Instructor: Mr. Bob Schalk
Class Period: 2nd, 5th and 6th
Phone Number: 846-2757 ext. 28
Welcome to the study of American History and a year of learning, hard work and Fun! What makes this subject different is that the record of the past is fragmented and incomplete. A second problem is that we tend to insert our current ideas, beliefs and values as we interpret the past. As you will soon learn, history can help you understand yourself, the times we live in and the people around you better. We use the record of the past to understand the present in order to shape the future.
Below you will find information necessary to make this year a success. Please read it over and feel free to ask for clarification or additional information as necessary. You may also feel the need to argue some of the points, please do so. I want to establish an atmosphere in the class where we can share ideas, questions and experiences. Please remember that I am here to help you! If you have any problems, questions or concerns please seek my assistance before they become major obstacles.
Remember that learning is an active process. You will earn much more in this course if you make the effort to actively involve yourself in the class by keeping up with assignments, participating in discussions, activities, and thinking about what you have learned in class each day.
Knowledgeable, caring citizens are the backbone of American Society. It is my hope that this class will help you become more knowledgeable and caring. To that end, it is your right and responsibility to learn. It is my right and responsibility to teach and create conditions to help you learn.
Research shows that learning varied directly with time on task. That is, the greater time on task, the greater the learning. Time on task means time spent actually problem solving, discussing, analyzing, planning, etc. Many of the following rules and procedures are designed to get more time on task. I’m looking forward to a great year.
We can have fun and academic success when everyone follows these few simple rules:
1. FOLLOW INSTRUCTION: This includes those given by me, administrators, staff and substitute teachers. Please ask me for help on something you don’t understand. I won’t do your work for you but we’re in this together – Teacher, Student, and Parent. I’ll do my best to be clear and concise, but you must PAY ATTENTION.
2. COME TO CLASS PREPARED WITH ALL REQUIRED MATERIAL: Always assume that you will need your textbook, pen, pencil, paper, and notebook despite any special period. A notebook and folder is required for this course, notes will be graded with each exam.
3. HOMEWORK POLICY: School policy states that you have two school days to complete homework missed due to absence. There are NO exceptions to this homework rule. You are responsible for getting and making up the homework when you are absent. It is NOT my responsibility to come find you and tell you we had a homework assignment. Homework Counts for 35 percent of your grade.
4. PROMPTNESS. Be in the classroom before the bell rings, book out, ready to work. Book bags are NOT ALLOWED in class.
5. ALLOW STUDENTS TO LEARN AND TEACHERS TO TEACH. I’ll treat you with respect and consideration and it’s expected that you will treat peers and adults in a courteous and respectful manner. Adopt an attitude of a scholar. This classroom is ours, not mine or yours.
6. COMPLY WITH ALL SCHOOL RULES, REGULATIONS AND POLICIES. It’s most important that you know the rules if you are expected to follow them. Read your student handbook.
7. KEEP THE CLASSROOM (and desks) CLEAN. Before leaving the classroom check your area. Pick up paper and return desk to original place unless otherwise instructed. Put trash in trashcan.
8. TESTS. These are a way to evaluate your progress and understanding of the material. You will have a variety of these evaluations including oral presentations, objective tests, essays, and culminating projects. You will often have daily reading quizzes; you may use your notes on your reading quizzes. Quizzes and Tests Counts for 65 percent of your grade.
9. GROUPS. We often work in groups. This requires cooperation and that you pull your own weight. If you have not participated in the group activity and allow others to do all of the work you risk receiving a zero for the activity or for a daily grade. Group rules are provided to you in addition to these instructions. Please file them in your notebook and keep them all year.
10. PARTICIPATION. Everyone is expected to answer oral questions, ask questions and participate in class and group discussion. Participation is graded. The learning environment is positive and as a class we will make it possible for all to participate comfortably.
11. ETHICAL BEHAVIOR. Do you own work? Work that has been copied from others or plagiarized will NOT be accepted. ***Cheating on tests will result in a zero on that test and parental contact.
12. SCHOOL ATTENDANCE POLICY: After your 10th absence you will LOSE CREDIT for the remainder of the Semester. ALL make-up work is done outside of class, or by making arrangements with me.
13. CONSEQUENCES. You make your own choices and just as there are many rewards for correct choices, there are punishments for choices outside the rules. Listed below are both positive and negative consequences.
A) POSITIVE CONSEQUENCES
1. Praise to the student
2. A great education
3. Special privileges in the classroom (sit where you want)
4. Good Grades
B) NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES
1. Verbal or written warning (Simply asking for the behavior to stop; or calling out the name)
2. Student-Teacher conference (may ask student to stay after class with no excuses to the next class)
3. Assignment to After School Detention (30 minutes after school)
4. Parent-Teacher conference (telephone call at first, then later a request to come to school)
5. Referral to the high school principal.
C) SEVERE CLAUSE
Students and parents should be aware that MAJOR disruptions or infractions will result in the student being sent to the principal without regard to the outlined discipline plan.
D) My purpose is to help you have a successful year. I’ll work with you and your parents to make sure you keep up with your work and supplies so that you have academic success and get a great education. We are studying the past to help form our future. Let’s have a great year in OUR Class.
E) GRADING POLICY
Students will be evaluated based on class work, homework, individual and group projects, tests and
quizzes, and class participation. Letter grades equivalents are based upon the following scale.
A: 92 to 100 D: 65 to 73 C: 74 to 81
B: 83 to 91 F: Below 64