What is expected of me as a student?
You are expected to show respect for yourself, your peers, and your teacher at all times.
You are expected to take personal responsibility for your actions and your learning.
You are expected to pass all sections of all assessments. If you do not pass a section of an assessment, you will be expected to study and review, and then re-take that section of the assessment until you demonstrate that you have mastered the skill or knowledge goal.

Do you have any specific examples?

Sure! Here are some behaviors that meet our classroom behavior expectations:
  • Beginning work on the day’s activities as soon as you arrive in class.
  • Coming to class with a notebook, pencil (or pen) and other required supplies.
  • Arriving on time and being in your seat when the bell rings.
  • Raising your hand before speaking (unless otherwise advised).
  • Completing each assignment to the best of your ability.
  • Waiting until the bell to pack up your things.
  • Picking up after yourself and keeping our classroom tidy.
  • Asking questions when you don’t understand something.
  • Turning in homework on time.

What materials do I need to bring to class every day?

  • College Rule Notebook (for Course Notebook)
  • Pocket Dictionary
  • Homework
  • Writing implement (pencil, blue or black ink pens)
  • Class Materials
  • Colored Pencils / Pens

Can I turn in late work?

Yes! You are encouraged to complete and turn in assignments related to an assessment until you have achieved mastery on all sections of the assessment, or the end of the six-week grading period, whichever occurs first.

Can I re-take tests?

Yes! My assessments are structured around learning standards. If you don’t pass any section of a test, you may retake that section to demonstrate mastery. You do not need to retake the entire test.
Before you may retake an assessment, you must demonstrate the studying you did to improve your understanding. This could take the form of practice assignments, notes, flash cards, etc.
As a courtesy, I ask that you let me know you wish to retake at least the day before you wish to retake the assessment.

Are homework assignments required?

Yes. You are expected to complete all homework, because it is practice for the assessments. In order to excel at athletics, the arts, or video games, you must practice. Our in-class activities are practice for passing the assessments (tests, projects) in history.
However, not every assignment will be turned in and scored, because they are practice. I will not announce whether assignments will be scored in advance.
Some activities will be self-scored. After you complete the assignment, you will be given access to the score sheet to check your work. This is an effective study strategy and will help you become more able to judge the quality of your own work.

What do I do if I am absent?

First: Email me letting you are going to be gone. My email address is agessaman@gfalls.wednet.edu. By emailing me you are showing me the courtesy of letting me know you won’t be making our scheduled meeting. I will respond to you with a short email letting you know what the class did in your absence.
Second: Do your work. Being absent doesn’t mean you can’t do school work!
Third: Check out Student Access to see if any new assignments were posted. If you can complete them to turn in upon your return you won’t need to scramble to catch up!

How can I get extra help?

I hold a study hall every Thursday after school from 2:10 to 3:00. If you need help, have questions or just need a quiet place to work, please feel free to attend! This is an excellent opportunity to re-take sections of an assessment.

Can I listen to my iPod or use my phone?

In short: Yes, as long as it doesn’t distract you from learning or disrespect anyone else.
Slightly longer: You may use it during individual work time. You may not use it during lectures, group work, or assessments. Using it during the latter activities would disrespect the teacher, your group members and the learning process.

What do I do if I don’t know how to complete an assignment?

Communicate with me! Email me before the deadline, talk to me on the due date, or turn in the assignment partially completed. Partial assignments will receive half credit.
If you don’t turn in anything, I don’t know if you forgot it, got lazy, or really don’t know how to do the work. I treat blank or partially completed assignments as a plea for help.


Grading Scale

A 100-93
C+ 79-77
A- 92-90
C 76-73
B+ 89-87
C- 72-70
B 86-83
D+ 69-67
B- 82-80
D 66-60

F 59-0
Grade Weights
Assessments 70%
Assignments 30%

How can I contact you if I have questions?
My email is available on the school district's website. Email is my preferred mode of communication, but if you need a phone call, please call the school's office. Please be aware that during the school day my primary focus is on my students' learning, so I may not answer my classroom phone. If you call before school (7:05-7:30 am) or after school (2:05 - 2:35 pm) you are more likely to reach me.

Behavior which disrupts learning or negatively impacts others will result in escalating consequences.

  1. Verbal Warning
  2. Time-out in the hallway to complete a behavior inventory form.
  3. A brief Student-Teacher conference after class
  4. 30 minute detention, phone call home
  5. Situation referred to administration

What if you didn’t answer my question?

Ask me! I’m here to help you learn. However, I’m not a mind-reader. Asking a question meets me half way.