Frequently Asked Questions
- Do I have to have a three ringed binder for U.S. History or History of
the Americas II?
- Is chewing gum and/or food allowed in class?
- How often can I expect homework and when is it due?
- Since you frequently provide class notes, am I expected to take notes?
- Will I have access to my child's grades?
1. Do I have to have a three ringed binder for U.S. History?
I want each student to be prepared with the proper materials for learning
every day. You are expected to bring your binder, textbook, pen, pencil,
highlighter, and a positive attitude to class each day.
2. Is chewing gum and/or food allowed in class?
In accordance with the Newport News Public Schools policy, you are not to
bring any beverage or eat food of any type in class. However, bottled water is
3. How often can I expect homework and when is it due?
You should expect a homework assignment every night in United States History
and it is due on my desk upon your entrance into the classroom. I will greet
students at the door each day and I expect you to enter the classroom, put your
homework assignment in the box on my desk, take your seat and begin the
DO NOW activity posted on the board/overhead.
IB History of the Americas II students will have homework 90% of the time
(see syllabus) and can expect a Reading Quiz, Test, or Socratic Seminar everyday
4. Since you frequently provide class notes, am I expected to take notes?
The class notes serve as a guide, particularly in the event that you are
absent from class. However, they are not intended to replace good note taking on
your part, and should not be abused as such. You are expected to record
blackboard and PowerPoint notes in your notebook. I will collect your notebooks
and assign a test grade for notebooks prior to your 9 weeks grading periods.
5. Will I have access to my child's grades?
Each student will be assigned a
secure ID, different from their student ID, which can be used to access their
grades from this site. Students, and their parents will only have access to
their grades, and students are strictly prohibited from sharing their secure ID
with other students. Grades will be posted for review on the second and fourth
Friday of each month.