Policies & Procedures

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Policies and Procedures
Social Studies / Religion
Mr. Tomasko
2017-2018


Objective:
Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! We will use textbooks, primary source materials, plays, simulations, research projects, PowerPoint, videos, and a variety of SMART media for the purpose of exploring the subjects of Social Studies and Religion, and discovering how each applies to our daily lives. 

Text:
Social Studies: World: Adventures in Time and Place (6), The American Nation (7,8)
Religion: Alive in Christ (6, 7, 8)

Evaluation:
Your progress will be assessed through quizzes, tests, a midterm and final exam, projects and presentations, periodic notebook checks, classwork, homework, class participation, attitude, and effort.

Student Responsibilities and Class Procedures:

•        Above all, be respectful!  Inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated. If the situation does arise, I will “respectfully” ask you to leave the class or issue a behavior infraction.
•        Say “hi” to your friends, gather your materials, and/or go to the bathroom before class. In other words, take care of your personal business on your own time!
•        Be on time, take your assigned seat, and enter the classroom ready to work.
•       At the beginning of class, there will usually be a Bellringer question on the board, which you will be required to complete in the Classwork section of your notebook (to be discussed).
•        Take notes, fill in study guides, ask questions, and contribute to all class activities.
•        Weekly homework assignment sheets will be posted on my website and in the back of the classroom. If you are absent, it is YOUR responsibility to contact me, or another student, for missed class notes. You are required to hand in assignments and take quizzes and tests according to the weekly homework assignment sheet unless there is an excused absence.
•        All assignments are expected to be legible, complete, and handed in on time.  Unless otherwise stated, all assignments must be typed or neatly hand-written.  PLEASE demonstrate proper sentence structure, spelling, and grammar in all work submitted. 
•        Regularly assigned homework will be graded throughout each marking period and appear as one averaged grade each week on Rediker.  Missing or incomplete assignments will result in a homework infraction. There will be a 10-point deduction for each day an assignment is late. After three days, it will be a grade of zero. 
•        Classroom Guidelines are posted on the front bulletin board and emphasize being respectful, responsible, conscientious, and kind!
Demonstrate consideration for your classmates by avoiding both the display and usage of the following: ANY electronically or battery operated noise-producing, listening, or telephonic device, cosmetic items, edible items outside of designated snack time, gum, work from another teacher’s class, or anything that could interfere with the educational rights of others.
This also applies to property! Your desk is not an Etch-A-Sketch. Your books are not doodling pads. Please throw trash where it belongs, NOT in desks, bookcases, on top of cabinets, out of windows, or on the floor! If you disrespect my property, or that of the Diocese, you will be doing some cleaning.

Notebooks:
Your notebook should be neat and well-maintained. It will be checked and graded within the last week of each marking period.
Please divide your Religion and Social Studies notebooks into the following sections:
Classwork
Notes/Study Guides
Homework

You will be able to keep graded assignments and returned quizzes/tests in your pocket folder.

Classwork:
You are expected to have a positive, informed, and involved attitude in class! Reading assignments will give you the background knowledge needed to contribute to a dynamic classroom environment. Class participation and behavior are parts of classwork and will affect your conduct and effort grades.

Homework:
Homework will mainly be from the textbook and will consist of reading, skills review questions, document-based questions, critical thinking problems, and creative writing. You will also be expected to review your Study Guide for each chapter. Additional homework will be assigned as needed.
Per the Family Handbook, homework will be given a 10-point reduction each day that it is late. Assignments more than 3 days late will receive a grade of 0.  All assignments need to be completed to a satisfactory degree.

Study Guides:
You will receive a Study Guide containing key terms and concepts for each chapter from the textbook. It is designed to help organize your note-taking and you will complete it in class.

Projects: 
You will be required to complete, and briefly present, a research project assignment each marking period. Details and grading rubrics will be discussed. Projects are worth two test grades.

Quizzes/Tests: 
There will be a test after each chapter and quizzes on shorter section material. They may be multiple choice, short answer, constructed-response, document-based, essay, or any combination thereof. 

Final Note:
While policy and procedure documents can be intimidating, they are necessary. My goal is to provide you with high-quality instruction in an orderly classroom setting. Know that I am here to help you! Please feel free to approach me with any questions you may have or for any assistance you may need. I welcome your input and would love to hear any constructive ideas or interests that you may have to help enhance your experience in our classes together. I am looking forward to a great year with all of you!