Students will not bring headphones, a cell phone or other electronic devices to class. 

  • 1st Offense: Student is asked to turn off electronic device. Device is confiscated and returned to student at the end of the instructional period.
  • 2nd Offense: Student is asked to turn off electronic device. Device is confiscated and returned to student at the end of the instructional period. The parent is notified and a detention is assigned.
  • 3rd Offense: Student is asked to turn off electronic device. Device is confiscated and secured in the unit office until the end of the school day. A referral for insubordination is issued.
  • 4th Offense and Beyond: Student is asked to turn off electronic device. Device is confiscated and secured in the unit office. A referral for insubordination is issued. Parent is required to pick device up from school.

Student must complete all assignments on time. 
  1. All late assignments, except for essay pre-writing and online multiple-choice tests, will receive a 10% score reduction for every school day late (not class day). 
  2. Full-day legal absences, weekends, and holidays are NOT counted in the score reduction for late assignments. 
  3. Essay pre-writing assignments will NOT be accepted for late credit due to the amount of time provided to complete these assignments in and outside of class. In addition, multiple-choice tests will not be allowed to be completed after the due time/date.

Students will be responsible for making up assignments and assessments when absent.
  1. Students will check their “study buddy” for assignments and assessments missed during absence.
  2. It is the student’s responsibility to ask for the assignments after an absence. Students must not wait until the next class. Students have four minutes between classes to request missed assignments. In addition, students can request the assignments before and after school, during advisement and before lunch. If needed, Mr. Stresing will write them a late pass to their next class if time is needed to explain the assignment. 
  3. If a student is absent, the assignment must be turned in the next school day (not class day) to avoid a score reduction.
  4. It is the student’s responsibility to schedule a time to make up an assessment. A grade of a zero will be given to students that do not make their appointment. 

Students are required to write all assignment and assessment information for each class in their Greece Athena High School student planner. Students will NOT be allowed to discard any pages from their student planner. 
  1. While students are expected to write their assignments in their planner. However, there is an assignments & assessments calendar available at The assignments & assessments calendar provides a daily update of assignment due dates and assessment dates for both Regents and AP classes.
  2. If students have difficulty with a writing assignment, Mr. Stresing is available to provided extra help after school with notification. Mr. Stresing will not stay after school for students to complete late assignments. All teachers are unavailable on Tuesdays due to mandatory professional development.

Students will be kind and courteous to classmates and teacher.
  1. Students will use an “inside voice” in the classroom.
  2. Students will give undivided attention to the teacher during classroom instruction.
  3. Students will listen when other classmates or teacher is talking.
  4. Students will respect opinions and ideas of others. Mr. Stresing will not tolerate any negative comments about another’s ideas, opinions and work.

Students will be to class on time and be ready to begin work when the bell rings.
  1. Students will be in their seat ready to work when the bell rings.
  2. Students will not be permitted to return to locker after the bell rings.
  3. Students will read the directions at the top of the page before starting any assignment or assessment.
  4. Students must use the proper heading provided by Mr. Stresing on all assignments.
  5. Students will bring a three-ring 3” binder with dividers, textbook, student planner, paper, highlighter, and writing utensil to class every day.
  6. Students must have the newer materials in the front of their 3-ring binder.
  7. Students are NOT allowed to have materials from different subjects in their 3-ring binder.

Students will bring their sense of humor, art skills, cartooning, music skills, and writing skills to class and be willing to share them to help others learn.
  1. The acts of reading, writing, and reasoning are central to the discipline of history. They are the three main vehicles used by historians to make sense of the past and to construct viable, believable narratives about the past.
  2. Moving from reading and discussion to writing can be challenging in high school history classes.
  3. Writing in history is a constructivist act, involving making a claim or argument, and then effectively supporting that claim with evidence while relating the evidence to the overall claimConstructivism is basically a theory, based on observation and scientific study, about how people learn. It says that people construct their own understanding and knowledge of the world, through experiencing things and reflecting on those experiences.
  4. When writing becomes a daily routine, rather than a rare event, students are more likely to be engaged, not intimidated, when asked to write essays in history class. Students need opportunities to try out historical reasoning in writing.
  5. Participation in class discussions and answering questions is very important to a student’s success. We know from research on learning that discussion is a critical step toward writing because it allows students to try out ideas out loud before committing them to the page.