Welcome to 7th Grade Social Studies and 6-8th Music!
7th grade social studies focuses on the first half of America history, pre-colonization to the Civil War. We will study important moments in our country's history including the American Revolution, the founding of our government, the expansion west, and the Civil War, while asking ourselves the question how did these events shape our American identity.
- You are encouraged to participate and share your ideas and opinions. You should also respect the ideas and opinions of your classmates and be willing to collaborate on assignments.
- Come to each class prepared and on time. This means you need to have
- Binder with four sections (notes and classwork, homework, NHD, tests/quizzes)
- Loose leaf college-ruled paper
- Pens (blue or black, and red)
- Assignment book
- Homework should be completed fully and to the best of your ability and brought to class on the day it is due. I will check it for effort as well as accuracy.
- Answers need to be in complete sentences.
- Each assignment should be on a full, clean sheet of lined paper and have a heading that includes your name, the date and the homework assignment.
- When we go over homework in class, please make corrections to homework in a different color pen.
Final NHD Project due January 31st
School Competition will take place February 1st 2:45-4:30
Rules and Guidelines for
In Technology class, students will work on writing their process paper. The instructions for this paper can be found here.
This year's theme for National History Day is 'Taking a Stand'. To access the theme sheet and example topics handed out in class, please refer to the 2017 Theme Narrative.
For a complete overview of National History Day and theme, please refer to the Theme Booklet.
In class we will watch an excerpt of a webinar about this year's theme. To view the complete webinar, click here.
For the Website Scavenger Hunt worksheet , click here.
This handout explains each step of the project month by month and the work students are expected to complete by the end of the month in order to stay caught up.
On May 10th-12th, the 7th grade will be traveling to Philadelphia and Gettysburg. This trip allows students to see and experience the places they study in class, helping to bring to life what they have learned.
For the trip itinerary and information about registering for the trip, click here. Registration is due October 7.
Mandatory Trip Meeting- April 27th at 6 pm in the Dining Room
All students going on the Philadelphia field trip must attend this meeting with a parent.
- 8th Grade
Welcome to 8th Grade Music!
This year in music we will be continuing our study of music theory and the history of music. We will learn how western music developed and was influenced from music around the world. We will talk about different styles of music, while refining the skills to listen to and describe music, and understand what distinguishes one piece from another. We will also continue to build music literacy by reviewing basic music theory and vocabulary and by learning to perform and write more complex rhythms, melodies and harmonies.
Welcome to 6th Grade Music!This year in music will be focused on the 6 elements of music- rhythm, melody, harmony, texture, color, and form. We will learn how to listen to and describe music, understand what distinguishes one piece from another, recognize the different instruments, and begin to develop singing technique We will also work on basic music literacy including reading and creating rhythms and melodies, while building music vocabulary. Lastly, this class will explore the music of other countries understanding its roles in other cultures.
-Please attend class ready to participate. The more open-minded and engaged you are, the more fun we will have!
-Respect the ideas and preferences of others. Everyone has different tastes.
-Bring a pen and your music folder to class with handouts and loose leaf paper.
Class Work and Preparedness: 20%
MHMS Drama Presents
The Music Man, Jr.
Fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, arrives in River City, Iowa, to sell instruments and uniforms for a boys' band he vows to organize. The catch? He doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he meets Marian, the town librarian, whose belief in Harold’s power just might help him succeed in the end in spite of himself.
The musical begins on the morning of July Fourth in 1912. A railroad conductor announces the next stop, River City, Iowa, to a coach filled with traveling salesmen. Speaking rhythmically, the salesmen begin a conversation about the merits of cash versus credit and the ways their products and lives have changed as the result of "modren" merchandising ("Rock Island").
One of the salesmen, Charlie Cowell, asks if anyone has heard of Professor Harold Hill, a salesman who is ruining the reputation of all traveling salesmen. Cowell explains that Hill moves from town to town, selling musical instruments, uniforms and the promise of lessons for a boy's band, leaving town with the collected money before anyone has discovered that he is musically illiterate.
As the train stops in River City, Cowell, who has been trying to find and expose Hill, mentions that Hill wouldn't get far with the stubborn Iowans. Before the train begins to move again, a salesman who has quietly been playing cards grabs his suitcase and announces that the conversation has prompted him to give Iowa a try. When asked his name, the stranger flashes his suitcase, bearing the name "Prof. Harold Hill," and he quickly exits the train as it starts to move off. He finds himself facing River City's Main Street, decorated with Fourth of July bunting and crowded with townspeople.
As workers move a pool table into the River City Billiard Parlor that is owned by Mayor Shinn, the townspeople greet the mayor and each other. They sing with pride of their contrariness ("Iowa Stubborn"). As they disperse, Hill enters the scene and tries to rent a horse and buggy at the livery stable. There, he meets his old friend and one-time partner, Marcellus Washburn. Washburn, who knows Harold's real first name is Greg, remembers Hill's last sales gimmick was selling steam-powered automobiles. Hill tells Marcellus he'd be selling them still if somebody actually invented such a vehicle.
Marcellus has given up his old ways and settled down in River City to work in the livery stable. After Harold explains his plans, Marcellus warns him to watch out for the town's music teacher and librarian, Marian Paroo, as she'd expose Harold's con on the spot. Harold asks him to point her out and then he sets about thinking of a way to convince the parents of River City of the necessity of a boy's band.
When Marcellus tells him about the new pool table in town, Harold recognizes his chance. He begins talking about the trouble that has entered River City in the shape of a pool table. To the fast-growing crowd, Harold delivers a rapid-fire sales pitch about the corrupting influence of a pool table on the boys of the town ("Trouble"); as the townspeople join him, Marcellus signals that Marian Paroo is passing by.
Harold follows Marian home, but she rejects his attempts to start a conversation with her on the street.
As Marian enters the house, Amaryllis, her young piano student, is playing an exercise while Mrs. Paroo, Marian's mother, continues with her household chores. Marian tells her mother about the strange man (Harold) who has been following her and trying to speak with her. While Amaryllis plays arpeggios, Mrs. Paroo scolds Marian for not speaking to the man, criticizing Marian's high expectations, both for the townspeople and for men ("Piano Lesson/If You Don't Mind My Saying So").
Winthrop, Marian's little brother, enters the house, and Amaryllis invites him to a party. Winthrop, who has a lisp and doesn't like to speak, mispronounces Amaryllis's name. When she giggles, he runs from the room. Amaryllis, upset that Winthrop never talks to her, starts crying and tells Marian she is worried she'll never find a sweetheart to wish about on the evening star. Marian tells her to go on wishing, using the word "someone" until the right person comes along. As Amaryllis plays her crossed-hands piece, Marian gazes at the evening star and wishes her unnamed "someone" goodnight ("Goodnight, My Someone").
Inside the high school gymnasium, Mayor Shinn is presiding over the Fourth of July celebrations. His wife, Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn leads a group of Wa Tan Ye girls and then, dressed as Columbia, leads the town in singing "Columbia, Gem of the Ocean." As the mayor begins his recitation of the Gettysburg Address, he is stopped by the constantly bickering members of the school board, who remind him that the next presentation is a Native American costume spectacle. The spectacle concludes with his wife counting to 20 in the "Indian tongue," but before she can finish, young Tommy Djilas lights a firecracker behind her.
The four school board members begin arguing as the mayor again tries his Gettysburg recitation. The mayor is foiled once more, this time by Harold, who steals the crowd's attention, continuing his earlier sermon about the pool table. He tells the crowd that he has come to River City to organize a boy's band as the solution to the corrupting influence of the pool table. He then entrances them with a story of when six of the greatest marching bands in America came to town on the very same day ("Seventy-Six Trombones"). The townspeople join in, dancing and parading around the gymnasium.
The mayor, alarmed at seeing the Iowans so excited, orders the school board to get Harold's credentials. As Tommy is being led out of the gymnasium by the constable, he is warned by the mayor to stay away from Zaneeta, the Shinn's oldest daughter. Harold realizes that, if he can make an ally of Tommy, he'd have the town's youth on his side, too. He quickly intercedes on Tommy's behalf and agrees to take responsibility for the boy. Harold points out a passing girl and gives Tommy money to take her to the candy shop. After the teenagers leave, the constable tells Harold he's made a couple of mistakes: the girl is the mayor's oldest daughter, Zaneeta Shinn, and Mayor Shinn owns the Billiard Parlor.
The school board approaches Harold and demands his credentials; Harold, stalling because he has no credentials, asks them each to sing the words "ice cream," which they do in perfect barbershop quartet harmony. Finding music more interesting than Harold, the quartet sings "Sincere" as Harold sneaks away to look for Marian.
Harold follows Marian to the library where, before slamming the door in his face, she warns him she will check his credentials in the reference books. The ladies of the town surround Harold, buzzing with excitement over the band. Mrs. Shinn, however, is still withholding her judgment until her husband receives Harold's credentials. When she moves her foot to relieve the pain of her bunions, Harold comments on her grace and insists she lead the Ladies Auxiliary for the Classic Dance, with the other ladies as members. Mrs. Shinn immediately falls under Harold's spell. She consents to head the committee and she, too, is now an ally.
When Harold asks about Marian, the ladies huddle together like hens and begin to gossip. They accuse her of promoting Balzac, Chaucer and other authors of "dirty books" ("Pick-a-Little"). They also suggest that she had been involved with "Miser" Madison, a late River City resident who donated the gymnasium, picnic park, hospital and library to the town. The school board appears, again demanding Harold's credentials, and again he deftly distracts them by saying goodnight to the ladies, prompting a song from the quartet ("Goodnight Ladies").
Harold arrives at the Paroo house. He flatters Mrs. Paroo on her facial muscles, suggesting this means Winthrop will be a great cornet player. After Winthrop asks if the uniform will have a stripe, Harold tries to engage him in a conversation, but the boy runs off. Mrs. Paroo explains that Winthrop hardly speaks at all. Thinking Harold's gift of gab might mean he's Irish, she asks Harold where he is from. As Harold tells her his alma mater is the Gary Conservatory of Gary, Indiana, Marian returns home and tries to dissuade her mother from ordering an instrument. Marian gets angry when Harold asks to speak to Winthrop's father, who is dead. When she enters the house, Mrs. Paroo apologizes for Marian's outburst.
After Harold leaves, Marian sends Winthrop to the library to get the reference book she needs to check on Harold's credentials. Mrs. Paroo, who likes Harold, accuses Marian of not thinking of the future.
Tommy is making a date with Zaneeta as Mayor Shinn enters, complaining to his wife that Harold has mesmerized the entire town. Marian appears with the reference book, but before she can hand it to the mayor, Gracie, his youngest daughter, excitedly announces the arrival of the Wells Fargo Wagon. The townspeople line the street to greet it ("Wells Fargo Wagon"). Winthrop breaks through the crowd to express his hope that the wagon is bringing his band instrument.
Harold hands Winthrop his cornet. Winthrop, now seemingly unashamed of his speech impediment, turns and excitedly tells Marian how happy he is. Harold hands out the rest of the instruments to the boys. He tells them lessons will follow, but they should first get acquainted with their instruments and think about the Minuet in G. The mayor concedes that Harold has won the day, but he threatens Harold with a grand jury appearance if the boys aren't soon playing. The mayor then turns his attentions to Marian and he asks her for the book. Marian, grateful to Harold for Winthrop's new found joy and confidence, secretly rips out the relevant page of the book before handing it to Mayor Shinn.
At the young people's insistence, Marcellus leads the crowd in a new dance Harold has taught them ("Shipoopi"); even Harold and Marian join in the fun. The dance ends when Mayor Shinn objects to Tommy dancing with Zaneeta. He turns to Harold and again demands his credentials. Marian, who has now warmed to Harold, thanks him for defending Tommy. Marian invites Harold to call on her to explain the Think System. The ladies, impressed with Marian after seeing her dance with Harold, ask her to join their committee. They also mention that, at Harold's suggestion, they've read Chaucer, Rabelais and Balzac and adored them all ("Pickalittle – Reprise").
Winthrop returns home from fishing and sings for his mother and sister the song Harold has just taught him ("Gary, Indiana"). He happily runs into the house, singing the Minuet in G, followed by Mrs. Paroo. Charlie Cowell, the traveling salesman, arrives and asks Marian for directions to the mayor's house. He mentions he has information about Harold Hill's dishonest past, but only has a few minutes in town to deliver that information before his train leaves. To protect Harold, Marian tries to delay Cowell by flirting with him. She kisses him just as the train whistle begins to blow. As he realizes what she's done, he angrily runs off to catch the train, telling her she is but one of a long line of women who have fallen for Harold.
After Cowell leaves, Harold arrives; he begins to talk about the Think System, but Marian asks him to explain what Cowell has said. Harold tells her not to believe rumors about traveling salesmen because they are the product of jealousy. Marian agrees, telling him the rumors about her and Mr. Madison are also the product of jealousy. Harold then asks Marian to meet him at the Footbridge, a favorite lover's meeting place. She accepts. After Harold leaves, she tells her mother she has accepted his invitation; Mrs. Paroo remarks that the Think System, which she's been using on Harold and Marian, really works.
The Ladies Auxiliary Committee is finishing its Grecian Urn tableau as the mayor enters with Charlie Cowell. Cowell tells the townspeople about Harold's plan to leave town with their money without providing lessons for the boy's band. The mayor sends the townspeople off to find Harold. Winthrop runs away, stunned by the news that Harold Hill cannot lead a band.
Marcellus shows up looking for Harold at the Footbridge and he suggests Harold catch the last freight train, which leaves town in a little over an hour. Marian meets Harold and, when they are alone, she confesses her love for him ("Till There Was You"). She also tells him she has known all about his phony credentials for weeks. And as a final loving gesture, she gives Harold the page she removed from the reference book. Marcellus rushes in, holding Harold's suitcase in one hand. Marcellus pleads with Harold to hurry to the waiting horse and buggy, but Harold doesn't move.
Winthrop angrily asks if Harold can lead a band. Harold truthfully tells him he can't. He explains he wanted Winthrop in the band because it was a way to get Winthrop to stop feeling sorry for himself. Marian tells Winthrop that Harold has offered the town a reason to be happy. She also tells the boy she's glad Harold came to River City as the constable and the townspeople arrive and Harold is put in handcuffs.
The mayor suggests tarring and feathering, but Marian defends Harold, reminding the crowd of the excitement and joy Harold has brought to River City. The mayor then asks if anyone objects to tarring and feathering Harold; the constable, the Ladies Auxiliary Committee (including the mayor's wife), the school board, the mayor's daughter and Mrs. Paroo all step forward. The mayor reminds the crowd of Harold's promise to teach the boys to play and, as he demands to know where the band is, the boys all enter in uniform and line up in band formation with their instruments. Harold pleads with the boys to think and gives the upbeat. Miraculously, they are able to play a barely recognizable Minuet in G. The townspeople, including the mayor, are all thrilled; all the parents proudly call to their sons. The mayor shakes Harold's hand and the crowd cheers; the play ends as Marian and Harold embrace.
THE MUSIC MAN
HAROLD HILL: A smooth talking con man and traveling salesman with plenty of charm, who tries Iowa after saturating Illinois; convinces townspeople they need a boys’ band to keep them out of trouble. He falls for Marian.
MARIAN PAROO: Daughter to Mrs. Paroo and sister to Winthrop, she is the stuffy, conceited librarian and piano teacher in town. She is very learned and defends the “questionable” books that are in the library. She dislikes Harold Hill when she first meets him, but she comes to realize that he really does want to make a difference, and changes things in the town. As she gets to know him better and starts to fall in love, we see a transformation in her character.
MRS. PAROO: Widowed Irish mother to Marian and Winthrop, she speaks with an Irish accent. She is a sweet, cheerful homemaker who wants the best for everyone. She gives Marian a lot of advice about how to find a man., and dotes on Winthrop. She falls for Harold’s con. Always keeps her hands busy.
WINTHROP PAROO: Marian’s little brother, cute as a button. Does not talk much because of a lisp and missing his dead father. Learns to trust again and is a chatterbox by the end of the show.
MARCELLUS WASHBURN: Former con man and friend to Harold Hill who now lives in River City; becomes fast friends with Harold again and helps him learn about the town, tries to help Harold get out of town after the con; his is a comic role.
MAYOR GEORGE SHINN: The Mayor of River City, self-important, blustery, pompous, not terribly intelligent. Gets lots of things wrong! Listens to his wife. Protective of daughter, Zaneeta, whom he thinks is dating the wrong boy in town. Takes himself seriously, but comes across funny. Sings: Chorus Numbers.
EULALIE MACKECKNIE SHINN: Mayor Shinn’s wife, she is definitely a society lady, knows everyone in town, struts about like a peacock and is somewhat snooty. A Member of every auxiliary organization in town, she has some strange ideas and doesn’t think she looks as ridiculous as she really is. Keeps her husband in line. Leads the “Ladies Dance” group in the Grecian Urn.
AMARYLLIS: She is the young piano student of Marian’s, and likes Winthrop, but doesn’t understand why he won’t talk to her. The actress does not necessarily have know how to play the piano.
ZANEETA SHINN: Mayor Shinn & Eulalie’s daffy teenage daughter, she has a crush on the town “bad boy” Tommy. She is not rebellious, but is learning to stand up for herself. Dancing ability is a plus.
GRACIE SHINN: She is the Mayor’s younger daughter, and somewhat of a tomboy and a bit devilish.
ETHEL TOFFELMIER: She is jolly and friendly, plays the player piano and is dating Marcellus. She does gossip with the other ladies, and is one of the Pickalittle ladies and Grecian Urn performers.
OLIN BRITT: Editor of the Gazette, Member of the School Board turned into Barbershop Quartet, a bickering business man until he is united with the others by Harold Hill, and learns not only to sing in harmony, but to behave in harmony.
OLIVER HIX: Banker, Member of the School Board turned Barbershop Quartet, another bickering business man until he is united by the others by Harold Hill and begins to sing and act in harmony with them.
JACEY SQUIRES: Owner of the livery stable, Member of the School Board turned Barbershop Quartet, another bickering business man until he is united with the others by Harold Hill, and sings and acts in harmony. Married to Mrs. Squires.
EWART DUNLOP: Owner of the General Store, Member of the School Board turned into Barbershop Quartet, another bickering business man until he is united with the others by Harold Hill and sings and acts in harmony. Married to Maud Dunlop.
ALMA HIX: The wife of Oliver Hix, she is a gossipy friend of Eulalie and the other “Pickalittle” women who also perform the Grecian Urn.
MAUD DUNLOP: The wife of Ewart Dunlop, and another of Eulalie’s gossipy friends who are the “Pickalittle” women and perform in Grecian Urn.
MRS. SQUIRES: The wife of Jacey Squires, she is also one of Eulalie’s gossipy friends who are the main “Pickalittle” women and perform in Grecian Urn.
CHARLIE COWELL: A rival traveling salesman, first seen on the train at the start of the show, he returns to town to warn them about Harold and hopefully make himself a hero and earn sales himself. He tries to win Marian’s affections.
TOMMY DJILAS: A teenager from the “wrong side of town” who starts out as a trouble maker, but falls for Zaneeta, the Mayor’s daughter, and encouraged by Harold, begins dating her secretly. He also becomes the assistant leader of the Boys’ Band, thanks to Harold giving him confidence and trust.
CONSTABLE LOCKE: The town Sheriff.
TRAIN CONDUCTOR: He is on in the first scene with lines, and then will become a River City Townsperson for the rest of the show.
TRAVELING SALESMEN: Salesmen on the train that warn each other about what they’ve heard about Harold Hill. None of them have ever met him, but all know about his reputation. They do not realize that he is there among them on the train and can hear everything they are saying. They have a syncopated song in the beginning of the show –no singing, but patterned to sound like a moving train. Very clever.
(NOTE: The Traveling Salesmen will become Townspeople once Act 1, Scene 1 is over.)
RIVER CITY TEENS AND TOWNSPERSONS: These are the small town folks who are proud of their town. They sing and dance in the large group numbers and will be part of a “families.”
The Music Man Rehearsal Schedule
January 3 T
Read Through (Scenes 1-7)
January 5 Th
Read Through (Scenes 8-end)
January 10 T
Iowa Stubborn, Wells Fargo Wagon, You Got Trouble
January 12 Th
Music: Iowa Stubborn, 76 Trombones
January 17 T
Music: Review Iowa Stubborn, 76 Trombones, Shipoopi, Pick-a-Little,
January 19 Th
Block: 76 Trombones
Music: If You Don’t Mind…, Rock Island, (Barber Shop Quartet)
January 24 T
1st half // 2nd half
Blocking: 3:00 Wells Fargo // 3:45 Scenes 9,7,3
Music: 2:45 Barber Shop Quartet; 3:00 You Got Trouble, 76 (Harold) // 3:45 Wells Fargo, Rock Island,
January 26 Th
Blocking: Scene 2 (Iowa Stubborn & Ya Got Trouble) // Scene 10
Music: 2:45-3:00 Barber Shop; 3:00-3:45 Good Night & Till There Was You (Libby) // Shipoopi, Review Wells Fargo
January 31 T
Blocking: Scene 5
Music: You Got Trouble; Columbia Gem // Gary Indiana, Scene 5
February 2 Th
Blocking: Pick-a-Little // Scene 8
Music: Barber Shop Quartet; Review big ensembles // Review all Harold’s music
February 7 T
Work: Scenes 2 & 1
Music: Review Barber Shop Quartet; Review Libby, Maggie and James’ music
February 9 Th
Work: Scenes 5, 6, 4 (with music)
February 14 T
Work: Scenes 8, 9 (w/ music)
February 16 Th
Review music numbers and choreography
February Vacation- Review music, choreography and lines on your own!
February 28 T
Review TBD (3-3:45)
Run Scenes 10, 7, 3: (3:45-4:30)
March 2 Th
OFF BOOK DEADLINE
March 7 T
March 9 Th
Tech Week Rehearsals 2:45 -5:30
March 13 M
March 14 T
March 15 W
March 16 Th
March 17 and 18 Fr & Sa
Performances (7:00 p.m.)
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