Grade 8 Middle School Schedule

Grade Eight Parents,

Attached is a copy of the G8 Schedule. For grade seven and nine schedules, please take a look at Ms. Rachel (G7 Homeroom/Language Arts) or Mr. Ordona’s blogs (G9 Homeroom/Math). If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail your homeroom teacher. Students will receive a copy of the schedule on Tuesday alongside an in-depth explanation.

Download the grade eight schedule here:

Welcome to Mr. Gossel’s Social Studies Page!

Welcome back to school!

In particular, I would like to extend a warm welcome to our incoming 7th grade families. We are happy to have you here and will do our best to ensure that you have a smooth and comfortable transition into middle school. Please check out the brief introductory welcome videos attached below!

Principal Maxfield’s Welcome Video
Mr. Gossel’s Welcome Video

Once you have watched the videos, please feel free to scroll down and read to learn more about me and our middle school social studies program.

If you have any questions or concerns, please join our online orientation session on Monday, August 24th at 2:00 PM, and our middle school teaching team would be happy to meet with you. You can access that Google Meet session by clicking the following link: https://meet.google.com/pyp-ijmi-axu


I hope you all have had a great summer vacation, or at least as best a summer vacation as possible considering the current circumstances!

My name is Dan Gossel, and I will be the Social Studies teacher for TYIS Grades 7, 8, and 9 this year. This will be my second year at TYIS. I am happy to have our returning students back in the classroom again, as well as looking forward to making all of our incoming Grade 7 students feel welcome in middle school.

I will be posting updates about various topics, such as lesson content, events, projects, and so on, throughout the year so please check in from time to time!

For my first post, I would like to introduce myself and talk a little bit about my vision for this school year.

I am from a small town in the state of Ohio in the United States, a place quite different from Tokyo! I graduated with a B.A. in History from Ohio University and completed my teacher training program at Humboldt State University in California. There I taught world history at the middle school level until I decided to take a leap and try living and working abroad. I came to Japan in 2014 as part of the JET Programme in Miyagi Prefecture. I initially only intended to stay in Japan for a year or two before returning to the United States, but during my time in rural Tohoku I fell in love with the country and developed a passion for learning about Japan’s language, history, and culture. I am excited to be a part of international education in Japan and I aim to spark a lifelong love of social studies among the students here at TYIS.

I am married and live with my wife, Kiyoe, in Chiba. Some of our shared hobbies include taking road trips through the countryside by car, and our love of Japanese professional baseball (Go Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles!). Among my other hobbies are Japanese study, reading, visiting hot springs, goshuin seal collecting, and trying new foods from as many regions and countries as I can!

I will be responsible for teaching all social studies classes at the middle school level here at TYIS as well as assisting with the AR reading program and Core Essential Values program in Grade 8.

The 7th Grade Social Studies curriculum will focus on the middle period of world history, building upon the foundation of ancient world history they studied in 6th Grade. In 8th Grade, students will continue to learn about world regions in greater detail as they progress into the Modern Era. 9th Grade will learn about world geography and cultures with a focus on current events and global issues. My foremost goal is to facilitate students in clearly understanding the link between the past and the present and to help everyone here at TYIS grow as informed global citizens.

I look forward to learning together! Let’s have a great year.

– Mr. Gossel