• Course: Government                                            

    E-mail: rick.weyker@dvusd.org

    Teacher: Mr. Weyker                           

    Mission Statement: The mission of the O’Connor social studies department is to prepare our students for the world today and its demands for a broader set of skills in order for our students to be economically competitive and productive citizens in a democratic society.

    Target Learning Goals: Students will be able to understand basic foundational concepts of U.S. federal government, analyze the policy institutions that run the U.S. federal government, and evaluate the role of civil liberties and right the U.S. Constitution guarantees.

    Course Description   

    U.S. Government is where students will learn how the U.S. federal government was founded and operates primarily through primary source documents and simulations based on the actual work of the federal government. Course is required for graduation.

    Course Objectives

    Students will be able to grasp the fundamental concepts of the U.S. federal government through integrating information from diverse sources, analyzing in detail complex primary sources, and being able to understand the various institutions that create, interpret and carry out government policy.


    Grading Policy

                A  =      90-100%

                B  =      80-89%

                C  =      70-79%

                D  =      60-69%

                F  =      below 60%

    Assessments/Assignments (80%): which can be defined as unit exams, quizzes and any in class work

    Final Exam  (20%) 

    • No extra credit will be accepted
    • Grades will not be rounded at the end of the semester


    Scope and Sequence

    Unit 1: Constitutional Principals 

    Unit 2: The Political Process

    Unit 3: Policy Making Institutions

    Unit 4: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights


    Powerschool Access

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    Make-Up Work

    Upon return to class after an absence, a student has one school day for each day missed to make up work/test assigned during his/her absence regardless of the number of days absent. For example, if a student is absent on Thursday and Friday, he/she will have Monday and Tuesday of the following week to make up work and must turn in the work that was assigned during the days absent on Wednesday. It is the student’s responsibility to check with teachers immediately upon return for work missed. Teachers may choose to schedule an appointment with the student to formulate a plan for the completion of make-up work.

    Given the rapid pace of this class it is imparative that students not fall behind.


    It is the students responsibility to come talk to me about late work that needs to be made up and arrange a date for it to be completed.

    Re-take Test Policy

    Student may retake one Unit Exam. All work prior to the exam must have been turned in. Test correction worksheet must have been completed.

    Late Work Policy

    I expect all work to be turned in on time.

    Late assignments can be turned in, however you will lose points for every day that they are late. Maximum deadline for late work is two days from the original due date. Failure to meet said deadline will result in a zero on the assignment.



     Classroom Behavior Expectations and Consequences

    I expect from all students to:

    • Come to class on time
    • Come with your Ipads charged, notebook, and a pen or pencil.
    • Showing expect students to show respect toward one another at all times. No food or drink is allowed in the classroom.
    • Cell phones put away during class unless they are required for a specific assignment.
    • Only one student will be let out at a time for the bathroom. No student will be allowed to go to the bathroom during the first and last 5 minutes of class.

    Failure to abide by these rules will be:

    • A verbal warning
    • Completion of a Behavior Reflection
    • Phone call home
    • Referral to the office


    Electronic Device Use

    Technology (cell phones, iPods, hand-held devices, etc.) use in the classroom is intended to enhance the learning environment for all students; however, any use of technology that substantially degrades the learning environment, promotes dishonesty or illegal activities, is prohibited. If the instructor determines that the use of technology is a distraction to the learning process, either of the student using the technology or to those around him/her, the student may, at the discretion of the teacher, be asked to discontinue the use of technology in the classroom.


    Personal Electronic Device Use:

    Personal Electronic Devices include cell phones, iPods, other mp3 players and similar technology devices used for entertainment and communication/social media. Students are expected to refrain from the use of electronic devices for personal entertainment and/or communication (i.e email, instagram, facebook, etc.) during instructional time (as determined by the teacher or classroom designee). While students may freely use these devices before and after school, during passing period, and at lunch- the teacher will limit the use of personal devices and for which purposes during class to ensure that all students are focused and ready to learn.


    iPads and the Use of Electronic Devices to Facilitate Learning:

    Sandra Day O’Connor High School will begin to integrate the use of tablets, laptops and smart phones as a learning tool in the classroom. Once the technology tools are added to the classroom for learning, the classroom teacher will inform students as to when they may use their device and for which purposes. Students must adhere to their teacher’s guidelines for use and appropriate times for use. Any student who violates the teacher’s guidelines will be subject to disciplinary action.


    Adherence to the O’Connor Academic Integrity Code

    All students enrolled in Economics will adhere to the framework and guidelines set forth in the O’Connor High School Academic Integrity Code. Cheating and Plagiarism will not be tolerated. The purpose of this code is to promote a positive learning environment for all involved. As humans, we will make mistakes as we grow. It is understood that we can learn from those mistakes and become better individuals in the future. Any student who violates this code will be referred to the Students Rights and Responsibilities handbook and assignment of appropriate consequences.


    Plagiarism and Cheating

    Cheating: In cheating, a student is taking the work of another, on any assignment, and claiming it as his/her own.  At SDOHS cheating includes but is not limited to:

    • Copying and/or offering homework verbally, in written form, or by electronic means from/to another student.
    • Copying and/or offering questions and/or answers on tests or quizzes verbally, in written form, or by electronic means from/to another student.
    • Pressuring other students to copy and/or offer homework, answers and/or questions on tests or quizzes verbally, in written form or by electronic means.
    • Bringing in and using unauthorized information during class time, including information stored in any electronic device.
    • Offering or receiving information under circumstances in which information is not to be shared.
    • Having anyone, including parents or tutors, complete assignments and submitting the work as one’s own.
    • Presenting collaborative work as independent work and independent work as collaborative. (In group work, one person should not and will not bear the burden for the entire group assignment.)
    • Copying answers from answer guides in texts.
    • Fabricating data, information, or sources. Presenting made up material as authentic.


    Plagiarism: The act of plagiarism may include direct copying, but it may also be more complex than verbatim repetition.  A student, in preparing a project for a class, will have plagiarized if he/she has taken information from sources without citing the sources that have been used.  Plagiarized material may appear in a student’s paper as word-for-word copying, a summation, or a paraphrase of another’s ideas. A student has plagiarized whether the material from another source has been taken in whole or in part.  In effect, by not naming the source, the student is claiming the work of another as his/hers.  At SDOHS plagiarism includes but is not limited to:

    • Submitting images and/or documents in whole or in part from the Internet without citation of the source(s).
    • Copying another’s work.
    • Using another’s ideas without proper citations.
    • Incorporating portions of another’s writing within the context of your own work.
    • Failing to acknowledge a source of information.
    • Using “unique” phrases without citations.
    • Using graphics, charts, diagrams, or illustrations without citations.
    • Using a translator (either in-person or on-line) without proper citations


    Plagiarism and/or Cheating will result in disciplinary actions and a 0%, with no option to redo/retake. - no exceptions.



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