Gemini Junior High School
7th Grade Social Studies
Instructor: Mr. Arends
Classroom #: 847-493-8516
Teacher Website: http://www.emsd63.org/subsite/ghs/teacher/908
Introduction: Hello! My name is Mr. Arends and I teach Social Studies on the All-Stars team. This is my fourth year teaching at Gemini Jr. High. I anticipate having a great year and cannot wait to get started.
The 7th grade curriculum covers U.S. and world geography, the U.S. Constitution and U.S. history between the Industrial Revolution and World War I. This year, we are very excited to be using a new textbook and accompanying interactive reader called: America: History of Our Nation 2011 – Prentice Hall. I will have a classroom set of textbooks, however, most students will be expected to access the text online (please see attached access questions). The textbook will also be supplemented with both visual and textual primary sources in order to teach students how to analyze these sources as well as make historical arguments.
Materials Needed Daily
A labeled spiral notebook (for this class only)
A labeled two-pocket folder (for this class only)
America: History of Our Nation Interactive Reader
All assignments should be written down in each student’s assignment notebook on a daily basis. Assignments may also be found in the This Week or Calendars section on the class website. I encourage parents/guardians to look through their child’s assignment notebook and follow their grades on PowerSchool in order to keep track of what is happening in our classroom.
Students are expected to complete assignments on time. If an assignment is not turned in on time, students are still required to complete the assignment for half credit. Each assignment is due at the beginning of the class and should be turned in to the appropriate bin. On average, students will receive social studies homework no more than twice a week.
In the event of an absence, the student will have an equal number of days to complete assignments they have missed for full credit. However, if the student does not turn in these assignments within the set number of days, it is considered late and will be graded accordingly. It is the student's responsibility find out what they missed during their absence and complete the work.
If a student misses an extended amount of time from school, arrangements can be made to send work home.
This year I will be trying a new free notification tool called Remind 101 to help students and parents keep track of assignments. Remind 101 is a safe and free service (text messaging rates still apply) that allows teachers to send students and parents text or e-mail notifications without exchanging numbers. This is optional and you can unsubscribe at anytime.
Signing up is easy:
Quizzes, tests, homework, projects, essays and classroom participation determine your final grade.
Daily participation is essential in this class. Students must bring all materials to class and participate in all classroom activities respectfully.
The student’s final grade will be determined using the following weighted average:
Students are expected to exhibit and maintain FIRST CLASS behavior. Inappropriate conduct will be dealt with on an individual basis. Minor infractions will be handled within the classroom, while major offenses will be handled by the administration. Cheating and plagiarism will result in an automatic zero on the assignment and a phone call will be made home.
TARDIES TO CLASS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. Students are expected to present an appropriate pass when tardy. If a student accumulates more than three unexcused tardies per quarter, they will receive a lunch detention for each additional tardy and will be responsible for creating a written solution to the problem.
This should prove to be an exciting year! Please do not hesitate to contact me at my school email address or voicemail should you have any questions or concerns throughout the school year.