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Morgan DeMars

Hello I am Mr. DeMars and this will be my fifth year teaching in Onalaska. I am ecstatic about the oppurtunity to be teaching in Onalaska. 

Some information about me. I am a graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas with my focus being historical studies. History has been a lifelong passion of mine and I hope that students can build a fondness of history in my classroom.

 

Schedule:

1st: World History

2nd: Conference

3rd: World History

4th: World History

6th: Government/Economics

7th: World History

8th: World History

 

 

 

 

 

Phone: [(936) 646-1020] Email: Morgan DeMars

 

II.Google Classroom

 

This course will rely on the use of Google Classroom.  Students and parents are strongly encouraged to use the class group on the website to keep up with the classwork  as well as upcoming quizzes, exams, and projects. Please note that digital copies of work may be obtained from this class group on the website. The code to join the world history Google Classroom is: pxcw9d

 

Regular website updates will include due dates, homework assignments, handouts, exam reviews, class notes, class calendar, and more.  Please remember to check the website regularly – by this I mean at least twice a week!

 

III. Parent Portal and Remind

Parents may access their student’s grades and progress in all of their classes through parent portal. I encourage parents to use this as a tool to keep up with how their students are doing in their classes. I will be using remind to send out reminders about exams. Remind is the official form of communication between teachers and students and their parents. Students may ask the teacher questions through remind at anytime. *Please know that questions at 2am will not receive a response* St

 

IV. Computer Access

Access to a computer will be important for World History. Students may need access to find information from days they were absent or to complete other material. Students will also need to be able to access Google Classroom.

 

V.  Required Materials

  • Pen and/or pencil

  • Highlighter

 

VI. Course Procedures and Expectations

  • Follow all school and district rules

  • When you walk in place phones in designated phone holder for the class period

  • Have interactive notebooks out and be ready to work on the warm up

  • No talking while the teacher is instructing

  • Raise your hand to speak during class

  • Use bathroom during passing period

  • Take notes from readings, lectures, and class discussions

  • Participate actively in class discussions and activities

  • Come to class prepared, having completed all assignments and readings

 

VII. Homework, Late Work, & Makeup Work

      Quizzes & Tests

  • Warm Ups need to be completed as there will be random warm up quizzes throughout the school year. These are a Major Grade!

  • Test reviews must be completed as they will be taken for a grade.

  • Tests will be given at the end of each unit. Some tests will contain some questions from the previous unit.

 

        Late work:

  • Late work will be accepted with penalties.  Late work can receive a maximum grade of 70.

after two days = OFI (Opportunity for Improvement). Students will be sent to OFI and you will be notified of this by Mr. DeMars. This is why current contact information is needed in order to ensure that you can be notified by Mr. DeMars about how your student is doing in the class.

 

        Make-up work:

  • Make up work is due the next class day after being notified of the assignment.  

  • It is the student’s responsibility to check Google Classroom to see about an assignment or ask another student about work they missed.  Ask the teacher last.

  • Any previously assigned work is due on the day the student returns to class.  Students are responsible for abiding by make-up work deadlines.

  • Students who do not complete make-up work, or who fail to abide by deadlines, will earn a late grade for each missed assignment.  

  • Due to prior notice of dates for scheduled quizzes and tests, students who are absent the class before a quiz or test will not be excused from it if they return on the assessment day. The student will take it as scheduled.  Students who are absent the day of the quiz or test will discuss with the teacher a plan for making up the assessment.

 

VIII. Grading

Grades are calculated as follows:

  • 60% - Tests, Quizzes, projects (when assigned)

  • 40% - Daily work, check grades, participation and discussion

 

There is no “re-testing” in World History on any quiz or test.  

 

There are several types of quizzes that may given in this class—notes quizzes, open notes quizzes, and reading quizzes.  Most will be announced prior to the event and occasionally, students will be given pop quizzes to check retention, concentration, and/or acquired skills.

 

Extra credit is not given on an individual basis.  When it is offered, it will be to the class as a whole.  

 

No assignment, quiz, or test will be curved.

 

IX.  Attendance

Attendance for World History is mandatory.  Please review the attendance policy in the OISD Student Code of Conduct for more information on attendance.






 

X.  BYOD “Bring Your Own Device”

Onalaska ISD is committed to moving students forward in a 21st century learning environment.  As part of this plan, OISD allows high school students to access the wireless network using their own technology devices (laptops, Smart Phones, iPads etc.) during the learning day.  With classroom teacher approval, students may use their own devices in the classroom to access and save information from the Internet, communicate with other learners and use the productivity tools loaded on their devices.  I am a firm supporter of BYOD program. If access to a device is difficult, alternative devices for these days will be available. As a result, it will be helpful if students bring their own devices on particular days. However, please know there is a time and place for everything.  BYOD is not meant to support texting and gaming during class.  It is for legitimate educational and classroom use only.  Phones may be confiscated and turned into the office for failure to abide by these guidelines.  Please be aware that you will be responsible for keeping your own device safe and secured.

 

XI. Special Notes

The amount of information covered in World History is vast.  It is imperative that all students complete the assignments. Social studies classes are a key element in developing good reading and comprehension skills.  Do not wait until the last minute to begin your assignments. You will not retain the information or master key concepts by rushing to get work done.

 

I strive to be fair, consistent, and available for assistance to each student.  Success in this course will depend on the timely completion of assignments and maintaining communication with the teacher.  If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me in a timely manner using the contact information provided at the beginning of this handout.  

 

You and your parent/guardian must sign the provided acknowledgement and return to me indicating that you have read and understood the World History syllabus. You must also fill out the student information sheet and return it to me. I know it may seem redundant but it will be very helpful in keeping contact with parents about how their student is doing in the class.

 

Thank you,

Mr. Morgan DeMars



Link to World History TEKS: http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/rules/tac/chapter113/ch113c.html#113.42