Mr. Ron Sivillo
Social Studies Teacher
I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Sociology from Indiana University of PA. I received my Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Pittsburgh, and after teaching in Raleigh (North Carolina) for one year, joined the staff at Upper St. Clair High School in 1999.
Phone: 412-833-1600 ext. 2501
MYP and HONORS AMERICAN CIVICS AND WORLD GEOGRAPHY
AMERICAN CIVICS - This course may be either first or second semester of the freshman year. Civics is the study of the workings of our political system and the rights and responsibilities of good citizenship. Students investigate all levels of government (federal, state, and local) and focus on their participating role in the political, social, and economic aspects of our democracy.
WORLD GEOGRAPHY - The overall goal of World Geography is to provide the student with a core of knowledge about the world’s geographic regions and how to relate this knowledge to events in today’s rapidly changing world. In addition, the acquisition of geography skills is stressed along with the application of these skills to the various geographic regions of the world. Through these activities, the students will learn to relate the physical geography to the economic, political, social, historical, and cultural aspects of human activity.
ASIAN AND MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES - (A.M.E.S.),
Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (A.M.E.S.), a one-semester course, will explore the growing impact of Asia and the Middle East on the the U.S. and the world. Students will be exposed to the ways in which the key regions of AMES (East, South, and Southeast Asia, as well as the Middle East/North Africa) are affecting the world economy and global politics. As a means to understanding modern Asia and the Middle East, this course will highlight each region’s history, geography, and culture, and will stress an appreciation of the arts. Special emphasis will be placed on the growing impact of China and India on the world economy and global politics. This course is designed to complement the one-semester International Studies course (See World Language Department offerings.). Students may take either course but are encouraged to take both.