United States History 2st Semester Janna L. Viergutz [email protected] (360) 874-5657 Course Description and Philosophy This is the second course in United States History. During the second semester, we will examine what life was like in the United States following World War II and moving into the early 21st century. Throughout the semester, students will read a variety of materials, display knowledge through writing and hands-on projects, and establish a deeper appreciation for our country’s history. We will cover social, economic, political, geographical, and historical aspects of the United States. Class Expectations Requirements: Students are expected to be prepared everyday with paper, pen, pencil, notebook, textbook(s), assignments, etc. They are expected to be on time and in their seats and will not be excused from class to retrieve missing assignments. Notebook: Students are required to have a 3-ring notebook specifically for this class. They will need to keep all assignments, quizzes, tests, notes, and extra paper in this notebook. The notebook will be collected and graded two times during the trimester. Students will be told what needs to be in the notebook and in what order before they turn it in to be graded. Note taking and Tests: Student notes are an important part of this class. Students will be given notes, during class, for each topic studied. If a student is absent, it is his/her responsibility to get the missed notes from another student, on-line, or during tutorial. Behavior: Students should be in their assigned seats and ready to work when the tardy bell rings. Respect for peers, staff, self, and materials is required. Students are expected to work independently as well as in groups. Headphones and cell phones are not allowed in class. Use of these items will result in them being taken away. Food and drink (except water) are not allowed in class. Cheating: Any student caught cheating, whether it be plagiarizing, copying, etc., will be referred to the class administrator for the first offense. Also, parents will be notified and a zero will be given for the assignment, test, etc. An automatic failure of the class will result on the second offense. Passes: Students will be allowed five (5) class passes. A pass from class can be used to use the restroom or go to the student’s locker. Passes are 5 minutes only. Any student out of class for longer than 5 minutes will be considered truant. Passes will not be given to students during the last 10 minutes of class. Each pass left at the end of the trimester will result in extra participation points added to the final grade. Absences: Seven absences, excused or unexcused, may result in loss of credit and a failing grade in this class. An absence is defined as completely missing or being ten (10) or more minutes late to class. This is the same as the school policy. Tardy Policy: Each tardy, after the first two (2), will result in the loss of daily participation points for that day. Excessive tardies may result in discipline from the school administration. Grading: Students will be evaluated on daily assignments, tests, and work attitudes and techniques. Grades will be determined on a point scale, the same point scale discussed in the school handbook. 93-100 = A 90-92 = A- District Grading Scale: 88-89 = B+ 78-79 = C+ 83-87 = B 73-77 = C 80-82 = B70-72 = C- 68-69 = D+ 63-67 = D 60-62 = D0 – 59 = Fail Social Studies Department Late Work Policy All late work will receive a 50% deduction from the actual points of the assignment. Any work assigned prior to an absence, and due the day of an absence, will be due the day that the student returns to school. Missing and late work must be turned in prior to the unit assessment for that content/material. Social Studies Department Absence Policy It is the student’s responsibility to get any work missed. This can be accomplished by: 1. Check in with the teacher (on the day of the student’s absence) to get absent work and/or schedule a make-up time for missing assessments. This can be done through e-mail or a phone call. See individual teachers’, or their websites, for this information. 2. If a student cannot contact the teacher the day of their absence, then it is their responsibility to meet with the teacher during tutorial on the day they return to get absent work and/or schedule a make-up time for missing assessments. For a prolonged absence, the student should make a homework request through the Guidance office. Students will have one week to make up a missed classroom assessment. All students will have an opportunity to do test corrections or test re-takes. The classroom teacher will notify students of the window of time for these unit corrections. Text Glencoe’s The American Republic; since 1877. You do not need to bring your book to class. We have a class set! You can also find your book online. Online Textbook: http://highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0078607124/ Login: TARS2005 Password: 8exuspuc Teacher Contact: I maintain a webpage that lists all class work, homework, notes, worksheets, etc. If a student is absent from class, they can access the webpage to download what was missed in class that day. Tutorial is another opportunity for students to ask questions or get help with school work.