The outline below pertains to both my Bridge and Regular classes. Bridge will have to do History Fair and is denoted in the syllabus in red.
Contact Information: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 850-414-2670 EXT. 2511 Course Description: The purpose of this course is to enable students to understand the development of the United States within the context of history by examining connections to the past to prepare for the future as participating members of a democratic society. Students will use knowledge pertaining to history, geography, economics, political processes, religion, ethics, diverse cultures, and humanities to solve problems in the “real world”. Areas of particular interest for eighth grade that follow the guidelines adopted by the Leon County School District and meet the requirements of the Sunshine State Standards.
Course Outline: 1st Grading Period Unit One: Exploring the Americas (Chapter 2) Unit Two: Colonial Settlement (Chapters 3-4) 2nd Grading Period Unit Three: The American Revolution (Chapters 5-6) Unit Four: The Federalist Era (Chapter 9) Unit Five: The Jefferson Era (Chapter 10) 3rd Grading Period Unit Six: Growth & Expansion, Manifest Destiny (Chapters 11 & 13) Unit Seven: The Jackson Era (Chapter 12) Unit Eight: The Spirit of Reform (Chapter 15) 4th Grading Period Unit: Nine Differences between North and South (Chapter 14) Unit Ten: The Civil War (Chapters 16 & 17) Unit Eleven: Reconstruction (Chapter 18) Bridge Standards Bridge courses are specifically designed for students performing above grade level and those students that are self-motivated to keep up with the challenge of advanced courses. We want each of our students at The Creek to be placed in appropriate courses, with the level of each course matching both the ability level of the student and their motivation/effort. Bridge courses have set expectations/standards that are adhered to:
In order to continue to participate in Bridge/Advanced courses the student must maintain at least a 3.0/B average in each core Bridge subject area.
If at the end of the 1st 9-week grading period, the student’s course grade falls below a B the student will be placed on probation and a meeting will be held with the student and parent to discuss ways to help the student improve their academic performance.
If after the 2nd 9-week grading period, the 1st semester average for that particular Bridge/Advanced course has not reached at least a 3.0/B, a schedule change will be made for the 3rd 9-week period to a lower level course.
At the end of the school year a B average is required to remain in each Bridge/Advanced subject area course for the subsequent school year.
If a Gifted student is removed from a Bridge/Advanced/Gifted ELA course due to not meeting the course grade standard, the student’s Gifted Educational Plan (EP) will be written through another core area Bridge/Advanced/Gifted course.
The Bridge Program offers a special educationally centered fieldtrip for Bridge students. In order to participate in this special fieldtrip students must have at least a B average in each core Bridge course on their most recent report card.
History Fair: BRIDGE ONLY Each year we ask our 8th grade Bridge to partner with a group of 3 students, or work alone, and participate in History Fair. It is a way for the students to demonstrate a deeper understanding of the subject matter, and to delve deeper within a topic as a way to prepare for future “research-based” projects in High School and beyond. This will be used as a classroom assessment for all students, and those who have earned a place at our school fair will have their projects put on display for a panel of judges. These judges will determine if the projects advance on to the District History Fair. We will spend a lot of time together going over my expectations and learning how to structure a winning project. So I ask you all to not worry, as I will make myself available to help every student achieve the best grade possible. To get a head start: This year’s theme is Conflict & Compromise
This year’s theme, Conflict & Compromise in History, requires you to view history through multiple perspectives. Compromise can sometimes prevent a conflict, but what happens when it does not? If a conflict occurs, how can compromise help to end the conflict? What happens if a failed compromise leads to an even larger conflict? Throughout this academic year, you will need to ask yourself these questions and more. We will explore this topic together as the year progresses, but it is never too early to think about a topic and discuss it with Mr. Monty. (The project is worth 200 points and will count twice. This grade will be recorded during the 3rd grading period. There will be other deadlines recorded as grades during the 1st semester.) ----------------------------------------------------------------- *Please note the teacher reserves the right to make any changes to the course outline that is needed at any time. Required Materials:
½“ to 1" Durable Binder (with pockets)
blue or black pen
Dividers (3 tabs needed)
Paper for assignments and weekly Bell Work
Classroom Behavior and Rules:
Adhere to all school rules and policies of the eighth grade team.
Come to class prepared to learn, and have all required materials with you daily.
Be in your seat when the bell rings, and sit in your assigned seat.
Respect other persons and their property, including the teacher.
No Late work is accepted, work is due at the beginning of class on the due date.
Cheating will not be tolerated.
No food, drinks or GUM in classroom.
Cell phones are permitted and will be used for education. Please do not abuse this privilege.
THE BELL DOES NOT DISMISS YOU! The teacher will dismiss the students every day at the end of the class period.
*These expectations are simple and very reasonable. I expect all students to conduct themselves in a mature manner while in my classroom and on campus throughout the day. If a student does not comply with any of these rules here and rules outlined in the planner the necessary steps will be taken to ensure the student is penalized accordingly.
Consequences for choosing to break a rule:
1st offense: recorded in discipline log
2nd offense:, recorded in discipline log; call home to parent- Lunch Detention
3rd offense: recorded in discipline log, No-Howl Out OR before-school detention
4th offense: office referral
*This applies only to the rules specified above and other Class 1 Offenses as defined in the student planner. Class 2, 3, or 4 offenses will receive an immediate referral.
Grading Policy: Students will be graded on a 60% Assessments/ 40% Assignments scale. We use a variety of tools to assess learning of the curriculum. All tests, quizzes, and projects are posted in advance. A student’s grade will be based on the following elements:
Tests and Projects (includes History Fair for Bridge students): 100+ points (60%)
Quizzes: 50 points (max) (20%)
Planner Checks: 15 points (3 pts per day filled out correctly) (5%)
Classwork and Homework: (10%)
Bell Work- checked at the end of each grading period (5%)
Grading Scale: 90-100 A 80-89 B 70-79 C 60-69 D 0-59 F
Class Procedures: Studying Notes/ Reading/ Assignments/ Projects
It is important that students keep up with notes and study at least 15 minutes a night; these notes cover material they will be tested on.
Reading assignments form the background needed for class discussions and other activities that are graded.
When written homework is assigned, it must be turned in at the beginning of class. It is considered late when it not turned in at the beginning of class on its due date.No late work is accepted.Work not turned in will receive an automatic grade of 0. (if your child has accommodations (like an IEP/504) extra time does not mean the entire 9 week period; a week is a reasonable amount of time)
We will do some projects and assignments that must be completed at home so please use your time wisely.
Students learn best when they are attending school every day. When a student is missing school, they are missing out on daily lessons and other important skills which they need to be successful in school and in life. Being present for school every day will also instill a sense of responsibility within a student which will help them later in life as well. Students are expected to be in class every day prepared and ready to participate in that day’s activities.
Make-up work is the student’s responsibility. On the day of the students return, the student should check the planner board for missed assignments. Assignments are posted daily on the assignment board, as well as Mr. Monty's website, which must be recorded in the student’s planner. I expect students to take pre-announced test/quizzes on the day of his/her return. For everyday of an excused absence, you have 2 days to make-up work. Do not get behind on missed assignments. No late work is accepted unless it is because of an excused absence.
On time means you are in your seat working immediately following the ringing of the tardy bell.
1st Tardy: Loss of one hall pass; tardy recorded in planner
2nd Tardy: Loss of one hall pass; tardy recorded in planner, student will call parent to notify them of the second offense.
3rd Tardy: Loss of one hall pass; tardy recorded in the discipline log; parent notified that the student will receive detention for tardiness.
Some opportunities will be given for the students to earn extra credit points. Do not expect extra credit to be offered at the end of the grading period to replace assignments that should have already been completed. Please stay caught up with assignments throughout the grading period.
Academic dishonesty of any kind will not be tolerated. You are encouraged to study together and to discuss information and concepts covered in lecture and the sections with other students. You can give "consulting" help to or receive "consulting" help from such students. However, this permissible cooperation should never involve one student having possession of a copy of all or part of work done by someone else, in the form of e-mail, an e-mail attachment file, a digital copy, or a hard copy. Should copying occur, all students involved will receive a zero for their participation. Penalty for violation of this policy can also be extended to include disciplinary action.
All ESE/504/ESOL student accommodations will be provided within the classroom