Daily and weekly assignments for each unit will be distributed during the unit. These include independent work, readings and activities, individual and group reports, essays, mini-research activities, quizzes and tests, and notebook checks. Students will be responsible for meeting set deadlines. An assignment notebook/ICAL is recommended. There will be a test or concluding activity at the end of each unit. All assignments for the unit must be submitted before the unit test or concluding activity if credit is to be given.
This course will include regular independent work assignments, Class Preparedness work, in class work, and periodic test and quizzes, presentation, and research projects. Knowledge, skills, class behavior, and participation will be evaluated throughout the course using a variety of assessment tools.
Assignments or tests may vary in weight in their category. (Example: A Unit test could be worth 5 X more than a quiz.)
Each quarter will count 45% and the semester exam will count 10% of the semester grade. This is a one-semester course. If you fail this course, you will have to retake it next year. Ugh.
Make up grades:
Students are expected to make every effort to keep up with assignments when they are absent. The school late policy will be followed. If you miss a class, you have one class to make it up. If extenuating circumstances exist, then the student should meet with the teacher to set up an appropriate time to make up the work with out penalty.
If a student fails a test or quiz, they may make that grade up to a passing 70% (D-). The retake must take place on YOUR OWN TIME, which is after school, or before school. (NOT DURING STUDY HALL) You can earn up to 70% of original grade. (Example: 100% on retake = 70% in grade book) Tests are made up after school and can be corrected using students notebook and textbook. When all wrong answers are corrected and test is brought up to a 100%,
If a student does not have their independent work complete by the due date (at the beginning of class!) the best grade a student can receive for that assignment will be a 70%. The assignment must meet the criteria for an A grade to receive the 70%, any thing less and the grade will drop accordingly. After 5 class periods, late work will not be accepted.
If a student fails an assignment/test they may also receive a 70% with agreement from teacher, and as long as it is turned in no later than 5 class periods after missed date. (Honest effort is what I am looking for!)
You have ONE shot at the 70%. If you do not do “A” work on the make-up you will receive 69% or lower.
Class Preparedness Work: some work will be assigned and will be needed to be complete for the next class. This material will be USED at the beginning of class so you MUST have it completed. These assignments will receive a 0% for a grade if not completed at beginning of class. A student may make up that grade to a 70% by staying after school and completing the work. A minimum of 30 minutes after school will be needed to receive the make up grade of 70%, and must be completed within 5 classes of due date.
1. A THREE-RING NOTEBOOK. There will be times that you receive material that will need to be put into a 3-ring binder.
Attendance and make-up: Students who have an attendance problem will have a very hard time passing this course. Most of the material needed on major assignments is material covered in class. It is extremely difficult to have any idea of what is going on unless the student is present in class.
a. Students are responsible for making up assignments immediately after being absent. Any unexcused absence (for skipping class or school) results in a zero for that day.
b. If you are dismissed from school before class meets on a given day or if you come into school after the class has met, YOU SHOULD SEE YOUR TEACHERIMMEDIATELY, so that you will be able to get the assignments for the next class period.