Mrs. Long - American Government


    United States Government (2106310) & United States Government Honors (2106320)

    Grade 12: 1/2 Credit


    Foundations of Government; Constitution & Federalism; Civic and Political Participation; Congress; The President & Bureaucracy,; The Courts & Civil Liberties; State, Local, & Comparative Governments.


    Pencil or pen (blue or black ink only), loose-leaf notebook paper & folder (college ruled preferred) OR spiral notebook



    • Respect –It is expected that you treat everything and everyone in this room with respect; you will treat each person in the room with dignity and tolerance. Students whose behavior interferes with other studentsability to learn will be removed from the classroom.



    • Language – There is a time and place for everything; language used on television, at home, or with friends at a party is not the same language used in a classroom. If in doubt about a comment, err on the side of caution. If you have to think about it – it is probably inappropriate for the classroom.



    • Dismissal - Students will be dismissed by the teacher, NOT the bell. Students will remain seated until dismissed by teacher.



    • Cell Phones/Electronics - All cell phones and electronics are to be kept out of sight and silenced. As per FHS policy, cell phones are only allowed to be used during lunch. “Checking the time” is not a valid excuse (there is a clock on the wall).
    • 1st offense – student will be warned and asked to put the device away.
    • 2nd offense – a referral will be written. Student and electronic device will be sent immediately to the discipline office. Electronics sent to the discipline office must be picked up by a parent. Students will NOT be allowed to pick up their electronic devices – only a parent will be allowed to retrieve the device. NO exceptions.



    • Bathroom/Hall Passes - Bathroom and drink “business” should be taken care of between classes. Bathroom passes will be given only on an emergency basis. Abuse of the bathroom policy will result in loss of privileges.



    • ESE/504 Plan – if you fall into this category it is YOUR responsibility to make arrangements with me regarding your accommodations.




    Assignments are due at the beginning of the class period on the assigned due date; otherwise a late penalty will be assessed. Assignments must have first AND last name, date, and period on the upper right-hand corner of assignment unless otherwise specified. No assignments will be accepted electronically unless arrangements have been made PRIOR TO the assignment due date. Late assignments will result in a penalty of 10 points for each day it is late (including weekends and alternate school days – A day / B day).

    • Grading Policy – Class Work & Quizzes 50%, Tests & Projects 40%, Homework 10% (notes & note cards will be considered homework)
    • Plagiarism will not be tolerated. If it is not solely your work, do not turn it in as such!



    • Absences / Make-up Work


      • This course will utilize a variety of approaches to facilitate the learning process, including cooperative learning, audio/visual, and various hands on techniques. Students will be provided the opportunity and are expected to become active learners in this course. Regular attendance in the class is expected. If, however, a student is absent from class, opportunity to make up any missed assignments will be provided. County policy will be followed regarding make-up work. The teacher will consult the student regarding the make-up work and assign a due date. Students who do not request make-up work will receive a grade of “0” for the work missed.
      • Because I do not have the capability of re-teaching the missed lesson during class time, please see me before or after school), or during CAT time (pass required) if you have questions about your assignment.*
      • When a student is absent, it is his/her responsibility to obtain make-up work the first day back to class. Students who do not request make-up work will receive a grade of “0” for the work missed.
        • Students are responsible for turning in any work that was due while absent immediately upon their return to class.  Any assignments that were due on a day you were absent MUST be turned in the day you return to class in order to receive full credit.
        • Plan to come during CAT period (pass required) to make up a missed test. Rarely will a make-up test be given during class time.
        • Students will have 2 class periods to make up missed assignments.
        • If a test has been announced in advance, students will be expected to take the test on the assigned day. Missing a lesson review is NOT an excuse to postpone a test.


    • Tardy Policy:
      • Students are expected to be in the classroom and seated when the tardy bell rings (not walking through the door when the bell rings, not lingering in the hall close to the classroom when the bell rings). Students must be in their seats and ready to work when the bell rings. Any student that arrives after the bell will be marked tardy.
        • A referral will be written on the 4th tardy.
        • Being on time means being in your seat with materials ready to go when the bell rings.
        • You are considered absent/skipping if you are more than 10 minutes late to class.


    In addition to expectations listed above, ALL guidelines/rules stated in the student handbook apply.


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