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Greetings!

WeareproudtoannouncethatSwansfieldElementarySchool,locatedinColumbia,MD,willbe
holdingitsthirdannualSimulatedCongressionalHearings.IwouldliketoinviteyoutohelpjudgeSwansfield
Elementarys5thgradersonWednesday,June8thforourWethePeople:TheCitizenandtheConstitution
SimulatedCongressionalHearings.Thisisagreatopportunityforyoutobeinvolvedinaninspiringanduplifting
eventthatshowcaseswhatourstudentshavelearned.Itwouldbeanhonortohaveyouparticipate.
FifthGradershavespenttheyearstudyingthecausesoftheRevolutionaryWar,thedevelopmentofthe
Constitution,andhowtheConstitutionisinterpretedtoday.Studentswillworkonresearchingspecificquestions,
currenteventexamples,prepareagroupspeech,andanswerstoquestions(providedtothemandyouinadvance)
thatyouwillhavetheopportunitytoaskthem.
EachSimulatedCongressionalHearingisafulldayeventscheduledfromapproximately8:00am1:45pm.A
finalizedscheduleanddirectionstoourschoolwillbesentouttothosewhoelecttoparticipate.

8:00Training/Orientation(breakfastprovidedforjudges)
9:00OpeningCeremony
10:0012:30SimulatedCongressionalHearings
12:40Lunch(providedforjudges)
1:151:45RoundtableDiscussionsbetweenjudgesandstudents

Thiseventisaperformanceassessmentthatculminatesourfifthgradersyearofsocialstudiesinstruction.
Yourrolewillbetolistentostudents,askquestions,andprovidefeedback.YoudoNOTneedtobea
constitutionalscholartobeagreatjudge.Itwillbethestudentsjobtoteachyou.Wewillprovideallthe
trainingyouneedonthemorningoftheevent.Thecivicparticipationofcommunitymembersiscriticaltothe
successoftheprogram.
Torespondtothisinvitation,pleasereturntheenclosedformassoonaspossibleviamailorelectronically.
Spacesarelimitedandwillbeassignedonafirstcomebasis.Oncewereceiveyourconfirmation,wewill
provideyouwithadditionalmaterialsandinformation.Thankyouforconsideringthisrequesttoimpact
studentsunderstandingsandexperiencesinsocialstudies.Foradditionalinformationyoucancontactthe
ElementarySocialStudiesofficeatsch.hcpss.org
Thankyousomuchforconsideringthisamazingopportunitytohelppreparetheyoungadultsoftomorrow!
Sincerely,

WendyKanter
HowardCountyPublicSchoolSystem
Enclosure:

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SCHJudgeResponseFormSwansfield
ElementarySchool
We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution
Simulated Congressional Hearings, Spring 2015
Howard County Public School System

Toregisterreturnthisformviafax,email,orU.S.mail.
Name:__________________________________
Pleasechooseoneofthefollowingresponses:
______Yes,IwillbeabletojudgeonWednesday,June8th2016
______No,thankspleaseinvitemeagainnextyear.

Titleasyouwishittoappearonyournametag:
Examples:

Dr.SeymoreHearings,Professor,DepartmentofGovernment
Ms.ElaineBenes,Esquire,Litigation&Settlement
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City___________________________________________State:____________Zip:__________
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Pleasereturnthisformto:

WendyKanter

FifthGradeTeacher
SwansfieldElementarySchool
5610CedarLane
ColumbiaMD,21044
faxto:4103136910oremailto:wendy_kanter@hcpss.org