• Mr. J. Moses

    562 799 4780 ext. 82814

    jmoses@losal.org; classroom.google.com


    Policies and Procedures


    Goals for Students


    • Master the grade-level California standards for Social Studies
    • Demonstrate respect and social responsibility
    • Assume personal responsibility for learning
    • Develop critical-thinking skills


    Materials for Class


    Students must bring pencil or pen; standard, college-ruled paper for classroom assignments; and a binder. The students may not use red ink or light-colored ink for assignments (since this is the color we use to correct assignments). Each student must bring his or her social studies book to class every day.


    Behavioral Standards


    Mr. Moses generally does not give bathroom or water fountain passes. If students have an emergency, they will be sent to the nurse. Students will have a break about every 50 minutes, and they can use the facilities at that time. A case-by-case exception will be determined at the time of a crisis.


    Students are to refrain from eating food, chewing gum, or drinking sweetened drinks during class.


    The student dress code (as seen in the Minder Binder) will be upheld in class. Students will be asked to remove any headwear (hats/caps/hoods) and sunglasses during class time.


    The school’s electronic device policy will be enforced in this classroom. Cell phones need to be put away (in backpack). I do take phones and give them to the Assistant Principal in charge of discipline for inappropriate use (such as texting, ringing, etc.).


    Grading Policy


    Grades are based upon individual and group assignments, tests, quizzes, and class participation. Each assignment will have a point value. Accountability grades will be based on a percentage of the total possible points for a particular grading period.

    a. The following chart shows which grade is assigned to a particular percentage:

    98 & above    A+        88-89.99 B+       78-79.99 C+       68-69.99 D+

    92-97.99       A          82-87.99 B         72-79.99 C         62-67.99 D

    90-91.99       A-         80-81.99 B-        70-71.99 C-        60-61.99 D-

    b. The citizenship grade and work habits grade are more subjective grades. Citizenship is based upon several things: following directions, respect for others and their property, appropriate participation, no inappropriate or disruptive comments or behaviors, no eating or chewing in class, punctuality, having materials, dishonesty, cheating, or poor deportment for the teacher. Work habits is based on several things: completeness of assignments, any missing work, quality of work, and effort. In order to receive an “O” a student must go above and beyond what is normally expected.




    Essays: Final drafts may be typed as long as hand-written rough draft is attached.

    Homework: Homework must be neatly hand-written. The only exception to this is when there is a formal education plan for the student, and the teacher knows about it ahead of time. Homework due dates are usually posted next to the assignment on the board or on the teacher web site. If the due date is not there, assume it is due the next time the class meets. It is due at the beginning of class time. All assignments must be done neatly.


    Late Work and Make-up work


    Late work will not be accepted. Printer failure is not an acceptable excuse. If a student has trouble with a printer, please e-mail a copy of the assignment (WORD FORMAT). The student can then submit a hard copy when the printer is in working order.


    Make-up work (per Board Policy) is defined as work that is turned in after an excused absence. If absent the day an assignment is due, the student can hand it in the day the student returns to class. A student is expected to turn in make-up work using his or her own initiative. Whenever the student is absent, it is his or her responsibility to see if homework was assigned and to get the homework assignment from a homework buddy or the teacher. The student must check with the teacher before or after school, or during snack, or lunch to see what they have missed (or get the work from a reliable classmate).


    Extra Credit


    Extra Credit is not necessary, but for those who want to do community service, up to 3% of the total semester points can be added to the semester grade for no more than ten hours of service. Students must follow specific rules to earn community service points (i.e., must be for non-profit organization, student may not receive pay, and it may not be done on LAHS campus). Each student must turn in a letter from the supervisor on company stationery/letterhead that explains what the student did. The student must also include a student-written letter that explains what he or she accomplished, what he or she learned, how his or her work changed him or her, and how the work affected others.


    Academic Honesty


    The district policy regarding academic honesty will be enforced and students should carefully refer to it.


    It is plagiarism to find and electronic source, copy it, and then paste it into the document one is writing.  Listing the article as a reference on the last page does not cover one.


    Copying another student’s work (e.g., homework, worksheets, video questions/answers, etc) and submitting it is considered cheating. This is a form of plagiarism. Your work must be your work.


    The students must use the MLA format as taught in their English course. Any ideas or materials taken from another source for either written or oral use must be fully cited within the text, unless the information is common knowledge. If the student did not originate the ideas or thoughts, even if using one’s own words, the source must be cited. Citing within the text is accomplished by writing the author, date of publication, and page number within parentheses directly after the paraphrase or direct quotation.




    Participation is graded on individual contributions to class discussions. Some of the characteristics of effective class participation include relevance of comments, evidence of a thorough reading and background knowledge of topic, able to distinguish types of evidence (e.g., facts, opinions, assumptions), willing to interact with other students’ ideas.



    I have read and understand the above policies and procedures:




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    (Student Signature)                                                          (Parent Signature)