High School Syllabus

Parents and students: please review this syllabus carefully. It contains important information about course grades and behavior expectations. Read the syllabus, then please sign and return the signature page no later than August 24, 2007. Thank you!


These are the behaviors that students are expected to exhibit in class: 
  • Have class materials ready to use
  • Follow instructions for turning in assignments
  • Listen carefully to directions and follow them
  • No snacks– water in clear containers only
  • Be ready to think–participate–learn!


Student who are not ready when the bell rings are counted tardy, as well as those who arrive late. Students who have to leave the room because they did not come to class prepared will also earn a tardy. Those arriving late are asked to come into class quietly and sit in the first available desk so as not to interrupt class activities. Tardies are counted on a school-wide basis, and detention is assigned from the office.
Hall Passes: Students must receive my permission to leave during class time. A hall pass must be used.
A conference will result if students abuse the hall pass privilege, and the privilege may be revoked.
Citizenship Grades: Students will receive numerical grades which reflect their behavior in the classroom. These citizenship grades will be based on the following list of behavior expectations (these are examples only, as a complete list is not possible for each category): 
1) Students are expected to take responsibility for learning. BE PREPARED!
2) Students are expected to respect the rights of others. BE RESPECTFUL!
3) Students are expected to treat property with respect. YOU BREAK IT, YOU BUY IT!
4) Students are expected to act in a safe and healthy way. KEEP YOUR HANDS TO YOURSELF!
5) Students are expected to follow the rules in the Parent/Student Handbook in this classroom. 
Consequences will be applied according to the school district’s discipline policies and procedures for those
students who will not be respectful of the behavior expectations. Everyone starts out with a "4" in citizenship. It is up to you to keep that "4" by following these expectations.
Music players: Students are allowed to bring MP3 players or other music playing devices to class as long as the following rules are followed: 1) The player may only be used during personal work time; 2) The volume must be kept low enough so it cannot be heard by others; 3) No sharing of players during class; 4) If at anytime I feel the player is becoming a distraction, the student loses the privilege. PARENTS: I am not responsible for the music your child plays. If you don’t want your child to use a player during class, please check the box on the signature page.           
ACADEMIC GRADES: Grades are based on total points accumulated on quizzes, tests, homework, class assignments, class participation, and projects for the semester. Grades are calculated at the end of the third week, at midterm (fifth week), at the end of the seventh week and at the quarter (ninth week). ALL students receive progress reports at these times.
1) Students must use clean whole sheets of paper; 
2) The student's name, date and assignment must appear in the upper right corner of the paper;
3) Students must use dark inks or dark pencil, or keyboard their assignment neatly; 
4) All corrections should be neatly made;
5) Papers with too many mechanical errors will be returned to the student for correction before grading.
Extra credit: Students may earn extra credit by doing exceptionally well on class work or by correctly answering specific questions imbedded in assignments and quizzes, as determined by the teacher. No extra credit is given on assignments turned in late. Special extra credit assignments are not available. Students should earn their grades based on the regular course work.
Late work: Students are expected to turn their class work in on the due date. Work turned in after the due date will be marked down 50% for the first day late–the assignment is worth 0 points after that day. Students are always free to discuss with me the reason their class work is late; if they do this when the assignment was originally due, then the late penalty may not be applied.   WARNING: I grade late papers as I have time. It may be several days or even weeks before a student's grade is changed after late work is turned in. This may affect eligibility for extracurricular activities. No late work is accepted the last week of the quarter.
Makeup work: Students have one school day for each day absent to turn in all makeup work (unless arrangements are made with the instructor for more time). Not all class activities can be made up, as they require direct participation by the student. 
Semester Grades and Evaluations: Nine weeks and semester grades are calculated as percentages using a scale of 90% = A, 80% = B, 70% = C, 60%= D, <60% = F. 
COMPUTERS, INTERNET & E-MAIL: In order for students to access the Internet or use e-mail, a signed Acceptable Use Policy form must be on file in the office. Computers with Internet access are available in the social studies classroom. Students must have teacher permission to use the computers or the Internet, and will be held strictly accountable for their behavior. Students needing to use e-mail for a social studies project will be provided with access to an e-mail account. Students are not allowed to check their personal e-mail in the social studies classroom. There will be no tolerance for unauthorized or inappropriate use of computers, Internet or e-mail.


Please read this course syllabus carefully, and if you have any questions or comment, call Ms. Douglass at the high school. This slip must be signed by both the student and a parent or guardian, and returned to Ms. Douglass by August 24, 2007.   Please keep the syllabus for your records.
I have read and understood the above course syllabus.
Parent(s)/Guardian signature and date
? My child MAY NOT use a music player during personal work time in class.
Student signature and date