Mr Neuzil's Government Class
If there is one way to summarize my expectations and requirements of all students, it is simply the use of COMMON SENSE.
- I do expect for you to work to your fullest potential at all times. I want you to feel you will want to do the same.
- Academic integrity is demonstrated by the student not violating any class policies and demonstrating respect and appreciation for the efforts and opinions of others throughout the school year.
- Arriving to class with all materials, completed assignments, and fully prepared to participate and to be a positive and active learner is expected of all students by asking critical questions and in making personal and real world connections
- Appropriate classroom behavior and conversation is expected. Inappropriate language, actions, or behaviors will not be tolerated. Respect and understanding towards your classmates and to your teacher is a requirement.
- You will be expected to maintain a student notebook/folder. This be should be brought to class every day.
- You are required to be attentive during class. No sleeping or heads down (this should not even be pointed out as an expectation!).
- Students are not allowed to work on materials from other courses during the class period.
- Assignments, readings, and activities will be located in front of the classroom and on the Google Classroom page on a regular basis. If you do not have easy access to the Internet, please let me know and arrangements will be made to assist you.
- Please arrive before the final bell and be ready to begin class immediately. Come to class prepared—every day.
- Class ends at the bell—do not begin to pack up your belongings, take out your cell phones and/or leave your desks until the dismissal bell.
- Avoid requesting permission to use the restroom during class, or only do so when absolutely necessary.
- You will be given advanced notice of class presentations and films which the instructor feels contains potentially objectionable material and permit students who wish to do so to absent them self from the class period, without any consequence. Where appropriate, students may be given an alternative assignment for other work done in place of this material.
Cell Phone Policy
- Personal use of cell phones/text messaging will not be allowed during the class period.
- Your cell phones must be put away completely during the class period.
- Be sure to either turn off your cell phone or turn off the ringer before class begins.
- Please inform your friends and family not to call or text you during class.
- You will be reported to the Administration for not consistently complying with our class cell phone use policies and you will be subject to those administrative consequences which follow.
Bring to Class Daily
- Student Planner
- 3 ringed student notebook or specified class folder
- Lined paper
Have Available for Class Work
- Flash drive
- Colored pencils
- Post-It Notes
- Attendance in class should be your high priority.
- At West High School, a student may lose credit in a course if:
- --Absent without school approval a third time from any class.
- --Arrives unexcused late/tardy six times to the same class.
- A student will be marked absent if a student leaves the classroom without permission or is NOT in class at all. Excessive amount of time outside of the classroom will also be recorded as an unexcused absence.
- An unexcused absence is an absence which has not been approved by school officials.
- Students will not receive credit for class work missed the day of an unexcused absence, including exams and quizzes.
- Assignments collected on the day of an unexcused absence will not receive credit.
- For pre-excused/school-related absences students should have work for the day completed prior to being excused. The student should be prepared to take a quiz, test, or submit an assignment should it fall on the day of his/her return to school.
- If you are in school on the day of an exam or assignment is due, but are not in attendance in class, you must take the time to turn in the work, or make arrangements with me so I am aware of the situation. You should assume that you will be taking the exam on that day.
- When you are absent, it is your responsibility to find out what was presented in class, as well as the assignments given. Please refer to our Google Classroom Page prior to returning to class.
- Many times I may ask you to see me after class or during our common open times to provide you with the missing materials. This work includes class notes, presentations, activities, assignments, and films.
Assignments and Exams
- You must plan on completing your assignments every time and on time.
- There are no “re-takes” on exams.
- You are to complete your reading assignments as they are assigned.
- There will be random unannounced quizzes over readings throughout the trimester.
- Homework turned in on the assigned due date –at the beginning of the class period may receive full credit, if completed fully, accurately, and full effort demonstrated.
- Homework received after the assigned due date (including after the class period it was due) (extenuating circumstances aside) will be accepted for 50% of the assigned point value up until the date of the unit examination. After that date, no points will be awarded for the assignment. All work for the unit of study must be completed at the end of that unit of study.
- Assignments are to be completed before arriving to class. Assignments completed during class will be considered as late.
- Classwork must be presented in a neat and orderly manner for credit.
- You are required to do your own class work.
- Cheating or plagiarizing may include any of the following: participating in a group effort that presents plagiarized materials; downloading and submitting materials from electronic databases; purchasing and submitting materials as your own; copying from someone’s homework, exam; allowing someone else to copy from your work; accepting credit for work completed without your participation; using notes or other materials during an exam without the teacher’s knowledge.
- To avoid plagiarism, direct quotations require quotation marks and source citation, and you must also cite sources when using any other person’s language, ideas, theories, data, figures, graphs or electronic information.
- You may not receive or give unauthorized assistance in the preparation of any assignments and exams.
- The result of cheating or plagiarizing will be a zero for the assignment and notification of parents/guardians and Administration.
- We will be using the website Turn It In on occasion for certain assignments.
- Exams and quizzes must be studied for and taken very seriously.
- There will be an examination at the completion of each unit of study.
- Quizzes will not necessarily be announced in advance.
- The make-up exam or quiz will not necessarily be the same exam or possibly in the same exam format as that which was given on the day of the exam or quiz.
- Absence due to your illness or other unforeseen reasons: class work should be completed in the same number of days as the absence plus one additional day. In cases of prolonged illness, special arrangements may be made.
- Absence for school-sponsored activities: you must have your class work made up prior to the absence unless other arrangements have been made.
- Absence due to suspension: academic work must be made up during the suspension period or as arranged.
- Be sure to turn in a late form for all work turned in after the due date.
A 100 to 90%
B 89 to 80%
C 79 to 70%
D 69 to 60%
F 59% and below
- Be sure to see me whenever you have questions or concerns during the trimester.
- I can be available before or after school, during my open prep periods, and during the Academic Focus Times each week if you find yourself in need of additional class support or assistance.
- Enjoy the class and challenge yourself each and every class period and assignment.