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What you need to bring to class
A. Textbook: The student is responsible to bring his textbook to class and to keep the book in good condition. If a book is lost, the teacher should be notified in writing immediately. A new book will not be issued until reimbursement is made.
B. Notebook: The student must provide a single, 3 ring binder filled with white lined paper. Notebooks should be brought to class daily and students are responsible for their upkeep. Periodic checks of the notebook will be part of the student's class work grade.
C. Additional supplies: The student must come to class each day with a pen or pencil. Red pen should not be used! IF any additional materials are needed, the student will be notified in advance.
A. Respect: Students are expected to show respect to everyone in the class. No less is expected and no less will be permitted. Breaking of this rule will result in the appropriate disciplinary action. If disrespect is shown to a substitute teacher, the student will receive a zero for the day's work and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken as well.
B. Tardiness: All students should be in the classroom and be prepared to work when the bell sounds. Any student entering class after the bell must have a pass. The first offense will result in a verbal warning and the second offense will result in teacher detention. Subsequent offenses will follow MHS policy and will result in a lower class work grade for the term.
C. Talking: Discussion is a major part of our school day. However, no talking should occur while the instructor is talking or while other students are answering a question. Students who violate this rule will be given the appropriate disciplinary action.
D. All other issues will be handled individually and in accordance with The Methuen High School Student Handbook.
A. Reading Assignments: Students will be responsible for reading assignments from the textbook. Notes should be taken on all reading assignments and include vocabulary and other important information. Quizzes, both oral and written, may be given on reading assignments.
b. Homework: Homework will be a regular part of this course and completion of it is absolutely necessary for success in the course. All homework is due at the beginning of class. If a student is absent from school, it is due the day he/she returns. Should a student be in school but absent from class for a legitimate reason ( field trip, workshops, assemblies, etc) it is the student's responsibility to hand in the homework. Students illegally absent from class will receive a zero for any homework assignment. Homework should reflect a student's own work and copying work is plagiarism and will result in a zero for all parties involved. Attempting an assignment and getting it incorrect is better than copying someone else's work.
C. Additional Responsibilities: Students should use time wisely and be actively involved in all individual, group and class work. A positive attitude should be demonstrated at all times. Students are also responsible to ask necessary questions since these lead to true understanding and learning.
A. Types: A variety of assessments will be used by the instructor to insure that all student learning styles are addressed. It is the student's responsibility to approach the instructor regarding any problems from class work or homework. Extra help is always available after school but must be scheduled ahead of time. A student may turn a project or paper early for teacher review any time prior to the due date.
B. Cheating: Talking during any test or quiz will be considered cheating unless the student is talking directly to the instructor. Copying any or all parts of a project, paper, or any other assignment will be considered plagiarism and will result in a zero for the work and disciplinary actions as outlined in the MHS Student Handbook.
C. Missed Work:
1. Tests/Quizzes: If a student is legally absent from school the day of a test or quiz, he/she will have five school days to make up the test unless other provisions are made with the instructor. Make up assessments will only be given after school, not during class periods.
2. Projects/Papers: IF a student is absent the day that a project or paper is due, he/she is responsible to turn it in the first day back. If a project or paper is assigned when a student is absent, she/he will have the same amount of time to complete the work as all other students. Rubrics will be used to grade all projects and papers.
D. Late Work: Projects and papers will lose a letter grade for each day they are late. Late projects/papers will not be accepted after the fifth day. If a project is due prior on a Friday and it is not turned in, the students will lose 20 points for the initial day late. Projects due prior to a vacation or break will only be accepted on the due dates. The teacher reserves the right to alter all due dates.
E. Quarter Grades Quarter 1 2,3,4
1. Quizzes, Tests, Projects 50% 60%
2. Homework, Notebook 20% 20%
3. Class work, Class Participation 20% 20%
4. Summer Reading 10% N/A
F. Final Grades: Final grades will be weighted in accordance with MHS and Social Studies Department policies. Students are reminded that this course is a requirement for graduation.
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