School Year/Semester __Fall 2020__________
Miller Grove High School
Mrs. Joyce B. Scott
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Course Description: The World Geography course provides students with an analytical view of how geographic factors have an continue to influence human behavior on earth. Students will examine how the physical and cultural geographic factors contribute to varying levels of cooperation within the major world regions. Additionally, students will examine the importance that political, environmental, and economic factors have in a region’s development.
The following academic concepts will be covered. THIS IS ONLY A GUIDE AND IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
Unit – 1: Physical Geography
Unit – 2: Cultural Geography
Unit – 3: Political Geography
Unit – 4: Population Geography
Unit. - 5: Physical and Human Geography of Africa
BOARD-APPROVED INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS
Geography: The Human and Physical World, McGraw Hill 2018
Online Book and/or resources
*Students will be provided with a textbook account in which to log-in and access an electronic copy of the book, along with additional online resources. https://my.mheducation.com/login-Students can access their textbook through their Clever Launchpad by clicking on the McGraw Hill icon
Access Credentials: Students can login using DCSD Launchpad
Link: DCSD Launchpad
GRADING SYSTEM: The DeKalb County School District believes that the most important assessment of student learning shall be conducted by the teachers as they observe and evaluate students in the context of ongoing classroom instruction. A variety of approaches, methodologies, and resources shall be used to deliver educational services and to maximize each student’s opportunity to succeed. Teachers shall evaluate student progress, report grades that represent the student’s academic achievement, and communicate official academic progress to students and parents in a timely manner through the electronic grading portal. See Board Policy IHA.
Formative and Diagnostic Assessments – 0%
Assessment Tasks (Skills & Homework) – 25%
Classwork (Guided, Independent, and Group Practice) – 45%
Quizzes, Tests, and Projects – 30%
A 90 – 100 ~P (pass)
B 80 – 89 ~F (fail)
C 71 – 79
F Below 70
*English Learners (ELs) must not receive numerical or letter grades for the core content areas in elementary and middle school during their first year of language development. A grade of CS or CU must be assigned. This rule may be extended beyond the first year with approval from the EL Studies Program. English Learners must receive a grade for ESOL courses.
~Elementary schools will utilize P (pass) and F (fail) in Health/Physical Education, Music, World Languages, Visual Arts and Performing Arts.
DISTRICT EXPECTATIONS FOR SUCCESS
Semester progress reports shall be issued four and a half, nine and thirteen and a half weeks into each semester. The progress of students shall be evaluated frequently, and plans shall be generated to remediate deficiencies as they are discovered. Plans shall include appropriate interventions designed to meet the needs of the students. See Board Policy IH.
Students will not engage in an act of academic dishonesty including, but not limited to, cheating, providing false information, falsifying school records, forging signatures, or using an unauthorized computer user ID or password. See the Code of Student Conduct - Student Rights and Responsibilities and Character Development Handbook.
Homework assignments should be meaningful and should be an application or adaptation of a classroom experience. Homework is at all times an extension of the teaching/learning experience. It should be considered the possession of the student and should be collected, evaluated and returned to the students. See Board Policy IHB.
*as stated in the DCSS virtual handbook
Student attendance will be a way to ensure that students have the academic and social-emotional support for virtual learning. Teachers will mark student attendance based upon participation in virtual learning activities such as uploading assignments based upon pre-determined deadlines and participating in synchronous sessions.
•Students with technology will be expected to participate in all synchronous and asynchronous activities and earn attendance through VERGE, Google Classroom and Microsoft Teams.
•Students without technology will be put on an individual plan as developed by the classroom teacher for additional support and contacted daily via an alternate communication plan.
•Attendance will be measured by the full day. Students are expected to participate in each class.
•Attendance is defined as evidence of engagement with the
•Attendance can be measured in the following ways (including, but not limited to):
- VERGE or Google Classroom check in
- Assignments submitted that were due on that day.
- Questions to answer on VERGE or Google Classroom
- Participation in an online discussion
- Class participation during synchronous session
- Login to synchronous session
- Phone call or email with the parent/guardian or related services provider
•Excused Absence –the parent/guardian contacts the teacher to inform that the student is unable to participate in any activities for the day.
- The student does not participate in any part of the activities for the day.
- The student has not checked in with the teacher.
- The student’s parent/guardian does not contact the teacher
•Encourage and require the student to participate in all synchronous and asynchronous activities and assignments.
•Inform the local school designee and. teacher of an absence within a 24-hour time period of the absence.
•Inform the school if something is occurring that is preventing the student from participating in virtual learning.
SCHOOL EXPECTATIONS FOR SUCCESS
Computers (Chromebooks): All students must gain access to a computer at home, school, or public library as all assignments are posted online. Assignments can also be accessed with a smart phone. Assigned work and a variety of resources will be posted and referenced to the Internet throughout the semester via Microsoft Teams, Verge, and other technological sources such as FlipGrid. In addition, software programs such as Microsoft Office, Office 365 and Google Docs will be utilized regularly during the school year.
•Please note: Students without technology will be put on an individual plan as developed by the classroom teacher for additional support to receive assignments.
*Please be sure to back up any files on whatever computer system you use.
Virtual Classroom Etiquette:
1.Log On-Use your LEGAL name for attendance purposes.
2. Be on Time-Have all necessary materials prepared and ready, including technology.
3.MuteYourself-Make sure your mic is on mute BEFORE you enter the classroom. Pay attention to your teacher and others who may be speaking.
4.Participate-Be focused and ACTIVELY participate in independent, cooperative group or whole class activities. Type in comments or questions in the chat or wait for your teacher to call on you. Refrain from electronic devices (cell phones) unless instructed for
5.Be Respectful-No profanity, vulgarity or inappropriate comments. Do not speak when someone else is talking or presenting and respond to others with respect in word and gesture.
6.Dress appropriately -Please adhere to the dress code criteria as stated in the Student Code of Conduct.
Cheating/Plagiarism: Cheating will not be tolerated on ANY ASSIGNMENTS. Plagiarism is prohibited. Student(s) will receive a ZERO if caught on the 1st offense and the assignment CANNOT BE MADE UP. Second offense will result in a referral to an administrator for further disciplinary action. *If a student allows others to copy his or her work, ALL students involved will be penalized.
MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES
Computer, phone, headphones, USB flash drive, folder, Loose-leaf notebook paper, Pens/pencils, colored pencils or markers and highlighters
Virtual Office Hours: Monday-Friday (2:00-4:00pm) Parents please feel free to contact me by phone during these hours.
Extended Learning Times: Monday & Thursday (9:00-9:40am) As built into the virtual learning schedule, this timeframe is an opportunity for students to receive remediation and/or enrichment based upon academic and non-academic expectations.
Tutorials: Available by appointment on Wednesdays
*Please Note: Extended Learning and tutorial will take place virtually through Microsoft Teams.
*Students are encouraged to form study groups or partners outside of classtime in order to prepare for assignments and assessments.
PARENTS AS PARTNERS
As a veteran teacher of DeKalb County Schools, I will do my best to provide a classroom atmosphere that will be conducive to educational challenges, learning opportunities, and academic success. I expect to have your support as we work together to prove that every child can learn and succeed.
•Parents/Guardians will be able to view all grades and are encouraged to monitor grades through the Parent Assistant. Zeroes (M-missing work) earned by students will be posted in Infinite Campus.
•Teachers will provide three make-up work opportunities to students to complete missed work or improve failed work within a two-week deadline as established by the teacher.
•Teachers will document contacts to parent/guardian in Infinite Campus.
•A deficiency report will be provided to parents via email or US mail to the parent/guardian indicating the plan for improvement.
•Parents will be contacted by email, phone and text.
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