"If you work hard and play by the rules, this country is truly open to you. You can achieve anything."  (Arnold Schwarzenegger)

Demeanor: Students are to be respectful toward the teacher and other students at all times.  In addition, students should always be honest in their dealings with both the teacher and other students.

Preparedness: Students are to arrive in class prepared. Being prepared for class means that the student has:

The Start of Class: Upon arriving in class, students are to take their assigned seats immediately and begin working on the Notebook Question posted on the board in their notebooks.  Please note the following:

Grading Policy: Quarter grades will be calculated using the following breakdown:

Homework and Quizzes:                     35%
Tests:                                                        25%
Writing Assignments and Projects:    25%
Class Participation and Demeanor:    15%

If the weighting systems changes, students will be informed.

Class Participation Scoring: The class participation score reflects the student's engagement in the class.  Ways of increasing this score include, but are not limited to:

By the same token, class participation points can be lost by the lack of engagement.  This includes, but is not limited to:

Lateness: Students who arrive in class more than five minutes past the designated start time will be considered late.

Assignment Format: Homework, projects, and writing assignments are due on the assigned date at the beginning of class. There are certain requirements for written assignments.  Failure to follow these requirements will result in a loss of points or refusal of admission.  All written assignments:

Late Assignments:

Quizzes: Unannounced quizzes may be administered at any time.  Students should be prepared for reading check quizzes on all readings.

Absences:  Please note the following regarding absences:

Extra Help: Extra help is available to any student who desires it. Extra help is generally available on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays between 2:00 and 2:30 P.M. Quick questions can be answered in the morning between 7:30 and 7:45 in Room 210. Other arrangements can be made with the instructor in advance.

Personal Business: Problems, issues, or concerns that a student may have should be addressed before the start of class. This can be done via email or by seeing the teacher before homeroom begins in the morning.  The instructor reserves the right to request proof for any issue described.

E-Mail: All emails should be directed to mmathews@ihahs.com .  Any email to the teacher must contain the student's full name and class section.  Email without such information in the subject line will be deleted.  Regarding e-mail:

Students should e-mail the instructor if:

Plagiarism and Cheating: All instances of plagiarism or other academic dishonesty will be referred to Mrs. Hals, the Dean of Students. Ignorance is not an acceptable excuse for plagiarism.  If a student is unsure whether or not something would be considered plagiarism, she should ask.  There are no exceptions to this policy.

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