Social Studies (8th)

Mr. Pierskalla

My name is Mr. Pierskalla and this is myfourth year at Seven Hills Prep teaching 7th and 8th grade Social Studies as well as leading the 8th grade Capstone trip to Washington DC.  Prior to arriving at Beacon Prep, I served as the Social Studies Interventionist at Blaine High School and prior to that I worked with Special Education students at Wayzata High School.  I attended St. John's University and played football for the Johnnies during my time as a student.  I also serve as Defensive Coordinator for the Bloomington Jefferson varsity football team.  

In my free time I enjoy sports, sports, and more sports.  I also enjoy hunting and fishing and, of course, studying, reading, and looking at history!  Below are some more of my favorites:
Historical Figure:  John Kennedy
Historical Time Period:  The 1960's
Historical Place:  Washington D.C.
Historical Place I NEED to visit:  Europe


All class notes can be found in the "Files" section of this page!


You can find class notes in the files section.


Here is the link to CNN Student News. 


Important Information:

8th Grade Geography Syllabus

Map Coloring and Labeling Guidelines




Washington D.C Capstone Trip Information:



May 20th, 2017- May May 26th, 2017



Capstone Trip Parent Letter

Capstone Trip Student Parent Agreement

Capstone Packing List

Parent Application for Trip




Summer Enrichment Information:

Social Studies Summer Reading List

Minnesota Historical Society Summer Events Calendar 

Placeography Activity Page 

ARC GIS Mapping Activity Website 

2016 Summer Olympics Activity