All students in Mr. Klein's Social Studies classes are expected to exhibit the following Required Class Behaviors:
1. Respect members of the class, their ideas and their property.
2. Participate actively. Take intellectual risks, for you will learn from your own risk-taking as well as each other..
3. Ask whenever you have a question. “The only stupid question is the question that goes unasked.” Donald K. Anderson, Clerk of the United States House of Representatives.
4. Be prepared everyday – Covered textbook, pen, and pencil, notebook, agenda book/assignment book.
5. Be in the classroom before the bell rings. West’s lateness policy is strictly enforced.
6. Complete all work to the best of your ability because homework, essays and classwork will help you to obtain the necessary and required skill and knowledge. Also, these learning activities will be evaluated through a combination rubric/points system. Summing all of the earned points divided by the total possible points will result in a percent score that will be the marking period grade. This score will then be calculated as 66% of the final grade and added to the other 14% obtained from the final exam (objective and essay) and 10% each for the two Core Assessments to reach a final course grade. No individual extra credit will be available.
7. Complete all assignments by their due date. Daily homework assignments will lose 50% of their value if one day late, and will receive no credit beyond one day, but needs to be done for the purpose of learning. Long-term assignments (over one week allotted for completion) will lose 10% for each day that it is late.
8. Headphones may NOT be worn at anytime in the classroom - they must be removed before entering class.
Assignments / Deadlines:
At the beginning of the course, or before each unit (approximately every 2 weeks) a schedule for all work, due dates and deadlines for that unit will be provided and also posted in an electronic calendar. Students are expected to budget their time to complete all assignments on time. Assignments will be accepted one day late for 50% credit of the grade earned. Major assignments receive a 10% deduction for each day they are late. If you are in school the day an assignment is due, you are responsible to submit it. For major assignments (paper deadlines, etc) the deadlines are firm, and you must submit these assignments on these due days regardless of attendance (via a friend or email). These deadlines will be made clear in class.
1. For all 18 week social studies classes there are 2 Core Assessments. Each will be calculated as 10% of the final course grade. (APUSH has 3 Core Assessments due to its 3 semester length.)
2. There is a comprehensive final exam consisting of between 50 and 70 multiple. AP US History also has a midterm exam.
3. There is a final exam essay section. This essay section will be given out at the beginning of the course. You will be required to write this essay section in class.
Test make-ups - if a student has an excused absence on the day of a test, the student will be prepared to take the test the first Lunch and Learn after the student returns to school. (Significant difficulties which may arise that hinder completion of the make-up times must immediately be communicated to Mr. Klein via e-mail prior to return to school so that special accomodations can be made - make ups will not occur in class) If a student does not make up the test at these times, the student will have not demonstrated understanding and thus earn no credit for the test.
There is no extra credit or retests (the inaccurately-named "second chance learning" there will be mastery learning redemption opportunities pursuant to the CB West Social Studies guidelines for this course.)
All school and district policies regarding cheating and plagiarism will be followed. Plagiarism (using another’s words or ideas without giving credit or other attribution) is unacceptable, wrong and dishonest. Further, a student involved in plagiarism will be ineligible for a college recommendation.
Students are expected to take personal responsibility for themselves and their work at all times. This includes being an active participant in all assignments and class activities. Students should be focused on the task at hand and NOT on work for other classes.
- IPods, cell phones, and other electronic devices are unacceptable at any time unless used for specific academic purpose related to class learning- see student handbook for school cell phone policy.
- All cellphones will deposited in the Distracting Devices Depository at the front of the class everyday as part of the process of attendance-taking.
- Students should arrive on time and be prepared with all materials prior to the bell.
- Students who are absent will be responsible to access this site, contact a classmate or e-mail the instructor to keep up with all assignments.
- MAKE UPS: For all in-class assessments for which a student is absent, the student will be prepared to take the test the first Lunch and Learn after the student returns to school. (Significant difficulties which may arise that hinder completion of the make-up times must immediately be communicated to Mr. Klein via e-mail prior to return to school so that special accomodations can be made - make ups will not occur in class) (unless there has been an extended absence when the school policy for absence takes effect - please see student handbook.
- Tests or quizzes not made up within the specified time frame will receive a zero.