St. Mary's Catholic School
218 W. Washington Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740-4765
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Challenging the Mind - Living the Faith

Middle School Social Studies with Mrs. Gross

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Check out some pictures from the first week of school.

2015 Social Studies Fair pictures – click to scroll through the pictures of our wonderful projects!

Students: I have a special summer homework “assignment” for you!  If you go on vacation anywhere in the state, the country, or even the world, please email me a few pictures of you (or you and your family) for a special display I am planning for next year.  Thank you! 🙂  Happy & safe travels!

8th Grade Social Studies Homework

Have a wonderful summer!

7th Grade Social Studies Homework

Have a wonderful summer! Don’t forget to email me some pictures of you from your summer travels!

6th Grade Social Studies Homework

Have a wonderful summer! Don’t forget to email me some pictures of you from your summer travels!

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Helpful Links & Resources


6th and 8th Grade Social Studies Resource:

Click the link and then enter the web codes whenever you see the “Go Online –” symbol in your textbook…There are a TON of cool activities, interactive maps, games, lesson summaries, etc.

7th Grade Social Studies Resource:

Click the link and search by chapter to review, play games, and even take an interactive quiz to see how well you’re doing with our current lessons.

Click the Facebook icon to visit my Social Studies page!


Hi!  My name is Kristy Gross, and I am very excited to be teaching Middle School Social Studies at St. Mary School!  I am also the advisor for our school’s National Junior Honor Society chapter, and I coordinate our yearly National Geographic Bee. I love the fantastic teachers, students, and families of SMCS, and feel blessed to be here.

This year marks my 15th year as an educator, and I truly love what I do. It’s so rewarding to see kids have their own “lightbulb moments” when they grasp a challenging concept. I also really enjoy working with middle school-aged kids. (Perhaps this is because I have a 13-year-old son and a 15-year old daughter…? Perhaps it’s because I’m a little wacky…!)

Along with our kids, my husband and I have two pets, a cat and a dog. Our house is chaotic at times, but also lots of fun.

I appreciate the opportunity to teach at SMCS, and hope to meet you all soon. Parents, you are always welcome to stop by and introduce yourself at any time! Thanks for reading more about me!

Mrs. Kristy Gross

Middle School Social Studies Teacher, St. Mary Catholic School

Current Events Presentations

Middle School students will receive their assignment dates for current events presentations within the first week of school.  Students are expected to make a note of their assigned dates in their planner, and to be responsible for having their current events article or political cartoon ready to present on their assigned date! Points are subtracted for late presentations!  *Please note that I do have a schedule of dates posted in the classroom so that students can check their assigned times.