• U.S. Government Syllabus

    Powdersville High School

    Coach Stewart

    Room 432

    Contact Information

    Email: stewartk@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.

    Units

    1. Foundations of Democracy

    2. Structure and Functions of Government

    3. The Political Process

    4. Citizenship

    Classroom Policies

    Materials

    • STUDENTS SHOULD ALWAYS HAVE A CHARGED CHROMEBOOK!!!

    • Most all of your daily/individual assignments will be completed and turned in via the Chromebook.

    • Students may choose to have a notebook of their choice and writing utensils for taking notes.

    • Tests may be administered on paper or electronically.

    • If electronically, a Chromebook will be used.

    • If on hard copy, students will need a pencil or pen (blue or black ink only).

    Classroom Procedures/Expectations

    • 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.

    • Do the right thing. (You know the difference between right and wrong)

    Classroom Rules

    • Do not talk when the teacher or another student is talking.

    • Do not talk during announcements.

    • Treat each other, the teacher, and yourself with RESPECT.

    • No food or drinks are allowed in class. (water)

    • Cell phones should be turned off and out of sight.

      • No cell phones and/or earbuds in use during instructional time or class discussion. (during independent work time at teacher discretion)

    Distraction Free Classrooms and Class time: All non-instructional technology (cell

    phones, earbuds, head phones etc.) need to be put away (out of sight) for the

    duration of each class period. When students walk in the doorway of EVERY

    classroom, devices get put into bags. They will not be allowed out through the

    duration of the class periods. There are four times when devices WILL be allowed

    during a school day.

    a. Before the school day begins

    b. During class transitions

    c. During a student’s assigned lunch period

    d. After the final school bell has rung

    Consequences

    1. Verbal warning

    2. Verbal warning / parent notification / phone and earbuds on my desk

    3. Office referral / out of class

    Sleeping

    • Sleeping is not permitted.  

    Consequences

    1. Wake Up Call

    2. All assignments for the day marked as 0 (cannot make up).

    *Snoring will result in being asked to leave class.

    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. You will not be allowed to go to the restroom during the first 15 or last 15 minutes of class.  Lastly, DO NOT ask to go to the restroom in the middle of a lecture.

    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.  Everything will also be posted in Google Classroom, so a student can follow along there when absent.

    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

    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 at the discretion of the teacher.

    Thoughts to Remember

    Nothing great in life will ever be accomplished without enthusiasm.

    More people fail because of a lack of effort than lack of intelligence.

    If you have to think about it, it’s wrong.

    Main Goal

    My main goal for you this year is for you to learn how to think AND to RESPECT the opinions of others that are different from yours.