Contemporary Issues


  • Contemporary Issues is a semester course that explores how the US and the International Community address the issues of Education, Immigration, Terrorism, and the Environment.  Students will examine the current challenges these issues present to the US and other nations along with analyzing the government policies that are in place to manage them.  The goal of the seminar structure will be to facilitate student-centered investigation, discussion, and problem solving in the 21st Century. 


    Text: Supplements will be given; no text book.


    Grade Components and Assessments:

    • Each student is required to complete all tests, quizzes, writing and research assignments, projects, in-class assignments, homework, and class participation.  Failure to do so will affect the student’s overall grade.
    • Grade components:  Summative Assessments: 60%, Homework: 20%, In class Assignments & Participation 20%
    • No extra credit projects will be given.
    • Grades are posted on Sapphire.  It is your responsibility to track your own grade.
    • Points will be deducted for not writing your name on the assignment, “messy work”, colored ink, late work, and cheating. 
    • Cheating is defined as copying answers/ work or getting answers from someone else.  All persons involved will receive no credit and is subjected to further punishment.

    Absences (according to the handbook):  Students are encouraged to keep up with assignments while absent, the student has two school days upon returning to make up any work missed. It is the student’s responsibility to take the initiative in arranging for make-up work. However, if a student is absent on the day of a test and he or she has not been absent for work covered on the test, he or she is expected to be prepared to take the test upon returning. (This will be completed before or after school, or during a study hall or Spartan period; preferably not during class.)


    Late Work:

    Work is due on the assigned day.  Late work will be accepted, however:  correct work is half credit. After two class periods after the due date I will NOT accept any late work and a ZERO will be calculated into the student’s grade.