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Disclosure Statement

Jordan High School

Mr. Tilby / Mr. Charon-American Problems

Course Objectives

  1. To get students excited about studying HISTORY!!

  2. To make history REAL and SIGNIFICANT through LIVING IT!

  3. To develop skill in WRITING, SPEAKING, LISTENING, READING, and making historical connections.

  4. To gain an appreciation for People, Cultures, Ideas, Events, Sounds, Emotions and Objects from the past and the present.

  5. To FOCUS on the historical content and through use of the IMAGINATION to gain a greater global perspective.

Basic Class Requirements:

  1. Always be prepared with a pencil or pen and paper.

  2. SMILE... BE ENTHUSIASTIC.. BE INVOLVED.. BE COURTEOUS.. participate in and contribute to the class. ASK?? ANSWER!! INFORM!! SUGGEST!! And ALWAYS PARTICIPATE and do the ASSIGNMENTS!!

Course Divisions:



The majority of the class is interactive, allowing students the opportunity to LIVE the curriculum being studied. It is a fact that students obtain a much better understanding of the U.S. court system, government process, feelings that persons under a repressive government experience, the negative effects of discrimination for any reason, and the pressures put on U.S. and world leaders-to accomplish goals and maintain a positive working relationship with others and/or world peace-by acting out such events. More learning is achieved through simulation than could ever hope to be achieved by any other teaching method.

The simulation segments of the class are the culmination of study for most units in the course and the largest part of the grade is calculated according to student participation. Failure to take part in such activities may result in a marked lowering of the grade not to mention a lack of understanding the importance of the course content.



Unit Quizzes (10-30pts each) will be given near the BEGINNING OF THE CLASS PERIOD. Unit quizzes will be announced several days in advance so that students may have adequate time to prepare for them. The content of the quizzes will cover information from the current unit of study.


Exams (60+pts) will be given at varying intervals thoughout the course. Exams will be announced several days in advance so that students may have adequate time to prepare for them. The content of the exams will cover information from the current unit of study.

To take a quiz or an exam a student must be present in class! Students who are tardy will begin the quiz or exam immediately after checking in with Mr. Tilby / Mr. Charon, however, he/she may not have sufficient time to complete the test. Students who are excused by the school administration only will be able to make up the test at a later date for full credit. Students who sluff class will not be allowed a make-up! Students who miss for other reasons will be dealt with on an individual basis.


Written work:

In spite of the fact that a large amount of the class curriculum is interactive there will be times when written work will be required. The assignments are very simple and are designed to provide basic background understanding for each upcoming simulation.

Make-up Work:

If a student is absent (excused by the administration), when an assignment is due, he/she must give it to his/her instructor by Friday of the following week. If a test was taken on the day the student was absent, he/she must make-up the test by Friday of the following week. If a student is present in class and chooses not to do his/her work at that time, the student WILL NOT be allowed to turn in the work for credit!

Extra Credit

Extra credit work will be available throughout each term. Such options may be listed on the class website and on PowerSchool with instructions for completing and submitting the work. If a students chooses to do extra credit work he/she MUST have ALL of his/her required work completed or the extra credit items WILL NOT count toward the grade.


Attendance Policy:

It is important to attend regularly and be on time to succeed in the class! Tardies and unexcused absences will affect the grade.
(see grading chart below).

Points will be recorded daily as follows:

1. On time = +5

2. 1-10 minutes late = +4

3. 11-20 minutes late = +3

4. 21-30 minutes late = +2

5. 31- 40 minutes late = +1

6. 41+ minutes late, and/or unexcused absence/sluff = 0

*NOTE: Students with EXCUSED absences (a "G" on PowerSchool) will receive a score of "EX" or excused which does not affect the grade. Students with Unexcused Absences (an "A" on PowerSchool) or ANY absence during SIMULATIONS, FOR ANY REASON, may receive a score of "0".

Course Grading Procedure

The grading scale is as follows:

93-100% ................ A

90-92% .................. A-

87-89% .................. B+

84-86% .................. B

80-83% .................. B-

77-79% .................. C+


73-76% .................... C

69-72% .................... C-

65-68% .................... D+

61-64% .................... D

58-60% .................... D-

Below 58% .............. F

Grades are based upon (approx.):


20% - - TESTS



Class Web Site

Information necessary to keep students up-to-date concerning class activities and student grading will be available through the class web site, ie: varied assignment due dates, video permission slips, and sources for addtional information concerning subjects covered in the classroom. From time to time assignments will be given to students (both required and extra credit) that will be centered around specific information found at the website with an option to e-mail work to Mr. Charon / Mr. Tilby. Students may access the class website at the school library or at any public library if an internet connection is not readily available in the home.

The website addresses for both instructors are:

    Please feel free to contact:

    Mr. Tilby in person, by phone at 256-5500, or by e-mail at

    Mr. Charon in person, by phone at 256-5500, or by e-mail at

    *Note: Topics not addressed in the disclosure will be handled on an individual basis by the instructors.

    Please sign below and return this disclosure statement to Mr. Charon:

    Parent/Guardian Signature ______________________________________

    Student Signature _____________________________________________

    Group Work:

    At time students will check and review the work of others, however, the final grades on all assignments will be determined and entered into the PowerSchool grade program by Mr. Tilby/Mr. Charon only. Parents/guardians who have concerns with such options may contact Mr. Tilby/Mr. Charon.

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    2002 Mr. Charon and Mr. Tilby.