Syllabus: Grade 8 Social Studies
Colony Middle School
Welcome to US Studies! Here is an overview of what you will need for this class, how you will be graded, and some basic class procedures.
- Single-subject Composition-type notebook
- Folder (2-pocket portfolio style)
- Pens and pencils
- Red pen
- Basic art supplies such as colored pencils, scissors, and markers.
We will use Scholastic’s American Adventures for the bulk of this course. This textbook is out of print, so students will not be issued a copy to bring home. I will distribute copies of the day’s reading for you to keep. These copies are to be kept for the semester in your class folder. We will also occasionally use Holt’s United States History: Beginnings to 1877.
Assignments will be handed out in class. All assignments are also posted in ParentVUE and StudentVUE. If you miss class, you may get extra copies in class or print out assignments from StudentVUE. Assignments may also be completed online and emailed to the teacher. In the event we move to distance learning, Google Classroom and APEX Learning will be used.
If a student is absent, he or she is responsible for all work missed. It may be turned in for full credit in accordance with school policy in the Student Handbook. To find out what work was missed, students should check StudentVUE, check with a classmate, or ask Mr. Wargo.
Students will be issued a Chromebook from CMS. You may also use personal tablets and laptops in class. These can be valuable learning tools and may be used to complete nearly all readings and assignments. While I encourage their educational use, all responsibility for the safety and use of personal devices rests with the individual student and parents. Cell phones will not be used and are not permitted to be checked during class, per CMS policy.
Grades are based on a points system. Assignments are given points based on the difficulty, length, and importance of the assignment.
- 95% of the final grade is based on the collective average of all assignments and assessments.
- 5% of the final grade is based on preparedness. The preparedness grade is based on regular checks of the required materials.
How To Do Well In This Course
- Come to class every day
- Complete your assignments - students who complete their assignments on time will not fail!
- Come to class prepared with required materials
- Use an agenda and notebook to stay organized
- Pay attention
- Take notes and review them later
- Take responsibility for your own grade