• 2018 – 2019

    Hillcrest Middle School

    8th Grade Social Studies

    Mr. Stephens

    Phone: (623) 376-3338

    Email: Philip.stephens@dvusd.org

    Website: https://www.dvusd.org/Domain/3925


    TEAM 8-2



    Hello! My name is Mr. Stephens, and I believe strongly in helping your child be as successful as they can be through hard work, goal setting, high expectations, teamwork, and a lot of laughter. This is my twenty first year as a teacher, and I always try to integrate fun with effort. I am looking forward to a great year with our new Falcons.


    Suggested Supplies:


    1. A 5 subject spiral notebook for notes and class handouts.
    2. A book to read in class everyday.
    3. Pencils, pens, colored pencils, glue stick, scissors, and a pencil sharpener.
    4. Multi-color highlighters will be very important for Close Reads.


    Arizona law requires that public schools provide supplies required for academic success. This list represents optional, supplementary items, which you may supply, at your discretion. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school.


    Course Objectives from the Arizona State Standards:


    Eighth Grade History Strands emphasize the historical foundations and democratic principles that framed our Constitution and led to our form of democracy. The history of World War II to the contemporary world is also studied.

    Arizona State Standards can be referenced at http://www.azed.gov/standards-practices/social-studies-standard/




    The Arizona Department of Education sets the curriculum that is taught in each grade level. The content taught in eighth grade social studies includes some sensitive subjects that may be disturbing to some children. Please discuss and monitor your child’s understanding of the material.


    Grading and Percentage Weights of Assignments


    1. ASSIGNMENTS (Classwork, 3-5 day packets of work)                          40%

    To fully succeed in class, each student must be an active participant. This requires that they utilize class time efficiently and to the best of their academic ability.


    1. ASSESSMENTS (Tests, Projects / Close Reads)            60%

    Projects consist of any assignment that progresses over a period of 3 or more days and is made up of multiple components. Close read assignments will make up the majority of this category.







    Absent Work Procedures:


    Team 8-2 has the following homework procedures:

    • To maintain consistency and fairness, a long-term assignment is defined as any task due 3 or more days after it is assigned. All students are required to deliver the task on the assigned due date. Any extenuating circumstances must be discussed with individual instructors ON or BEFORE the due date.
    • It is the student's responsibility to make up all work missed. If a student is absent, he/she will have one day PLUS one more day to make up the assignments. Example:       Two days absence equals three days to make up all work. A student must contact the teacher to obtain missed assignments upon return to school. Students absent three (3) or more consecutive days may contact the attendance office to arrange to get assignments. Academic grades may suffer as a result of excessive absences.      





    (The HMS School-Wide Prevention Program)


    Our progressive discipline is based on the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) program.


    Students are expected to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner at all times. Specific guidelines are outlined in the DVUSD Student Rights and Responsibility (SR & R) Handbook. The school rules apply coming to school, going home from school, and at all school-sponsored events. General misbehavior is handled by the classroom teacher in the following manner:



    Step 1: Universal Interventions (Warning/Redirection)

    Step 2: 1st Minor Incident Report with Interventions

    Step 3: 2nd Minor Incident Report with Interventions and Parent Email

    Step 4: 3rd Minor Incident Report with Interventions and Parent Phone Call

                Step 5: Major Behavior Referral


    Consequences for inappropriate behavior will be given according to the DVUSD discipline guidelines as outlined in the Student Rights and Responsibility (SR & R) Handbook.


    Communicating with me:

    The best way to contact me is through e-mail. My e-mail address is located at the top of this syllabus. I will usually respond within a couple of hours if during school hours or the next morning. I am looking forward to communication with you regarding the success of your child.



    Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)

    Give me 5: We will do a lot of independent and/or group work. To get your attention, I will say, “Give me 5" and we’ll count down. As soon as you hear, “Give me 5," stop working, stop talking, focus on me. By the time I get to 1, I expect everything to have stopped and everyone to be quiet, and ready to focus on what I have to tell you.

    Notebooks/notes: All students are expected to take notes on a daily basis. They will be checked on a bi-weekly basis and will be a part of the overall grade. I will ask to see your notes when you ask for my help because you must first seek to understand on your own.

    Hall Passes/Bathroom policies: Go to the bathroom before or after class. During class, you may go during independent work. You may not go during the first 10 or last 5 minutes of class or when the teacher or a student is talking. Please know that the class will not be held up or material will not be recovered because you were not in the room. When you enter the room and class is in session, please move to your place quietly and catch up as quickly as possible without disturbing anyone in the room.

    Phone Calls/texting: All students are expected to make all car pool, lunch, or after school arrangements before coming to school each day. Usage of phones are limited to before/after school, passing periods, lunch, and in-class at teacher discretion.

    Raising hand: When you need to speak (which I hope is often), please raise your hand and wait to be called upon. You may be called on at times when you haven’t raised your hand, and sometimes when you raise it, you won’t get called on. I try to spread the wealth and keep you sharp :)

    Pencil Sharpening: Pencil sharpening should be done before class. If you need to sharpen a pencil during class, get up and go stand beside the sharpener and wait until the teacher indicates that it’s ok to go ahead. I suggest you have two pencils for each period just in case.

    Tardiness: Being tardy will result in a sweep. Please do not ask a teacher if you can remain in his/her classroom for any reason including completing an assignment (arrangements should be made before or after school).

    Beginning of class: Be prepared with your textbook, notebook, agenda, and two sharpened pencils. The daily schedule will be posted on the board with the objective stated. Please be sure to have this in your notes. Also include the assignment in your agenda. Begin your bell work and then we will go over the homework. Please make sure you are in class on time.

    End of class: Class is over when the teacher dismisses you. Please do not pack up your things until you are told that it’s ok. Every class will be wrapped up in some planned way. Don’t jump the gun.

    Assignments: Assignments will be assigned most every week and will be graded the when due. Many will be able to be re-done to receive full credit (please do not take new papers…just erase or rewrite on the one first given). Assignments can be found on the board. Note that assignments are generally graded for points. Following instructions is essential.

    Late Work: Work is due when called for. If left incomplete by end of week, it will be entered into gradebook to reflect this.

    Work from Absences: For assignments, you have one day for each day absent to make up the work. Tests that are pre-assigned should be made up beginning the second day you return to class. If your absence is preplanned, you should take the test the day you return. After the above time period, work will be counted as a late assignment. Missed notes should be copied from a classmate.

    Absences Due to Sports Events or Other Appointments: Work due on the day of the event should be given to the teacher on that day before or after the missed class. The student is responsible for getting assignments that will be missed. Assignments for the missed class are due at the regularly scheduled due date. For example, students leaving early for a game are to turn in their assignments to the teacher before they leave for the game. Missed tests should be made up before or after school or during the day of the event. If the event is all day, tests should be made up the next school day before or after school. For example, if a student misses a scheduled test due to an appointment that morning, he is to take the test that afternoon after school. Arrangements need to be made for transportation.

    Absences Due to Family Trips: Students may get their missed assignments upon their return to class following the trip. All written assignments must be turned into the appropriate teachers within one week after the trip.

    What to do when we have guests in room: This is not the time to visit. If someone comes in and needs to speak to the teacher, you should review your notes or begin your assignment without talking. If someone comes in and needs to address the class, give them your full attention so that the announcement can be made quickly, and we can return to work.

    Paper heading: Right top of paper (above line): Name Date/Period Assignment (title and page #)

    Paper Passing: Pass your papers to the side of the room. Make sure that all papers are facing the same direction.

    Class Rules:

    1. Raise your hand to be heard.
    2. Listen to the person speaking.
    3. Show respect to yourself and others
    4. Be a Leader
    5. 7 p’s-proper, prior, planning, prevents, pitiful, poor, performance! (Plan all you can
    6. Do what you are supposed to do, when you are supposed to do it, because that’s how it’s done (best).