of how much hard work my students continue to do while they are at home!
I hope this email finds you well and safe. I have been thinking about you & Mr. Stark often and must first apologize for the time lapse in reaching out to express my deepest gratitude. I can’t believe that we have just completed 3 weeks of successful and engaging remote learning. Your steadfast leadership at the onset of this crisis was inspiring. As this crisis turned into a nationwide tragic pandemic, your engaging and detailed remote learning program did not waiver. In fact, it strengthened! Our children were the lucky ones to maintain a sense of normalcy with their routine schedule and engaging “live” classes with all of their treasured teachers and classmate friends.