• Welcome to Mrs. Zisk's 7th and 8th grade Social Studies Classes!


      "I do not see the world as it is, I see it as I am."   ~Anaïs Nin


    August 30, 2018

    Dear Parents and Guardians,

    Hello and welcome back! Many of you already know me- my name is Mrs. Cathy Zisk and I am excited about being your child’s social studies teacher. I am looking forward to working with every student this year and watching each one grow and succeed. I believe it is vital for parents to know their child’s teacher, so I would like to tell you about myself. This is my tenth year teaching at Old Turnpike School and I have had the pleasure of teaching both fifth and sixth grade social studies. I received both my undergraduate and graduate degree at Rutgers University, and I recently completed a second master’s degree in social studies education. I have a passion for history and enjoy reading and watching movies and documentaries about history.

    I want to start the year out by making clear the expectations and values for my classroom, both to you and to my new students. I strive to create a community of respectful learners in my classroom, who value each other as individuals. Throughout the course of the year, I will integrate students’ personal lives and culture into the curriculum, thereby demonstrating the value history holds. The main objective for the course is for students to leave it understanding and recognizing that history is dynamic and ever changing; not simply facts found in a textbook. There are strong connections between the past, the present, and the future, and I believe it is important for students to appreciate those relations.

    Please visit the rest of my website for information on curriculum, grading, useful links, and other information. Homework can be found on Parent Portal and Google Classroom.

    ~Cathy Zisk