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    Students will review the SS Syllabus and return the signature form to teacher


    Hillcrest Middle School

    7th Grade Social Studies Syllabus & Expectations

    Mrs. Lisa Mayer

    Phone: (623) 376-3373 Room #404

    Email: Lisa.Mayer@dvusd.org

    Hello! My name is Lisa Mayer, and I am excited to be your student’s Social Studies teacher for the 2022-2023 school year. I know this will be a positive year for all students as we continue to build our skills and embark on our new discoveries in middle school.

    Suggested Supplies per individual student

    1. School Issued Chromebook
    2. A book to read in class everyday
    3. Pencils, pens, colored pencils, highlighters
    4. Two Pocket Folder

    *Classroom Requests: Tissues, Clorox Wipes

    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:

    The 7th grade Social Studies program focuses on Integrated Global Studies (Scientific Revolution & Enlightenment to present).

    1st Quarter-The Scientific Revolution & The Enlightenment, American Revolution, French Revolution

    2nd Quarter-Russian Revolution, Latin Revolutions, Global Industrialization, World Imperialism

    3rd Quarter- WWI, World Depression, WWII

    4th Quarter-WWII, Cold War, Global Conflicts

    Arizona State Standards can be referenced at https://www.azed.gov/standards-practices/k-12standards/standards-social-studies

    In Social Studies, we support the Arizona English Language Arts Standards by focusing on analysis of primary source documents and supporting analysis with text-dependent written answers.


    Grading Scale and Percentage Weights of Assignments

    Assignments:  30% 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. Time in class is expected to be used appropriately.  

    Assessments: 70% Assessments include quizzes, unit or chapter tests, projects, and district assessments. Projects consist of any assignment that progresses over a period of 3 or more days and is made up of multiple components. Students will be notified if projects will have an assessment component grade.


    Grading Scale: 100-90%=A     89-80%=B    79-70%=C    69-60%=D    59-*49%=F   *49% indicates that a student did not complete the work(Missing) or scored lower than a 49%. 



    ALL lessons and content will be accessed through our online learning program-CANVAS 

    Each Unit of Study is set up in MODULES. 

    Assignments are open for 3 weeks, however due dates are usually within the same week. The 3 week window for completing assignments/assessments helps those students who have been absent or need more time to show mastery of the standards within the unit to complete an assignment.

    Parents/guardians-please become a Canvas “Observer” by following the directions located on my website http://www.dvusd.org//hm-mayer


    Students’ grades are updated weekly on PowerSchool and are synced through Canvas. Parents may contact the registrar clerk if a parent log-in is needed. 


    SS Classroom Behavior Expectations: 

    All students are expected to be good citizens, respectful and caring of each other, staff and materials.  Students are also expected to put forth their very best efforts by being responsible. Students should also feel free to express their ideas within socially acceptable norms. Our combined goal is to prepare students for a successful school experience.

    MTSS BEHAVIOR Program (The HMS School-Wide Prevention Program)

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

    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:

     PROGRESSIVE BEHAVIOR INTERVENTIONS (teacher keeps record of minors)

    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 the teacher:The best way to contact me is through email. My email address is Lisa.Mayer@dvusd.org. I am looking forward to communication with you regarding the success of your child. Please allow a 24 hour response time.