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Mr. Williamson's Class


8th. grade Social Studies (U.S. History) - Class Calendar

Social Studies Homework and Syllabus for UNC Tar Heels

Contact information: 720-972-5111/

Study Session: Tuesdays (3:45-4:15)

Social Studies Homework Policy

  • Homework is a means for students to practice their learning and therefore will not be utilized when determining a student’s proficiency level. Students will receive feedback on their homework and completion of it will be monitored.
  • Students who want to retake an assessment may be given homework to help better prepare for the assessment. Failure to complete the assignment may result in not being able to retake the assessment.
  • Homework may also be given if a student fails to complete an assignment or project during the given time in class.

th Grade Social Studies Syllabus 2018-2019

Course Description

This yearlong course presents Historical content knowledge that explores United States History from the Colonial Period to Civil War Reconstruction. We will integrate this knowledge using real world scenarios found in the modern age.

This will be achieved by developing skills of conceptual understanding, research and analysis, communication and presentation and demonstrating content knowledge.

Supply List

  • Manilla Folders or other type of folder
  • One package of loose leaf, college ruled paper
  • Highlighters
  • Pens/Pencils


  • Parents can access real-time grades and attendance on the Parent Portal of Infinite Campus by logging on to: Come to the school main office to obtain login information.
  • We will return phone calls and/or emails within 24 – 48 hours.
  • If a student is not performing to his/her ability we will:
  • Contact a parent/guardian by phone or email if a student is not demonstrating appropriate progress towards the standard(s).
  • Contact a parent/guardian by phone or email if student has unacceptable behavior that is either impeding his/her learning or causing undo disruption to the class.
  • Offer interventions that may include:
    • After school study sessions
    • Reteach and retest opportunities


  • Northglenn Middle School communicates student achievement levels based upon the standards. We do not assign letter grades, rather proficiency levels will be reported out as follows:
    • 1 – Below Standard
    • 2 – Approaching Standard
    • 3 – Meets Standard
    • 4 – Exceeds Standard
  • Social Studies will report out on the following criteria:
    • Criteria 1- History
    • Criteria 2- Geography
    • Criteria 3- Economics
    • Criteria 4- Civics
    • Criteria 5- Connected Literacy Standards
  • Proficiency levels must be based solely on the achievement of standards. Factors such as growth, attendance, behavior and attitude will be reported separately.
  • Teacher’s use professional judgment to determine student proficiency levels using evidence of students’ performance from standards based assessments. Grades, then, are not the results of the average of all assignments.
  • Cooperative Assignments--When students are working on a group project, each student will receive an individual score based on his or her demonstrated proficiency level.

This course assesses on common district criteria aligned to state standards. The rubric achievement levels are each 1 - 4. We will grade all summative assessments with rubrics. At the end of the semester and year, we will issue a final trend mark for each criterion. We will determine the final trend mark by the knowledge the student demonstrates throughout the semester and year in each criterion. As your teachers, we will consider summative assessments, formative assessments, observations, and student circumstances when giving a final trend mark.

Missing assignments for a student that has not completed any work, has not turned in a project, or has not attempted an assessment will become part of the overall demonstration of knowledge that we will consider for a final trend mark. Every student has the right to take a summative assessment once. However, re-takes/re-dos will not be permitted until all classwork has been completed and a study session attended. We will evaluate exceptions on a case-by-case basis. The study session requirements will be an agreement between the teacher and the student. Re-takes/re-dos of assessments must be completed by the end of the next unit. In addition, all make-up work must be completed by the end of the next unit. Students will always receive the highest grade they achieve on a test regardless of the number of times attempted.