While we all hate to see summer vacation end, a new school year is always exciting as it gives a new start & another chance to do the very best you can.
You're getting older, you're one year closer to going out into the world on your own - this is your time to make the most of what's left of your High School career, head toward your goal of graduation & college (or work), and develop the skills you will need to have a career you love & a comfortable lifestyle as an adult.
I look forward to helping you have a productive & successful school year to assist in those goals. History is not always easy, but if you are determined to do your best, do your work, be in class, and do your part you are already on track to an outstanding average.
Both Global II & US History courses for the 2015-2016 school year require these supplies in class each day:
A binder (loose-leaf.) A 1-2 inch binder for just my class is fine, or you may have a section in a much larger binder for my class. However, if you have no dividers in a binder you are using for "everything" you will be considered unprepared.
Plenty of loose-leaf paper.
Several black ball point pens (not gel pens, you cannot use those on the Regents Exam so you shouldn't use them in class.) You can use blue if you choose, but black is best for the Regents Exam so you might as well start getting used to their rules. Don't bother with pencils either - you can't use them on the Regents, so you can't use them for any graded work, in or out of class.
A highlighter (any color, as long as it's a working highlighter.)
I have been to several different "dollar stores" in the area during the last 2 weeks and each of them had the supplies listed above. In addition, Staples, Target, & WalMart all have these supplies. The paper, highlighters, & binders are no different in one store than they are anywhere else. In my experience "dollar store pens" don't always work well, so be sure to get an extra pack if you buy them from there. No supplies will be handed out in class so be sure to have extras on just in case that happens!
All supplies are due in class no later than Wednesday, September 16th. This will be a test grade. Either you're in class with all required supplies as listed & described above or you are not -
100 or 0. Easy enough grade to start your year!
Please note: It is not the responsibility of your classmates - or their hard-working parents - to supply you with a pen &/or paper in class. I am asking you to have the basics you need for your other classes &, likely, things you already have at home. Being prepared is one of your main roles as a student! Please take it as seriously as I do! If there are any issues, please see me before the end of the day on Friday, Sept. 11th.