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Update: April 14, 2020

First and foremost, I hope everyone (and family) are well and safe. 😊

Several of you have emailed me asking “what can I do to improve my grade?” Below are instructions:

  1. As you review your grades from my class, and you notice you have an NHI or a low grade on a specific assignment, I suggest taking a look through the “Files and Documents” link on the left, complete the missing assignment, or redo a specific assignment and send it to me for credit. Anything from this 3rd quarter can be “turned in” electronically to me, either in a document format, pdf, or as a picture. If you are missing something that is not uploaded, let me know via email.  
  2. If you need to take or re-take a Summative assessment assigned prior to March 13th, please make that your top priority. You have just over a week left to take or retake those to boost your grade!  Email me as soon as possible this week for instructions on how you can make up those assessments.

** The 3rd quarter grading period will end on Friday, April 23rd. Thus, I will accept assignment until Friday, April 23, 2020 **

 

STARTING FRIDAY, APRIL 17th

Teams Page: BVMS-Mr. Bisset's - Civics & Economics (ALL PERIODS)

Most of you have used Teams pages before in other classes, but until now we have not had much reason to use them for Civics. This week I’ve created a new Teams page, one that combines all my class periods into one. This Team page will be the environment from which our virtual learning will take place. You should begin logging into your Office 365 student accounts and checking your Teams pages regularly.


**  UPDATE: FRIDAY, APRIL 3rd  ** 

Students, as of today, I have recorded all work that has been turned in to me prior to school closing on Friday, March 13th. As you review your grades from my class, and you notice you have an "NHI" or a low grade on a specific assignment, I suggest taking a 
look through the “Files and Documents” link on the left, complete the missing assignment, and send it to me for credit. Anything from this 3rd quarter can be “turned in” electronically to me, either in a document format, pdf, or as a picture. If you are missing something that is not uploaded, let me know via email.  

The 3rd quarter grading period will end on Friday, April 23rd. Thus, 
I will accept assignment until Friday, April 23, 2020



General Information

Given the announced closure of all Virginia schools for the remainder of the academic year, I have begun to re-organize as well as upload some cumulative review materials into a folder marked "At-Home Review".

Additionally, please check the “Files and Documents” link to the left. I have re-organized my page into eight Units to provide materials that cover every Civics and Economics standard we have already covered in addition to the standards we have not. Even though nothing new will be graded or required at this time, I encourage you to dig into this material. Check the navigation bar to the left to see what I've got for you.

What we have already covered:

CE.2 - Foundations of American Constitutional Government
CE.3 - Rights, Responsibilities, and Duties of Citizens in America
CE.4 - Personal Character Traits of Good Citizens
CE.5 - The Political Process (Political Parties, Elections and Campaigns, Voting, Role of the Media, the Electoral College)
CE.6 - American Constitutional Government at the National Level
CE.7 - American Constitutional Government at the State Level
CE.8 - American Constitutional Government at the Local Level
CE.9 - The Judicial System (Federal and Virginia)
CE.10 - Public Policy at National, State, and Local Levels

(All of the above was covered in Units 1 through 7)



What we have NOT covered:

CE.11 - Economic Decision Making
CE.12 - Structure and Function of the United States Economy
CE.13 - Role of the Government in the United States Economy
CE.14 - Personal Finance and Career Decisions

» UPDATEAs of 3/25/2020, PWCS has directed teachers not to post new units or new materials to teacher pages. In accordance with this directive, I have hidden my "Unit 8 - Economics" folder.

 

A note about SOL testing:

The federal government has excused all states from required standardized testing if they apply for a waiver. The Virginia Department of Education has announced their intention to apply for a waiver, which means there will be no Civics and Economics SOL test this year.

A note about GRADES:

For all class periods, I was able to bring home before the school building was closed to staff the Search & Seizure Mini-Q and Essay Packet. I will review, grade and input the grades into the gradebook by Monday, March 30th.

For class periods 5, 6 & 7, I will finish grading by Monday, March 30th the worksheets that you all did on the US Supreme Court cases as well as the Electoral College.

In terms of future grades: No new graded assignments will be given this year. Any activities or materials that I will be providing are strictly voluntary and un-graded. Regardless, as I said above, I strongly encourage you to dive into all the materials I have uploaded into the Files and Documents section, especially for Unit 8: Economics (the only unit we were unable to cover before school closed).

A note about NHI’s (missing work):

I will be accepting all missing assignments for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd quarters. If you are missing any work, look through the “Files and Documents” link on the left, complete it, and send it to me for credit. If you are missing something that is not uploaded, let me know via email.

A PERSONAL MESSAGE FROM MR. BISSET *

The situation we now face, not only in our local community, in our state, and in our nation, but across the globe, is like nothing we could have ever expected. Who could ever imagine the situation we are facing today. BUT while unique in so many ways, this country and world has faced many challenges. If we stay strong, focused and committed, we will overcome and persevere.

Know that I will miss the conversations, arguments, learning and the exploring of who you are in this space of time. And at that the end of the school year, I relish what is often a bittersweet moment when we say goodbye and wish you well in your future as high schoolers…awesome. But this year, however, I won't get that chance... at least not in-person. So next year, I hope that each and every one of you will try to find an opportunity to come see me. Come visit, let me know that you are okay, and give me the chance to tell you, face-to-face, how proud I am of the young men and women you have become.

Thank you for listening…I know, Mr. Bisset is rambling again…but in all seriousness, stay healthy and stay safe. If you or your parents have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. My email is:  bissetph@pwcs.edu

Remember:  “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning how to dance in the rain.” – Vivian Greene

"The best way to predict your future is to create it."    Abe Lincoln


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