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Mission Statement: District 88 mission: To work for the continuous improvement of student achievement. Through that mission, District 88 schools have been named as Top Schools in America by Newsweek and the Washington Post.

 

Social Studies

Department Chair: Brendan Lyons

Phone: (630) 458-4380

Addison Trail Social Studies Department

Social Studies Department Mission Statement

The foundational levels of becoming an actively engaged citizen, capable of meeting the challenges of a global community, are formulated at the high school level. The core mission of the Social Studies Department at Addison Trail is to help students develop the skills and values that will help them to become knowledgeable and productive citizens. In the pursuit of these goals, the Social Studies Department also will seek to provide a proficient level of educational skills that will allow for all of our students to be college and career ready upon their graduation from Addison Trail High School.

The broadly defined term "social studies" encompasses an array of more narrowly focused academic disciplines. These disciplines include history, government, geography, sociology, economics and psychology. The common element in each of these disciplines is an effort to understand some aspect of social relationships and the functioning of a society as a whole. We live in a democratic society and, thus by definition, an ever-changing society. Students in our courses will study historical and contemporary geographic, social, political and economic issues that have helped to shape the world we live in today.

It is our belief that as educators, we are not the sole vehicle and/or source of their social studies knowledge. The world around us helps to shape our beliefs on a daily basis. Social Studies courses allow for students to delve into the realms of the subjective and objective, as well as the concrete and abstract. This allows for a countless number of opportunities to critically think, discuss, research, hypothesize, debate and challenge many social and historical norms. It is not our purpose to advocate one ideology, style or approach to formulate a conclusion about social events. Our goal is to provide students with the skills necessary to make informed decisions based on available evidence.

As a department, we strive to achieve our goals through:

We hope to instill in our students:

A responsible social studies student:

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Name Phone Schedule Contact
Chris Bazant
Faculty
(630) 458-4383
LeVonne Cescolini-Boyer
Faculty
(630) 458-4371
Brad Donaldson
Faculty
(630) 458-4373
Mario Fernandez
Faculty
(630) 458-4161
Laura Grunschel
Secretary
(630) 628-3332
Jose Hernandez
Faculty
(630) 458-4212
Tom Hubner
Faculty
(630) 458-4160
Mary Kelsay
Faculty
(630) 458-4376
Brendan Lyons
Faculty
(630) 458-4380
Laura Magnavite
Faculty
(630) 458-4377
Mark Olson
Faculty
(630) 458-3094
Mike Ross
Faculty
(630) 458-4382
Nicole Slade
Teacher
(630) 458-4385
Daniel Styler
Faculty
(630) 458-4574
Christina Trapani
Faculty
(630) 458-4374
Addison Trail High School
213 N. Lombard Road Addison, IL 60101
Phone: 630-628-3300 Fax: 630-628-0177
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