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Coach Kettlers History Syllabus


Beginning of Class: No talking above a whisper (if I can hear you, you are too loud)
1. Go to your seat and set down belongings
2. Get out supplies (pencils, homework etc.)
3. Prepare supplies if necessary (example: sharpen pencil, get out interactive notebook, etc.)
4. Write down the Objective in your Agenda
5. Begin Warm-up
6. Continue Working on Warm-Up until next activity begins
During Instruction/Activities: You are to respect all classmates by listening while they are contributing to class
discussion
No one leaves the class during direct instruction Except Severe
Emergency:
- Bones, Blood, Barf
End of Class: Do not leave until dismissed. I respect your time, and will dismiss you as soon as possible.
Room Expectations
o Desks are where they belong
o Floors and desks are clean
o All supplies including resources have been put away in the place they are supposed to be

CLASS PARTICIPATION
Participation in class is more than physical presence. It means making a meaningful contribution to discussions
and course activities.
Satisfactory class participation and cooperation is:
being present with all required class materials
answering questions
offering constructive opinions
generally cooperating with the teacher and other students in the class.

We learn from each other, and if you dont speak, others dont learn from you [and vice versa]. The evaluation of your classyou
need to SHOW WHAT YOU KNOW!
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Discipline Plan:
Positive Consequences
Verbal Recognition/ High Fives
Positive Call Home
Extra Points.
I will be happy to accept your Ideas for other rewards!
Negative Consequences
I havent had to send a student to the office in three years. If you get a referral then you earned it
We are here for the same reason, for me to help you get smarter. Thats right you can get smarter. The brain is
like a muscle, it gets stronger when to exercise it. We are too busy getting smarter to get into trouble!
Verbal Warning
Written warning (Discipline Log), and Student/Teacher Conference
30 Minute Detention and Parent Contact
1 Hour Detention and Parent Contact
One Class Suspension (OCE) and Parent Contact
Referral (OCE/Choices) Parent Contact
Attendance:
A student will be counted tardy if he/she is not in the classroom at the time the bell rings. Be on time and you wont get a tardy.
Grading Policy

Activity Times it Counts
Classwork (and homework) 25%
Quizzes 35%
Tests 40%

Test/Quiz Correction
There will be an opportunity to make up or correct all failing tests and quizzes to a 70.
Scores above 70 can add points (determined by what the correction is) to improve passing scores

Make-Up Work
Responsibility of the Student!
Days student is absent is equal to Days to turn in
Also required for All Days Missed!
o Fill in your agenda with objectives
o Ask for any clarification
Tests
o Schedule with Teacher (students responsibility)

Late Work
Late 1 Day (-25pts)
Late 2 Days (-50pts max)
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Contact
Coach Kettler 8
th
History
BEST: jkettler@aisd.net
Phone: 682 867 2400 (ext. 72431)

8
th
Grade U.S. History Website:
www.hutchesonushistory.weebly.com









Major Topics Covered
Unit 1: Exploration and Colonization
First Six-Weeks
Unit 2: American Revolution
Second Six-Weeks
Unit 3: From Confederacy to Constitution
Third Six Weeks
Unit 4: New Republic (New Nation)
Fourth Six Weeks
Unit 5: Era of Andrew Jackson
Fourth Six Weeks
Unit 6: Reforms (changes) in America
Fifth Six Weeks
Unit 7: Causes of the Civil War
Fifth Six Weeks
Unit 8: Civil War, Part 1: Significant Individuals, Events,
and Amendments
Fifth Six Weeks
Unit 9: Civil War and Reconstruction
Sixth Six Weeks

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Please return this to Class on Tuesday 8/26
Parent Signature and Info Page
Students Name: ________________________________
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I have reviewed the syllabus with my son or daughter.
Parent Signature/Firma X_____________________________
I have read and understand the expectation in the syllabus.
Student Signature X_________________________________
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CLASS PARTICIPATION
Participation in class is more than physical presence. It means making a meaningful contribution to discussions
and course activities.
Satisfactory class participation and cooperation is:
being present with all required class materials
answering questions
offering constructive opinions
generally cooperating with the teacher and other students in the class.

Those students who have difficulty in any of these areas should see me and we will work together to help you master these skills and
contribute to the class. To learn you must take the risk of sharing your views and opinions as well as accept feedback from others
regarding those views and opinions.

We construct knowledge and learn from each other, and if you dont speak, others dont learn from you [and vice versa]. The
evaluation of your class participation is based on what you do in the classroom and how you are viewed in the classroomyou need
to SHOW WHAT YOU KNOW!

Participation Rubric

Objectives
Low
1 point column
Low-Mid
2 point column
High-Mid
3 point column
High
4 point column
Total
Earned
Points
Behavior
Does not follow adult
directions and ignores the
rules of the classroom.
Frequently needs corrective
action to reduce the incidence
of poor behavior .
Follows few directions
and frequently breaks the
rules of the classroom.
Sometimes needs
corrective action to limit
poor behavior
Follows most directions
and classroom rules.
Seldom needs corrective
measures to improve
behavior.
Follows directions and
rules. Does not need
corrective measures to
follow directions
behavior.

Attention
Student does not pay attention
in class and is often distracted
by others. Student does not
stay on task.
Student occasionally pays
attention in class. Student
has trouble staying on
task.
Student almost always
pays attention in class.
Student is usually on task.
Student pays attention in
class and comprehends
instruction as it is
delivered in class.
Student stays on task.

Conflict &
Opposition
Student does not get along
with peers and is both
argumentative and defensive.
When given directions the
student often refuses to follow
procedures. The student is
loud, disruptive and full of
anger. Seems to enjoy
conflict.
Sometimes student does
not get along well with
peers. Can become
defensive and
argumentative.
Sometimes the student
refuses to follow
directions. The student
can be loud and
disruptive.
The student gets along
with others. The student
is flexible and does not
seek out conflict. The
student follows direction
and makes a conscious
effort to avoid being
disruptive.
The student gets along
well with peers. The
student is both flexible
and polite. The student
follows directions and
does not disrupt class.

Grades &
Performance
Student often doesnt work in
class. Does not put forth a
quality effort. Makes many
excuses and does not meet
deadlines. Students grades
are far below ability levels.
Student work is
inconsistent. Does just
enough to get by. Could
work harder and attain
better grades. Often
doesnt do work.
Student grades are good.
Turns in assignments on
time. Achievement level
is reflective of grade level
mastery and individual
abilities.
Students grades are
excellent. Work ethic is
great in and out of the
class. Shows mastery of
big picture concepts.