Jordan High School
Mr. Charon-World Civilizations
The purposes of the course are to expand the views of class members through:
* learning about the different cultures of the world,
* learning to appreciate the elements that construct a culture ie: religion, peoples, etc.
Grading will be divided into the following sections:
* Projects and Assignments
Reading Quizzes (20-50pts each) will be given at the BEGINNING OF THE CLASS PERIOD on days following a homework reading assigned from the student text. The content of the quizzes will cover information from a reading assignment and/or information presented in class.
Unit Quizzes (40-60pts each) will be given near the BEGINNING OF THE CLASS PERIOD. Unit quizzes will be announced several days in advance so that students may have adequate time to prepare for them. The content of such quizzes will cover information from the current unit of study.
Exams (60+pts) will be given at varying intervals throughout the course. Exams will be announced several days in advance so that students may have adequate time to prepare for them. The content of the exams will cover information from the current unit of study.
*NOTE: To take a quiz or an exam a student must be present in class! Students who are tardy will begin the quiz or exam immediately after checking in with Mr. Charon, however, he/she may not have sufficient time to complete the test. Students who are excused by the school administration only will be able to make up the test at a later date for full credit. Students who sluff class will not be allowed a make-up! Students who miss for other reasons will be dealt with on an individual basis.
Each student will be provided with a textbook to use during the course. The student is responsible for the textbook received. Fines will be assessed and charged to the student if the textbook is returned in a damaged condition. Lost or stolen textbooks must be paid for by the student (new textbook cost is 20% of the original value). Students are required to complete readings from the textbook.
A reading-time will be a daily part of the regular class period during the final 10-20 minutes. The purpose of the reading-time will be to encourage students to read from the textbook. Student readings will be recorded as an assignment that will count as part of the final grade.
The majority of work for the course will be done in the classroom, however, occasions may arise when students will be given reading assignments and written work to do at home. In most instances, the assignments will be due the following day. For reading assignments, a quiz will be given the next day which will contain questions based on the activity from the previous evening (see Reading Quizzes above).
Projects and Assignments
Projects and Assignments will be on varying topics and will require work done largely inside of class. Content expectations and grading procedures for each project or assignment will be discussed in class before students begin the work. The information will be entered on PowerSchool for viewing/reference by parents/guardians and students.
All assignments/tests/etc. for the course will be listed on the PowerSchool website http://ps.jhs.jordan.k12.ut.us/public/. Descriptions for each item will be included (such information is found by clicking on the assignment/test/etc). Students will have until Friday of the week following the work's original due date to complete it for credit. After that time, students will NOT be allowed make-up. Students who are absent the day work is assigned AND who are excused by the school administration will be able to make up the work for full credit. Students have the option to e-mail work to Mr. Charon at: email@example.com. A reply of receipt will be sent to students choosing the option.
Options for extra credit work will be presented to students throughout each term. The options will be listed both on the Class Website and on PowerSchool with instructions. Any student choosing to do any extra credit work MUST have ALL of his/her required work completed or the extra credit item(s) WILL NOT count towards the grade!
Class Web Site
information necessary to keep students up-to-date concerning class activities and student grades will be available through the class web site, ie: varied assignment due dates, video permission slips, and other sources of information that go into more depth concerning subjects covered in the class. From time to time assignments will be given to students (both required and extra credit) that will be centered around specific information found at the website with an option to e-mail work to Mr. Charon. Students may access the class website at the school library or at any public library if an internet connection is not readily available at home.
The website addresses:
Each student will be given a maximum of 20 pts at the beginning of each week.
A student will keep his/her points throughout each term if s/he does not have or do any of the following:
* unexcused tardies! (This includes not being seated when the bell rings) (minus 10pts);
* come to class unprepared, ie: no pen nor pencil, no paper, no journal (when appropriate), no textbook (minus 5pts each);
* refuse to work in class (minus 10pts);
* cause disruptions in class (minus 5-20pts);
* bring food (including gum) or drinks into the classroom (minus 10pts);
* plagiarize which includes, but is not limited to:
* copying another student's homework;
* working with others on projects that are meant to be done individually;
* looking at or copying another student's test or quiz answers;
* allowing other students to look at or copy answers from your test or quiz;
* using any other method to get/receive test or quiz answers;
* taking a test or quiz in part or in whole to use or to give to others;
* copying information from a source without proper attribution;
* taking papers from other students, publications, or the Internet;
* quoting more than the lawful amount of work from another source;
* not citing resources used in written works.
Students found plagiarizing will be disciplined on a case-by-case basis depending on the seriousness of the violation, prior violations, and other factors. Disciplinary measures include, but are not limited to redoing assignments/retaking tests, receiving a failing grade on the project/test, receiving a lower overall grade in the class, detention, or suspension.
Parents/Guardians may be contacted on occasion to notify them of their student's classroom behaviors. Please feel free to contact Mr. Charon by phone at 256-5500, in person or by e-mail at "firstname.lastname@example.org"
Disclosure Signatures/E-mail Information
Please sign below and return the paper to Mr. Charon:
E-mail Address __________________________________
E-mail Address __________________________________
At times students will check and review the work of others, however, the final grades on all assignments will be determined and entered into the PowerSchool grade program by Mr. Charon only. Parents/guardians who have concerns with such options may contact Mr. Charon.
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*Note: Topics not addressed in this disclosure will be handled on an individual basis.