Social Studies

Social Studies2018-05-29T15:17:24+00:00

The National Council for the Social Studies defines social studies as “the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence.” The National Council also states that the primary purpose of social studies education is to help our children and young adults “develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world.”

Social studies promotes engaging participatory citizenship where global awareness of civic issues such as financial literacy, healthcare, domestic affairs, foreign policy and the environment are actively monitored and influenced by all citizens interacting internationally for the benefit of all mankind.

Contact Information

  • Coordinator, Allegra Kazemzadeh

  • Assistant, Mary Wilkins

  • Office of Middle/Secondary Learning, Building 6, Room 603, 1900 Kanawha Boulevard East, Charleston, West Virginia 25305-0330

  • Phone: (304) 558-5325

  • Fax: (304) 558-1834

Social Studies Calendar

2017-2018 School year

Event Calendar Date Test/Info Due to WVDE Final Event Date
U.S. Senate Youth Scholarship Test
Grades 11-12
Information will be mailed to High School Counselors in mid-August 2018. 2018-19
Dates TBA
2017-18 DC Week, March 3-10, 2018
Golden Horseshoe
Grade 8
 Test is online and available to all 8th grade students of WV Studies who are interested.

County Contact Webinar – October-November.  Instructions for accessing webinar will be emailed out to the county contacts.

Essay Test – February 7, 2018

Essay Test Due in WVDE Office – Feb 16, 2018

Online Testing – February 20-22, 2018 and February 27, 28,– March 1, 2018

Golden Horseshoe Practice Tests – Friday, Jan 5, 2018

For additional Information please visit the Golden Horseshoe webpage of Middle and Secondary Learning.

May 4, 2018
National History Day
Grades 6-12
National History Day

Location: WVU

Question to: Melissa Bingmann (

N/A April 7, 2018
WV State Social Studies Fairs

Grades 3-12

All information and deadlines are posted on the and on this calendar as the information is provided by each RESA district.
Online registration process has not changed from previous years. County coordinators register on the State Social Studies Fair webpage at
State Fair registration from RESAS is due April 3, 2018  April 27, 2018
Charleston Civic Center
National Geographic State Bee
Grades 4-8
All information and deadlines posted on April 6, 2018
Concord Univeristy
Gilder Lehrman National History Teacher of the Year All information and deadline on
Youth in Government
Grade 8
Contact Dough WetschPhone:  304-675-5899


2018 Tentative Dates

Please verify with Doug Wetsch

Session #1 – January 22-24, 2018

Boone, Lincoln, Logan, McDowell, Mingo, Wyoming

Session #2 – January 29-31, 2018

Berkeley, Brooke, Hancock, Jefferson, Marion, Marshall, Monongalia, Morgan, Ohio

Session #3 – February 5-7, 2018

Cabell, Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Kanawha, Lewis, Mason, Pleasants, Putnam, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Upshur, Wayne, Wetzel,

Wirt, Wood

Session #4 – February 14-16, 2018

Braxton, Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Mercer,

Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Raleigh,

Randolph, Summers, Webster

Session #5 – February 26-28, 2018

Barbour, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Harrison, Mineral, Pendleton, Preston, Taylor, Tucker

GIS Project Coordinator: Erike Klose,
We the People Program All information posted at

Contact: Rebecca Tinder,

The WV History Bowl history bowl icon

For more information about the History Bowl,

contact Matt McGrew at

or (304) 558-0230

Regional Competitions 2018 History Bowl ScheduleRegional Competitions:

Region I

Pineville Middle School,

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Region II

Barboursville Middle School,

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Region III

The Culture Center,

Friday, February 23, 2018

Region IV

Fayetteville High School,

Saturday, February 17, 2018 

Region V

Ravenswood Middle School,

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Region VI

West Virginia Independence Hall,

Friday, February 16, 2018

Region VII

Robert L. Bland Middle School,

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Region VIII

East Hardy Middle School,

Friday, March 2, 2018


Buckhannon-Upshur High School,

Saturday, March 17, 2018

WV History Bowl

Championship 2017

The Culture Center Charleston,

Tuesday, April 24, 2018