•             Mr. Fraser

         Welcome to High School Social Studies, Mr. Fraser. 2017-2018 will be an exciting, challenging year. However, your efforts will determine the final outcome. You are entering a broad range of disciplines ranging from Sociology and Psychology to World Geography. However, no matter the subject, we will discover how these studies relate to your everyday life. Social Studies is exactly what it implies, the study of humans and their interactions with each other, past, present, and future. There is a old adage that says, "If we do not know where we have been, we can't know where we are going." The past is our road map to our future.

               Students will be engaged in many flexible learning options and have access to the latest technology to enhance your learning experience. You will have an opportunity to get credit recovery or initial credit using computers, books, homework, and other assignments. This year is going to be an exciting year, a chance for you to start over and get your life "back on track!"

              Some subjects are not very relevant to your young life. But some have immediate impact on you and your families, like the price of gasoline. One year it is relative cheap and the next it is high! Did you know that the upstate of South Carolina has some of the lowest gas prices in the country? However, due to recent law changes, we are slowly creeping up the scale to high gas prices. Psychology may not have an impact on your life until you have to care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. Did you know that in order to know where you are going, you simply need to look at where you have been? This is why the study of history is so very important. These are a few of the reasons these disciplines are important to you.

                Whatever the subject you are studying, we will discover new things you did not know. Our class will use a variety of Project Based Learning techniques such as powerpoints, papers, movies, books, poetry, and You Tube.We will solidify attitudes you already had, and most of all, we will develop a work ethic that will carry you through the rest of your life. We will "train" you to become productive citizens in our city, county, state, and country.

               My reading interests include first and foremost the Bible. Next I read the newspaper. Yes, the newspaper. Most of the time, it reads like fiction. In fact, the truth is often better than fiction. We are living in unprecedented times, and the world is changing faster than ever.

                Unfortunately, I do not enjoy reading like I should. However, I love to write and I have written nine “history based” novels, several children’s books, and a few Sunday school books and self help books.

                When I was in college, I dreaded the assignment of reading eight huge novels and doing reports on them. I had to read what were supposed to be classics. I did not think many of them were. I said to myself, “I sure would like to write a book one day that a guy like me might actually enjoy. So I did, and it has become a hobby of mine. I also love dogs and bass fishing!