ACAD US History
A.C.A.D. Disclosure Document Survey
Mrs. Ness A.C.A.D. United States History
Classroom Policies & Procedures
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Course Description & Objectives
Welcome 8th graders!! United States History for A.C.AD covers events and issues from the Age of Exploration through post Civil War Reconstruction and the western movement, emphasizing those periods through the 16th and 19th centuries. Units covered will include: physical and political geography of the United States; Cultural and Religious History with a focus on the First Amendment; and the Causes, the Courses, and Consequences of Conflict. History will be taught thematically in chronological order. Students will be tested and held accountable for knowing all 10 state core Standards. Additional content may be covered as time permits; particularly when relating to the present.
Read the Course Description & Objectives on the left and select the answer that best indicates your understanding of the course.
I have read the "Course Descriptions/ Objectives and understand what will be covered during the course. Student: I enjoy history and look forward the the course. Parent: I will support my student in learning the content.
I have read the "Course Descriptions/ Objectives and understand what will be covered during the course.
I'm not sure what will be covered in the class
Attendance, Tardy & Discipline Policies
Attendance, Tardy & Discipline Policy:
Attendance: Many projects are completed in class. As such, regular attendance and active participation are important. If a student misses class, it will be his or her responsibility to check objectives and assignments on the website@ nesshistory.org, and complete and return their assignments to the teacher within one week of the absence. Willowcreek Jr. High attendance policy will be applied.
This course will support the school’s R³ policy, i.e., respect yourself, respect others, respect the school. If disruptive or negative behavior occurs, the following steps will be followed:
* Verbal warning and/or name on the board.
** Sent to a different seat in the classroom or staying after class.
*** Sent to another classroom for the period with assignment.
If a student has been sent to another classroom a second time, he/she will need to complete a behavior contract with the teacher, parents will be contacted
When a student has been sent out of the classroom three times, the student will be reassigned to a different class period.
Fighting, harassment, challenging teacher authority, or using profane language will result in immediate removal from class and will be dealt with according to district policy and may result in reassignment to a different class.
The school’s tardy policy will be followed. Warm-ups, quizzes or self-starters cannot be made up due to tardies. Citizenship grades will be dropped after the third tardy. A student is considered tardy if they are not in their seat when the bell rings, even if they are in the room.
Read the Attendance, Tardy & Discipline Policies on the left and select the answer that best indicates you understanding and acceptance of the policies
I have read the Attendance and Discipline Policy, Student: I will abide by class guidelines, Parent: I will support my child in abiding by class guidleines
I have read the Attendance & Discipline Policy and will TRY to abide by all class policies
I have read the Attendance & Discipline Policies
I do not fully understand the Attendance and Discipline policies
Technology can and should facilitate learning. Students are encouraged to bring their own devise (BYOD) to support their classroom learning. If unable to supply their own ipod, smartphone, etc... one will be supplied for them for use in class. When students BYOD, they are responsible for the care and storage of their devise. If devises become disruptive to student learning (texts, cyber bulling, messaging etc...) devices will be taken away and subsequently dropped off at the front office. As per school policy only the parent of the student whose device was taken may pick it up at the front office. Items will not be released to the student.
Read the Electronic Devices policy above and select the answer that best indicates your understanding and acceptance of the policy.
I have read, understood and will abide by the electronic devices policy.
I have read and understood the electronic devices policy.
I have read yet not understood the electronics devices policy.
I do not intend to abide by the electronic devices policy.
WalkAways: Common Standards Based Assessments
Following the policy at Willowcreek Middle School, all students will be expected to pass WalkAways (tests used to assess student comprehension of State US History Standards). There will be approximately two/three WalkAways per quarter. Prior to all WalkAways, optional review sessions will be available during Advisory. All students are strongly advised to attend.
Additional review materials are available at the class website @nesshistory.org
Students who fail WalkAways will be required to: 1) complete all late work (please note late assignments turned in after the WalkAway will not be scored for the grade), and 2) complete all remediation associated with the WalkAway (see copy below). As per school and departmental policies when a student fails a WalkAway their grade will be temporarily changed to an “I”, after successfully passing the exam the “I” will be removed. Should a student not complete the remediation and retake prior to the end of the year the “I” grade will be changed to an “F”, and the student will no longer be able to make up the exam. To ensure parent’s and students know the score received on the retake, the score and the date on which the student successfully completed the WalkAway will be posted in the side notes within Skyward.
Read the WalkAway policy above then select the answer that best indicates your understanding of the policy.
I understand that 1) Students must pass all WalkAways with a score of 80% or higher; 2) Prior to retaking a WalkAway students must complete the assigned remediation, and make up all late work. 3) Failed WalkAways will result in an "I", until successfully passed.
I do not understand the WalkAway policy.
A.C.A.D. US History Walkaways Semester 1
Instructions: Stamps in the “Score on Walkaway” box indicate the student passed the Walkaway the first time. Prior to re-taking the Walkaway, students must get the signature of their teacher showing all remediation is completed (See remediation box for each walkaway). If you received lower than 80%, you must complete
tasks in the remediation box for that walkaway. Students must answer using complete sentences for each Remediation task. All remediation using a textbook will be in the “Call To Freedom” text. Prior to retaking the WalkAway students must get the initials of their instructor showing all remediation, including selected work and activities is completed.
Late Work & Grading Policies
Work is considered late if the student is present in class and does not hand in the assignment on the due date, or as the teacher collects it.
Completion of all late work for students not in attendance on the due date is the responsibility of the student. Students should turn in late work on the next school day. Additional late work can be turned in by completing the additional assignments listed for the late work in skyward.
Late work will not be accepted the last week of the term
Grading Policies: Grades* will be assigned using the following criteria:
30% WalkAways (listed as “SKILL”)
20% Projects (Activities completed both in and out of class over a longer period of time) (30% Term 4)
10% Historical Novels.... Terms 2 & 4 only
20% In Class Assignments (30% Term 1)
* 2nd semester grading criteria will be adjusted to accommodate student research and projects
100-94= A 93-90= A- 89-87 = B+ 86-82 = B 81-80 = B- 79-77 = C+ 76-72 = C 71-70 = C- 69 and Below = F
Read the Late Work & Grading Policies above and select the answer that best indicates your understanding of the late work policy.
I understand the late work policy, how my grade will be determined and have reviewed the grade scale. I will turn in all my work on time.
I understand the late work policy. I know that in order to turn in a late assignment I will be required to turn in the additional work listed in skyward. I know how my grade will be determined and have reviewed the grade scale.
I do not understand the late work policy, how my grade will be determined or the the grade scale.
Class Materials and Internet Use
Students will need to bring the following materials to class DAILY
One inch 3-ring binder.
Ruled notebook paper
Colored pencils (no markers, or colored chalk)
Black or Blue ink pen
Red grading pen
Two #2 pencils
U.S. History workbook (supplied)
Semester Novels (see Semester 1, 3 & 4 Novels)
* If financial realities will make it difficult for you to supply your child with the required materials, please indicate below, and I will do what I can do to ensure your son/daughter is prepared for class.
Parents, please note that students will be required to use the internet for this class. Accommodations will be made for the students unable to use the internet. For those who do not have the internet at home, the following resources are available:
School Library : 7:45 am – 8:15 am and 2:45 pm – 3:15 pm/ During Lunch
In the Classroom: During Advisory and after school by appointment.
Please read the Class Materials and Internet Use policies above and select the answer that best indicates your understanding and ability to adhere to the policies.
I understand what items I need for class and will be able to purchase all required supplies.
I understand what items I need for class; however I am not sure if I will be able to supply all required items. Please explain, your answer if you select this option.
I don't understand what items I need for class
If you indicated you would be unable to purchase your own supplies please let the instructor know how they can be of assistance.
E-mail updates and Text Messages
Regular updates will be sent via e-mail to parents and students via skyward. To ensure you receive these messages be sure to post (and or update) both the parent and student email information in skyward under the "Account info" tab on the upper right hand corner of the skyward family page @ https://skyward.alpinedistrict.org/. Grades are updated daily and weekly within skyward. To receive weekly skyeard email of your student's progress, you may request an email notification within the "Family Access" page under the "General Information" in skyward. Teachers are not given access to the student's skyward account password; however if you have lost the password, the front office secretaries can help you access this information
Enter the phone number 81010 and text the message @acadushist. to receive text reminders of homework, WalkAways and important information to help you succeed in ACAD U.S. History
Text Messages: Social Studies Academy
Read the Historical Novel policy and indicate how you intend to access the required novels.
I (or my student) is a fast reader and intend to read the supplied class room novel, and complete the project during class or advisory time.
I (or my student) is a slower reader and hope to pick up a copy from the library as I will need class time, advisory time and some home time.
Student or parents hope to purchase an individual copy of the book so the student can work on the novel and project when necessary.
Students who learn historical empathy are more likely to exhibit empathy and understanding of themselves and others in the present. As such, all students will have the opportunity to read and complete a project associated with the historical novel during terms 1, 3 & 4. Term 1 students will read
of six historical novel “Blood on the River” “Weetamoo”, “The Journal of Jonathan Jasper Pierce” Serafina's Stories, or “The Journal of Remember Patience Whipple”,or "Constance". Term 2 students will choose a novel from a list related to their chosen research area (these lists will be supplied well in advance of the due date and are currently available online in the “Conflict” link on the class website), the novel will be graded term 3. Term 4 students will chose
of the following four novels, “Dragons Gate”, “So Far From Home”, “Slave Dancer”, or “Across Five Aprils”. *There are class room copies of each novels as well as copies available within the school library. In addition, many of the novels have been podcast on the class website to assist readers with the text. Due dates for all novels will be given in class, late novels will not be accepted.
* Please note: there are not sufficient copies available in the library for all students; as such, if your son/daughter needs additional time to read the novel both in and out of class, parents are encouraged to purchase a copy of the novel for their students to read. This is particularly important if your son/daughter is a slow reader. Used books can be purchased from many online retailers for less than $5.00.
Make a Donation
The Alpine Foundation is a tax deductible foundation that allows you to help with special projects in your son/daughter’s classroom. Money donated will be used to pay for: 1) Printing student workbooks ($5000.00 annually) 2) Purchasing texts and class copies of historical novels, 3) Upkeep and replacement of classroom computer labs. Make a donation by clinking on the "Donate Now" icon on the left. Make a donation by opening the "Donate Now!" link on the left. Scroll to the bottom of the Alpine School District Foundation page and click on the "DONATE" button on the bottom right hand corner of the page.After submitting your credit card, bank or paypal information you will be asked to review your donation. BE SURE TO IDENTIFY THE PURPOSE of your donation, (see below) otherwise the instructor will be unable to access these funds to help your student in the classroom.
Please read the "Make a Donation" text above and choose the answer that best indicates your response
I will be making a donation to the foundation. Thanks for the opportunity to help out!
Perhaps in the future.
Not this time.
Publication of Student Work
Be advised that students may be asked to complete assignments in the form of websites, and/or student work may be included as part of classroom and school-sponsored websites. Such websites may be published on the World Wide Web and will therefore be available to a potentially limitless global audience.
Parental/Guardian consent is required for the publication of all student work and/or for the publication of student pictures or images when such pictures or images clearly identify individuals. Parental/Guardian consent is also required for student participation in providing online information for educational related classroom assignments. (Students and parents are to use caution and good judgment when personally identifiable information appears on a website.)
Please check the Technology and Application Permission form to indicate your consent. If you wish to provide consent only for the publication of your child’s work and not for the publication of his/her picture or image, or vice-versa, you may do so by checking the appropriate statement. Please note only positive work will be published to highlight excellence in the content area.
Permission to Publish Student Work
I provide consent for the publication of my/ my student's work (first name's only will be used).
I provide consent for the publication of my/ my student's picture (names will not be used)
I provide consent for the publication of both my/ my students work and picture (without names).
I do not consent to the publication of my/my students picture &/or work
It would be greatly appreciated if you are able or willing to donate to the classroom:
Treats (rewards, small penny candies without peanuts individually wrapped)
Colored Pencils/ Pencils and Red Pens
Boxes of Kleenex and/or hand sanitzer
***Please feel free to email your student’s teacher at the following address email@example.com, to arrange a meeting before or after school.
** Teachers are not available on early out Mondays, or Wednesday mornings due to pre-scheduled House and Department meetings.
Feedback & Submission
If you have questions, (or your son/daughter) have specific needs please let the instructor know below. When finished submit your answers.
Prior to submission please check to ensure you reviewed and checked your response on each portion of the Disclosure Document Survey.
Please take a few minute to review and complete the student work & permission for publication page, available from the link below.
Permission to Publish student work
Mrs. Ness Willowcreek Middle School