Welcome to U.S. History II. Throughout this course, you will learn how the United States recovered from the Civil War and became a rich, powerful, and diverse Nation of many peoples and cultures. You will be required to complete reading and writing assignments outside of class so that you may thoroughly understand the classwork material. This course is an excellent opportunity for you to develop your own ideas about the “how” and “why’s” of events that have shaped the United States today. To this end, you will be given the opportunity to participate in class activities which will help you refine your ideas about U.S. History through the free exchange of ideas. Obviously, class participation is an important component of this class; in order for you to actively participate you must prepare for each day’s activities in advance.
Each student must bring the following materials to class each day:
- A 3-ring binder/notebook
- Loose leaf paper for in class written assignments.
- A pen or pencil.
- iPad and access to Canvas
- A positive attitude and a willingness to learn!
- When class begins, your desk should be clear of all materials except those relevant to U.S. History. You must be in your seat and begin working on the posted starter when the bell rings.
- All electronic devices (cellphones, tablets, laptops, portable media & CD players, etc.) are NOT allowed in class unless you have teacher permission. If you have teacher permission to use your electronic device in class, you must use it in order to complete the designated assignment.
- Do not eat or drink in the classroom. You may drink water in a resealable bottle in order to keep your brain body hydrated.
- Everyone in this classroom is important and will be treated with respect. Put downs, profanity, or other hurtful comments will not be tolerated. Every student is guaranteed the right to an education and disruptive behavior will not be accepted. All students are expected to show respected to their peers, teachers, and property.
- Students and parents pledge to maintain the ideals of academic integrity, personal responsibility, and citizenship. Use the honor code for tests, quizzes, and other assignments. Cheating, plagiarism, and fabrications will not be tolerated; I want to see YOUR work, YOUR effort, and YOUR ideas. I reward those who try hard and punish those who take the easy way out by copying someone else’s work. Cheating can result in a zero for the assignment, quiz, or test.
- No one will be dismissed until the floors are clean and everyone is in their seats.
- The Craven County Board of Education attendance policy states that students who are absent more than ten days and has no lawful excuses turned in may lose credit for the class.
- As is the case in everything we do, there are consequences for our actions. In this class, for violations of classroom rules the following procedure will be utilized:
- Verbal warning
- After class conference
- Phone call to parents
- Administrative action
- Be on time for class.
- Participate in groups and class discussions.
- Homework is due at the beginning of class after students have completed their Bell Ringer assignment.
- Complete your daily homework in a neat and timely fashion.
- Work that is turned in without a name on it will not be graded.
- Late work will be accepted but will be reduced by one-fifth of the assignments worth for each day it is late. For example, if a 100-point assignment is turned in one day late, the highest grade you may receive will be 80/100 points, two days late 60/100 points, and so on.
- You must make up all work due to absences within two (2) days after returning to school. After these 2 days the late assignment rules will apply.
- If you are absent on the day of a test or quiz, you are expected to make up test/quiz on the day of your return.
- Take notes in class! While the notes will be posted online, they are only an outline. More details will be given during the class period.
- Study! Every day you should put in AT LEAST fifteen minutes of review at home.
- Regularly check student e-mail, Google classroom, www.hischetory.com
QUARTERLY GRADING SYSTEM
- Participation is very important. It will count for ten percent (10%) of your final grade.
- Homework and classwork counts for twenty-five percent (25%) of your final grade.
- Quizzes count for twenty-five (25%) of your final grade.
- Tests and other formal assignments will make up the remaining forty percent (40%) of your final grade.
I will be available before or after school by appointment if you wish to complete makeup work, corrections, or need assistance.
I may be reached by e-mail at Matthew.Hische@cravenk12.org or by accessing the New Bern High School website. Compose a detailed message with a contact number and I will return an email/phone call. In addition, from time to time I will be contacting parents/guardians to let them know how you are doing in class. I look forward to a productive and rewarding semester.
Weekly "Playlist" will be posted on Canvas (Friday by 5:00PM).