HILLCREST MIDDLE SCHOOL                                                TEACHER: Ms. NormaJean McCarthy

    Room: 302 Team: 7-3                                                                    PHONE: (623)-376-3350

    E-Mail: NormaJean.McCarthy@DVUSD.org

    Website: http://www.dvusd.org/hm-mccarthy


    CLASS: Social Studies (2019-2020)                        GRADE: 7


    COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is designed in alignment with the DVUSD curriculum, which is based on the Arizona’s Social Studies Standards. http://www.azed.gov/standards-practices/k-12standards/standards-social-studies/


    There will be 8 units of study.

                1st Quarter: Early Industrial Revolution/Immigration

                2nd Quarter: The Civil War and Reconstruction

    3rd Quarter: Industrial Revolution/Immigration, The Progressive Era and American Imperialism

    4th Quarter: The Great War and The Great Depression




    1 composition book (100 sheets/200 pages), used daily as an Interactive Student Notebook (ISN)

    blue/black ink pens and pencils

    highlighters and colored pencils (optional)


    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 questions, feel free to contact the school.


    Grading System:                                                                   Grading Criteria (weighted)

    100-90% = A                                                                          Assessments/DBQs/quizzes                 60%

    89-80%   = B                                                                           Class work/ISN/Projects                       40%

    79-70%   = C                                                                          

    69-60%   = D                                                                         

    59-0%    = F



    1. Seating Assignments: Students will be seated randomly with changed made at the instructor’s discretion. Students with vision and/or hearing concerns will be granted appropriate seating assignments.


    1. Interactive Student Notebook (ISN): In an attempt to increase organizational skills, students will be required to maintain a composition book containing notes, maps, charts and handouts Student will need their ISNs each day for class.


    1. Restroom Use: All students are encouraged to utilize their passing time to visit the facilities. Students will be allowed to use the restroom when necessary, but data will be collected (sign out/sign in sheet/agenda/QRT) to ensure that the privilege is being used appropriately.


    1. Make-up Work / Extra Credit: Any assignments missed due to an absence will be available for pick-up in the office if requested or when the student returns to school. Please refer to district policy for extension of due date due to absences. There are NO EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITIES in this class. There will be many opportunities for scoring points during the course of a grading quarter and the expectation is that all assignments are to be completed.


    1. Classwork: The expectation is that students will completed assignments in class under the supervision of the instructor. The exception is work missed due to absences. Assignments may be collected or stored in the student’s ISN at the end of the class period. AP Time passes are available for additional help on assignments.


    1. Test Re-Takes: If a student scores 59% or below they may re-take a test. No re-takes will be done during regular class time. Re-take will be scheduled with the teacher to be completed during the AP block of time. The re-take may be another version of the original test.


    1. The Flipped Learning Classroom: The lecture part of the social studies classroom will be delivered using video lectures created by the instructor. The student will watch the video lectures, take notes and complete an embedded quiz before completing assignments.


    1. MTSS- B: BEHAVIOR (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 a proper 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.


    1. To maintain an environment of learning the teacher reserves the right to restrict items that could distract or interfere with learning and teaching. Please leave items such as toys and other unnecessary items at home. If a student possesses a restricted item, the student will be instructed to store the distracting item in their backpack or the teacher may retain the item for the class period/day. Examples; fidget spinners, slime, sunglasses, oversized pencils.


    1. Communication: The outside phone lines to the classrooms do not ring during the school day. The best way to communicate with the teacher is email. Please make sure that in your email you have your child’s first and last name and your first and last name. District email is not private and can be forwarded. When composing and sending email follow proper etiquette and tone.

    15-507 Abuse of teacher or school employee in school: classification

    A person who knowingly abuses a teacher or other school employee on school grounds or while the teacher or employee is engaged in the performance of his duties is guilty of a class 3 misdemeanor.