Rod Briggs
2015-16 schedule-2nd Semester
1st- Hour:  Economics
2nd Hour:  American Government
3rd Hour:  US History
4th Hour: CCR
5th hour:  American Government
6th Hour: American Government
7th Hour: Plan
8th Hour: American History 2nd Semester
September and October Middle School Football
November -March-Varsity Basketball
April -May- JV Tennis

General Class Rules:

1. Everybody takes notes.

2. Everybody says please, thank you, yes sir, no sir.

3. Everybody picks up trash.

Classroom web-sites to log-in
Government online text book-register at: 
Use this code to access.
Acess code:  4D43F749D789D33E14B6
American History online text book www.glencoe.com/ose/
F6ECB037B0 Is the password

Other Stuff to look @     
Practice 1st 10 amendments
Quizlet cards
Kartrina-Frontline video-
King Assassination video- watch on own if you did not see if before finish assignment. 

US History Notes

posted Aug 2, 2011, 6:27 PM by Rodney Briggs   [ updated Sep 9, 2014, 5:15 AM ]


In US History we will cover:  We will cover Units 2, 3 and 4 first semester and 5, 6, 7 second semester.


GRADING:             Student performance will be assessed using a variety of assessment methods, including but not limited to: quizzes, tests, homework assignments,  in class work and projects


                                Grade Scale
59 or below-F

Floating A:
*If a student is tardy two or fewer times per semester the teacher will change lowest chapter test score to 100%. A student also can't have an office referal or a cell phone violation. The teacher has the right to take away your floating A for not doing things correctly in class.  The teacher can restore the floating A if he sees fit. 

Tardy Policy in addition to lose of floating A:  3 - 6 tardy-Loss of Floating A 15 minute detention served in the morning before school in room 211 and a call home or e-mail home 6+ tardy Office referral and 15 minute detention. 


EXAMS:                  Exams will generally be worth 100 points each.  Tests may consist of multiple choice, true/false, short answer,  and matching. The essay questions will be 20 points and are graded separate from the test.   Semester exams will be comprehensive for the semester and will make up no more than 12% of the final grade.  Students will be given the opportunity to re-take any exam in order to demonstrate new learning or deeper comprehension of the content covered.   Students will be responsible to make arrangements to take a different version of the test (which may be through personal communication) on their own time.  Usually in the morning or during seminar. Regardless of score, the most current test results will be recorded for the grade as they demonstrate the more current level of understanding.

Attendance/Make-Up Work
Make-up Work -
Excused Absences - The student is responsible for obtaining all make-up work and for making appointments to meet with teachers to make-up tests, quizzes, etc. Students will be expected to make up all work missed as the result of an absence. They will be allowed two (2) days for the first day missed and one (1) day for each consecutive day absent beyond the first, unless other arrangements are made with the individual teachers. Advance make-up is required (unless other arrangements are made with the classroom teacher) when the absence is due to a regularly scheduled school sponsored activity and may be required on prearranged absences authorized by the principal. -Taken from the 2011-12 Lansing Student Handbook.

Expected Behavior

I expect students to follow school and district policies as defined in the Lansing High School student handbook (agenda). I believe I have a right to teach and students have a right to learn. I expect students to act in manner which respects those rights. Breaking the rules will result in a disciplinary action/reprimand appropriate for each infraction. My classroom rules are:

1. Follow class instruction.
2. Respect others.
3. Respect yourself
4. Respect others property.

The Teacher will make any other rules he views as necessary!
*No use of profanity will be tolerated in the classroom.
*I will contact parents often to keep them updated on your progress and behavior.
*Cell Phone policy used by our school will be followed: Shut the phone off as you enter the room. I will take it from you if used during the class and taken to an administrator. You can pick it up at the end of the day. This will result in lose of your floating A.  There will be times that we will use your phone in class for academic reasons.  You must use it properly.  If not used correctly then you will lose your floating A and also will have to pick-up phone from an administrator. 


 Chapter 5 power point at bottom. 


Government notes

posted Jul 26, 2011, 1:33 PM by Rodney Briggs   [ updated Aug 10, 2014, 11:32 AM ]

This is a tentative schedule for 1st Semester American Government.  Things will come up that could put us behind.

American Government Pace Chart Through Unit 1

8-13       Intro, Class info, Pre-test

8-14       Pre-Test

8-15       Pre-test/Go over Answers

8-18       Ck out books/Chapter 1.1 notes-

8-19       Chapter 1.2 notes/video intro

8-20       1.3 notes/Review

8-21       Chapter 1 Test

8-22       Go-over Chapter 1 Test/Chapter 2 Pre-test

8-25       2.1 and 2.2 notes

8-26       2.2 and 2.3 notes

8-27       Chapter 2 Test

8-28       Gov-Over Chapter 2 Test/Chapter 3 Pre-test

8-29       make-up Day or LAB

9-2          3.1 and 3.2 notes

9-3         3.3 Notes Review

9-4          Chapter 3 Test

9-5          Go-over Chapter 3 Test/Chapter 4 pre-test         

9-8          4.1 and 4.2/Obsession

9-9       4.3/Obsession

9-10      Chapter 4 Test/Obsession

9-11       9-11 Activities Show Obsession or 102 mintues

The rest later

 pass word  mqd - 2055 to access
 Sorry about this being out of order a little, but please access notes when you do not have them.  

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