AP US Government and Politics
Instructor: Luke Smith
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.
Parent / Guardian Name (Print)________________
Parent / Guardian 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.
Chapter vocabulary quizzes
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.