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High school students in MDUSD bring historical costumes and artifacts to local 5th graders as part of a history “road show” service learning project


Contact:  Ursula Kroemer Leimbach / communications@mdusd.org / Mobile: (760) 705-6919


High school students in Mt. Diablo Unified bring historical costumes and artifacts to local 5th graders as part of a history “road show” service learning project


Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. History students from Northgate High School to explore important time periods and themes with 5th graders at Meadow Homes Elementary


WHAT:  Northgate High School Advanced Placement United States History classes will spend the day at Meadow Homes Elementary school, facilitating 14 learning stations to introduce 5th grade students to various time periods and themes in U.S. History.  The Northgate students, dressed in historical costumes, will engage their younger peers in historical thinking activities, artifact analysis, and group discussion.   The day is intended to serve as a powerful service learning opportunity for the Northgate students, and initiate a strong partnership between the school and students and schools in the Monument Corridor area.


WHEN:  Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Students will arrive by 10 a.m., set up their learning stations, and begin presentations and activities at 10:30 a.m.  At 12:30 p.m., both the 5th graders and the high school students will gather for a special brown bag lunch picnic.


WHERE:  Meadow Homes Elementary School, 1371 Detroit Ave., Concord   (Get directions)


BACKGROUND:  The U.S. History day is intended to serve as a powerful service learning opportunity for the Northgate students, and initiate a strong partnership between the school and students and schools in the Monument Corridor area.  Northgate students are currently preparing posters and other materials to be used in the 5th grade classrooms.  The topics being presented include:

  • The Road to Revolution
  • The Revolutionary War
  • The Civil War
  • Cattle Frontiers and Farming
  • The Roaring 1920s
  • The Harlem Renaissance
  • World War II
  • Challenging Jim Crow
  • Material Culture
  • The 1950s
  • The Life and Legacy of John F. Kennedy
  • The 1960s
  • The Work of Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta
  • The Women’s Movement


Spanish speakers are available.  The day-of contact is Sandra Wilbanks, Principal, Meadow Homes Elementary, at wilbankss@mdusdu.org or (925) 685-8760.


About Meadow Homes Elementary

Meadow Homes Elementary is located in the Monument Corridor area of Concord. The population of the school is approximately 900 students, representing 23 different cultures. Meadow Homes was recognized as one of six Seal of Excellence Schools in 2016 by the California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE), which established the prestigious award to honor schools that have established highly effective programs for English Learners. Meadow Homes was also named a Turnaround Arts: California partner school in 2014, one of only 16 such schools across the state. Turnaround Arts: California is one of twelve localities from across the nation selected by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education, the National Endowment for the Arts, and several private foundations.


About Northgate High School

Northgate High School is home to approximately 1,600 students from Walnut Creek and Concord.  Northgate was awarded this week with a Silver Medal by U.S. News & World Report in its annual Best High Schools ranking; it is the second such honor for the school.  It has previously been named a California Distinguished School, a program honoring some of California’s most exemplary and inspiring public schools. The school hosts approximately 50 student clubs and organizations, including school chapters of Junior Statesmen of America, National Honor Society and the California Scholarship Federation, Model United Nations, the Filipino Cultural Club, Northgate Robotics Group, and Key Club, among others. The school offers 19 Advanced Placement courses in fields including science, math, English, foreign language, history and social sciences, and art. 


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Mt. Diablo Unified, located in Contra Costa County, is honored to serve approximately 32,000 students at one of more than 50 school sites in the cities of Clayton, Concord, Pleasant Hill; portions of Martinez, Pittsburg and Walnut Creek; and the unincorporated communities of Bay Point, Lafayette, and Pacheco. As part of a richly diverse community, MDUSD families represent numerous ethnic groups, speaking nearly 50 different languages and dialects. We offer award-winning innovative programs in Career Technical Education; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); extensive visual and performing arts programs; and rich foreign language and dual immersion offerings. MDUSD launched its first middle college program, College Now, in 2016, and will open its first International Baccalaureate program and three new regional magnet programs in 2017.  Learn more at http://www.mdusd.org/.


Posted by: Joshua Wittman, District Admin, Mt. Diablo Unified School District Published:5/17/17
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