Policies for Mr. Davis's United States History Class
Please work with your child to make sure that they are putting forth
sufficient effort in all of their courses and activities. My goal is to partner
with you to achieve maximum success for your student. The following explains my
classroom policies and procedures.
1. Materials that must be brought to class daily
- United States History textbook
- United States History notebook
- Pen and pencil
2. Suggested Binder Organization
- Section 1: Syllabus / Assignment Sheet / Maps
- Section 2: Timelines / Vocabulary
- Section 3: Class Notes / Handouts
- Section 4: Worksheets / Chapter Assessment / Study Guides
- Section 5: Current Events / Quizzes / Tests / Essays / Projects
3. Proper heading for papers in this class:
- Assignment (ex: Class Notes 9/16/03; Outline 9/5/03; Quiz 9/12/03; HW p.
4. Methods of Assessment & Grading:
|Homework & Current Events
* United States History notebook counts as one test
grade per interim period.
5. Grading scale
|100 - 92
|91 - 83
|82 - 74
|73 - 65
|64 - Below
NOTE: All "D" & "F" work will be sent home for
parent signature. Five points maximum will be awarded for papers
returned with parent signature for a maximum of 74 points.
6. Class Procedures
Students are to bring all required materials to class on a daily basis and
are expected to be in their seats before the tardy bell rings. Enter the
classroom and put your homework in the homework box and begin the DO NOW
Activity. Late homework will be reduced a letter grade. Work silently on the DO
NOW Activity until Mr. Davis collects the assignment.
At times we will engage in collaborative learning activities, at which time
students will be instructed to work cooperatively with others. At all other
times, students are to work individually to complete their assignments, quizzes,
We will adhere to the policies and procedures of Newport News Public Schools
as stipulated in your student handbook. Students are expected to pay attention
when someone else is talking. Do not interrupt your peers. I will give you ample
opportunity to speak. In all matters, Mr. Davis will demonstrate respect towards
every student in the classroom. Students will in turn demonstrate respect
towards Mr. Davis as well as towards their fellow classmates. As such, the use
of foul or offensive language will not be tolerated.
In the event that a student's behavior becomes disruptive to the learning
environment, the following shall occur:
- Warning from Mr. Davis and Parent Contact (phone, e-mail, and/or
- Conference with Mr. Davis and Parent.
- Administrative Referral
By partnering together, we can prevent and/or curtail disruptive behavior,
thereby increasing instructional time and improving every student's level of
9. Homework and Current Events & Make-up tests and quizzes.
Following an absence it is your responsibility to ask me or to check the
website for missed assignments or to schedule to make up assignments after
school. You will then have five calendar days following the date you were absent
to turn in homework for credit, or to make up a test or quiz. Class notes can be
downloaded from my Web page when absent.
There will be one project assigned each marking period. Projects are due on
the assigned date. Projects turned in late will be reduced one letter grade for
each calendar day late (ex: an A paper becomes a C if two days late, etc.). Each
day late results in one full letter grade reduction until a grade of F is
achieved. Projects not turned in by the end of the marking period will receive a
grade of zero.
11. Non-Negotiable Expectations.
You may not chew gum, consume food or drink, read personal magazines, put on
make-up, wear headgear, display electronic devices, or work on assignments or
homework from other classes in U.S. History class.
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MR. DAVIS'S CLASSROOM POLICIES (Please download, print and sign
this form, and
return it for homework credit).