• Mrs. Elizabeth Lewis                           
    Room:  317                                                     
    Phone:  623-376-4366        
    Email:  Elizabeth.Lewis@dvusd.org

    Welcome to a new school year.  I look forward to it being a successful and exciting one.    
    I would like for us to work together to make this year an enjoyable, positive, and successful experience. 

    Parents/Guardians:  I would like to keep the lines of communication open to ensure a successful year.  I would encourage you to contact me anytime you have a question regarding your child’s education.  Every effort will be made to respond to your question within 24 hours.  Feel free to email, write, or phone me with your questions and/or concerns.  The best and fastest way to contact me is through email. 

    Students:  It is my policy to maintain a comfortable and safe classroom environment in which all students feel free to ask questions, make comments, or otherwise appropriately express themselves.  If you have any difficulty understanding the information presented, please feel free to ask questions or seek additional help during DSS.


    The objectives of this course include improving your child’s ability to analyze and evaluate the relative significance of historical data.  This is no easy task for a middle school student.  Please have high expectations for your child, while being supportive of this fact.

    1st semester:  Digitial Citizenship, Foundations of Government, SWtructure of the US Government, Bill of Rights

    2nd semester:  ivil Rights and Civil Liberties, Immigration and Social Change, Economics

     Grading Policy:  All grades are weighted: 50% Assessments (Tests, Quizzes, and Projects) and 50% Assignment (Classwork, homework, bell work).  Assignments that are not turned in will receive a 49%.

    Extra credit and grading on a curve are not used; these practices are not an effective way to show mastery of standards.

    Late work will be accepted for up to two weeks after the end of each unit.

    Redoing Assignments:  Assignments must be turned in within two weeks of the end of the unit. Classwork/homework assignments being completed and/or redone will be the requirement for redoing Assessments. 

    No Name Papers: It is the student’s responsibility to put their name on their papers. All papers without names on them will be placed in a no name file.
    Grading Scale: 

    A = 90 – 100% Proficient work on all content objectives and advanced work on some objectives

    B = 89 – 80% Proficient work on all content objectives

    C= 79 – 70% Proficient work on most content objectives, although not all

    D = 69 – 60% Proficient work on at least half of the content objectives but missing objectives and is at significant risk of failing

    F= 59 – 0% Proficient work on fewer than half of the content objectives and is failing

    PowerSchool:  Grades are updated weekly on PowerSchool.  Please check them frequently as progress reports will not be sent home.  A student may print out his/her grades, with teacher permission, if a computer is not available at home.  User names/passwords may be obtained in the front office.


    If students have any questions regarding their grade, they may check with me either before or after class or during DSS.

    Citizenship Grade:  This grade is administered as E, S, I, N, or U on the report card.  It will reflect the student’s attitude, behavior, responsibility, and participation in learning.  For example, an excessive amount of late assignments may result in an “N” grade (needs improvement). 

    Absent Procedures:  If a student is absent, he/she is responsible for getting any missed notes and/or assignments.  Please check  Canvas for information that you missed. 

    Students will need to make arrangements with the teacher to make up any missed tests or quizzes in a timely manner. This may be done during DSS.
    Student Expectations:

    The following are general rules that all Highland Lakes students are expected to abide by at all times.

    The student will:
    1.    Be Respectful: of self, others, and school property 
    2.    Be Prepared: with homework and necessary materials
    3.    Be Counted: class attendance is imperative for understanding class concepts
    4.    Be Awesome: and do your very best
    5.    Be on Time: and be in your desk prepared to work when the bell rings 

    6 Ps for Success:
    1.  Be Prompt
    2.  Be Prepared
    3.  Participate
    4.  Produce
    5.  Be Polite
    6.  Positive Mental Attitude


    If you choose to break the 6 Ps for Success:


    Step 1:  Warning
    Step 2:  Time-out within the classroom or another classroom, reflection sheet, and parents notified
    Step 3:  Time-out in ISS, reflection sheet, and parents notified
    Step 4:  Lunch and/or after school detention

    Depending on the severity and frequency of the incident some steps may be skipped; it is up to the teacher’s discretion.  Consequences will be designed to fit the problems of individual students, and they may be different even when problems appear to be the same. Equal is not always fair.