Mrs. Waters U.S. History Page

Below is important information regarding class:

GRADING POLICY.  Grades for this course are figured on a “total points” basis.  Major components include test grades, writing assignments, homework, quizzes, class work, bell work, participation, and a special project grade.

 ENTERING THE CLASSROOM. We enter the classroom in a calm, quiet manner. Enter silently and take a seat. Remember: Once the door is closed, you must be in your seat and working. (That means having the necessary materials out on your desk.)

 BINDER. This is an important tool. Bring it to class with you every single day. The notebook will be graded during each 9-week grading period. Your notebook grade will count as one test grade of your final 9-week grade.

ASKING QUESTIONS.LEAVING YOUR SEAT.GETTING HELP. Raise your hand and I will acknowledge you. Please do not leave your seat while the teacher is teaching or there is a classroom discussion.

CLASSROOM BEHAVIOR. Your responsibilities in this class are to: be on time, be prepared, and be productive. All team members are expected to be polite and respectful to one another---and that includes the teacher. No student will be allowed to disrupt the learning of his or her classmates.

MAKEUP WORK. When you are absent you are expected to make up any work you missed. On the day you return, it is your responsibility to ask what assignments you have missed.  You have the same number of days to make up work as the number of days you missed school only if the absence is excused.  I will not remind you for any missed work.  Remember the district policy state that all excuses must be submitted to the office within two days of your return to school.

HOMEWORK. Homework, when assigned, will be due at the beginning of class. Have it out on your desk ready to be picked up or checked. 

ASSIGNMENTS.  All assignments are to be done in ink on loose leaf paper.  Pencil and spiral paper are not acceptable.  

READING.   Students will be called on to read aloud in class.

PROJECTS.  Group and individual projects will be required throughout the year.  Some will count as test grades, while others will count as classwork.  This will be determined on a project by project basis.

CHEATING.  Cheating and/or plagiarism will not be tolerated.  Cheating will result in a zerograde for the assignment or test. 

MAKE-UP TESTS.  Make-up tests will be given before or after school, or at the teacher’s convenience.  It is the student’s responsibility to make arrangements for make- up tests.

END OF CLASS DISMISSAL. Two minutes before class ends, I will tell you to start getting packed up. We will straighten the room. Then, I will give you any last minute instructions and dismiss you.

TARDINESS. You are expected to be in your seat, with you ID badge on, with your work out and started on your desk, when I close the door. If you come in late and do not have a pass you are tardy.  If you are late (unexcused) for more than 5 minutes, this is not a tardy. You are considered to be "skipping” and you will be given an automatic referral.