Monday, August 27, 2012

8th Grade Course Overview

Eighth Grade Social Studies Course Overview Eigth Grade Social Studies covers the history, culture, and geography of North Carolina. Textbook: Primary Text: The America Journey United States and North Carolina History Reference Texts: The North Carolina Experience North Carolina: A History Student Responsibilities Students should arrive every day with notebook, pen or pencil, textbooks, handouts, etc. It is the duty of the student to arrive to class on time and to be ready to begin work at the correct time. All students arriving late for class are required to have a pass from the office before they are admitted to class. Students are responsible to seek out missing assignments, notes, etc caused by an absence from school. It is also the responsibility of the student to complete all assignments on time and to hand them in on time. Failure to turn any assignment in on time will result in a reduction of the final grade. Failure to follow directions will result in a reduction of the final grade. All students should use the agenda provided for them by noting all assignments on the appropriate date. Tests & Quizzes A history study guide, reviewed by the class as a whole, accompanies all tests. Students will have the opportunity to complete and correct these before each test. All students are required to hand in their study guides with the completed test for that unit. All students will have the same amount of time to complete the tests. Quizzes will also be given throughout the year. All students should refer to their syllabus for the test and homework schedule. All tests and quizzes should be returned with parent’s signature the day after the class has reviewed the quiz or test. If a student is absent on the day of a test, then the student is expected to take the test the day they return to school. Should school be cancelled due to weather, etc on a test day, the test will be given the day the school reopens. Homework Homework is viewed as an opportunity for the student to practice skills being learned. All homework should be completed by the student without aid of parents so the homework clearly demonstrates the ability of the student and not outside influences. There are no reminders each day for students to complete up coming assignments as all assignments are noted on the syllabus and it is the responsibility of student to keep up with their own work. All work not handed in on the correct day will receive the grade of zero unless student has been absent. In the case of absence, the work is due the day the student returns to school or a date as set by the teacher and student. Projects Projects are not a source of extra work, but are viewed as an opportunity of the student to explore additional topics on their own. All projects are grade and course appropriate. Projects allow students to work on organization, writing, research, and time management skills which are essential for a successful school career. All projects are assigned with a project sheet which outlines the requirements of the project and all due dates. Rarely will these dates change unless it is unavoidable. Project Late Policy All work is assigned with a specific due date. All work is expected to be handed in on that day and time assigned. All work not turned in at the appropriate class period will be considered late. Plagiarism Policy Please refer to student handbook. Grading Percentages Tests and Projects 40% Quizzes 30% Class work 20% Homework 10% Missed Assignments It is the responsibility of the student to discover the assignments missed due to an absence. All students will have two days for each day missed. If the student is truly sick, please do not come by to pick up the assignments for the day. The student should be able to rest without worry of completing work. Missed Tests Any test missed for an excused reason must be made up within a time limit decided by the teacher and the student. Any test not made up by the appropriate time will result in that test being assigned a grade of zero. Progress Report All students will receive an interim that represents their progress for the first half of each quarter. These should be signed by the parent and returned the next day. Class Rules 1) Conduct yourself as a young lady or gentlemen at all times. 2) Be responsible for actions taken and mature enough to accept the consequences. Please refer to the Middle School Discipline Plan. Contact Information for Mr. King Email: rking@neusecharterschool.org Phone: 919.938.1077 Blog: mrkingsocialstudies.blogspot.com - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - (Cut Here) We have read the Seventh Grade Social Studies Overview and fully understand everything stated. I, as the parent, understand that I may contact Mr. King any time throughout the school year by note, email, or phone call to the school to express any questions or concerns that I/we may have. ______________________________________________ ________________ (Parent Signature) (Date) _______________________________________________ _________________ (Parent Signature) (Date) As a student I take responsibility for my learning at Neuse Charter School. I understand the expectations placed before me and will strive to meet them. ________________________________________________ __________________ (Student Signature)

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