• Meet Mr. Metropoulos!AP American government and politics Ap American government and politics
    Metropoulous
    Name: Mr. Nicholas Metropoulos
    Email: nicholas.metropoulos@slps.org
     
    Social Studies Department
    Model United Nation's Team Sponsor
     
     
    Room Number: 207
    Subject(s): American History, American Government, AP US Government and Politics 
     
    Course Syllabi 
     
     
    AP American gov and politics
     
    American history syllabus
      
    American government syllabus
     
    Teacher Message:
     
    Meet Mr. Metropoulos Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Sn3HmHYuI4
     
     
    "Our social science classes will focus on history, government, economics, geography, and culture. We will explore everything from the U.S. War on Terrorism to the Civil War. These classes are designed to give students insight and preparation for college-level social science courses and optional enrollment to take the Advanced Placement (AP) courses and/or the examination for college credits. The classes are student-centered and will engage learners in interpersonal and intrapersonal skills. We will do webQuests, debates, Socratic circles, videos, role-playing, and PowerPoints, etc. Learners will focus on improving and refining their analytical and critical thinking skills by reading through primary and secondary sources in addition to the textbook to holistically scrutinize the social sciences. As a class, we will examine our history to learn from the past and apply what we learn to our own lives and to create a better future. Finally, the class will focus on affecting and "be[ing] the change in the world you want to see." -Mohandas Gandhi
     
     
    Biography:
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    This is me at the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. Pireaus or the port of Athens is where my father's family is from. 
     
     
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    My son Giovanni wants to be a paleontologist. 
     
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    This is my son Giovanni and my wife Dr. Kemba Metropoulos.
     
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    A picture of when I meet Mary Beth Tinker. She was the plaintiff in the famous Tinker v. Des Moine case in 1969.
     
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    Meet Mr. Metropoulos

    I have always wanted to teach and make a difference. I strive to encourage students to make a positive and proactive change in our community. I hope to help students obtain the skills to understand the past and learn from it. Also, I would like to assist learners to have a happy and fulfilling life based on respect for all people.

    My parents always stressed the importance of education and learning as much as I could about the world around me. Family vacations centered around places my parents always wanted to visit. Fort Sumter, Colonial Williamsburg, The Parthenon, the pyramids of Chichen Itza, The Acropolis, The USS Yorktown, and The White House. I vividly remember the summer when I turned 18 and graduated from high school. The world was my oyster. I finally decided to attend Webster University where I would not be a number, but a member of a community centered on learning and interacting with my professors about various aspects of history.

    Little did I know that my world would change forever that summer. My father had a massive stroke that almost killed him. The doctors told us that they did everything medically possible to help him and that it was time to "pull the plug." Tearfully, we took their advice. My dad fought to breathe all night and into the next day. He eventually pulled through, but he was not able to work or have normal activities of daily living. I began the life of a non-traditional student. I had to balance working as much as possible to pay for school, going to classes, and helping to take care of my father. This experience made me value my education as well as my family.

    I learned that the value of a lesson is not always the material presented to me, but staying focused and determined even when all hope may appear to be lost. It also helped me to encourage my students when they struggle. They may not want to reveal to anyone everything that is going on in their world, however just knowing that there is at least one other person that wants them to succeed may help them to keep plugging away toward their goals. I also learned the value of compassion. If it were not for some of my professors, friends, or family that showed me compassion in my family's darkest hour, I would not be half the man I am today. The lessons learned outside the classroom walls have helped me to create a learning environment for all students to learn, be successful, and overcome obstacles. 

    I finished my master’s degree in social science in May 2012. I am a proud member of Omicron Delta Kappa, a national honor society. The best part of the graduation ceremony was walking across the stage with my father cheering me on in the audience.

    My father was an ankle and foot surgeon/physician and was the president of the board of Podiatry for many years before his stroke. He loved science, history, learning, and above all helping people. I was teaching high school at Parkway School District the year my father passed away and when I heard and read about this new high school called the Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience High School I thought its perfect. What a better way for me to pay homage to my father's memory and work with kids that want to give back to Saint Louis and the community through one of the most important professions medicine. I have been here ever since.  
     

    For more information, classroom flipped videos, and other resources on MR. METROPOULOS LOOK ON HIS CLASSROOM WEBSITE MR. METROPOULOS' CLASSROOM WEBSITE.

     
     
     
    Class Schedules:
     
     
     
    A DAYS
     
    8:30 am -9:50 am = 1st Period American history 
     
    9:55 am -11:15 am = 2nd Period American history 

    11:15 am-11:45 am = Lunch

    12:50 pm -1:10 pm = Planning Period
     
    12:40 pm- 1:10 pm Office Hours
     
    1:15 pm -1:35 pm Mentor Period

    1:40 pm -3:00 pm = 4th Period American history 

     
     
    B DAYS

    8:30 am -9:50 am = 5th Period American government 

    9:55 am-11:15 am = Planning Period
     
    10:45 am-11:15 am = Office Hours

    11:15 am-11:45 am = Lunch

    11:50 am -1:10 pm = 7th Period American government

    1:15 pm -1:35 pm Mentor Period

    1:40 pm -3:00 pm = 8th Period AP American government and Politics