Course Information:
Web Components: Class assignments and calendars will be available on the course website.  It will be a valuable resource to you, especially if you miss part of a class period.  

Supplies:  Please bring a writing utensil and paper to class everyday.  You will also need a computer regularly.

Grading Policy:  

  • 60% major assignments, including tests, projects, writing assignments
  • 40% daily assignments
                *Any plagiarized work will receive a zero.

Textbooks: Students are responsible for checking out a textbook from the appropriate tower office.  The textbook is also available online for download.

Absences and Make-Up Work: If you miss a day of class, it is your responsibility to find out what you missed.  Assignments and class calendars will be posted on the course website.  Any assignments that were due the day your were absent are to turned in the class period you return.  For each do you are absent you will receive one school day to turn in homework and class work missed.

    **Late assignments will receive a maximum of half credit.

Tardies: It is important to be in class on time.  Any student who exceeds 5 tardies in one six week grading period will receive a conduct grade of N.  Remember, an N in conduct results in a loss of all exemptions.

Group WorkMuch of your grade in the course is based on daily assignments.  These assignments will most often be completed in groups; however, your grade will be based on your participation in the group.  You will be expected to work on each task within the assignment.

A note about internet capabilities:

I realize that not every student has internet access at home; however, CWSHS has convenient resources for computer usage.  The most important things to remember: don’t wait until the last minute and plan for emergencies (malfunctions).  Plan ahead.


Classroom Expectations: 

  1. I will treat you with respect, so please treat me and everyone in the room with the same respect.  This means that you should arrive to class on time and once in class you should be an active participant. 
  2. Feel free to do anything that doesn’t cause a problem for anyone else.
  3. If you cause a problem, I will ask you to solve it.
  4. If you can’t solve the problem, or choose not to, I will do something.
  5. If you feel something is unfair, let me know in a respectful way and we will talk.


Everyone will have the opportunity to excel in this course because understanding our government and your role as a citizen will be valuable in your personal and professional life.  I look forward to working with you this semester!