World History A and B
Dear Parents and Students,
Welcome back to another school year. Your son or daughter is enrolled in my World History class at Grant High School. It is a two semester course tracing World History from The Renaissance to the present day. Topics covered will include the Renaissance, Democratic Revolutions, The Industrial Revolution, Colonization, World War One, The Rise of Dictators, World War Two, The Cold War, and Recent World History. The class will follow the California State History and Social Science Academic Standards for World History.
Grading will be based on a point system. Each assignment or test will have a point value. The percentage of the total points a student earns will determine his or her letter grade. The Grading Scale will be as follows:
90-100% = A
77-89% = B
65-76% = C
52-64% = D
0-51% = F
The Work Habits grade will be based on the number of missing assignments. A student can be missing 0-3 assignments and still get an E in Work Habits. A student can be missing 4-6 assignments and still get an S in Work Habits. If a student is missing 7 or more assignments, he or she will get a U in Work Habits.
The Cooperation Grade will be based on the number of tardies and the student's behavior. A student with good behavior who has 0-3 tardies can get an E in Cooperation. Students with good behavior and 4-6 tardies (4-7 Tardies in Period One), can get an S in Cooperation. Students with 7 or more tardies (8 or more in Period One), will get a U in Cooperation. Also, if a student misbehaves, he or she will be warned first, and then have his or her seat moved if the behavior continues. After moving the seat, if the negative behavior still continues I will call the student's parent to discuss his or her behavior. If problems still continue after I have called home, the student will get a U in Cooperation.
The Classroom Rules are as follows:
1. Respect yourself and others.
2. Be in your seat, ready to work when the bell rings, and remain in your seat until the bell to dismiss rings.
3. Bring all required materials to class, including textbook, pen, paper.
4. Do not get up and walk around or talk while the teacher or another student is talking, or while the class is working.
5. All school rules apply in this classroom.
6. Use the restroom or take care of anything else you need to before class.
7. Clear all absences.
Students will receive a daily grade of five points for following the rules. They will get five out of five for following them for the entire period, and zero out of five if they violate the rules. They can also earn negative points for repeatedly breaking the rules during a class period. Uncleared absences and truancies will count against students for this grade. This daily grade may positively or negatively affect a student's grade.
If a student is absent, it is up to him or her to get the assignment from the teacher upon returning to school, or to get it from my webpage on granths.org. Students are responsible for all work missed during an absence, and will get a score of zero on work that is not completed following an absence. Students will get the same number of days as they were absent to make up the work. Late work will be accepted, but students can get no more than half credit on work that is turned in late. Make up work that is turned in will not be counted until I have seen on MISIS that the absence has been cleared. Work missed due to truancy cannot be made up.
Homework will usually be given two to three times a week. It must be done COMPLETELY AT THE TIME IT IS DUE. If it is not completely done at the time it is due, it will be graded either late or incomplete, and the student will get no more than half credit on the assignment. Work also must be done in COMPLETE SENTENCES. If it is not, the student will get no more than half credit. If a student does not understand the work, it is up to him or her to ask me for help, and I will be glad to provide it. Work that is not completely done because the student did not ask for help will be considered to be incomplete and the student will get half credit on the assignment.
Tests will be given periodically. They will be correctable True/False tests, in which the students will have to explain why the false answers are incorrect. Students will be able to use notes on the test, but if they choose to do so, they can get no better than 70% on the test. If they want to get a score higher than 70%, they must take the test without the notes.
If a student cheats or helps another student to cheat, he or she will get a grade of zero on that assignment or test. Cheating includes copying an assignment from a cell phone, copying from another student's paper, giving out an assignment for another student to copy from, looking at another student's paper during a test, use of notes or any other aid without telling the teacher, communication of any kind with other students during the test, and the use of any kind of electronic device during a test.
I hope this will be a rewarding school year for everybody involved. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call me here at school at 818-756-2700, or email me at email@example.com.