COURSE OUTLINE FOR
American Political Systems
Dr. Swanson, Room D-1
805-495-7491 x1301
kristerswanson@conejousd.org


Welcome to American Political Systems!  Iím looking forward to this opportunity to explore our national and local governments.  I take an approach to teaching that encourages each student to be an active participant in the educational process. With that thought in mind, it is extremely important that you understand that I expect the following:


HOMEWORK, MY WEBSITE, AND EDMODO
Homework, including long-term assignments, is solely the responsibility of the student. Late work is not accepted; some assignments, especially long term projects, will not be accepted late even in cases of absence. Students are expected to take notes on each reading assignment, and to keep all lecture and reading notes through the year.  If you are unsure of the homework assignments or need information regarding tests, projects, and other assignments please check the class web page at:

jkswanson.com/govt.html

 

In addition to the website, it will be very important for you to join our class edmodo group.All information posted on edmodo will be treated just like a handout that was distributed on paper in class.


TEXTBOOK AND OTHER MATERIALS

Each student is responsible their own textbook. Lost or damaged books must be replaced or paid for by the student. You should keep your copy of the text at home, as I have a class set of textbooks. You will keep a set of class notes over the course of the year.  These will not be graded, but will be critical to your success in the class.  Otherwise, you are expected to be prepared for class each day, with paper and writing utensils.


GRADING POLICY

All grades will be computed on a points earned out of points possible basis. As the importance of an assignment increases, so does the assignment's point value. Missing assignments will be counted as zero points. The student's total points earned are divided by the total points possible to determine their percentage. The following scale is used to determine each student's grade:

Letter Grade

Percentage

Letter Grade

Percentage

A

92.5-100.0%

C

72.5-77.4%

A-

90.0-92.4%

C-

70.0-72.4%

B+

87.5-89.9%

D+

67.5-69.9%

B

82.5-87.4%

D

62.5-67.4%

B-

80.0-82.4%

D-

60.0-62.4%

C+

77.5-79.9%

F

0.0-59.9%


Students have one week to make up tests or quizzes that they missed because of an excused absence. No make up tests will be given to students who had an unexcused absence on the day of the test or quiz. The student will take the makeup test at lunch on the day designated by the teacher. Student grades will be updated regularly on Q (formerly known as Zangle. It is the responsibility of the student to be aware of their academic standing and bring any questions they have about their grade to my attention.


ACADEMIC HONESTY
Any student involved in dishonesty on any work, from homework to projects to tests and quizzes, will receive zero credit for the assignment in question. Repeat offenders may be subject to a referral to the Assistant Principal, suspension from class, and/or a parent/teacher conference.


ATTENDANCE POLICY AND A COUPLE OF SPECIFIC CLASS RULES

The bottom line: you are very close to graduating from high school and becoming a full-fledged adult. I expect you to behave like one.  I should not need to tell you to be quiet when I am talking, polite to your classmates when they are presenting, etc.  Your inability to behave appropriately projects a negative image and makes you a much less effective person.

COMMUNICATION
I am happy to provide answers and clarification for all of my students and their parents.  I can be contacted in the following ways:
Voicemail: (805) 495-7491 x1301            e-mail: kristerswanson@conejousd.org