RHS will hold an Open House on Tuesday, August 19th for parents and students. Please bring your student's schedule with you.
5:15-5:45 Welcome and presentation in the Auditorium
5:50-6:05 1st period
6:10-6:25 2nd period
6:30-6:45 3rd period
6:50-7:05 4th period
Over the coming weeks, our United States history class will be reading a chapter
called Many Cultures Meet. The following information will give you some background
on the content your student will be studying.
Some scholars believe that the first Americans crossed a land bridge from Siberia
to Alaska thousands of years ago and slowly spread out over the North American
continent. They began to cultivate crops and also diversified into different cultures.
In the Southwest, the Hohokam and Anasazi cultures developed an irrigation system
and built villages with adobe bricks. In the Mississippi River valley, the Mississippians
built large villages and towns that included pyramids built from earth. In grasslands
of the Great Plains, nomads hunted bison. The Native American peoples of the
Northeast included the Algonquins and the Iroquois. All of these cultures existed
when Europeans first came to the Americas.
During the 1400s, many changes were occurring in European society. The Middle
Ages were coming to a close, and the Renaissance was beginning. Europeans began
looking beyond their borders to the territory of the Muslim Ottoman Turks, whose
wealth and power extended from Morocco to the East Indies and from Mongolia to
West Africa. Europeans were envious of this wealth, which they believed came from
trade with India and China. Europeans decided to seek routes to China that would
bypass the Turkish Empire. Portugal took an early lead in this quest and sailed its ships
to the south along the coast of Africa and into the Atlantic. These voyages brought the
Portuguese in touch with the people of West Africa.
Ghana, Mali, and Songhai had been empires in West Africa for hundreds of years.
The Hausa, who lived in present-day Nigeria and Niger, built cities and produced
beautiful textiles. A thriving trade existed among these diverse peoples. The practice
of slavery was also a part of the West African culture, and human beings were traded
along with gold, salt, and ivory. Slavery was an important part of the region’s economy,
but unlike slavery in the Americas, it was not based on the notion of racial
superiority or inferiority. When the Portuguese arrived, they became involved in
the slave trade.
In 1492, Christopher Columbus sailed west for China, not knowing that two
continents stood between him and his destination. Columbus reached the Caribbean
and believed that he had arrived in Asia. More voyages followed, led by Columbus
and others. European nations sponsored explorers in hopes of finding gold and other
riches. Spanish explorers, with their superior weapons and horses, brutally conquered
the native peoples of Central and South America. They killed people with their
weapons, but the greatest killers were the contagious diseases that Europeans brought
to the Americas.
Along with weapons and disease, Europeans also introduced new plants and
animals to the Americas. New plants, notably the potato and maize (corn), were
brought to Europe. This mixing of plants and animals is often called the Columbian
Exchange, and it had an enormous effect on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.
In the weeks ahead, your student may wish to share what he or she is learning
with you. Please participate in your child’s educational experience through discussion
and involvement. Test is on Friday, August 30th.
American History 1
We've had an amazing first two weeks here at the new RHS and are anticipating an even more awesome 1st semester. I wanted to give you an update on where we have been and where we are going in the next week. In both the Academic and Honors American History 1 classes we will be going into deep discussions about the founding of our country with the 13 colonies and some of the Democratic Ideals that led us to Revolution against England. Last week we took our first test and will be taking our second test on this Friday, the 13th. The material is moving swiftly these first two units and students are starting to notice a faster pace as we get into more specific and important information. Students will receive study guides for test two on Wednesday and we will have a brief review session in class on Thursday.
Also, please note that all class assignments and homework can be found on the Assignments Blog for your child's class under "American History I" link at the top of this page. I'm here to help and if there is anything I can do... just let me know! Thanks!
This week holds a lot of excitement for us but also a lot of responsibility. Today in class we will complete our World Religions Projects Fair and we have a Ancient Civilizations Quiz on Wednesday and the Ancient Civ and World Religion TEST on Friday.
On the World History Assignments Blog under the "World History" Link at the top of this page, you will find all the videos, power points, and notes that we covered in class since the beginning. Please make sure you use these as study helps and guides in preparation for your Quiz and Test this week. Study guide for test will be given our on Wednesday in class.