Catholicism Around the World

Click on the map to make it work. This shows the percentage of Catholics in each country of the world.  The larger the country appears on this map, the more of the world's population of Catholics it contains.


This website is used as a way for students to utilize the internet as a learning tool.  There are so many ways that Social Studies can be fun and interesting when presented in the right way and I believe this modern technology is the perfect way for all students to learn.  This site will consist of:

  • Interesting and helpful Social Studies sites of all kinds
  • Documents to download for projects
  • Media such as movies, pictures, and songs to reinforce people, places, and events
  • Text book information and chapters
  • Maps and files of electronic maps for free mapping software
  • Links to free software and safe downloads to assist with learning
  • Economics tools and documents
  • Useless tidbits of information that middle schoolers love
  • Anything else I come across that I feel will help the kids make connections and spark their interest.



I won't ever get completely done with updating this site so check back often to see what has changed and what's new!

Mr. Sabala

Middle School Social Studies






The Primary Source October Edition



We'll be finishing up with the ancient Egyptians and doing a couple of projects before moving on to the ancient Greeks!  This is usually a great unit because we get to do so many activities while learning about this culture.  Greek Mythology is usually a big hit because of all of the recent literature that is popular with the students.  We won't dive too deep into mythology but we will focus on all of the cultural and technological advancements that we have today as a result of these early civilizations.  Lastly, if everything goes right, we'll have the opportunity to conduct the "1st Greek Olympics" as a grade.


In seventh grade the students will be learning about different explorers that passed through Kansas.  This includes everyone from Lewis and Clark, to Zebulon Pike as the most well known but also people like Coronado and Stephen H. Long.  We'll discuss the hardships that these explorers encountered and the hardships that their visits caused for the natives already living in the Kansas Territory.  Our goal will be to analyze the impact of exploration and to see the events through multiple perspectives.




October marks the month of Manifest Destiny for the eighth grade!  We'll start out by getting into Andrew Jackson and finding out what kind of a man he was and how that ended up shaping our future as a country when it came to dealing with Native Americans.  This will lead directly into our idea of heading west and expanding our nation to the Pacific Ocean.  The largest land migration in recorded history will follow and we'll study this trek through activities and projects.  Students will really get into this topic and form an emotional attachment and response to some of the actual pioneers on the Oregon Trail.

Contact Information

Michael Sabala
MS Social Studies

Office Hours- 7:00-7:30 a.m. Monday-Thursday

Compassion is caring about another person’s happiness as if it were your own.