Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Welcome to Government


AP US Government and Politics
Instructor: Luke Smith

Luke Smith
Email: luke.smith@bend.k12.or.us

Dear Student,

I’m writing to present the material and expectations for the course in AP Government and Politics. I’m looking forward to teaching you, and I hope that the class will be challenging and rewarding for you.

The goal of the class is to give you an equivalence of a College Freshman Class in government and Politics.

The course of Study is listed in the Syllabus.
It is is in another Post, entitled, 'Syllabus'.

Following is a list of class policies and expectations for all students. Your first assignment is to review the ‘syllabus’ and ‘policies and expectations’ with your parents.

Please print, and sign along with your parent/guardian acknowledging that you have reviewed this together.

I’m looking forward to the school year. If either you (the student) or your parents have any questions, please do not hesitate to email.

Thank you,

Luke Smith

Parent / Guardian Name (Print)________________

Parent / Guardian Signature:__________________

Parent Email:______________________________

Student Signature:__________________________

Classroom Policies and Expectations for AP Government and Politics

This is the general list of class expectations. This should be basically the same as all other classes. If you have any questions about any of the specific points, please do not hesitate to call. I’m asking you to sign the list so that everyone involved knows the general expectations.

Attendance. Attendance is required. Students with unexcused absences will not be allowed to make up work.

Tardiness. A student is tardy if they are not in their seat, ready to work, when the bell rings.

Behavior: The classroom is a professional environment. Students are expected to be prompt, to participate, and to be polite and respectful towards each other and towards the teacher.

Class Materials: Just be prepared to read, write, talk.

Late Policy: Late work is not acceptable. Missed tests will be made up as quickly as possible during tutorial period or lunch.

Grading: Grades will be based on the following.
Daily Quizzes
Chapter vocabulary quizzes
Unit tests
Midterm and Final
Essays related to readings
Outside readings: To be assigned.

Cheating and Plagiarism: The penalty for cheating or plagiarism is that the work will be marked as a zero. I will also contact the parent or guardian and request a conference.

Electronics Policy: Per the school’s new policy, mp3 players, cellphones, etc. are banned. Thanks for your support.

Thank you,

Luke Smith


  1. Parent / Guardian Name: Maureen Slater

    Parent / Guardian Signature: Maureen Slater

    Parent Email: slatergmr@gmail.com

    Student Signature: Rachel Slater

  2. Parent/Guardian Name: Susan Hopkins
    Parent/Guardian Signature: Susan Hopkins
    Parent Email: gamepuppy@bendbroadband.com
    Student Signature: David Hopkins

  3. Parent/Guardian Name: John Allen
    Parent/Guadian Signature: John Allen
    Parent Email: kja@bendcable.com
    Student Signature: Mason Allen

  4. Parent/Guardian Name: Steve Minar
    Parent/Guadian Signature: Steve Minar
    Parent Email: Steveminar@gmail.com
    Student Signature: Chris Minar

  5. Parent/Guardian name: Wendy Roosa
    Parent/Guardian signature: Wendy Roosa
    Parent Email: wendyroosa@yahoo.com
    Student Signature: Paige Roosa

  6. Parent / Guardian Name (Print): Carol Tobey

    Parent / Guardian Signature: Carol Tobey

    Parent Email: caroltobey01@bendbroadband.com

    Student Signature: Kirsten Tobey