• Welcome to U.S. History and Civics!  I have put together this list of my expectations to ensure you are prepared for a successful year.  Please follow these procedures and see me to discuss any questions you may have.

    Supplies:

                   Please bring to class EVERY DAY:

    1.        A folder OR a 3 ring binder with loose leaf paper.  This may be a binder dedicated to social studies or a binder shared with other classes.

    2.       Any handouts you have been provided for the unit we are studying, as well as all classwork and homework for the unit.

    3.       Pens!

    4.       Any homework that is due.

    5.      Your fully charged laptop. 
     

    I recommend using a daily planner to record assignment due dates.  You may also want to have your own colored pencils or markers, though we have some in the room for you to use.  If Whiteout/correction tape is important to you, please bring your own.  If you plan on using a pencil (never required in this class), I recommend bringing your own pencil sharpener.

     

    Headings:

    Please make sure everything you hand in has your FULL NAME, the period you have social studies and the date.  When possible, the heading should be on the TOP of the page.  Points will be deducted for missing information.  For example:

    Rachel Wolczak 
    Period 1 (or 3, 4, 6/7, 9)
    September 6, 2018             

     

    Procedures:

    1.       You must be in your seat when the second, or late, bell rings.  Make sure you are ready to work!

    2.       Come to class prepared with your supplies and with your completed homework.  You will lose points if you must return to your locker for materials or work.

    3.       After you have entered the classroom, check the board for a “do now.”  Begin doing the do now immediately – do not wait for a personal invitation!

    4.       If class is interrupted by an announcement or phone call, be quiet and respectful.

    5.       If the fire alarm sounds, quietly follow the fire exit route out of the classroom.

    6.       The bell does not dismiss you, I do.  Stay in your seats unless directed otherwise.

     

    Grading Policy:

    Grades are derived from Homework and Classwork (25%) and Assessments (Tests, Quizzes, Essays and Projects (75%).  Tests count as two quizzes.  Essays and projects will be weighted according to difficulty, length and importance. 

    Classwork and homework generally will be graded on a check plus (100), check (85), check minus (70) system.  A check means you have met the requirements of the assignment.  To earn a check plus, you must demonstrate high quality, thoughtful work. 

    Homework and classwork quizzes may be conducted periodically to check for thoroughness of understanding and completion of work, so be sure you complete all assignments with the purpose of learning, and not just to get it done.

     If you need to return to your locker to retrieve homework, points may be deducted. 

     Extra Help:

    I am available to help students each morning beginning at 7:40 and after school most Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please let me know that you are stopping by so I can make sure to be in the classroom.

    Late Work:

    Work always should be handed in on time!  This will allow you to participate in class and understand our work in the proper order and the way intended.  If you do not have your work at the time it is due, you may complete it and hand it in for half credit the next day, if it was not gone over in class.  Homework will not be accepted if it is more than one day late unless you receive permission from me in advance.

     Absences:

    If you are absent, it is your responsibility to make up missing work.  If you are absent for one day, you have one day to make up your work.  For example, if you are absent on a Tuesday, work that was due that Tuesday must be handed in on Wednesday.  Work that was assigned on Tuesday and was due on Wednesday must be handed in by you on Thursday. 

     If you are absent on the day of a quiz or test, you will take the quiz or test on the day you return.

     If you are absent for an extended period, speak to me so we may determine how best to have you make up the missing work.  It is your responsibility to see me.  I will not track you down to set up a schedule.

     At all times you may check my schoolwires site for assignments and may email me with questions.

     Cheating:

    Copying, cheating and plagiarism are forbidden.  It also is not acceptable to complete assignments in groups or with a partner without permission, though you may discuss assignments with one another.  Any student caught cheating will receive a zero for that assignment and parents and school administrators will be notified.  In addition, all school guidelines will be enforced.