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Ms. Richter has been a teacher for eight years. Ms. Richter graduated from Sam Houston State University with an education major and a history composite as a minor. Ms. Richter LOVES history, it is a passion of hers. Her goal is to make history fun for students so that they will also enjoy it because we learn from our past.
 
Ms. Richter began taking classes this summer from Texas A&M for her masters degree.  She is working on becoming a counselor.
 
This year Ms. Richter will be teaching 8th grade United States history.  For a glimpse at her schedule please look at the page "Ms. Richter's Schedule". 

Ms. Richter will be the co-sponsor for National Junior Honor Society this year.  She will be working very closely with Mrs. Gilliland and helping with NJHS.
 

Recent Posts

Week at a Glance - 5/21-25

Week at a Glance 05/21-25/18

Ms. Richter

Parents,

The school year has flown by and has been very eventful.  From missing a week due to a hurricane to missing days because of snow, we have had it all. It has been a joy and privilege to teach your child this year.  I am very proud of the hard work they have put into learning history. The last day will be bittersweet as we send them off to the high school. I want to wish everyone luck next year.  Hope everyone has a great summer. If there is every anything I can do for you or your child please let me know.

Best Wishes,

Jennifer Richter

Monday, 05/21/18

Amendments, Unalienable Rights

Last day I will take missing assignments!

Tuesday, 05/22/18

Project Based Learning Day

Wednesday, 05/23/18

Virtual Reality Field Trip in Classroom; BMS Award Night at 6 PM

Thursday, 05/24/18

Talent Show; Faculty Basketball Game

Friday,05/25/18

FIELD DAY! ½ DAY, LAST DAY OF SCHOOL! DO NOT BRING BACKPACKS.

  • Tutorials: Monday and Tuesday 2:50-3:15
  • Library Books are due back ASAP!
  • Faculty Basketball Game: $ 3.00 cost of admission, snack, and water.
  • Field Day: There are some events that cost money and plenty that are free.
  • Attire for Field Day: All students may wear shorts that are school appropriate.

NO BACKPACKS ON THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL.


Daily attendance is very important as it is a

leading indicator for student success. Please help

by having your student to school on time every

Day.

Week at a Glance 5/14 - 5/18

Week at a Glance 05/14-18/18

Ms. Richter

Today is our last day for summit, students have done well and I am very proud of their hard work.   Today they will be bringing home an era chart. This chart is an excellent resource to have them study to prepare for the upcoming history STAAR next week.  

Attached to this email is your student's progress report. The end of the year is approaching rapidly.  Please check these progress reports for missing assignments. Students can still turn in missing assignments for partial credit.  Every little bit helps the end of the year average.


Next week, we are operating under a closed campus Monday-Thursday because of STAAR testing. Friday is Career Day.


Thank-you and have a great weekend!

Monday, 05/14/18

6th and 7th Grade Math STAAR

8th Grade Rotations

Tuesday, 05/15/18

6th and 7th Grade Reading STAAR

8th Grade Rotations

Wednesday, 05/16/18

8th Grade Science STAAR

6th and 7th Grade Rotations

Thursday, 05/17/18

8th Grade Social Studies STAAR

6th and 7th Grade Rotations

Friday,05/18/18

Career Day

Career Day Rotations

Tutorials: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 2:50-3:15

Career Day: Please turn in sheets to Mrs. Shoemaker ASAP

Daily attendance is very important as it is a

leading indicator for student success. Please help

by having your student to school on time every

Day.


Important Dates:

5/16/18: Science STAAR

5/17/18: Social Studies STAAR

5/18/18: Career Day

Week at a Glance May 7-11

Week at a Glance 05/7-11/18

Ms. Richter

Good Afternoon,

STAAR review is off to a great start.  Lots of good conversations and collaboration on topics are happening.   In the gradebook, you are going to see grades for Summit Questions. These are the students exit tickets to get out of class each day to wrap up our summit activities which are TEKS aligned.


Our campus will be shut down next Wednesday, 5/9/18 for Algebra I EOC.


Please encourage students to turn in any missing work that they might have.


Thanks and have a great weekend!

Monday, 05/07/18

Age of Jackson

Tuesday, 05/08/18

Westward Expansion

Wednesday, 05/09/18

Algebra I EOC; Rotation

DAILY GRADE Unit 11 PA#2

Thursday, 05/10/18

Antebellum Period

Friday,05/11/18

Civil War and Reconstruction

Tutorials: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 2:50-3:15

Career Day: Please turn in sheets to Mrs. Shoemaker ASAP

Daily attendance is very important as it is a

leading indicator for student success. Please help

by having your student to school on time every

Day.


Important Dates:

5/16/18: Science STAAR

5/17/18: Social Studies STAAR

5/18/18: Career Day

Week at a Glance 4-30

Week at a Glance 4/30 - 5/4

Ms. Richter

Parents,

This week we finished our last unit we needed to cover before the STAAR test.  Students did AWESOME overall of their unit 10 and unit 11 tests. I am very proud of their hard work they are putting into class leading up to the STAAR test.

Next week we will begin our summit (review of material covered all year).  This will be done the next two weeks. Our goal is to help students recall what was learned last semester and polish and refine some concepts before the test.  

Please check your students grades as well.  Time is running out to get grades made up before the end of the year.

Below you will see what topic will be covered each day during summit.  For each day I have attached a short video review for each concept. Please have your students review this video for a little extra support on the content.

Monday, 4/30/18

Overview of the Year (Era Chart Grafitti Charts)

Tuesday, 5/1/18

Review of Colonization

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Do4Ryapg3eU

Wednesday,

5/2/18

Review of American Revolution

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2xwoFhkVTo

Thursday,

5/3/18

Review of Constitution

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMoymqXB4Cs

Friday, 5/4/18

Review of Early Republic

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tRij6gh4UQ

Tutorials: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 2:50-3:15

Career Day - Attached to this email is the career day form.  If you have not completed this for your student, please do so and return it to school during this week.  Even if they can not participate we need the sheet back. This is a great opportunity for the students to get involved in the community and to get a glimpse of a profession that might interest them.  Please email me with any questions.



Daily attendance is very important as it is a leading indicator for student success. Please help by having your student to school on time every day.

Follow BMS on Twitter @BrabhamBobkats

Follow me on Twitter @jenn_rich23

Week at A Glance for April 23-April 27

Week at a Glance 04/23-27/18

Ms. Richter

Dear parents,

This week we have finished up talking about the Civil War.  Next week we will be covering the Reconstruction Era. The weeks are quickly running out, please make sure that your students are staying on top of their assignments and grades.

In order to help your student prepare for STAAR I am attaching a brief video over the Bill of Rights.  This was taught in October and students are being reviewed on these during class. Watching this video will help them review as well. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYEfLm5dLMQ

Also, here are some guided questions you can ask your student over this weeks material.

  1. Who was the president of the US and the Confederate States of America during the Civil War?
  2. Who was the general for the US and the Confederate States of America during the Civil War?
  3. What event started the Civil War?
  4. What was the first battle of the Civil War?
  5. Who surrendered and where did the surrender take place at the end of the Civil War?

Monday, 04/23/18

Town Hall; Flipped Classroom

Review for Test handed out

Tuesday, 04/24/18

13,14,15 Amendments: Sketch Notes

PA #1 - DUE THURSDAY

Write a letter to the editor of a newspaper explaining the necessity for efforts by the federal government to reconstruct the union after the Civil War. Include at least three paragraphs describing challenges facing states after the war, explaining ways the federal government addressed these challenges, and evaluating the success of reconstruction efforts including ways it may have been improved.

Wednesday, 04/25/18

Kahoot; Flipped Classroom

Thursday, 04/26/18

Review; PA #2 - DUE MONDAY 4/30

Create a collage that illustrates the impact of Reconstruction policies and legislation on formerly enslaved people, western settlers, and American Indian societies in the United States. The collage should include at least five illustrations or graphics and a summary statement with each illustration/graphic. Summary statements should address how that illustration/graphic represents an impact of the Reconstruction policies.

Friday,04/27/18

Unit 10 and Unit 11 Test

Tutorials: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 2:50-3:15

Career Day: Please turn in sheets to Mrs. Shoemaker ASAP

Daily attendance is very important as it is a

leading indicator for student success. Please help

by having your student to school on time every

Day.


Important Dates:

5/16/18: Science STAAR

5/17/18: Social Studies STAAR

5/18/18: Career Day

Week at A Glance 4/16 - 4/20

Week at a Glance 4/16 - 4/20

Ms. Richter

Parents,

This week we went over Benchmark 2 and each student completed a metacognition sheet.  The metacognition sheet shows the students their areas of strengths and areas that need to be polished.  Look over this sheet with your students this weekend so that you know where they currently stand.

We currently have nine instructional days left before we begin 10 days review for the STAAR.  It is important that your child is at school during this last push before the test.

Please check your students grades as well.  Today grades were due for progress reports. Time is also running out to get grades made up before the end of the year.

To help your students review the content covered this week, here are a few guiding questions:

  1. Who was the president of the United States in 1861?
  2. Who was the Union general during the Civil War?
  3. Who was the president of the Confederate States of America?
  4. Who was the general for the Confederate States of America?
  5. Who surrendered to end the Civil War and at what location did this happen?

Monday, 4/16/18

No School

Tuesday, 4/17/18

Timeline of Civil War Events
Inaugural Addresses from Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis

Wednesday,

4/18/18

Mapping important location during the Civil War

Geographic Factors that Influenced Civil War

PA#1 - HOMEWORK - DUE ON FRIDAY, APRIL 20th  - Write a news report announcing the beginning of the American Civil War. The news report should include a lead paragraph containing who, what, when, where and how related to the start of the Civil War. The report should include a second paragraph relating details about the views of Davis and Lincoln in regards to the start of the Civil War.

Thursday,

4/19/18

Bust of Lincoln - characteristics of good leadership

Friday, 4/20/18

Relationship between Immigrants and Conflicts

Review Civil War

PA#3 - Analyze both the Gettysburg Address and Lincoln’s second inaugural address. Choose three textual examples from the two sources that exemplify Lincoln’s ideas about the union.

Tutorials: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 2:50-3:15

Career Day - Attached to this email is the career day form.  If you have not completed this for your student, please do so and return it to school during this week.  Even if they can not participate we need the sheet back. This is a great opportunity for the students to get involved in the community and to get a glimpse of a profession that might interest them.  Please email me with any questions.



Daily attendance is very important as it is a leading indicator for student success. Please help by having your student to school on time every day.

Follow BMS on Twitter @BrabhamBobkats

Follow me on Twitter @jenn_rich23

Week at a Glance April 9-13

Week at a Glance 4/9 - 4/13

Ms. Richter

Parents,

Here are the resources to help prepare for STAAR.  Next week we will begin studying the Civil War. The video this week helps wrap up Unit 9 and bring us into Unit 10.  The video discusses the causes of the Civil War: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rC7c3a-WO_g

Here are a few things to review from the week.

What does sectionalism mean?

How did the North and South differ economically and                  
                   over the issue of slavery?

Monday, 4/9/18

Important people to the Civil War

Causes of the Civil War

Events in the Civil War

Tuesday, 4/10/18

MATH STAAR

Wednesday,

4/11/18

READING STAAR

Thursday,

4/12/18

Go over Social Studies Benchmark #2 and determine strength and weaknesses

Friday, 4/13/18

Go over Social Studies Benchmark #2 and determine strength and weaknesses

Tutorials: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 2:50-3:15

Daily attendance is very important as it is a leading indicator for student success. Please help by having your student to school on time every day.

Follow BMS on Twitter @BrabhamBobkats

Follow me on Twitter @jenn_rich23

Week at a Glance March 26-March 30th

Week at a Glance 3/26 - 3/30

Ms. Richter

Parents, STAAR is quickly approaching.  I have had some requests for material that can be used at home to help prepare for the upcoming history STAAR.  Each week I will be sending with the WAG a resource you can use for the week to help your student. This week is an 11 minute video briefly highlighting everything they should know to be ready for the test.  Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYmPQwLuag0

Also, here are a few guiding questions you can ask your students over the weekend to review this weeks material

  1. What is manifest destiny?
  2. Why did we need to acquire lands in the west?
  3. Why is America known as the “melting pot”?
  4. What did the Northwest Ordinance establish?

Monday, 3/26/18

Manifest Destiny Drawing

Unit 7 - PA#1 - Write a letter to President Polk as a settler in Iowa. In the letter explain how Iowa meets the requirements to become a state.

DUE ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28th

Tuesday, 3/27/18

SCIENCE BENCHMARK

Wednesday,

3/28/18

Unit 9- PA#1 - Create a sketch map of the United States in the mid nineteenth century. Label the sections of the North, South, and West. In each section write a short summary of the region’s physical geographic and economic patterns. The map should include a compass rose and a title.

Thursday,

3/29/18

HISTORY BENCHMARK

Friday, 3/30/18

STUDENT HOLIDAY - GOOD FRIDAY

Tutorials: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 2:50-3:15

Daily attendance is very important as it is a leading indicator for student success. Please help by having your student to school on time every day.

Follow BMS on Twitter @BrabhamBobkats

Follow me on Twitter @jenn_rich23