Guidelines/Policies

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,

Welcome to U.S. History. I would like to take this opportunity to review my classroom expectations so that this will be a rewarding school year for all of us. 

Expectations

  • Respect yourself, other students, teachers, and administrators.
  • Complete of all class work and homework.
  • Participation: This class will provide students with ample opportunity to voice your perspective, and constructively critique their fellow student’s and teacher’s viewpoint on a variety engaging issues. Debates, discussion, class presentations will be encouraged & promoted in this course.

Policies

  • Be ready to work with appropriate materials (planner, paper, pencils, etc).
  • Make every effort to be present each day.
  • No gum, candy, soft drinks, food permitted in the classroom.
  • I should not be aware of any electronics on your person.

Supplies:

Creativity, conceptual and hands-on projects are a foundational aspect of this class. I require that each student have:

·         Loose leaf paper

.         A section in their 3-ring binder that is clearly labeled 'Social Studies' or a separate durable folder designated for               social studies.

·         Colored pencils/markers

·         Flash drive

·         Glue stick

·         Scissor

·         **A portfolio booklet (An example will be shown in class and a description is located in my online calendar              

           calendar).

Assessments:

Class work, homework, projects, and oral participation in the form of class discussion and structured debates will be evaluated. Exams follow the completion of each unit. 

Assessment Measures:

  • Classwork
  • Oral Participation
  • Portfolio Journal writing (Due every 3rd Friday of the month, see calendar)
  • Current Events (Due the last Thursday of each month, see calendar)
  • A complete description of both the Portfolio Reflection writing and Current Event assignments will be posted on my teacher web page within the calendar.
  • Homework (On average will be assigned two times a week)
  • Jeopardy Quizzes
  • Unit Exams

 Late Work:

8th Grade: I allow ONE late assignment per 9 weeks without penalty if your 'Late Pass' is attached to your work. Any other work will not be accepted.

7th Grade: If a student is missing any assignments/projects, he or she will have until the end of the class unit to hand in. **The student's grade will receive an automatic 50 Percent deduction in points if handed in late.

 

Grades:

Grades in this class are computed on a regular 10% scale.

90-100% =A

80-89% =B

70-79%= C

60-69% =D

0-59% =F

Parent-Teacher communication is essential to student success. Students and parents have a number of ways in which they can stay informed to grade related information. These include;

o   Checking grades on the school portal

o   Calling/e-mailing the teacher  (You will receive the quickest response if you email me). 

o   Referring to the student agenda is another valuable tool that can be used to see what your child is working on every day, and if there is any homework assigned. I require students to write the topic and homework in their planner every day

***Please note that I will utilize my teacher webpage to inform parents of any upcoming assignments/homework/projects and debate results. I will be posting this information on a weekly/daily basis.