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High School

Class: Social Studies Teacher

Teacher: Melinda Grimm


Extension: 1402

Room: G-31

Important Dates

Course Syllabus

American Government

Instructional Philosophy:

This class will examine the history and current issues involving American Government. We will also include lessons in Economics/Financial Literacy to help students prepare for their financial future. The key to making any class relevant is to connect the coursework material to student experiences including the time here at MCCTC career technical labs. We will intertwine Government and Economic/Financial Literacy concepts within the Academy of the Arts.

Course Goals/Description:

My course goal is for students to identify government institutions and how they function to contribute to society as an informed citizen and int their chosen profession. Students will be exposed to Government and Economics Alive programs that connect government and financial literacy to their everyday lives. These programs are based on Ohio's state standards. Students will become engages in learning the structure and function of government at the local, state, and federal levels and how this relates to their career and technical labs. We will also focus on budgeting, insurance, and credit.

Required Materials:

  1. Folder to keep track of notes and assignments. Have a notebook for paper. You will need a binder for your amendment project.
  2. Pen or pencil! Be prepared for class. I will not provide writing utensils.
  3. Highlighter or colored pencils.


  1. In-class assignments: 35%
  2. Tests and Quizzes: 35%
  3. Projects: 20%
  4. Participation: 10%

Class Requirements and Rules:

  1. Work must be handed in on time! You will have 5 points deducted per day on late assignments. After the 5th day or if points are exhausted after the 5 point deduction rule, you will not be allowed to turn in the assignment.
  2. When absent, it is your responsibility to find out what was missed. I will not chase you for assignments.
  3. If you miss a review day for a test, you will not miss an assignment but will be required to take the test if you are here on test day.
  4. If an absence is unexcused, you will not be allowed to turn in missing assignments and will not be allowed to make up any tests or quizzes.
  5. Bring your materials to class. Be prepared!
  6. Do not speak while I or a classmate are talking. Everybody can have a turn to talk.
  7. Listen to directions the first time.
  8. Three tardies will result in a disciplinary referral. There is a procedure for leaving the room and I will discuss this further in class.
  9. Keep your cell phones and earbuds put away until I'm done teaching and work is complete.
  10. If you sleep in class, you will be sent to ISS (In-school suspension) and will receive a disciplinary referral.

Academy of the Arts Members

Mrs. Grimm: American Government/Economics

Mrs. Kolar: English

Ms. Ciarniello: Math

Mrs. Ferraro: Science

Ms. Clark: Intervention Specialist

Mr. Putzier: Culinary Arts

Mrs. DeNiro: Culinary Arts

Ms. Hackett: Creative Arts

Mrs. Argiro: Cosmetology


One Semester Course: August - January

Instructor: Mrs. Grimm G-31


Phone: 330-729-4000 Extension 1402

What is Psychology?

Psychology is the study of behavior and mental processes. Psychology is a science that seeks to describe, predict, understand and influence maladaptive, [patterns that can hurt self and others], thoughts and behavior. There are multiple theories and approaches in Psychology, some successful for one type of disorder but not for another. Motivation, moods, memory, reactions, attitudes, perceptions, attraction, talent, what you enjoy – or despise – all of these things have their roots in your Psychology. While Psychology is in the Social Science curriculum; it is in reality a Behavioral Science that often overlaps with the Natural Sciences.

How does this Apply to Me?

Have you ever experienced a physical reaction to an emotional situation? Sweating, shaking or stomach discomfort before a big test, a game, a presentation or performance? Have you ever known someone was talking about you when you walked into a room even without anyone saying anything? Has a certain smell or song ever brought back a strong memory? Have you found yourself attracted to someone you have nothing in common with? Have your sleep patterns changed since you reached adolescence? All of these situations have much to do with brain chemistry and illustrate the intrinsic connection between mind and body. While we cannot always control our feelings and behaviors, we can understand and manage them with awareness using psychological and neurobiological tools.

We all learn differently, react differently and process information differently, [one reason why eye witness testimony is the least reliable type of evidence in court], however there are theories that sometimes prove that we are more predictable than we realize. Why is there evil in the world? There are Psychologists that have theories that can explain that too.

The information we will discuss is at college level. There is an abundance of information in this subject and I will expect you to complete readings and vocabulary activities.

Respect & Tolerance:

This course covers material that you may not have discussed in prior courses which is also why it is usually a college level course. You need to have the ability to accept other points of view, “agree but disagree” politely and respect the viewpoints of others. If you can’t, then you will complete the course as book work in ISS.

You will find that I can be your strongest advocate, but as your teacher I have a job to do that will benefit you in college and in life. If you disrupt the class and waste time, this is not respectful to any of us – even yourself.


  1. Be on time. I will no longer accept you telling me as soon as you get here that you need to go to the bathroom. Either go before you get here or wait until after I take attendance. (I will explain in depth at the beginning of the course.) You will receive a tardy each time you ask to go to the bathroom when you just arrive. You are interrupting me getting ready for class and will interrupt the class when you return. Three tardies is a write up.
  2. Cellphones: This has always been an issue. However, you all need to understand that if you are looking at your phone when I or a classmate is talking is rude. So unless we are doing something where you would need to use your phone for information, keep them quiet and out of sight. This should not be an issue since you all should have a Chromebook or a laptop. The use of your Chromebook or laptop also applies. If you have your devices open and being rude, I’m writing you up.
  3. Absences: It is up to you to find out what you miss when you are absent the day you come back. When you miss a day, you have a day to complete missed work. If you have an unexcused absence, then you get a zero. You are seniors and I expect you to take responsibility for your work. I won’t do it for you. Sometimes I allow you to use certain notes on quizzes and tests. Again, if you are absent, it is up to you to get what you missed from a classmate. If you don’t have notes during a quiz or test, too bad. It is your responsibility to make sure you are prepared. You will get a certain amount of points at the beginning of the year for attendance. For each absence, you will lose points whether the absence is excused or unexcused. Coming to school is one of your jobs. You get docked in pay if you miss work. Same as in school.
  4. Very important! If you miss the day before a quiz or test, you will take the quiz or test when scheduled with no exceptions. It does not matter if it is excused or unexcused. You might miss the review but that is it.
  5. Ask: If you are having trouble completing the work, tell me. I can’t help if you don’t let me know.


  1. I would advise you to have a binder or a large folder. There is a lot of reading in psychology and you will need to keep it organized. You will also be using this binder for Sociology.

Classwork: There will be an abundance of information in this class. You will have homework and will need to

complete the necessary vocabulary to keep up with the information.

Midterms: You will have a midterm. The midterm will be created by how much information we get

through the first 3 months of school.

Finals: Your final will be determined the same way as your midterm.

Projects: You will have at least one major project for Psychology. This will be your brain project and I will give

you more information on this later in the year.

Grading Policy:

Exams, Projects, Papers – 40%

Quizzes, Class & Group work – 30%

Participation & Tolerance – 20%

Homework – 10%

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