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U.S. History

"Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently." Henry Ford


Grading Scale:

60-100 points   Major grades (tests, research paper, special projects)

40 points          Quizzes, some projects

5-25 points       Daily/Homework grades

The Semester Final Exam is worth 15% of your total semester grade.




You will be expected to turn in all class and homework assignments on time.  Late assignments receive a grade no higher than a 50% and are only accepted within 1 month after the original due date. 

Research and/or special projects that are assigned several weeks in advance will be due on the date set and MUST be turned at the beginning class on that date in order to receive full credit. 



Make-Up Work:

When you return to school after an absence, please refer to the class calendar on my website for the work that you missed.  Also, check with the teacher to clarify the assignments that you might have missed.  It is YOUR responsibility to make sure you get your make-up work, not the teachers.




 If you are absent the day of an exam, please see me to schedule a time for make-up exams.  No make-ups will be given during class time except quizzes. All make-up exam are given in the East Resource Center on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.


Late Work:

Late assignments will receive 1/2 credit and will only be accepted within in a month of when the assignment was originally due.


Research Paper:

Each U.S. History student will write a 4-5 page research paper during the class. We will work on researching both inside and outside of class.




Students are expected to keep a portfolio, which is critical for test preparation. The portfolio will include: a decorated cover along the themes of United States history, a table of contents for each unit, a unit page with 5 pictures representing the information covered in the unit, assignments, and notes.


Academic Dishonesty:

 Academic dishonesty will NOT be tolerated either on daily assignments or on tests.  Academic dishonest, or cheating, is defined as giving or receiving information or assistance on a test; possession of any unauthorized material during a test; copying another student’s assignment or knowingly allowing another student to copy from his/her assignment; submitting duplicate work; or having someone else complete an assignment on behalf of the student.  Plagiarism, presenting another’s ideas or product as one’s own, is also defined as cheating.  The penalty for academic dishonesty is a zero for work involved, and the student will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action if it is confirmed that he/she has indeed committed an offense.  All students involved in academic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary action.  If it is detected, both the giver and the receiver of the information will receive zeroes, parents will be notified, and disciplinary action will follow.


Classroom Atmosphere:
  • During class discussions, you must raise your hand to be recognized.  Out of courtesy to others, no conversation will be permitted while someone else is talking.

  • Be in the room before the tardy bell rings.

  • Be an active part of the class; take notes, participate in activities, discuss topics, and study for quizzes and exams.    

  • Use your time wisely!  If you complete an assignment early, you may work on assignments for other classes or silently read.

  • Do NOT bring food, candy, or drinks to class.  Bottled water is okay.

  • You are NOT allowed to have your cellular phone out in the open or on during the school day (7:10am – 2:51pm).  If it is seen by the teacher, it will be taken up and given to the assistant principal.

  • Do your best to use the restrooms before you come to class.  No restroom breaks will be allowed during lecture or discussion times.  If you abuse your privilege to use the restroom, a discipline referral and parent phone call will follow.

  • Respect property.  Pick up all of your trash and return all materials used in class to their proper location.

  • Respect each other.  No putdowns to self or others.  You are expected to be able to work will each other in this class with a terrific attitude!  


I know that we are going to have a wonderful year together learning in U.S. History.  I have high expectations for each of you this year.  If you work to the best of your ability, you should do very well in this course.


          Thank you,


          Ms. Abrahams

Notes to Students:

If you have any questions or need any assistance, please stop by my office (East 87A) to see me. 

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