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Western Civilizations (H)

by Ray Burgess

Morris Community High School
Western Civilizations- H     Course Syllabus
Fall 2009      Room 215
Mr. Burgess
Phone: 942-1294 x3215
Email: rburgess@mchs.grundy.k12.il.us (rburgess@morrishs.org)

This course is a chronological study of the history of mankind in the western world beginning with Renaissance to the present. The purpose of this class is to familiarize students with the political, economical, and social history that constitutes the western heritage. Discussions of current events are also presented.
This course will also require a great amount of writing.  You will be expected to analyze and interpret the historical significance of the subjects presented in class.  History is not just recalling names, dates, and facts; history is understanding why it is “history.”

The items listed must be brought to class everyday unless otherwise noted.  
1.  Textbook: Civilization in the West (Longman)
2.  MCHS Student Handbook
3. Folder w/ looseleaf paper & writing utensil

Homework, Quizzes, and Tests – 85%
Term Examination -  15%
Final Grade (100%)

Make-up and Late Work:
When class is missed, you are responsible for the information and materials distributed during your absence.  The length and type of absence will affect the amount of time to make up work. Please place absent work in the bin on my desk.
I DO NOT ACCEPT LATE HOMEWORK.  You are responsible for the homework that is assigned to you.  If you fall behind, you will fail this course.  Each student is given ONE homework pass per term.  Do not lose this!

Food, Drink and Candy:
According to MCHS class rules, water is not allowed in the classroom.  I do not allow food in the classroom (cheeseburger, hot-pocket, nerds, etc.)!  NO EXCEPTIONS.

Cell phones/Mp3 players:
School rules prohibit the use of cellular phones and Mp3 players in the classroom.  Your cell phone should be left in your car, locker, or hidden in your pocket. Use of such devices shall result in confiscation by the teacher and handed over to the administration.

Bathroom/drink breaks:
Is it boredom or do you really have to go?  You will receive 3 breaks per term.

Class time:
When you attend my class, I expect you to be ready to learn about Western Civ.  My class is not a study hall.  I do not allow students to work on assignments from other classes.  Your homework should be done at home, not in my class!
Putting your head down on your desk is considered sleeping.   I do not allow students to “rest” in my classroom.  Do something productive!  You are responsible for being ready for class each day and being tired is not an excuse (Pet peeve #3).

1. Follow directions the first time given.
2. Be respectful of others
3. Be in your assigned seat when the bell rings
4. Come to class with all materials
5. Remain in your seat until the teacher dismisses you
6. Have respect for school property

Grade Information:
Your grade is available at POWERSCHOOL.  I will update this weekly. If you have not received a login or password, please stop by the main office to access this information.  I do not print out grade sheets, so it is your responsibility to check your grade.

My Desk :
You are welcome to paper clips, using my stapler and hole puncher.  Please do not enter behind my desk or play with my toys.

My job as an educator is to make sure you succeed as a student and as a person.  However, the majority of your success is up to you!  If you find yourself struggling in my class, please do not hesitate to speak with me.  I am available for class-work help before or after school (by appointment).  If possible, I can also give help during lunch.

Tardy Policy:
Students will be disciplined for being late to class.  This ranges from teacher detentions to being dropped from class with a recorded grade of “F.”  In my classroom, you will be marked tardy if you are not in your assigned seat when the bell rings.

End Note:
I look forward to being your instructor for the term.  This accelerated class is meant to be a challenge.  It is my goal to make sure you succeed, so work hard.  This class will go very smoothly if you keep up with class work, pay attention in class, and make an effort to learn!

                         Have a great year!

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