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  • 2017 Current Events for Wednesday, May 17, 2017
    Make sure to chek out tornado Current Events. You can complete this with a partner if you would like. If you are unable to complete it in class, it will be homework.

     

     




    Congratulations to all of our Capitol Hill kids! We are so proud of the effort that you have put forth to become young historians. While we wish that everyone could move on to the St. Paul Reginal Competition on March 18, we had to narrow down the field. Here is the list of students who are moving on in each category:

    2017 Capitol Hill Finalists:

    Exhibit (Individual)

    Alysa Monteagudo - Corazon Aquino: Peacefully Restoring the Democracy of the Philippines

    Siri Hokanson - Minnesota’s Clara Ueland: Fighting and Uniting for Women’s Suffrage

    Lucy Pramas - Jeffrey Wigand: The Insider Who Blew the Whistle on The Tobacco Industry

    Ava Bjorkman-Tracy - Rachel Carson: Standing Up for the Earth

    Madigan Rios - John Wilkes Booth Assassin

    Georgia-Rae Plathe - Sic Semper Tyrannis

     

    Exhibit (Group)

    Pa Kou Moua & Usrah Abawari - Irena Sendler: Saving The Forgotten Children

    Cece Schroepfer & Nora Jahn Jesse Owens and the Berlin Olympics

    Ty Lind & Clara Weeks - Katherine Switzer

    Grace Umhoefer & Cassie Hillman - The Establishment of the National Park System

    Vivian Bui & Vincent Bui - Environmental Justice at Love Canal

    Claire Gabriel & Coral Crutchfield - Louis Braille: Creating Educational Opportunities for The Blind

     

    Website (Individual)

    Isabel Drexler Booth - Boston Tea Party: The Planning Behind the Scenes

    Gavin Barnett - Tommie Smith: Taking A Stand For Civil Rights

    Silvia Murdoch Meyer - The White Rose and Their Leaflets of Resistance

    Grace Moberg - A Century of Care: Planned Parenthood's Stand for Reproductive Rights

     

    Website (Group)

    Emma Hayes & Kristen Nguyen - Loreta Janeta Velazquez: The Woman In Battle

    Bettie Mande & Emma Davis - Aaron Burr And His Stand Against Alexander Hamilton

    Katie Nguyen & Anindita Rajamani - Feminists Fight Back: Taking A Stand Against Rape Culture and Violence Against Women

    Chikamso Chijioke, Kimberly Gutierrez & Jazmine Hawkins- Ida B. Wells-Barnett: Anti-lynching Crusader

     

    Documentary (Individual)

    Vincent Trifilio - The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

    Charlie Boone - Got Milk?

    Sadie Woolman-Schlukebier - Gandhi’s Non-Violent Attack on British Salt Act

     

    Documentary (Group)

    Jack McCorkell, Cyrus Wilson, Ryan Hoang  - The Rise And Fall Of The Berlin Wall

    Andrew Woodage & Thomas Bradford- There Ain't No Party Like A Boston Party

    Gamechis Mohamed & Oliver Wilcox - Jackie Robinson

     

    Performance (Individual)

    Rachel Poppleton - A New Way to Look at Things: Nicolaus Copernicus's Story

    Spencer West-Hest - Radically Redefining Homosexuality

    Rachel Dickenson - Get On A Bus

     

    Performance (Group)

    Stella Boardman, Sofia Pequin, & Eve Wasylik- Emma Goldman: The Most Dangerous Woman in America

    Francesca Satoskar, Ruby Kintopf & Calla McDermott - Eliza Schuyler Hamilton: Establishing The Orphanage

    Dylan Moore, Tyler Nelson, & Max Cornelius- United We Stand: America at Home During World War 2

    Yohanna Otto & Madison Amidon - Ferris's 1893 World's Columbian Exposition Wheel of Wonder

     

    Paper

    Ingrid Mindt - Margaret Sanger: Taking A Stand For Birth Control

    Eric McCready - The Stonewall Riots: The Start of Gay Right

    Jerome Treadwell - Martin Luther

    Milky Osman - Taking a Stand For Reproductive Rights: Sarah Weddington and Roe v. Wade

    Mae Ricker- The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

    Mason Tansey- Muhammad Ali

     

     


    These students moved on to the semifinalist round at Capitol HIll, which was held on Thursday, February 23, 2017.

    2017 Capitol Hill Semifinalists: 

    Exhibit (Individual) - Meet in front of your exhibit

    9:00am     (8)    Hset Moo - Righteous Activist: Hellen Keller

    10:10am   (9)    Alysa Monteagudo - Corazon Aquino: Peacefully Restoring the Democracy of the Philippines

    10:10am   (26)  Anna Zindren -  A Revolutionary Oath and The Court Where It Happened

    10:25am   (20) Siri Hokanson - Minnesota’s Clara Ueland: Fighting and Uniting for Women’s Suffrage

    10:25am   (31) Will Hamilton - The Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookshop: The Store That Sparked a Revolution

    10:50am   (29) Lucy Pramas - Jeffrey Wigand: The Insider Who Blew the Whistle on The Tobacco Industry

    11:05am   (6)    Charlie Ostergren - Darwin Stands For An Idea

    11:05am   (19) Ava Bjorkman - Tracy - Rachel Carson

    11:20am   (14) Sabir Aden - Marie Curie: Discoveries of Radium and Polonium

    12:35pm   (10) Charlotte Anne Dutcher - The 1914 Minneapolis Women's Suffrage Parade

    12:50pm   (28) Madigan Rios - John Wilkes Booth and the Assassination

    2:15pm     (16) Quinn Meaney - Harvey Milk

    2:30pm     (24) Georgia-Rae Plathe - Sic Semper Tyrannis

     

    Exhibit (Group) - Meet in front of your exhibit

    9:20am   (39)  Pa Kou & group - Irena Sendler Saving The Forgotten Children

    9:20am   (66)  Cece Schroepfer & group- Jessie Owens and the Berlin Olympics

    9:35am   (65)  Mila Hart & group - Nelson Mandela: Taking A Stand

    9:50am   (69) Ty Lind & group - Katherine Switzer

    10:10am (56) Grace Umhoefer & group - The Establishment of the National Park System

    10:25am (61) Ellynor Haack & group - Founding Father of the Financial System: Alexander Hamilton

    10:50am (49) Vivian Bui & group - Environmental Justice at Love Canal

    10:50am (62) Jill LaBrasseur & group -

    11:20am  (63) Claire Gabriel & group - Louis Braille: Creating Educational Opportunities for The Blind

     

    Website (Individual) - Jr. High Computer Lab

    9:05am Isabel Drexler Booth - Boston Tea Party: The Planning Behind the Scenes

    9:20am Sylvia Hegeman - Norman Borlaug: Facing Off Against Hunger

    9:35am Gavin Barnett - Tommie Smith: Taking A Stand For Civil Rights

    11:05am Marc Bond - The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

    12:35am Silvia Murdoch Meyer - The White Rose and Their Leaflets of Resistance

    2:20pm Grace Moberg - A Century of Care: Planned Parenthood's Stand for Reproductive Rights

     

    Website (Group) - Junior High Computer Lab

    9:05am Emma Hayes & group - Loreta Janeta Velazquez: The Woman In Battle

    9:20am Bettie Mande & group - Aaron Burr And His Stand Against Alexander Hamilton

    9:35am Katie Nguyen & group - Feminists Fight Back: Taking A Stand Against Rape Culture and Violence Against Women

    9:50am  Jazmine Hawkins & group - Ida B. Wells-Barnett: Anti-lynching Crusader

    10:25am Nina Paulson & group - Nellie Bly: Exposing Blackwell's Island

    10:25am Hattie Lin & group - Hidden Figures of the Minnesota Mental Health Reform

    12:50pm Jonjen Thao & group - Eleanor Roosevelt And The Great Depression

    2:35pm Ammalynn Greenfelder & group - Stonewall: A Revolution

     

    Documentary (Individual) - Lab 1508

    8:45am Vincent Trifilio - The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

    9:30am Charlie Boone - Got Milk?

    12:45pm Sadie Woolman-Schlukebier - Gandhi’s Non Violent Attack on British Salt Act

     

    Documentary (Group)  - Lab 1508

    11:35am Jack McCorkell & group - The Rise And Fall Of The Berlin Wall

    11:55am Andrew Woodage & group - There Ain't No Party Like A Boston Party

    11:15am Gamechis Mohamed & group - Jackie Robinson

    12:45pm Jacob Menssen & group - Marie Curie: Discovering Polonium and Radium

     

    Paper

    Tiffanie Tran - The Salt Satyagraha

    Mae Ricker - Triangle Shirtwaste Factory Fire of 1911

    Ingrid Mindt - Margaret Sanger: Taking A Stand For Birth Control

    Eric McCready - The Stonewall Riots: The Start of Gay Rights

    Henry Calger - Votes For Women

     

    *This group will not meet individually with judges.

     

    Performance (Individual) Westpfahl’s Room

    9:00am Wed. Rachel Poppleton - A New Way to Look at Things: Nicolaus Copernicus's Story

    6:10pm Thurs. Spencer West-Hest - Radically Redefining Homosexuality

    11:55am Fri. DaVonna Moore-Middleton - Little Rock 9

    12:15pm Fri. Rachel Dickenson - Get On A Bus

     

    Performance (Group) Westpfahl’s Room

    11:55pm Thurs. Stella Boardman & group - Emma Goldman: The Most Dangerous Woman in America

    12:15pm Thurs. Allyson Vang & group - Madge Syers: The Beginning of Competitive Female Figure Skating

    5:10pm Thurs, Francesca Satoskar & group - Eliza Schuyler Hamilton: Establishing The Orphanage

    5:30pm Thurs. Dylan Moore & group - United We Stand: America at Home During World War 2

    5:50pm Thurs. Yohanna Otto & group - Ferris's 1893 World's Colombian Exposition Wheel of Wonder





    Mark J. Westpfahl

    Hello! My name is Mark J. Westpfahl and I teach 6th grade Minnesota Studies and 7th grade American Studies. This is my 4th year teaching at Capitol Hill. GO COUGARS! I have been teaching in the Saint Paul Public Schools since 2009.

    I live in South Saint Paul with my wife Jennifer, and our three children, Grace (12), Connor (10) and Eleanor (7). 

    I graduated from Onalaska High School in 1997 where I participated in football, basketball, baseball, track and golf. After high school I attended Western Technical College in La Crosse, WI were I earned my Associates Degree in Commercial Art with a focus on Graphic Design. I decided to go back to school to become a history teacher and spent two and a half years at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire before finishing up my Bachelors Degree in History at the University of Minnesota in 2008. I received my Masters of Education from the University of Minnesota in 2016.

    I was a semifinalist for Minnesota Teacher of the Year in 2016 and just received word that I have been nominated again for Minnesota Teacher of the Year 2017! 

     
     
     

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New York - Boston 2015

  • What an amazing trip! We survived the Big Apple and the eastern seaboard! 30 students made their way through 5 states on an adventure that they will remember for a lifetime. Thanks for your trust in allowing me to guide your child over Spring Break. We're waiting to hear if our Spring Break 2016 field experience to Washington D.C. gets approved!

    Check out the trip through the eyes of our two class mascots, Minnehaha Moose and Little Puppy.

  • 2016 Minnesota Teacher of the Year Semifinalist

    What a rush! More than 500 educators from around the state were nominated for Minnesota Teacher of the Year. The field was narrowed to 114 candidates and a 25-member panel of community leaders met and selected me as one of the semifinalists. I was very excited to have been nominated by former students, colleagues, along with past and present families. The nomination is not only a reflection on me, but it is a testament to the the wonderful colleagues that I have been privileged too work and the support my students and families have shown me. Thank you.

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  • Education Minnesota Foundation CLR Grant Recipient

    Education Minnesota Foundation CLR Grant Recipient
    In December 2015, I applied for a $2,000 grant for the further development of my education learning trunks we use in our #CHCougars classroom. On February 2, 2016 I was notified that I have received the grant! This is wonderful news for our students, as they will be able to interact with more artifacts and participate in many more hands on actives. The money will help further develop our Civil War Trunk, jump start our WWII Trunk and start our Immigration Trunk. I am currently locating artifacts that will help enhance the learning experience for my students. If you have artifacts that you would like to donate, please feel free to let me know!

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  • Civil War Teachers Fellowship

    Last spring, I announced that I would be spending time in Washington D.C. this summer as a Catherine B. Reynolds, Ford's Theatre Civil War Washington Teachers Fellow. The experience was simply amazing. Along with 19 of the nations best and brightest educators, we learned about the role Washington D.C. played during the Civil War and received behind the scenes looks of places likes Ford's Theatre, Lincoln's Cottage, the Fredrick Douglass House and more! As a part of the fellowship, I designed a lesson plan that will be shared with educators throughout the country. I'll continue to collaborate with my fellow fellows and will be creating several more lesson plans for Ford's Theatre and Lincoln's Cottage. If you want to see what my trip was like, check out the Twitter feed for #TeachCivilWar

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  • Capitol Hill Students Meet President Obama, Credentialed by The White House Media Corp

    In February and June 2014, and again in June 2015 several of my Capitol Hill students were credentialed by the White House Press Corp to cover President Obama's visits to Minnesota and Wisconsin. Check out how we were able to meet the President at Minnehaha Falls and pictures from the experiences!

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  • Primary and Secondary Sources of 9/11

    How can students, especially those who were not alive at the time, understand the tragic events of September 11, 2001? check out how we used primary and secondary sources, in conjunction with social media and oral histories to gain a better appreciation of what took place on 9/11.

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