Junior High Syllabus

Parents and students: please review this course 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!      
CLASSROOM BEHAVIOR: We have a limited amount of time to learn a lot of content, to develop skills in writing, speaking and listening, and to complete various assignments and projects. Students must be on task and focused on the activities in order to learn. Students should have an enjoyable time in social studies, but to ensure that everyone has some fun and that learning takes place, there are certain behaviors that students are expected to exhibit. 
When the bell rings, all students are expected to:
Ø      Be sitting quietly in their desk
Ø      Have class materials ready to use
Ø      Follow instructions for turning in assignments
Ø      No snacks--water in clear bottles only to drink
Ø      Be ready to think–participate–learn!
Tardies: Student who are not ready when the bell rings are counted tardy, as well as those who arrive late. If you are tardy, please 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. This means that students will arrive on
time; bring all materials with them to class; listen to directions; use class time for completing the
assigned tasks; and keep distracting items at home or out of sight.
2) Students are expected to respect the rights of others. A learning environment needs to be
maintained, so this means that students must work quietly; use appropriate language; and show
courtesy and respect towards those in the classroom.
3) Students are expected to treat property with respect. Textbooks, furniture, computers and any
other school property is to be taken care of; students may borrow the property of others only
after asking permission. 
4) Students are expected to act in a safe and healthy way. Furniture and materials will be used
appropriately; hands and feet will be kept to self; school rules relating to safety will be followed in
the classroom.
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.         
ACADEMIC GRADES: Grades are based on total points accumulated on quizzes, tests, homework, class assignments, class participation, and projects over the course of 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.
Assignments: In order to assure that assignments are graded fairly and returned quickly, students are asked to follow these procedures. If they are not followed, the work may be returned to be redone and will be counted late: 
1) Students must use clean whole sheets of paper; 
2) The student's name, class, date and the 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 must use proofreading marks or single line cross-outs.
5) Papers with too many mechanical errors may need to be corrected 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 20% for the first day late–the assignment is worth 0 points after the first 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.
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). It is the student's responsibility to get his/her makeup work in a timely fashion (please see the Parent/Student Handbook for more information). Students who wait several days to get their makeup work will find their work counted late for the appropriate number of days. For prearranged absences students may be able to pickup some of their work ahead of time, but this will depend on how much notice they give and the length of their absence. . Makeup assignments, especially those obtained prior to the absence, may not be identical to the assignments given in class.
Grading Scale: 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.
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