CIVICS Syllabus

CIVICS  (2017-2018)
Mr. Ricke – Room 309

GRADING
100-90 = A;    89-80 = B;    79-70 = C;    69-60 = D;    <59 = F

ATTENDANCE:  If you have an excused absence (Ill, field trip, etc.), it is YOUR responsibility to come in and pick up the work for that day.  You may inquire about what you missed between 7:30-7:55 AM each morning.  I will not take class time to “catch you up.”   You will have TWO class days to turn in missing work upon your return.  If you happen to have an unexcused absence, you will not be allowed to make up the work we did and will receive a zero.

LATE WORK:  You are expected to have your work done when you enter class on its due date.  If your work is handed in 1 day late it will be penalized 30%.  Work handed in 2 or more days late will be penalized 50%. *Pink slip required. 

IF LATE WORK BECOMES A HABIT, CALLS WILL BE MADE HOME!!

TARDINESS:  You are expected to be in your seat when the bell rings – not milling around in the hall socializing with your friends.  If you are tardy you will be assigned a 15 minute lunch detention with me after your third offense.  It must be served within one week of your offense.  If you miss a scheduled detention, I will contact your parents and the time will double.  If your detention time exceeds 40 minutes, an office referral will be issued.

CELL PHONES/iPods:  I expect that your phones/iPods are OFF, not silenced when class begins.  Occasionally I will allow you to use your devices for class purposes.  If I do catch you using it for “unauthorized” reasons I will keep it and you can pick it up at the end of the school day. For the remainder of the semester you will be required to turn it over to me at the beginning of class.  We don’t want to have any repeat offenders, right?  

FOOD & BATHROOM:  Snacks (not meals) and beverages are fine as long as they don’t become a distraction. I’m not a fan of picking up wrappers at the end of class.  The only things I don’t want in class are energy drinks (Monster, Red Bull).  There were over 20,000 emergency room visits by teenagers due to energy drink overdose.  I will confiscate and discard them – they’re no good for you anyways.  Please get in the habit of bringing a water bottle to class.  In regard to bathroom use, I’m not sadistic - just don’t make it a habit during class.  In order to leave the room, your phone needs to be placed on my desk and sign out on the "Potty Club List" .  Please use your passing time wisely!

*ATTENTION PARENTS!! The most important factor that contributes to a student’s social and academic success is parental involvement. As the parent of three, I am a firm believer in this. Throughout the year, I encourage you to get involved with your child’s learning. It could be helping with homework, discussing current events in the media as well as frequently logging onto their electronic grade book, Infinite Campus.

    Thank You - John Ricke, rickej@mpsd.k12.wi.us

ONE LAST NOTE: I USE ALL 51 MINUTES OF CLASSTIME FOR CLASS.  I WILL EXCUSE YOU – NOT THE BELL. PLEASE DON’T GET INTO THE HABIT OF PACKING UP EARLY. YOU’LL OWE ME THAT TIME AS A CLASS.  I ALSO DON’T CARE FOR PEOPLE CONGREGATING AT THE DOOR BEFORE THE BELL SO REMAIN SEATED. YOU’RE NOT CATTLE WAITING TO GO OUT TO PASTURE.