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Current Events


Grade Level: 9-12

Teacher:  Mrs. Bradshaw


            Welcome to Current Events! 


Required Materials:


  1. Subject notebook used for this class only
  2. Folder to keep assignments and project information
  3. Pen for all tests given on paper.  Pen or pencil for note taking.
  4. Laptop Computer – used for notes, classroom activities and tests.


Classroom Expectations:


            PUNCTUALITY – Be in class on time and take your seat quietly.

            RESPECT – Respect all peers, teachers, staff, classroom materials and yourself.

            INTEGRITY – Don’t cheat yourself by cheating or plagiarizing.

            DISCIPLINEObey the rules AND be responsible for your work.

            ENTHUSIASM – Make learning fun!


Classroom Procedures: 

The topics introduced in this class will be presented in a variety of ways.  We will use a variety of news websites and videos, newspapers, magazines, and online new outlets, etc.  The websites will be accessed through Moodle or the school website. Students are required to take and keep notes and all handouts in a notebook and/or folder. 




Scale:         89.5 & above =A

                            79.5 – 89.4    =B

                            69.5 – 79.4    =C

                            59.5 – 69.4    =D

                            59.4 & below =F


                        42.5% per nine weeks of the semester grade and the semester final is 15%.


Homework and Projects:  It is very important that all assignments and projects are turned in for course credit to be given.  Students that do not turn in their assignments will receive a zero for the assignment and will lose participation credit (5% of Grade). 


Late work:  Late work will be accepted after the due date and time for 50% deduction of the total points up to the first full day late.  After the first full day late the assignment or project will receive a zero but still should be submitted for course participation requirements.  (See above)



Participation Grade Specifics: (10% of Grade)         Assigned each 9 weeks.

(Deductions will be made from a possible 100 total points over the course of the 9 weeks.)


Classroom behavior, participation, course requirements:  50 points


                      Assignments completed and in on time – course requirements met


                      Respect for classmates, teacher, personal space and quietness of all in classroom


                       Attitude, Time-management, On-task, Cooperation, and Participation


Attendance  requirements:  50 points


                       Each student will be allowed 2 absences per 9 weeks before his/her grade is affected.


                        After 2 absences, there will be a 5-point deduction made for every absence that



                          Extreme medical leaves will be taken into consideration



Makeup Work:  If the student is excused absent, then he or she will be able to make up the work missed.  One day per day absent plus one day will be allowed.  If you are gone on Monday, come back on Tuesday, receive the missing work, it will be due on Thursday first thing.  It is your responsibility to ask for missed work and turn it in on time.  Students may consult with the teacher when they return for missed work when they get their planner signed and students should also check the school web page for my class for class happenings.  If you need to get further explanation, it can be done before or after school. 


Makeup Tests:  If a student misses the day of a test, they will have 5 school days to make up a test upon their return to class.  Tests must be made up during seminar or before or after school.  It is the student’s responsibility to make these arrangements and keep the appointment.


            Cheating:  Cheating is prohibited.  This includes copying homework assignments,

            tests, and projects.  Students cheating /plagiarizing will receive zero points for

            that assignment, test, quiz, project, etc. 


Food & Drink:   No food, candy, or drink will be allowed in class, unless otherwise noted by the teacher.

Cell Phones and other electronic devices:  “Cell Phone Jail”

      Cell phones should NOT be used in class.  If they are, they will be taken for the remainder of the period and placed in cell phone jail and for the next 5 class periods you are present.  

      Failure to comply with this policy may result in loss of points, detention, removal from the room, electronic device taken to the office and/or other disciplinary action deemed appropriate. Cell phone or other devices may be used when deemed appropriate by teacher or permission is asked. 

Leaving Class:  The student must have their planner signed by the teacher in order to leave the room. Students are NOT allowed to leave the room without one for any reason except in an emergency as determined by the teacher.  Students will be allowed to leave the room to go to their locker, the office, or the bathroom ONCE A WEEK with a signed planner.

            Students will not be allowed to leave the class to use the phone.  Don’t ask.


            Seating Arrangement:  Students are assigned a seat in the first week.  Changes may be made

            to the assignment, but students are always required to sit in their assigned seat. 


            Sleeping:  Sleeping is not tolerated in class.  If you feel like you are tired, stand up.  Do not

            disturb others, but standing up to refresh is acceptable.  If I see you sleeping, I will ask you to stand.

Student 1:1 Laptop Rules

  • Student Responsibilities
    • Bring your laptop to school fully charged.
    • Set your laptop down gently.
    • Hold your laptop with both hands when moving inside the classroom.
    • Always put your laptop in your carrying case when going outside your classroom.
    • Do not remove tags/labels from your laptop, power supply, or carrying case.  If they come off, notify us immediately so we can replace it.
    • Do not write, draw, etc. or adhere anything to laptop or carry case or you will be responsible for replacement.
  • Account Passwords
    • Do not change your password for your district accounts including, Gmail/Google Apps, Moodle, Network, Laptop, Kan-Ed.  You must use your six digit number for all of these accounts.  If you forget your password, your teacher can obtain it for you.
    • If your password has been compromised, notify your teacher immediately.
  • Classroom Rules
    • Students will be allowed to use the Laptop for taking notes (when appropriate), assignments, tests, forums, research, and other activities as assigned by the teacher. 
    • Students using the computer for unauthorized activities will lose privileges to the computer for the rest of the class period and / or for days/week.
    • Repeated unauthorized use will result in the loss of all computer privileges in the classroom.
  • Student Privacy
    • All information on a student’s laptop, on the server, in email, and other district accounts are not considered private.  District personnel can confiscate and view your laptop, and information in your accounts at any time.
    • Internet history is not private.  Your Internet browsing history is tracked within school and when you are outside of school.  District Internet policies are in effect regardless of whether or not you are in school or out of school and will be dealt with appropriately.


Syllabus Signature Sheet


By signing below, I agree to enforce the rules of the district, school and this classroom fairly and impartially to all students.  I will do my best to help each student succeed and have a fun and productive year in this course.



_____________________________________                      ________________________

Mrs. Teresa Bradshaw                                                           Date


After carefully reading the syllabus, please read and sign below:



By signing below, I agree that I have carefully read and fully understand the standards in effect for this course.  I also understand that I am fully responsible for my own behavior and that I shall be held accountable for my actions/inactions.



________________________  _________________________   ____________________

Student Name                           Student Signature                         Date


After carefully reading the syllabus, please read and sign below:


By signing below, I agree that I have read the syllabus for this class.  I am also giving permission for my child to watch CNN Student News and various news stories from the web and/or television.


________________________  _________________________   ____________________

Parent/Guardian Name              Parent/Guardian Signature           Date





E-Note Sign-Up

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