• 2019-2020 CP Government Syllabus

    Powdersville High

    Coach Nimmer

    Room 431

    Contact Information

    • Email: nimmers@apps.anderson1.org

    Course Description

    In United States Government, students examine the theory and practice of American government. The course is designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to fundamental political concepts that will provide students with the knowledge and skills they need in order to understand and participate wisely in the American political system. United States Government examines basic political theory and governmental systems, American political development theory, the constitutional basis and structure of American government, and citizen involvement in the political system. 

    Classroom Policies


    Students should also bring a pencil and paper to class every day.  Tests will be scored on a scantron so be sure to have a pencil that the grading machine can read.  STUDENTS SHOULD ALWAYS HAVE A CHARGED CHROMEBOOK.  A majority of the daily grades we have this semester will be on the Chromebooks.


      • Grading Scale:
        • A= 90-100
        • B= 80-89
        • C= 70-79
        • D= 60-69
        • F= 0-59
      • Course Grading System
        • Major Grades (Tests and Projects)= 60%
        • Minor Grades (Quizzes, classwork, and homework)= 40%

    Make-up Work

    If a student is out for any reason, he/she should come to me before class begins on his/her first day back.  I will make arrangements to ensure that the student is able to complete the work.

    From the school’s handbook:

    “Teachers may accept late homework with a 60 being the highest possible grade. Major assessments will be accepted late, with a 10-point penalty per class period, with the highest grade of 60.  No late work will be accepted after grades are submitted for storage in PowerSchool.”

    Retake Policy

    College prep students who score below a 60 on a major assessment are eligible to retake that assessment with a maximum score of 60.  Students who retest must take the test within two weeks from the time the grade is posted or distributed to students (unless an alternate arrangement is made with the teacher). Teachers may require certain assignments be completed or students to attend tutoring prior to retaking the test. Teachers may create a test which is different from the original. The format of the test is solely in the discretion of the teacher.

    Restroom Policy

    School rules allow students three restroom passes per nine weeks.  Students should raise their hands and ask to use the restroom.  NO MORE THAN ONE STUDENT CAN BE OUT OF THE CLASSROOM AT ONE TIME.  Students are not permitted to leave the class for personal, non-medical reasons during class time.  This includes, but is not limited to, seeing other teachers, using the phone, etc.  These activities can be done during lunch or other free time in the student’s schedule.

    Exam Exemption Policy

    All students may be eligible to exempt a final exam based on the following criteria: 

    • A final average of 90 or above in the course
    • No more than two disciplinary referrals resulting in ISS
    • No disciplinary referrals resulting in 0SS
    • No more than 5 unlawful absences in a semester course and 10 unlawful absences in a year-long course.  Refer to the definition of unlawful absence in the student handbook.

    EOC exams and AP exams are not eligible for exemption.  Any student taking an End-of-Course (EOC) exam may also be required to take a final exam at the discretion of the teacher.   Additionally, a teacher may elect to use the exam period to complete a major assignment or assessment.  In these cases, the teacher may require all students to be present for the exam period.

    Performance-based courses (band, chorus, etc.) may elect to use a grade from one or more performances in lieu of a written assessment for the final exam grade.  This will be communicated in the course syllabus and the exam requirements for these courses would not be eligible for exemption.

    Students taking Advanced Placement exams are not required to take an additional final exam, but the teacher may require students to be present during the exam period to complete coursework.

    Classroom Procedures

    • Enter the classroom quietly and be seated.
    • Bring appropriate materials to class.
    • Follow instructions the first time they are given.
    • Leave the area around your desk cleaner than you found it.

    Classroom Rules

    • Do not talk when the teacher or another student is talking.
    • Do not talk during announcements
    • No food or drinks are allowed in class.
    • Cell phones should be turned off and out of sight.


    1. Verbal warning
    2. Verbal warning / parent notification
    3. Office referral

    Class Schedule

    Unit 1: Introduction to Government

    • Test Date: 9/9 (A Day), 9/10 (B Day)

    Unit 2: Origins of American Political Thought

    • Test Date: 9/25 (A Day), 9/26 (B Day)

    Unit 3: Constitutional Theory

    • Test Date: 10/9 (A Day), 10/10 (B Day)

    Unit 4: Constitutional Practice

    • Test Date: 10/28 (A Day), 10/29 (B Day)

    Unit 5: States v. Nations

    • Test Date: 11/15 (A Day), 11/18 (B Day)

    Unit 6: People’s Roles in Governments

    • Test Date: 12/10 (A Day), 12/11 (B Day)

    Final Exam

    • Review: (TBD)
    • Exams: December 16-20