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ANDOVER HIGH SCHOOL    Classroom Contract    2008 - 2009

COURSE: ODYSSEY  LEVEL: ONE & TWO DEPARTMENT:SOCIAL STUDIES  TEACHERS: CRAIG SIMPSON & REBECCA LEDIG

 

When entering any course at Andover High School, you enter into an agreement between your instructor, the school and yourself on what you should expect from one another.  This contract lets you know what will be offered to you, and what will be expected from you.  Your signing this indicates you are willing to abide by the academic standards of this course and this instructor.

I. GOALS AND OBJECTIVES:

            A. actualization and empowerment that

                        1. engenders an attitude of life long learning

                        2. demands mutual trust and respect

                        3. enables students to develop skills that will assist them as they encounter and interpret the world in which they live

                        4. develops from students taking responsibility for their own learning.

            B. understanding of the tentative nature of learning; this

                        1. implies that there is no absolute knowledge

                        2. demands that students and teachers place emphasis on questions rather than answers

                        3. requires a tolerance of alternative viewpoints.

            C. skills expectations include;

                        1. analytical and critical thinking

                        2. group interactive strategies

                        3. writing strategies (organizational and content development)

                        4. research skills

                        5. communication (both speaking and listening).

When a student completes this class it is expected that he or she will have begun this process and will recognize both what they have learned and what they have yet to learn.

 

II. CLASSROOM DISCIPLINE POLICIES:

            A. All students will be expected to follow the rules set out in the student handbook.

            B. All students will be treated with respect and will, in turn, respect all others.

            C. Students are to be in assigned seats at the beginning of class.

D. PLAGIARISM: while the definition of this is becoming ever more murky, in this classroom it is expected that any data that you did not know before you got to this class should include a citation to the source of that data.  If you use substantially the same words as the author (even just a few), quotation marks are required with a citation that follows the quotation.  If you use the ideas or statistics of another but place these ideas into your own words, no quotation marks are required but the following citation is required.  Failure to follow these guidelines will be considered plagiarism and will result in a grade of ZERO for the assignment.  In addition, the assignment will need to be reworked to overcome the plagiarism problems and will be given a notation that it was completed but the grade of ZERO will remain for that assignment.  Failure to rework the assignment will receive a second grade of ZERO that will be reflected on that term.

            E. Any rule that applies to students will also be applied to the teachers.

            F. After the exam ending each unit, all handouts and texts will be collected.

 

III. GRADING POLICY:

            A. Student's class participation and preparation will be reflected in their grade primarily through the group evaluation process (see attached form).

            B. There will be four comprehensive unit exams in essay form during which students may use class notes.

            C. All out of class essays will receive two grades (content and style) and are graded by different team members (see attached rewrite policy).

D. Late work will always be accepted (any grade is better than a zero).  Late work will be penalized ONE LETTER GRADE PER DAY.  Work is considered late if it is not turned in at the BEGINNING of the class in which it is due.  See also the make up policy, section B.

            E. If a student chooses to rewrite an essay, he or she must

1.      read every comment on the returned essay

2.      create a list of questions regarding comments that are unclear

3.      set up a rewrite conference with the teacher and

4.      THEN may rewrite the essay.  The grade for the second essay will be averaged with the grade for the first essay.

            F. All essays will be blind graded.  For this to happen you must leave a blank first page, a blank back page for comments and place your name ONLY on the back cover of the essay.

            G. Any student may ask for a second reading of an essay.  Whatever grade is received for the second reading will be averaged with the grade from the first reading.

            H. Extra-credit does not exist.  Do well on the assignments that are assigned.

            I.  The distinction between Level 1 and Level 2 is made according to the school guidelines of

                    10 points per 100; therefore a paper graded at "B-" would receive a grade of "B-" for Level 1 and "A-" if it were a Level 2 essay.

 

IV. MAKE UP POLICY:

            A. In the event of an absence on an exam day, the student will be expected to make up the exam on the day of his or her return to school.

B. In the event of an absence on the day an essay is due, the student will be expected to make arrangements to turn in the essay (either to my hand or to my mailbox in the main office) on the day the essay is due BEFORE the class period begins.

            C. If an absence is of a long term nature, arrangements should be made to set up a schedule to complete exams and turn in essays in a timely manner.

            D. The teacher reserves the right to alter this under extenuating circumstances.

 

V. HOMEWORK POLICY:

            A. Homework consists primarily of reading and research.  It is the responsibility of each student to develop an organizational plan that will prepare him or her for each class.

            B. If reading and research are not completed in a timely manner the student will find the classroom dialogue difficult (or impossible) to follow and contributions will be either superficial or absent.

            C. No quizzes will be given.  Each student is expected to take responsibility for his or her own gathering of the content of the course.  Class time will be spent exploring the implications of various interpretations of that data (skills will be taught to enable this to happen).

 

VI. REMEDIAL WORK AND TEACHER OFFICE HOURS:

            A. Help is always available before or after school by appointment.

            B. Help is usually available during the instructor's preparation period or his lunch period, again by appointment.

            C. It is the responsibility of the student to seek out these sessions.

 

TEACHER'S SIGNATURE _Craig Simpson                      Rebecca Ledig____________ 

STUDENT'S SIGNATURE ________________________

PARENT'S SIGNATURE   _________________________