• American/Arizona History Course Syllabus

    Chandler High School

    Instructor:  Mrs. Veronica Tess

    Room:  118

    Phone: 812-7768

    Email: tess.veronica@cusd80.com

    Tutoring:  Tuesday and Thursday after school or on request


    TEXTBOOK: United States History and Geography 2018 McGraw Hill

    COURSE DESCRIPTION: Students analyze the human experience through time, recognize the relationships of events and people, and interpret significant patterns, themes, ideas, beliefs, and turning points in American/Arizona History.

    GOALS: Knowledge and a commitment to continuous development of skills and understanding is our greatest asset to keeping up with and succeeding in this ever-changing world. Among the habits and attitudes which form the foundation for success, and which will be expected from students are: 1. Good Study skills 2. Results, and responsibilities, not excuses 3. Willingness to take risks and try new things 4. Maintaining a positive attitude and outlook 5. Common and mutual respect between student(s) and the teacher

    INTERACTIVE TEACHING AND LEARNING: To prepare students for college level classes, students are expected to be active learners within the coursework. Students will engage in collaborative work…. Part of this course is seminar in nature and part is student driven. Students should expect to be actively involved in their learning in this class!!!



    1. A Social Studies composition notebook will be required for this class. A complete, comprehensive, and neat notebook is not just required but is essential for success in this class. All assignments must be titled, dated, and kept in order in the notebook throughout the entire year. The Social Studies notebook will have Classroom notes and Bell Work Assignments. Students must have their notebook each and every day in class or on Goggle Classroom.
    2. Students will be encouraged to have the following study and organizational aids every day in class:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  a.  Composition notebook                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            b.  two (different color) highlight markers                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      c.  a pen and/or pencil                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                d.  loose leaf paper                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    e. index cards                                                                                                                                                                              

    NOTE: It is the student’s responsibility to be prepared for each and every class.

    ATTENDANCE AND PARTICIPATION: Your attendance and participation in this class is very important in determining your final grade. The attendance policy of Chandler High School is observed in this class.                                  

    It is the responsibility of the student to make up all assignments/tests missed in case of absence from class…your instructor will not chase after you! With the online format this year, you will have 48 hours to make up assignments IF your absence is EXCUSED!! If there is an exceptional situation or if you and/or your family members are affected by illness or extreme measures, please directly contact me.

    All students are respected in this class and every student in this class will always be treated like a young adult – I expect the same in return.

    Attendance is based on engagement. If a student is not present for synchronous instruction and does not complete the asynchronous/alternative assignment for the daily class meeting, then the student is considered absent. Teachers will contact attendance clerks once a student is determined to be absent. This policy is tentative and subject to change.

    All students must be present and complete the final exam.

    DIVERSITY STATEMENT: All individuals have a right to an educational environment free from bias, prejudice and bigotry. As members of the Chandler High School educational community, students are expected to refrain from participating in acts of harassment that are designed to demean another student’s race, gender, ethnicity, religious preference, disability or sexual orientation.


    Grades in this class will be determined by student’s overall assessment.                                               Work without first and last names and proper headings will not be accepted.

    The semester grade will be determined by averaging the two marking period grades. Extra credit is NOT issued nor will it be accepted for substitution of missed assignments. Late work will only be accepted the very next day and for only 50% credit. The student must be responsible for and make arrangements with the teacher to make up work when the student has been absent. The student receives one day for each excused absence. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain these assignments from the teacher. Students should first check with a reliable classmate for missed assignments, then double check with the weekly board, for all of the work missed due to the absence. Work turned in late because of an absence must have the word ABSENT and the date absent on top of the assignment in order to receive full credit. Work without this label will NOT BE ACCEPTED.


    ✓ Quarter Grades will be based on the following scale:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              A  90-100%                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        B  80-89%                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          C  70-79%                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          D  60-69%                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          F  0-59%



    PLAGIARISM includes but is not limited to representing another person’s ideas or work as your own, copying, paraphrasing, or purchasing another person’s work without giving credit. CHEATING includes but is not limited to copying and / or allowing another student to copy your work, getting or giving answers from another student for a test, quiz, homework, or other class work, using a textbook, notes during a test or quiz and possessing a cheat sheet for a test or quiz, whether it is used or not. If you plagiarize or cheat, the minimum consequence will be a zero on the assignment, and no make up assignment possible. The student may be referred to the administration / dropped from the class.

    During certain sections of the class, video clips and sections will be shown in relation to the subject being taught. Samples would be: “Swing Kids” for WWII. “Far and Away” for westward expansion. Additional videos will be added per teacher discretion to a line with book chapters.

    Appropriate use of technology – board policy IJNDC-R: The Governing Board intends that technological resources provided by the District be used in a safe responsible and proper manner in support of the instructional program and for the advancement of student learning. It is the policy of the Chandler Unified School District to maintain an environment that promotes ethical and responsible conduct in all electronic resource activities by staff and students. The District reserves the right to monitor use of the District’s systems for improper use without warning or prior consent. Students shall be informed that computer files and electronic communications, including email, are not private and may be accessed by the District at any time. Inappropriate use may result in disciplinary action and/or legal action in accordance with the law and Board policy. Please visit the student handbook at https://www.cusd80.com/handbooks for further details about appropriate use of technology use.


    American/Arizona History

    R3 – ReLearn, ReAssess, ReGrade

    Chandler High School is a rigorous learning environment and the expectation for all of our students is that they will learn at high levels. ReLearn, ReAssess, ReGrade (R3) is an opportunity for students to achieve at high levels if they are willing to put in the required effort and focus to improve. Under this policy students will be allowed to improve their grades on “substantial” classroom assessments if they put forth the effort necessary to relearn the material and demonstrate that knowledge on a reassessment. Any student wishing to improve their grade on a substantial assessment must follow these guidelines:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Am/ Az History R3 Guidelines:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               -Each teacher will designate which substantial classroom assessment are eligible for R3. Examples of substantial assignments include; projects, tests, quizzes, essays and other assessments that carry a substantial grading impact.                                                             -Students requesting a re-assessment will be required to demonstrate relearning of the content they did not master.                                                                                                                                                                                                                               -The re-assessment can be in any format selected by the teacher. For example, the initial assessment might have been a multiple choice test but the reassessment could be in essay format.                                                                                                                     -Students must demonstrate re-learning and be reassessed within a timely manner (teacher specified).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     -Students may earn an “A” when graded on the reassessment.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               -Throughout the R3 process students are still required to keep up with the current curriculum in addition to relearning and being assessed on prior material.                                                                                  

    *Any student who did not take the initial assessment due to an unexcused absence, or assigned to SWEEP during that period, will not be allowed to participate in the R3 process for that assessment.

    It is the belief of the Am/Az History teachers at Chandler High School that all students can learn at high levels and deserve an opportunity to be reassessed if they didn’t master the learning on the first attempt. However, students need to do their best on the first attempt at the learning as the curriculum and classwork will continue even if a student is relearning prior material. It is always best to give 100% the first time. The R3 process is not a “second chance” at earning a better grade, it is an opportunity for ALL students to put in the extra-work to master the material and be assessed equitably on their learning.

    RETAKE POLICY: Retakes are given at teacher discretion on assessment’s only. The format of the retake may be different than the original assessment. All procedures below must be followed.

    Note- Retakes must be completed before end of the quarter/semester. Dates established at teacher discretion.   


    1.) BEFORE asking for a re-take you must

         a.) Write a paragraph about why you want a re-take (what went wrong).

         b.) How you plan to better prepare for the retake- it will be in one of the following forms

              i.) Project: a laid-out calendar of when you will work on it, and how you will keep up with current studies

              ii.) Test/Quiz: List of 3 NEW ways you will study and prepare

              iii.) Essay: a new outline/graphic organizer or pre-written work

         c.) Give this to your teacher and they will approve/not approve

    2.) Do the retake with care- pay attention to where/why you missed points and correct it.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           a) For a test, you must set up a time with your teacher to retake a test- be on time. When coming to take the test you must have had someone sign off  that you tried each method

         b.) When TURNING IN- you must include the original assignment for a project or essay.



    Online Learning (when and if needed):

    When and if we move to an online format, it is expected that students will log in to Google Classroom at their regularly scheduled time – we will be following the new block format that will be used throughout this school year. The majority of lessons will be pre-recorded to accommodate everyone’s time constraints and I will open a “Google Meets” meeting with me at the end of each class, so I can personally clarify any questions that may arise. All students are expected to follow the same expectations that would be seen in a “normal” classroom – I expect responsible, mature young men and women.

    This is also a reminder that: ‘Gaggle’ identifies inappropriate words and images in Gmail, Google Drive, Google Docs and more. Trained professionals then apply consistent, school- or district-approved policies for positive intervention, alerting Chandler High School administrators of the issue. This means your time and work in the Google classroom will be monitored.

    This distance learning is new to everyone so I will provide patience to you and your student and hope you will provide me the same. For consistency sake each class will follow the same basic schedule. The day’s work will be in the Google Classroom under Classwork and under the date. The students will do the activities in the order they appear. Here is a sample schedule:

    1. Pre-recorded content delivery presentation
    2. Live Meet                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    A. Review- ask questions                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            B. Activity- discussion, debate, jigsaw, document analysis, etc…
    3. Independent Work- reading from text or other sources, writing, video
    4. Small group check in- after the live session I will ask a few kids to stay on to chat.


                 CHANDLER HIGH SCHOOL AND GAGGLE SAFETY MANAGEMENT FOR G SUITE:                          

    Chandler Unified School District has partnered with Gaggle to help provide a safe digital environment for students to learn. CHS uses Gaggle Safety Management for G Suite to help keep students in grades 5-12 safe when using the G Suite for Education platform from Google and to further promote student and educator productivity in a safe and controlled environment.

    Gaggle Safety Management combines industry leading technology with expert Safety Representatives, who review content 24/7 to assure students are safe. Gaggle identifies inappropriate words and images in Gmail, Google Drive, Google Docs and more. Trained professionals then apply consistent, school- or district-approved policies for positive intervention, alerting Chandler High School administrators if there is an imminent threat to a student.

    Gaggle uses a safety management response rubric which categorizes all recorded items according to the nature and severity of the content in question. Their Safety Management Team determines where the content falls on the rubric and takes appropriate action. Their response rubric categorizes incidents as either 1) violation 2) questionable content 3) possible student situation.

    The table below provides additional details.

    Level 1 Violation:  These items typically include situations where a student used minor profanity, insulting language or attempted to save or send provocative or inappropriate (but not pornographic) images. These are items that would typically result in a student warning. Administrators are alerted of these findings. High school students receive a message directly from Gaggle for their first and second violation and school administrators are included on any violation thereafter.

    Level 2 Questionable Content (QCON):  These are items that would typically give cause for concern and need to be brought to the attention of a school administrator, but are not believed to reveal an immediate threat to a student. Email and/or text notifications are sent to the appropriate school and/or division personnel. Items in this category can include, but are not limited to: cyberbullying; professional pornography; graphic, violent, or sexual stories; references to suicide or self-harm that do not include specific plans or a time-frame; past drug use; or references to potential physical altercations that do not mention specific plans or a time frame.

    Level 3 Possible Student Situations (PSS):  These are items that reveal an immediate threat to the student, including but not limited to: violence, suicide, self-harm, pornography, rape or harmful family situations. Detected items in this category result in direct personal notification by telephone to the appropriate school and/or district personnel.


    Please understand, given this new format, that all assignments are subject to change. I will do my best to incorporate all of the activities that are normally completed in this class; however, some will have to be modified.




    Please sign and return this last page to your American History teacher.




    Date: _______________________


    Student Name (PRINT):                                    Parent/Guardian Name (PRINT):


    _____________________________                ________________________________


    Student Signature:                                            Parent/Guardian Signature:


    _____________________________                ________________________________


    * If you feel there is any additional information, I should know about you, please leave that information in the space provided:





    Please note: The instructor reserves the right to add, delete, or change this list in order to meet the needs of the class.

    Any Changes will be announced in class. vgt/Oct 2020