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12 (Pre College in the Schools) Government and Economics

Pre-College in the Schools

Government and Economics


Teacher: Chad Owen
: 321

Communication: Email is my preferred method of communication, but do not hesitate to call me at school or at home (before 7 p.m.) if you have any questions or concerns.

Phone: 612-722-0145 (home) or 612-998-3190 (cell)

Course Description and Objectives
In the 12th grade Social Studies course, you will be engaged in learning about several topics that are important to your future. The first quarter will focus on American government and the second quarter will focus on American and global economic issues. This course will cover skills, content, and objectives in the Minneapolis Public Schools Government and Economics Standards

Supplies needed

Students should bring something with which to write and a notebook EVERYDAY.
Participation is essential for successful understanding of this class and its assignments. Therefore, regular and prompt attendance, participation in class activities and discussion, and completion of homework and group assignments are the keys to your success in the course. Helpfulness and courtesy are also rewarded. Participation will count as 10% of the final grade.

Grading and Assignments
The Grading Scale is:

A  =  94-100%

A-  = 90-93.9%


B+  = 88-89.9%

B  =  84-87.9%

B-  = 80-83.9%

C+ =  78-79.9%

C  =  74-77.9

C-  = 69.8-73.9%

D+  = 68-69.9%

D   = 64-67.9%      

D-  = 60-63.9%

F    59.9% & below 




Students will be made aware what is involved and expected to achieve each of these scores through rubrics and checklists for all assignments. Students will also be informed of their progress on a weekly basis. Grading will include daily assignments, homework, projects, and tests/quizzes.

Late Work
Unless there is a prior agreement with the instructor, all class work is due by the end of the day on the scheduled due date.

§         Assignments submitted one day late will receive an automatic 50% deduction.

§         No assignments will be accepted more than one day late.


Students who will be absent for excused or foreseen reasons must notify the instructor before the absence and turn in the assigned work before their absence, or the late policy will apply.


Students who turn in late work due to an excused absence should attach a note that includes the reason for absence and a telephone number with their parent or guardian’s daytime phone number. Failure to do so will result in the above late policy applying. 

Tardy Policy
Students are considered tardy if they are not seated when the bell rings. The school tardy policy will be enforced.


Absence Policy
Make up work will not be accepted for an unexcused absence. It is the student’s responsibility for asking the teacher for make up work prior to their absence. If a student is ill, they must bring a signed note from their parent or guardian before they will receive make up work. Quizzes, tests, in-class essays may not be made up unless specific agreements have been made with the teacher prior to the absence. Assignments may not be made up during class time. Students who miss 8 days of school in a quarter automatically fail that quarter.

Classroom Rules & Student Responsibilities
Classroom rules and student responsibilities are a necessary part of any classroom. They are designed to help you be a successful student. Some of the most important lessons students learn in the course of growing up are the lessons of good work habits, how to be organized and how to be responsible for a task. Children who learn good work habits, organizational skills and accept responsibility become successful students. Successful students become successful people.

How classroom rules are implemented and followed establish the classroom culture and each class. It is my responsibility to ensure the rules are clearly stated, consistently enforced and fair and logical consequences exist to hold students accountable. It is each student’s responsibility to carry out basic student responsibilities that minimize disruptions to the learning environment.

Academic Support
I will be available on Tuesdays after school to help students. Students need to inform me when they need extra help and I will make arrangements to provide it if Tuesdays are not convenient.

This course will cover skills and content in the State of Minnesota’s Government and Economics Standards.

Curriculum maps containing topics, skills, concepts and standards are available on the Minneapolis Public Schools website and a general calendar by quarter will be included on my website.

I look forward to having a productive and fun school year and getting to know you better! Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.



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