Mr. Burke's Class
Watervliet Junior Senior High School
Mr. Burke's Homepage
Welcome to the 2012 - 2013 school year :
You may use this website to learn about the courses, to see what we are learning, and to view major upcoming assignments. There is also a link for the Global Studies textbook as well as a variety of interesting related links. Please click the related course link to view a description and to find out about upcoming projects and assignments.
Feel free to view my photo albums and share some of my fondest memories.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at email@example.com .org or phone 629-3200 ext. 205.
Best wishes for a successful school year.
AP Government Politics and Economics
This course explores the political theory and everyday practice that direct the daily operation of government and shape our public policies. The express purpose of this course is to prepare students to take the AP Exam for Government and Politics.
The course is for all intents and purposes taught on a college level and it requires a substantial amount of reading and preperation for every class.
The objectives of this class go beyond a basic analysis of how government works. Students will develop a critical understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the American political system, as well as their rights and responsibilities as citizens.
Global History and Geography Grades 9H and 10
Students will use a variety of skills to demonstrate their understanding of major ideas, eras, themes, developments, and turning points in world history. The broad sweep of history will be examined from various perspectives. Students must successfully complete the course as well as pass the NYS Regents Exam in Global History and Geography. The Regents Exam asseses student achievement from 9th and 10th grades.
AP Students meet with Assemblyman John McDonald and Senator Neil Breslin February 27th 2013
Global Studies Textbook On Line
Students can access their Global
Studies textbook on line.
(1) Go to glencoe.com/ose and add/type
in the Access Code below.
(2) Enter the following Access Code :
History Research Papers Prepare Students for College
Hot Classrooms/Beat the Heat Campaign
My AP Government/Politics class received sponsorship on legislation to limit occupancy of classrooms with temperatures of 90 degrees or above. Learn more about it by viewing the video and reading the articles. Assemblyman Dennis Grabyszak is the sponsor and he stopped by to hold a press conference. See my photo albums for more pictures.
Mr. Burke's Profile
Mr. Burke's Profile :
Social Studies Teacher
Watervliet Junior - Senior High School
1245 Hillside Drive
Watervliet, New York , 12189
1991 - present
(518) 629-3200 ext. 202
Master of Arts: History and Political Science The College of Saint Rose, 1997
Bachelor of Arts: History and Political Science The College of Saint Rose, 1988
Associate of Arts: Liberal Arts and Sciences Hudson Valley Community College, 1985
Watervliet High School, Class of 1979
Saint Brigid's School, Class of 1975
Additional Education :
College Board Certification
Advanced Placement Conference
State University of New York SUNY Maritime College, 2006
School of Industrial and Labor Relations
New York State United Teachers Leadership Institute,1998
Outstanding American Teachers, 2007
Nominee, New York State Lottery Educator of the Week, 2006
Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 2002
Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 1999
LeMoyne College Special Teacher Recognition, 1998
Union College Excellence in Teaching Award, 1996
Operation Graduation : June 2010
Advisor, WHS National Honor Society Ellen Bevins Chapter 2006 - present
Advisor, WHS Student Council 2004 - 2010
Veterans of Foreign Wars Seminar, 2006 -2011
WHS 2005 - present River Street Economics Field Trip 2005 - 2008
Student Council Talent Show 2004 - 2010
Co - President, Watervliet Teachers' Association, 1999 - 2003 ,
Parent,Student, Staff, Teacher Association, PSSTA 2000 - 2003 Member,
New York State Department of Education Committee for American History and Government Test Sampling 2000
Committee of 100, New York State United Teachers, 1998
1998 WHS Mock Presidential Debates
1996 -2000 Model Congress, Columbia High School
1995 - 1999 Advisor, WHS Forum Club, 1995- 2002
1994 - Class Advisor
1994 Natural Helpers Program,
1992 : The Great Debate WHS 1992
Professional Organizations :
Capital District Council for Social Studies
National Council for Social Studies
New York State United Teachers
Hiking, bicycling, vinyl collecting, walking, traveling, photography, writing, swimming and the beach
Legal Affairs :
Attorney at Law,
307 East 89th Street,
New York, NY 10128
National Honor Society Visits Watervliet Historical Society : 3/12
Ruth D. Murray Excellence in English Award
Awarded to a senior,who based upon the recommendation of the English Department, has demonstrated excellence in the study of English. The award is in memory of my great aunt Ruth D. Murray, who was an English teacher at Watervliet High School. Read more about this award.
Student Council Fall Talent Show 2009
Student Council Spring Talent Show 2010
W.H.S. Civics and Government Award
Awarded to a W.H.S. senior for exceptional participation in student government and to the community of Watervliet.
Offered by Mr. Scott Burke in memory of William P. Burke Sr., William P. Burke, Jr., and William M. Murray.
William P. Burke, Sr.. was my grandfather. He served the City of Watervliet as a fireman, office worker, and Democratic committeman for over 40 years. He was a World War I veteran
William P. Burke, Jr. was my dad.. He worked as an accountant for New York State for 38 years. He was a Korean War veteran.
William M. Murray was my uncle. He served the City of Albany as a patrolman, detective, and Assistant Chief of Police. He was a lifelong resident of Watervliet.
Watervliet Historical Society on Facebook
WHS National Honor Society : Ellen Bevins Chapter
Watervliet Junior Senior High School