Virginia & U.S. History

Virginia & U.S. History


Teacher: Mr. Wycoff


Classroom: 3-305

Office Hours: A2 (approximately 10:30-12:40) and after school (upon request).

Class Description: The standards for Virginia and United States History include the historical development of American ideas and institutions from the Age of Exploration to the present. While focusing on political and economic history, the standards provide students with a basic knowledge of American culture through a chronological survey of major issues, movements, people, and events in United States and Virginia history. Students should use historical and geographical analysis skills to explore in depth the events, people, and ideas that fostered our national identity and led to our country’s prominence in world affairs.


Purpose of this Class: The purpose of this course is for students to gain an understanding of how the state of Virginia and the United States developed into what it is today.  An emphasis will be placed on skills that translate into adult life after high school.  Students will be able to form an articulate argument to promote their ideals, organize personal thoughts and ideas into a well written paper, and gain the ability to use technology to enhance their chances of success after high school.  Students will also analyze both primary and secondary source documents from modern history. Finally, this course will allow students to make connections between the past and present. Students will have an understanding of how events that occurred hundreds of years ago directly impact the culture and belief systems of Virginia and The United States of America.






Grading Scale:

90-100= A

80-89= B

70-79= C

60-69= D

59 and below= F


Grading Chart:


Percentage of Grade


Tests will include short-answer questions. Each nine weeks a notebook check will be conducted. The notebook check grade will be added to the overall test average.





Class Assignments

Examples: worksheets, group activities, “Exit Slips” etc.


Class Participation

Based on “Focus” activities, class discussions, student effort/involvement, and punctuality (This category resets every 3 weeks).



Homework will not be distributed regularly. However, studying class notes is expected nightly.



Grading Policy and Announcements:

  • Grades will be posted on eSchool Plus (Parent Portal)
  • Any graded handouts used in class will be posted on my website
  • All quiz and test dates will be posted on my website

Directions for Accessing My Website:

  • Go to
  • Click on the “Schools” tab; scroll and click on “Patrick Henry”
  • On the PHHS homepage click on the “Teacher Pages” tab and then click on “Social Sciences”
  • Under Social Sciences scroll down and click on “K.Wycoff”
  • On Mr. Wycoff’s webpage you will find a series of folders that include Homework, Class Activities, PPT and Notes, as well as the Course Syllabus
  • The webpage also includes a calendar with Quiz, Test, Benchmark and Exam dates






Items Needed:

  1. Two-inch three ring binder
  2. Loose leaf paper
  3. Pens and/or pencils

Classroom Procedures:


  • You must be in your seat when the bell rings
  • The teacher will take attendance as you work on your "Focus” activity
  • If you are marked as “absent” the school will call and notify a parent/guardian


  • If you’re late to class for a legitimate reason (I will determine the legitimacy) then provide the teacher with the appropriate documentation
  • Immediately take your seat and begin working on the day’s activity. If you miss work it is your responsibility to meet with the teacher after class
  • An unexcused tardy to class will result in a “10” point deduction from that day’s participation grade (10 points will be deducted for each unexcused tardy)
  • Please refer to the tardy policies in your Student Handbook

Class Rules-

  • Students will refer to their Student Handbook for school rules and policies
  • Students must be RESPECTFUL to both their peers and the teacher; disrespect will not be tolerated
  • Disrupting class and/or interfering with a student’s opportunity to learn will not be tolerated
  • Students must ask for permission prior to leaving the room
  • Cell phones must be put away and out of sight, unless authorized by the teacher
  • Repeated abuse of cell phone and/or inappropriate use of computers in class will result in a referral and participation grade reduction


Class Room Discussion-

  • You must raise your hand when asking a question or giving a response
  • Be respectful of your peers and teacher when they’re speaking; do not interrupt
  • Respect the opinions of others and their right to hold particular philosophical or political beliefs that may differ from those of your own


Homework and Late Work Policy-

  • Students need to bring their agenda to class every day to record their homework, as well as quiz and test dates
  • Homework will be posted on my website, as well as quiz and test dates
  • Students who are absent are responsible for getting work they missed from me personally, or through my website
  • Late work -25% after the 1st day, 50% after the 2nd day, 75% after 3rd day, after 1 week, I do not accept late work
  • Missed assignments are due by the next class
  • Students who are absent for extended periods of time will need to meet with me and discuss making up class work

When you are absent-

  • Gathering missed assignments is the responsibility of the student. Students are to retrieve missed assignments before or after class
  • Missed tests and quizzes must be scheduled with the teacher. The assessment must be taken either before or after school. If the assessment is not made up the resulting grade will be a “0.”

Class Dismissal-

  • Wait until the teacher dismisses the class to start packing up
  • You will not leave class until your desk and work area are clean


















Statement for Students with Disabilities

Any student with a documented disability will receive the accommodations in his/her IEP or 504 plan.  If those accommodations are not sufficient for academic progress, the teacher, student, or parent may contact the case manager to arrange for a meeting to discuss additional options.


Statement on Academic Integrity

Patrick Henry seeks to maintain an optimal learning environment. General principles of academic honesty include respect for the intellectual property of others, the expectation that individual work will be submitted unless otherwise allowed by an instructor, and the obligations both to protect one’s own academic work from misuse by others as well as to avoid using another’s work as one’s own. All students are expected to understand and abide by these principles. Students representing the work of another as their own will receive a grade of “F” on that assignment.  Students will sign a pledge on every assessment indicating that they have neither given nor received help.


Student Name (Printed): _______________________      

Student Signature: __________________________          Date: _________

Parent/Guardian Signature: ___________________          Date: _________






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