• The Ultimate Future Civics Students!
     
    Welcome to Civics Class!
     
     Bienvenidos a clase de educación cívica!
     
    I am so glad to have your child in my Civics class this year.  If there is anything I can do to help your child succeed please don't hesitate to call me at 352-787-7868  or email me at Ellisona@lake.k12.fl.us.
     
    Here are the materials that your child will need in my class this year:
     
     - a binder (this may be shared with another class)
     - pens and pencils
     - colored pencils
     - paper
     
    My job will be to ensure that every student passes the Civics End of Course Exam.  This is the fifth year of a state-mandated exam which will measure whether students have mastered 35 Civics Benchmarks.  The exam will count as 30% of their Final Grade in this class.  According to the law, they need this credit in order to advance to high school.   Social Studies teachers have always thought that teaching our students to become contributing members of society (good citizens!) was one of the most important goals of education.  Now, the state has realized that too.  Having said that,  we will be working very hard on mastering these 35 benchmarks.  Everything we do in class will contribute acheiving success on the E.O.C.
     
    A little about Mrs. Ellison...
    I graduated from Kenyon College in 1989 with a Bachelor's degree in History.  I continued my education at the University of Miami (go Canes!), earning a Masters of Science in Education (1991).  I have teaching certificates in Social Science 5-9, Social Science 6-12 and am endorsed to teach gifted classes. 

    I came to Lake County in 2013 after having taught in Miami-Dade county for 21 years!  Most of those years were at a middle school and I love working with middle schoolers.  I truly believe the habits we set in motion now, are the foundations for success in high school and college.  My desire is to see every student graduate, attend college and pursue their career dreams.  One of the reasons I love teaching Civics is that there are always tons of real-life situations that relate to what we do in class. 
     
    I have three children:  an 12 year old daughter who will be in seventh grade, an 11 year old daughter that will be going into sixth grade and a six year old son who will be in first grade.  My husband and I enjoy outdoor activities, traveling to historic sites, and cheering on the Miami Hurricanes.  (Yah, it's killing me that I moved up to the heart of Gator Nation.)
     
    It's ALL about the U, baby!