World Cultures and Geography

Welcome to World Cultures and Geography

 

Instructor: Cammie Weland
E-Mail: Cammie_weland@ralstonschools.org
Phone: 402 331 7373
Room: B120

 

 

 

 

Goals

  • To demonstrate historical research and geographical skills.
  • To apply geography to interpret the past, understand the present, and plan for the future.
  • To encourage an open-minded approach or multicultural vision that validates human and cultural diversity.
  • To encourage communication and expressed opinions through writing and discussion.

Requirements for effective learning

These classroom expectations are essential to an effective learning environment.  What do these behaviors look like in a classroom?

  1. Be respectful!
  2. Be responsible!
  3. Be safe!
  4. Be there!

Evaluation

  • Participation
  • In class work, homework
  • Quizzes
  • Tests
  • Projects

 

Materials

Please bring a notebook dedicated to World Cultures, a pen, and your planner. 

Non-negotiable

Electronic device(s) policy

(Be responsible!)

Students are to use electronic devices and/or phones when appropriate in classroom.  Students may not use electronic devices and/or phones during instruction.  Please see student handbook for further details.

Cheating/plagiarism (Be respectful!)

Using, copying, distributing, and citing material that is not your own is called plagiarism.  Don’t do it!  Failure to comply to with expectations will result in a zero for assignment and a call to parents.

Attendance and attitude  (Be there!)

Students are required to be in the classroom, on time, when the bell rings. 

 Choose your attitude! 

 Textbook Policy:

Each student is assigned his/her textbook. You are responsible for your World Cultures and Geography textbook. You must ensure your textbook is covered at all times!  Failure to do so will result in lost of participation points and an office referral.  Students may leave their assigned textbooks in my classroom at their own risk. However, students are still responsible for having and covering the book.

Pass Policy:

I will only give you a pass when it does not disrupt class.  You MUST have your planner to get a pass out of class – no exceptions.

Absences:

If you are absent, it is YOUR responsibility to find out what we did in class and make up your work.  Upon returning, talk to me before or after school to find out what we covered and any assignment(s)missing.  If there are supplemental materials you need (worksheets, etc.) they will be in the World Cultures and Geography binder located on the counter. Do not ask me for missed work or handouts during instructional time or passing periods.  Any work that was due during your absence will be due on the day of your return.  If you are missing class because of a school activity or planned absence, you are required to have your work turned in before you leave.  This includes all quizzes and tests.

Late Work:

Any work that is turned in after I have asked for it is considered late.  I will accept late workup until the Friday prior to the end of the term.  Until the work is turned in, a zero will be entered in the grade book.  After I receive the work, you will earn partial credit. In general, partial credit means no higher than a “C”. 

Make-Up Tests/Quizzes:

Tests and quizzes must be made up within a one week of your absence.  Please make every effort to make up quizzes and tests as soon as possible – this is to your benefit.  As with late work, a zero will be entered in the grade book until the test or quiz is made up.

Class Discussions:

I expect everyone to participate in class discussions.

Class Notes:

Students will use their Google student email accounts to access additional handouts, class notes, etc. for class use.  Students are expected to print materials off beforehand to use in class.  Students are expected to take class notes to enhance the learning experience.

Grading:

You earn your grade; I do not give you your grade.  

Student grades will be on a weighted scale.  This means that assessments such as tests and quizzes will impact your grade more than daily work.  This means you try your best at all times!  The weighted grade is below:

Assessments (tests, exams, major essays) 30%

Quizzes (informal assessments during unit) 25%

Daily work (classwork, homework) 25%

Projects 20%

Parents/guardians are encouraged to open an RKids account to view student grades.

The RHS Social Studies Department Lunch Success Center is another way for the student to receive academic help.  If a student is currently receiving a D or F in class, the student is required to eat lunch with the department on Fridays.  The student will receive a pass from an administrator and return to B109.  Students will eat lunch and receive assistance from members of the department. 

Academic Dishonesty:

Cheating is not tolerated. If a student is caught in the act of cheating, the material will be removed from the student and the student will receive a ZERO for that assignment. 

Plagiarism is another form of academic dishonesty and is not tolerated.  Please see the student handbook for definition and subsequent consequences. 

Cell Phone and IPod Policy:

Students,consider this your warning on cellphone/IPod/electronic device use.  The use of these devices is prohibited during instruction time.  If your device is disruptive, I will confiscate it and you will sing the chorus to your favorite 80s song. If it happens again, I will turn the device into the office along with a referral and your parent/guardian must pick the device up at the end of the day.  Parents, if you have an emergency, please contact the main office and they will notify your student.  The disruption of learning for your student and others is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Please see the student handbook for definition and subsequent consequences. 

Backpack Policy:

Backpacks, tote bags, and gym bags are to be left in your locker– no exceptions!  However, students may carry either a drawstring bag or purse during the school day. Please see the student handbook for further reference.   

You are expected to respect everyone and everything in our classroom at all times.  This includes your peers and all adults.

 

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