Mr. Wertz’s Syllabus

7th Grade Social Studies


Phone: (480) 472-3326

Class Website:


Over the course of the year we will be covering the following topics.

Arizona in the World, Westward Expansion and Pre-Civil War, Civil War and Reconstruction, Industrial Era, Progressive Era, Imperialism, World War I, The 1920’s & 1930’s, and Pre-World War II.

Grading Procedures:

Students’ grades are the sum of the total points earned based on state standards divided by the total points possible.  Semester grades are based off of quarter grades (40% each) and semester final worth 20%.

Letter grades are based on the district-approved grading scale:

90-100% = A

80-89% = B

70-79% = C

60-69% = D

0-59% = F

Students’ grades can be monitors online through the parent portal. Grades are updated at least once a week.


  • Social Studies folder

  • Lined paper

  • Pencils

  • Pens (red and black/blue)

Make-up/Late Work Procedures:

At Summit Academy, we strive for excellence. Students are expected work. This program will be a struggle because without challenge there is no change. Any assignments turned after the due date is considered late. However, late assignments will be accepted until the day of the unit assessment without penalty. No late work will be accepted after that date.

If you are absent:

  1. Talk to me before school or before the bell rings. Once the bell rings, it will be class time and you will have to wait until after class.

  2. Do not ask during class period about missing homework/grades. This must be done before school or before the bell rings for your class period.

Students will turn in assignments within the same time frame as the absence after returning to school. For example, two days missed = two days to turn in make-up work.

Assessment Procedures:

Projects - Projects will be given throughout the year to demonstrate mastery. Students will have plenty of time in class to work on projects, but whatever is not finished during the class period will be finished at home.

Chapter/Unit Tests -

Will be given when no project is assigned. For each chapter, students will know the test date and should write it in their planners.  The test format will vary slightly based on the material covered; however each test will contain a combination of any of the following: multiple choice, true/false, short answer, identification, and matching. If absent on the day the test is assigned, the student needs to be prepared to take that exam or quiz before school on the day s/he returns to school. This is a student responsibility to get here in enough time to take the test. If absent on the day before a test, s/he is still required to take it on the regular day with the rest of the class.

Test Retakes are offer if student has met all of the requirements:

1. All assignments are turned in for that chapter.

2. Student fills out the retest request properly.

3. Student must schedule and retake/resubmit assessment within five days of the scheduled chapter test.

Open tutoring will be two days a week before school. This is for all classes so students need to come prepared with specific questions or identify what they are struggling with so facilitation between all classes can happen efficiently. Retesting format will vary from original form.

Students are responsible for knowing these procedures. If procedures are not met students will forfeit the points or opportunity to make-up work.

Classroom Rules: Safety, Responsibility, Respect.

  1. Be on task the entire class, until told to pack up.

  2. Always show respect for others and their opinions.

  3. Be responsible for your own learning and materials.

  4. No food or drink allowed in the classroom. (Except water bottles)

  5. Cell phones must be put away during class time.

Student Behavior:

Students are expected to follow directions, be engaged in the lesson, and participate. They are also expected to be respectful, safe, and responsible. The learning environment needs to be protected especially with increased number of students within the classroom. Unacceptable behavior will not be tolerated.



Parent E-mail contact

Loss of privilege/sent to office

After School Detention

Parent Conference

Referral to administration


The expectation is that students will be challenged. That they will exhibit a growth mindset and that they will be successful. There are several things parents can do to help. Parents need to talk to your student about this class. Encourage discussion about what s/he has read and the historical issues which faced the nation. Parents need to check student’s progress by examining the class calendar for assigned homework and class work.  Students should check portal for current class grade, missing/upcoming assignments, and assessments. Parents can also check student grade on the parent portal. The front office can help you set that up. The only scores taken for a grade are assessments such as quizzes, tests, projects, papers, and presentations.

Daily assignments and homework facilitate understanding and application of the standards and assist with assessments.

Gradebook is updated regularly.


Thank you for all you do to help your student be successful.  Please email if you have any questions or concerns.  I normally return emails within 24 hours.