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  Welcome to Mr. Klein's Social Studies!! 


Please click on the following links to go to the course you are studying.

AP Comparative Government and Politics 

AP United States History (APUSH) or this Canvas page


Modern World History 

American Government and Economic Systems (AGES)




Please read the following from Thomas Friedman about globalization and personal and business responsibility and relationships.  Why How Matters.doc

About Mr Klein

All students in Mr. Klein's Social Studies classes are expected to exhibit the following Required Class Behaviors:


1.        Respect members of the class, their ideas and their property.

2.        Participate actively.  Take intellectual risks, for you will learn from your own risk-taking as well as each other..

3.        Ask whenever you have a question.  “The only stupid question is the question that goes unasked.”  Donald K. Anderson, Clerk of the United States House of Representatives.

4.        Be prepared everyday – Covered textbook, pen, and  pencil, notebook, agenda book/assignment book.

5.        Be in the classroom before the bell rings. West’s lateness policy is strictly enforced.

6.        Complete all work to the best of your ability because homework, essays and classwork will help you to obtain the necessary and required skill and knowledge.  Also, these learning activities will be evaluated through a combination rubric/points system.  Summing all of the earned points divided by the total possible points will result in a percent score that will be the marking period grade.  This score will then be calculated as 80% of the final grade and added to the other 20% obtained from the final exam to reach a final course grade.  No individual extra credit will be available.

7.       Complete all assignments by their due date.  Daily homework assignments will lose 50% of their value if one day late, and will receive no credit beyond one day.  Long-term assignments (over one week allotted for completion) will lose 10% for each day that it is late.

8. Headphones may NOT be worn at anytime in the classroom - they must be removed before entering class.


Assignments / Deadlines:

At the beginning of the course, or before each unit (approximately every 2 weeks) a schedule for all work, due dates and deadlines for that unit will be provided and also posted on this site on the documents page for your course.  Students are expected to budget their time to complete all assignments on time.    Assignments will be accepted one day late for 50% credit of the grade earned.  Major assignments receive a 10% deduction for each day they are late.  If you are in school the day an assignment is due, you are responsible to submit it.  For major assignments (paper deadlines, etc) the deadlines are firm, and you must submit these assignments on these days regardless of attendance (via a friend or email).  These deadlines will be made clear in class.


Test make-ups - if a student has an excused absence on the day of a test, the student will be prepared to take the test after school the first Tuesday or Thursday the student returns to school, or at 6:00 am on the following day with Mr. McDermott in room B119. (Significant difficulties which may arise that hinder completion of the make-up times must immediately be communicated to Mr. Klein via e-mail prior to return to school so that special accomodations can be made - make ups will not occur in class) If a student does not make up the test at these times, the student will earn no credit for the test.


There is no extra credit.


All school and district policies regarding cheating and plagiarism will be followed.  Plagiarism (using another’s words or ideas without giving credit for any reason) is unacceptable.



Class Procedures:

Students are expected to take personal responsibility for themselves and their work at all times.  This includes being an active participant in all assignments and class activities.  Students should be focused on the task at hand and NOT on work for other classes. 

  • IPods, cell phones, and other electronic devices are unacceptable at any time - see student handbook for school cell phone policy  http://www1.cbsd.org/schools/cbwest/students/Documents/West%20Student%20planner%202009-2010-FINAL.PDF. 
  • Students should arrive on time and be prepared with all materials prior to the bell. 
  • Students who are absent will be responsible to access this site, contact a classmate or e-mail the instructor to keep up with all assignments. 
  • All in-class assessments for which a student is absent must be made up after school the first Tuesday or Thursday the student returns to school, or at 6:00 am on the following day with Mr. McDermott in room B119 (unless there has been an extended absence when the school policy for absence takes effect - please see student handbook http://www1.cbsd.org/schools/cbwest/students/Documents/West%20Student%20planner%202009-2010-FINAL.PDF
  • Tests or quizzes not made up within the specified time frame will receive a zero.
  • Prior to exiting the classroom during class, students must surrender their communication devices until returning to class.


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