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Social Studies



Top Row: Mr. Rosenblad, Mr. Thompson (substitute), Mrs. Thiebes, Mr. Havrilla, Mr. Ruutitila, Mr Young, Mr. Henderson
Bottom Row: Mr. Basinski, Mr. Poetsch

New in the Social Studies Department 2015-16

Edgar Brambila-Perez

I was born in Bremerton, WA but grew up in SE Portland for most of my life. I graduated from David Douglas High School and received my bachelor’s degree from the University of Portland (Go Pilots!). As soon as I graduated, I moved down to Los Angeles for two years with my wife where I taught 7th grade language arts and social studies. My greatest claim to fame is winning the 2009 eggnog relays in which I drank 112 ounces of eggnog and ran 12.5 laps. I’m looking forward to getting to know some of the great students of this district and working in the department that is most likely to get me in trouble this year.

Kari Raeburn

I am a graduate of Portland State University and Concordia University. For several years I worked in the private sector and volunteered as a court appointed advocate for foster children in Washington County. I am the married and I have two young boys.

Although I am native Oregonian from the Eugene area, I have spent time living in Texas and Hawaii. As an avid outdoors-woman, I love the recreation Oregon has to offer. You’ll often find me hiking around the Columbia Gorge with my family, backpacking the Pacific Crest Trail with my husband, or running/training for another half marathon or triathlon. On rainy days, you’ll find me at home playing with my kids, cooking, watching football, or reading a good book.

I am an active member of the Oregon Business Educators Assocation (OBEA), the National Association for Career and Technical Education (N-ACTE), the Oregon Council for Social Studies (OCSS) and Classroom Law Project.

A. P. Government

Required grade: 11, 12
Length: Year
Teacher(s):  Mr. Ruuttila
  • The express purpose of this course is to prepare students to take the A.P. exam for U.S. Government and Politics. This course will be taught at a college level and will require a substantial amount of reading and preparation for class.
  • The objectives of this course go beyond a basic understanding of how our government works and will ask students to develop a critical understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the American political system.


A.P. Psychology

Open to grades 11 & 12
Length: Year
Teacher(s): Mr. Ruuttila

  • The purpose of the A.P. course in Psychology is to introduce the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals.
  • Included is a consideration of the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology.
  • Students also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice.
  • This course will prepare students to take the National A.P. exam in the spring.
  • Passing the A.P. exam earns college credit at many universities.


A.P. U.S. History

Open to grades 10, 11, 12
Length: Year
Teacher(s): Mrs. Thiebes

  • This course will be an intensive study of American History that requires students to create college level work in order to achieve success on the A.P.U.S. History exam in the spring.
  • Passing the A.P.exam earns college credit at many universities.
  •  Extensive reading, writing, and study sessions will be required outside of class.


Criminal Justice

Open to grades 11 & 12
Length: Semester
Teacher(s): Mr. Basinski

This class is designed to give students an introduction to the Criminal Justice System. The course will focus on the following topics:

  • Laws
  • Individual Rights
  • Police
  • Courts
  • Corrections
  • Theories of criminal behavior



Required grade 11 or 12
Length: Semester
Teacher(s):  Ms. Thiebes, Mr. Young, Mr. Poetsch

  • This course will give students an understanding of factors that influence economic decisions.
  • The course will focus on the following topics: decisions made by consumers, producers, economic,institutions, and government; and current and future economic conditions.



Required Grade: 11, 12
Length: Semester
Teacher(s): Mr. Henderson Mr. Basinski

This course is designed to give students an understanding of our system of government. The course will focus on the following areas:

  • Constitution
  • Branches of Government
  • Federal, State, and Local Government
  • Civic Responsibilities
  • Individual Rights
  • Current Issues within Government


Pre-A.P. World Studies

Required grade 9
Length: Year
Teacher(s):  Mr. Young, Mr. Brambila-Perez

This course is designed to prepare students to be successful in future Advanced Placement classes. The curriculum will be similar to the World Studies curriculum but will contain an emphasis on introducing and developing reading and writing skills needed in A.P. classes.



Open to grades: 9,10,11,12
Length: Semester
Teacher(s):  Mr. Havrilla

Do you ever wonder why do we do this or that, or why a seemingly odd custom is treated as “normal?” Comedians, novelists and politicians all rely on the principles of sociology to perfect their craft. Sociology, the scientific study of human social behavior, is an introductory survey
course in which the students learn the basic concepts of sociology as well as the importance behind it. Students will view economy, society and politics through a sociology lens.


U.S. History

Required grade 10
Length: Year
Teacher(s): Mr. Poestch, Mr. Henderson, Mr. Havrilla, Mr. Rosenblad

This course is designed as a study in 20th Century United States History. The course emphasizes the following: Reconstruction through the 20th Century major historical events and their implications during the 20th Century, and the role of the United States in major world events of 20th Century.

Google Classroom and US History Website– Rosenblad

World Studies

Required grade 9
Length: Year
Teacher(s): Mr. Rosenblad, Mrs. Raeburn, Mr. Brambila-Perez

This course is designed to study the worlds human and physical geography with a focus on modern history and a regional approach to looking at the world. The course will cover the following themes in each world region: physical geography, human geography, culture, 20th Century modern world history, and current world issues.

Google Classroom and World Studies Website– Rosenblad

Google Classroom– Brambila-Perez

Google Classroom– Raeburn