New Richmond High School

650 Richmond Way • New Richmond , WI 54017 • P: 715-243-7451 • F: 715-243-7464

Welcome to Civics!    !

 
 
I'm very excited to begin the school year with you!  Civics is one of the most relevant classes you will take.  We will begin by looking at how our country was founded.  Next we will look at the rights we have as Americans, and how those rights are protected.  We will also look at what our government does on the federal, state, and local levels.  Please use this website as a reference for assignment due dates, assessment dates, and project deadlines.  *Please note that all dates on the class calendar are subject to change.* 
 

Classroom Expectations and Policies

1.  1. Be on time! Class will start right after the bell rings, so please arrive for your class on time and well prepared. Tardiness is not acceptable.

2.  2. Be prepared! Each day, you must bring your Civics binder and textbook, assignments, a notebook, lose leaf paper and a pen or pencil to class.

3.      3. I expect that you will successfully complete all assignments and turn them in on time.

4.      4. Please, come see me if you are having problems. I want you to be successful and I am available to help you when you need it. If you don’t know what to do, you need an explanation, you need help getting organized; come see me BEFORE it is too late. You know when you are not doing as well as you’d like to be doing; that moment is the moment when you should talk with me.

5.      5. Only appropriate language and respectful behavior will be used in this classroom. No foul language, racial slangs or offensive words will be used. This classroom is a safe place where students can discuss, debate and express their opinions, but they must do so using appropriate language and actions. 

6.  6. All Student Handbook guidelines will apply in this classroom and consequences will follow if expectations are not met.

 

Area of Study

Students will focus on the study of the governmental system in the United States. Topics include our country’s foundation including the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Electoral College, Political Parties, Voting in America, specific Supreme Court cases, and Federal, State and Local governments, the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Branches, and current events. 

 

Homework

Typically, homework assignments come from questions out of the textbook, worksheets, current events and projects. All homework assignments must be turned in on time.

 

Late Work

All late work will receive a deduction of one letter grade for each day past the original due date. In the case of excused absences, the student may turn in an assignment late based on the number of days absent for full credit. Special circumstances will be handled on an individual basis. If you know you will be absent on the day that something is due, you must turn it in before you leave. No late work will be excepted once we have finished a curriculum unit and move on to the next. All late work for each unit is due on the last day of the specific unit. (Example: You can’t turn in late work from Unit 1 when we are in the middle of Unit 3).

 

Current Events

Students will be required to complete four Current Event Analysis assignments during the semester.  All Current Event Analysis are due one week before the semester ends.  Please see the “Current Events Rubric” for more information.

 

Assessments

There will be an assessment after each unit.  Assessments will usually consist of matching and multiple choice questions, short answer and/or essay.  Some assessments will also be in the form of a research project and presentation.  Students will be informed of assessment dates at least one week in advance and a study guide and class review will be provided.  There will also be a final cumulative assessment at the end of the semester.  **If you fail an assessment of any kind you will have SIX school days to retake that specific assessment.  If you choose not to make up the assessment, your grade will permanently go in the grade book as a zero and cannot be made up.**  


Grading Scale

·       90-100 A

·       80-89 B

·       70-79 C

·       60-69 D

·       0-59 F

 

Grading Breakdown

25% Homework

20% Test

20% Classwork/Participation

20% Projects/Essays

15% Current Events

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