Dear “King” George III,
We are done. Your rules aren’t practical, you never ask for my opinion. You forbade me and the other colonists from going to live on the land that we won in the war you made us fight - with the promise of new land. You’ve taxed us for your war. I’m sick of it. I can’t deal with you any longer. I am breaking up with you, and so are the colonies. They’re breaking off from England to start a new country, one that is fair, and there’s nothing you can do about it.
Okay, George, I want to ask why. Why did you make us house your troops? Why did you tax us for your war? Why didn’t we get our land? Why aren’t you fair? Your grand-father was much kinder, but you? You are becoming unbearable. Why didn’t you come and see how your colony was doing ... why didn’t you come see how I was doing? Do you want to know what we’re going to do? Ha. We aren’t housing your troops, we aren’t paying your taxes ... things are getting pretty violent. We aren’t staying put, and we will go past the Appalachian and stay out of your reach. We will retaliate, we will rebel, we will fight for what is rightfully ours.
George, the thirteen colonies are slipping from your grasp, you’re losing hold of us. Soon, we’ll be gone completely. When we win the war that I know is to come, you will regret losing us, losing me. In times like this, I can't even take your side. We are calling our new country America. We may not be at our best now, but you’ll see, we will come out on top. I can guarantee that. George, once you lose us, you won’t be able to take us back. America is smarter than we may appear.
So, you see George, I can’t be with you anymore. I’d tell you face to face, but, as I mentioned earlier, you never came by to see us. I am no longer on the side of England, and that is that.
First and foremost, I am honored to have been voted by my peers as this year's Teacher of the Year for Madison County Middle School. I am also very pleased to be recognized with Jan Brooks, our Support Person of the Year! We have so many wonderful and amazing teachers here which makes this truly an honor. There are so many people that I would like to thank, so instead of possibly forgetting anyone, please know that I thank you all for your vote of confidence and vote of appreciation. I will do everything in my power to represent MCMS and MCSD the best way I know how. Again, thank you all so very very much!
Note: It is my intention to 'Say It Forward' by recognizing the most influential people in my past that helped make me who I am today. I am nothing, without support. With that, please check out the following "Appreciation" section.
For a third consecutive year, the Madison County Mustangs are N.E.G.I.A.A. Track & Field Champions! The Girls Team have been undefeated since 2016 and completed another undefeated season this year as well! These championships are by far the most team orientated championships as we lost MANY MANY MANY athletes last season to the High School Track & Field Team. It was truly a team effort, and Coach Shriner and I are super proud of all of our athletes this year. We had 2 student-athletes (Trinity and Zahmerius) earn school records - both in Shot Put and Discus! It was a great season everyone! Check out our Photo Album for more awesome photos!
Every year our High School (MCHS) holds a Recognition Banquet for students who score a specific score (or higher) on the SAT, ACT, or a 3 or higher on any AP Exam. This is a great honor that these students earn, and every year I am pleased to see the list of students and find some of my past students on this list. Each student is also allowed to pick any current MC teacher that was his/her most influential to the success of each student's learning and achievement. This year, I was honored to be recognized by two former students, Sydney Emery and Bill Campbell. These two students are remarkable individuals and I am excited for their most promising futures that eagerly await. We were able to share memories, stories, dinner, and just being thankful for each other. Thank you Sydney and Bill for being such very awesome people, and for bringing me along for the ride to help celebrate your academic accomplishments! #DeWolf1231
As we get started this school year, I just wanted to say thanks to all the educators out there who are sharing their positive comments through email! I appreciate it and hope your year goes smoothly. Some of you have requested access to specific files and unfortunately I am unable to do that. BUT - I have a solution for you all...
I have an "APP RESOURCES" button in each standard section on each individual page. This button allows access to ALL of the "stuff" that my team will be using. Feel free to either "Download All" or "Add To Google Drive." This will allow you to manipulate our stuff to make it your stuff, if you really want to take the time to do that- OR - just use it as is.
Also - the TOP of this page, with the yellow banner, has a link to our school app's Google Drive parent folder which you can access ALL of our "stuff" from within. Hopefully, this makes it easy to get what you need to help you out in your educational exploration with your students
Each Georgia Studies Standard page has EVERYTHING that we will be using this year on it. Personally, my favorite parst are the "Test Answers" links ... check those out if you haven't already!
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at any time from my contact page (or click the little dude guy at the bottom right of the webpage. Google Drive will NOT let me reply back to your Request for Access to anything, which is a problem I am trying to resolve but probably won't be able to due to Google and permissions and whatever else!
Have a great school year - and don't start at the sun without proper eye protection!
The "Download All" will look like this if you are NOT logged into your Google Account. If you are logged into your Google Account, you will see in this same area an "Add to Google Drive" link. This is all you need to do to get everything we have! Enjoy!
I was able to present some Google knowledge to the fine educators (K-12) of Madison County, GA. #mysdistrict During our time together, we learned mostly about Google Drive, Google Classroom, Google Voice, and a TON TON TON of Chrome extensions that may be extremely useful in the classroom setting for any educator at any level. I also want to share something that I also believe is important to understand - don't try to do everything techyish all at once - or even all of it ever. Find what is interesting to YOU. Find what YOU believe YOU may have success with, and then move forward from there. I see so many wonderful tech solutions out there when it comes to the "I CAN FIX EDUCATION" technology. Be careful out there, and don't just know and stay in your comfort zone ... push through it. We expect our students to challenge themselves through difficult standards and elements - the same should hold true for ourselves.
Know this, all the help you will probably ever need is online, so go out there, find something, and have a great time!
As the summer continues, it is important to go to your happy place. Regardless of your happy place, below is something I believe we can all relax with. Even if you just clicked it and walked away from your computer, you'll still have the lovely sounds of paradise. Enough talky talk. Enjoy...
Last summer (2016) I was invited to visit the fine educators in Echols County, GA, to provide training on the SMART Board, educational web 2.0 sites, and a few other Google solutions. We spent the day learning together, laughing together, and leaving just a bit smarter (I hope) after our session. They decided to bring me back on June 6th and 7th to deliver two specific professional learning opportunities:
The 2015-2016 year is basically over. With that, so are the Georgia Performance Standards (GPS) for our Georgia Studies class. Over the summer, I will be updating this site with ALL of the Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE). It will be amazing. It will be awesome. It will be "Excellent."
It is my intention to make it possible to teach from this website for the entire year, when it comes to Georgia Studies. Yes, the entire year! If you are a Georgia Studies teacher, and want to help out and share your "stuff" - please let me know. I'd be more than happy to give you the credit you deserve! This is a NEW Standards year and as we make our resources, it would make sense, to me, to share!
As I also teach English, my other major focus will be creating learning opportunities for my 8th grade English students. The same here if you want to share!
Have an enjoyable and relaxing summer break!
Chad J. DeWolf is an educator and coach at Madison County Middle School (Comer, GA) in the Madison County School District (Danielsville, GA). This website is NOT affiliated with MCMS or MCSD. ETS is used as an educational tool for anyone interested & should be viewed as a resource for an awesome online learning experience. Tell your friends.You know you want to.
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