UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT
UNITS OF STUDY:
Foundations of Government; Constitution & Federalism; Civic and Political Participation; Congress; The President & Bureaucracy; The Courts & Civil Liberties; State, Local, & Comparative Governments.
Note taking materials – binder or spiral. Pen or pencil. You must have your notes with you each class. If you need assistance with obtaining materials, please see me, guidance, or discipline.
- 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 students’ ability to learn will be removed from the classroom. This includes cell phone usage.
- 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.
- Bathroom/Hall Passes - You will be allowed to use the bathroom as necessary; however, abuse of the bathroom policy will result in loss of privileges. Bathroom and drink “business” should be taken care of between classes if possible.
- Assignments are due at the beginning of the class period on the assigned due date; otherwise a late penalty may be assessed.
- No assignments will be accepted electronically unless arrangements have been made PRIOR TO the assignment due date. Late assignment penalty – 5 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 & materials can be considered homework)
- Plagiarism will not be tolerated. If it is not solely your work, do not turn it in as such!
- Assignments will be posted on the classroom board; they will not be posted on my website. You can email me to receive the daily assignments if you are absent. This is not an online course and will not be treated as such. The textbook is NOT available online.
- 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.
- 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. Any student that arrives after the bell will be marked tardy; a referral will be written on 4th
In addition to expectations listed above, ALL guidelines & rules stated in the student handbook apply.
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