Mr. Barna - History Rocks!


    Welcome to Mr. Barna's Web Page! I have been teaching Social Studies at Salisbury High School since 1997. Prior to teaching at Salisbury I taught 9 years at Pius X Junior/Senior High School in Bangor, PA. In addition to my teaching responsibility at Salisbury, I am the Social Studies Department Chair, the Salisbury Falcon Debate Coach and a member of the Student Assistance Program (SAP) team. Through the study and understanding of history, students will come to realize and appreciate the role of good citizenship in the founding and continuation of America society. 

    American Cultures II 
    The American Cultures III class is a survey course in American history, culture and economic development from outbreak of World War II to the present. The purpose of the class is to encourage students to develop an awareness of this country's role in contemporary world affairs and to become better citizens through a greater understanding of American history, government, economy and culture. It is only through our knowledge of the past that we can truly come to understand the present.
      American Cultures II (Honors)  
    Students taking this Honors class in American Cultures III will be required to think critically 
    about the political, economic and social events in American history from World War II to the present. 
    Students will read many primary source documents and other supplemental materials to enhance their 
    understanding of these events. Although the purpose of the class remains the same as the American 
    Cultures III course the depth and level of student is greatly increased.

      AP World History                    

    The AP World History course focuses on developing students' understanding of world history from approximately 8000 B.C.E. to the present. The course has students investigate the content of world history for significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in six historical periods, and develop and use the same thinking skills and methods (analyzing primary and secondary sources, making historical comparisons, chronological reasoning, and argumentation) employed by historians when they study the past. The course also provides five themes (interaction between humans and the environment; development and interaction of cultures; state building, expansion, and conflict; creation, expansion, and interaction of economic systems; and development and transformation of social structures) that students explore throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places encompassing the five major geographical regions of the globe: Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania.
    Sociology                                                                                                                   Sociology

     Sociology is the scientific study of social structure, which refers to the patterned ways in which people interact in social relationships. This focus on patterns rather than individual actions is part of the unique perspective of Sociology as opposed to Psychology. Besides Psychology, Sociology is also closely related as a social science to anthropology, Economics, Political Science, History, and Human Geography. Students will focus on such topics as structure and functions of groups, patterns of behavior, causes and consequences of societal change, and the evolution of social class and structures. Understanding Sociology helps uncover and explain social patterns and discover how such patterns change over time and place creating diverse forms of human life.


    Salisbury Falcon Debate
    Salisbury Debate has built a tradition of debate excellence. Salisbury High School competes 
    in the Lehigh Valley Interscholastic Debate Association (LVIDA). Debate teaches students many of 
    the skills that will help them be successful after their years at Salisbury, including the ability to 
    research, analyze data, organize arguments, and express their ideas in front of others in a poised 
    professional manner.
    Tournament Champions
    2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019
    Semi-Final Champions
    2001, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017,2018, 2019
    Final's Champions
    2000, 2001, 2009, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019
    I am a 1984 graduate of Parkland High School and Ursinus College in 1988. I received my B.A. in History with a minor in Political Science at UC. I have done my graduate work in Education at DeSales University in Center Valley, PA and Masters work at Kutztown University in the area of Public Administration. I have been married to my wife, Melissa, since 1989 and we have three children: Joshua, Jared and Janelle. We love to travel and visit the National Parks as a family.
    Contact Information
    Phone: 610-797-4107 Ext. 2126
    Mail: Salisbury Township High School
          500 East Montgomery Street
          Allentown, PA 18080