Clayton HS to Hold Forum on American Foreign Policy

The Clayton High School Social Studies Department will hold a forum on "American Foreign Policy: The State of Diplomacy" from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 27 in the CHS auditorium.

The focus of the forum will be the United States' place in the world today with a "current events" look at American foreign policy, which will likely include topics such as the Middle East, China, Russia and North Korea.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature three of the area's top political science professors and a former U.S. ambassador:

  • Kevin O'Malley, Former Ambassador of the United States to Ireland

  • Ellen Carnaghan, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science, St. Louis University

  • Nori Katagiri, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science, St. Louis University

  • J. Martin Rochester, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science, University of Missouri, St. Louis

One-Day Seminar: Westward Expansion October 5, 2018  |  8:00AM - 2:30PM


One-Day Seminar: Westward Expansion 
October 5, 2018  |  8:00AM - 2:30PM

Schumacher Station on the Trails  |  5912 E. Bannister Rd.  |  Kansas City

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The program is FREE! Lunch will be provided. Certificate of continuing education hours will also be provided to all attendees.

Join teachers from Kansas City and surrounding areas for a day-long Seminar on Westward Expansion, using a collection of original documents to explore the people, places, ideas, and themes of the early to mid-19th Century growth of America. Early expansion, in the Jeffersonian era, as well as that which took place under and related to Jackson, will be addressed, as well as how the institution of slavery complicated territorial expansion, eventually leading to the Civil War. All participants will be provided with a printed copy of the primary documents reader in advance of the program, and digital copies of the reader and agenda are available at the link below. Seminars are conducted as Socratic discussions, facilitated by one of our graduate faculty. There is no pre-determined end, nor ‘take-away,’ nor lesson plan, or associated pedagogy. This program will provide teachers with an opportunity to engage in deep discussion with their peers, relying on a collection of primary source documents, with the goal of enhancing content knowledge through those documents.

Discussion Leader:  Dr. Dennis Boman


Questions? Call 314.781.9660 or email

For information on this and other programs, visit and follow us on social media: @mohumanities.

St. Louis Fed Museum Open House for Teachers--September 18

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Join Us for Our Teacher Open House

September 18, 2018

Come preview one of the nation’s leading economy museums and learn more about our award-winning Econ Lowdown® curriculum at our Teacher Open House from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 18 at the St. Louis Fed. Learn how a field trip to our high-tech, interactive Economy Museum complements your economics, government, math and personal finance curriculum.

Family members welcome • Snacks provided • Free parking

Extra Field Trip Benefits:

  • FREE instructional teacher packet
  • FREE shredded money souvenir for each student
  • Choose one of five FREE interactive group lessons

September 11th Anniversary Commemoration

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Join the 9/11 Memorial & Museum and students from around the world to commemorate the 17th anniversary of 9/11 by participating in an interactive webinar on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 and WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2018. This FREE program connects students and teachers with Museum staff and guest speakers to learn about the attacks and the importance of commemoration. 

During the 30-minute program, you will be introduced to exhibitions within the Museum, learn about 9/11 through personal stories, and have the opportunity to ask questions through a live chat with Museum staff.

Speakers include:

Chief Joseph W. Pfeifer, current chief of counterterrorism and emergency preparedness for the FDNY and the first chief to arrive at the World Trade Center on the morning of 9/11

Lolita Jackson, a survivor of both the 1993 and 2001 terror attacks on the World Trade Center

Scott Strauss, a New York City Police Department officer who helped rescue a Port Authority Police Department officer trapped under debris after the collapse of the Twin Towers

Lila Nordstrom, a student on 9/11 at Stuyvesant High School, located next to the World Trade Center, who founded StuyHealth, an advocacy group for young adults impacted by 9/11 and its aftermath

There will be an exclusive preview of the program available for administrators and teachers beginning September 4 at 8:00 a.m. (EST). This can be accessed at

The webinar will be interpreted in American Sign Language and captioned. An audio description will also be available.



Please forward to colleagues who may be interested. We want to ensure students from Missouri have access to this free educational opportunity. For more information, see: or contact the Education Programs Staff at:


The webinar is made possible thanks to generous support from the New York Life Foundation.

2018 Missouri National History Day message

The 2019 Region 5 in Missouri National History Day contest will be held on the campus of the University of Missouri-St. Louis on Saturday, February 23, 2019.  Those entrants who finish first, second, or third at the regional competition will be eligible to compete at the state contest to be held Saturday, April 28, 2019 on the campus of the University of Missouri-Columbia. 

The theme for National History Day 2019 is “Triumph and Tragedy in History.”  Please consult the National History Day website ( for additional information and access to a tremendous variety of student, teacher, and parent resources. 

I am waiting for the 2019 Theme Guide but have attached a copy of the theme narrative and a Content Rule Guide.  All of these items and the Theme Book are available on the national website.

Please note that all websites entries must be built and submitted on the NHD WEB SITE EDITOR (Weebly).  Students must use this site in order to be judged in the competition, they may NOT use the regular/public Weebly site.  

If you know of any teachers, students, or parents who have expressed an interest in participating in National History Day, please have them contact me for materials and information on Region 5 History Day in Missouri 2019, 314-516-5700, or email 

Registration will be online and will open January 2 and close January 25, 2019.  There is NO entry fee for Region 5 in Missouri National History Day.  Paper and Website entries must be completed and submitted by January 25.  All other entries will be submitted on the day of the competition. 


Any questions?  Call me at 314-516-5700 or email


I will send the registration link via email before registration opens.  Good luck to you all in 2019!

Peter J. Acsay

Missouri Region 5 Coordinator, National History Day

Department of History

University of Missouri, St. Louis