Social Studies Department Course Contract
Attendance and Punctuality:
Regular and prompt attendance is mandatory since participation in class daily and handing in homework are the backbones of this course. When a student is absent she/he must bring an excuse note on the day of return. Failure to attend at least 66% of the total classes in a marking period, term, or year may result in a failure grade of 45 for the grading period. You are still responsible for doing homework and making up class work when you are absent or late.
You are required to take diligent notes, as they will be one of your only sources to prepare yourself for the material to be discussed and examinations. Class participation is the biggest indicator of your knowledge and grasp of the subject matter. Class participation is required and will drastically help or hurt your grade as classwork comprises 40% of your overall grade.
Students are required to complete all homework assignments. Students are expected to submit homework on time. Students who turn in late assignments on a consistent basis may receive partial or no credit for that assignment. Students who miss homework due to absence will be given the opportunity to submit missed work. Students are given one calendar day for each day absent to submit the missing work. Homework is required and will drastically help or hurt your grade as homework comprises 20% of your overall grade.
Students may be required to submit projects for the marking period, term, or course. Details on the content, research technique and format of the project(s) will be given in a supplemental attachment.
All exams will be announced several days in advance and will be based upon content from homework and class work. Quizzes may be unannounced. Absent students are responsible for and will be allowed to take a make-up exam immediately after their return to school, if she/he presents an excuse note.
This course culminates in a Regents exam which students must pass to satisfy credit requirements to receive a HS diploma in New York State.
Academic Integrity Policy:
All students need to be mindful and adhere to the Academic Integrity Policy which outlines examples of and penalties for cheating and plagiarism. The policy can be found in its entirety on the school’s website.
Your marking period grades will be calculated using the following percentages:
- 20% Homework
- 40% Classwork
- 40% Essays, Projects, Quizzes, Exams
Thank you kindly for your cooperation, and if you have any questions about the course, please do not hesitate to contact me at my dedicated teacher gmail account firstname.lastname@example.org or (917) 689-2702 (cell).