• childers  
     
    Welcome to my page.  My name is Steve Childers.  I am a 1995 graduate of Coastal Carolina University and I have two masters degrees.  One in Colonial American history from The Citadel in 2008 and the other Secondary Leadership, also from The Citadel, in 2015.
     
    This semester I will be teaching American Studies and Government/Economics.  I look forward to working with you this semester and welcome all visits.  I can be reached at 820-3710.  My email address is childers@bcsdschools.net 
     
    I am available before school from 8:00 - 8:30 and my planning period is last block 2:00 - 3:31.   
     
     
     
     
    The syllabus for American Studies is as follows.  This class is designed to help students prepare for US History and the US History End of Course exam.
     
     

    American Studies

    Fall 2015

     

    W. Stephen Childers

    B.A. Coastal Carolina University, 1995

    M.A. The Citadel, 2010

    Social Studies Department Chair

    My email address is childers@bcsdschools.net. You are welcomed to email me with questions and often, assignments will be emailed.  The telephone number is 820-3710 and my planning is 4th block.  I am happy to answer any concern or question you may have.  I also stay after school each day until at least 4:00.  Tutoring is usually done on an as needed basis but I have set days for Tuesdays and Thursdays.

    By the end of the semester, students will have a basic understanding of United States History and the Constitution that spans the earliest settlements in North America to America’s role in the 21st Century world. An emphasis will be placed on reviewing, introducing, and mastering Social Studies skills needed to ensure student success such as reading and writing skills, working with maps, graphs, and charts, research, working with primary and secondary sources, etc. This class has no textbook; therefore it is imperative that students maintain a notebook in which they keep all readings and other handouts.

    Themes

    1.      Geography

    2.      Important Documents

    3.      World War II and The Cold War

    4.      African Americans (Post Slavery)

    5.      Industralism and Immigration

    Grading

    Daily Classwork                35%

    Test/Projects                      35%

    Homework                         20%

    Final                                  10%

    Rules

    1.      You are expected to show up each day on time.

    2.      Treat each other and your teacher with respect.

    3.      Avoid bringing food and drink into class.  Water is the only exception.

    4.      Bring materials (textbook, notebook, paper, pen/pencil) each day.

    Consequences

    We will be following the HHS code for rules and consequences.  Therefore, we will begin with a warning for all minor offenses.  These are outlined in your handbook.  I am happy to go over these with you if you need clarification. 

    Late assignments will be handled the following way.  Homework, text assignments, and pre-assigned activities and projects will be -5/each day the assignment is late. 

    Daily Expectations

    1.      If you have an emergency that requires a restroom visit, please see me one on one at a convenient and discreet time.  I am happy to work with you as long as I am provided the pertinent information.  Otherwise, you are expected to take care of restroom visits before and after class.

    2.      I am happy to move you at any time if there are people around you distracting you or you have an issue seeing the board.

    3.      Please keep all devices turned off and away.  This includes but is not limited to cell phones.  The teacher has the right to not only confiscate but also regulate their usage.  Also, you will not be allowed to charge your device during class.

    4.      Make yourself aware of where on the board your homework, close activity, and other vital information is listed.  You will need to be responsible for anything assigned and its due date.

    5.      We are all adults.  Therefore, please speak in a manner that is respectful to each other and to me.  Our class will have lots of discussion and often will be issue-driven.  I wish to hear what you have to say.  This will only work if all of us maintain a measure of decorum.

    Materials

    ·         5-subject spiral notebook with pockets or 3-ring binder with 5 dividers

    o   Notes

    o   EOC Practice

    o   Handouts

    o   Returned work (tests, quizzes, daily work)

    o   Bell ringers (includes dates, paraphrased questions)

    ·         Student planner or datebook to keep up with assignment

    ·         Appropriate writing utensils, colored pencils for mapping, and highlighters…..no pastel ink, markers, crayons, etc.

     
     
     
     
    Students taking Government/Economics are almost exclusively seniors and is required for graduation.  The syllabus is as follows.
     
     

    Government and Economics

    Fall 2015

     

    W. Stephen Childers

    B.A. Coastal Carolina University, 1995

    M.A. The Citadel, 2010

    Social Studies Department Chair, Hanahan High

     

    It is a pleasure to have you in class this semester.  I am happy to serve as your Government and Economics teacher this semesters.  Our class will be divided into nine week periods.  The first nine weeks will be Government and the second will be Economics.  The following information contained in this syllabus will serve as our guidelines and rules for this semester. 

    My email address is childers@bcsdschools.net. You are welcomed to email me with questions and often, assignments will be emailed.  The telephone number is 820-3710 and my planning is 2nd block.  I am happy to answer any concern or question you may have.  I also stay after school each day until at least 4:00.  Tutoring is usually done on an as needed basis but I have set days for Tuesdays and Thursdays.

    Grading

    Your grade this semester will be determined by the following.  Since our class is broken up by nine weeks, this will apply to both. 

    Tests - 25%

    Textbook assignments – 15%

    Pre-assigned activities/projects – 25%

    Homework – 15%

    Vocabulary Quizzes and other quizzes – 10%

    Final – 10%

     

    Rules

    1.      You are expected to show up each day on time.

    2.      Treat each other and your teacher with respect.

    3.      Avoid bringing food and drink into class.  Water is the only exception.

    4.      Bring materials (textbook, notebook, paper, pen/pencil) each day. 

    Consequences

    We will be following the HHS code for rules and consequences.  Therefore, we will begin with a warning for all minor offenses.  These are outlined in your handbook.  I am happy to go over these with you if you need clarification. 

    Late assignments will be handled the following way.  Homework, text assignments, and pre-assigned activities and projects will be -5/each day the assignment is late. 

    Daily Expectations

    1.      If you have an emergency that requires a restroom visit, please see me one on one at a convenient and discreet time.  I am happy to work with you as long as I am provided the pertinent information.  Otherwise, you are expected to take care of restroom visits before and after class.

    2.      I am happy to move you at any time if there are people around you distracting you or you have an issue seeing the board.

    3.      Please keep all devices turned off and away.  This includes but is not limited to cell phones.  The teacher has the right to not only confiscate but also regulate their usage.  Also, you will not be allowed to charge your device during class.

    4.      Make yourself aware of where on the board your homework, close activity, and other vital information is listed.  You will need to be responsible for anything assigned and its due date.

    5.      We are all adults.  Therefore, please speak in a manner that is respectful to each other and to me.  Our class will have lots of discussion and often will be issue-driven.  I wish to hear what you have to say.  This will only work if all of us maintain a measure of decorum.

     

    **The SC Standards for Government and Economics are attached.  Please keep this syllabus and a copy of those in your notebook at all times**

     

    Materials

    ·         A 3 ring binder with loose paper or a spiral notebook that has clean perforated edges.  This should be a dividable notebook with sections for; notes, enough paper to turn in assignments, pockets for handouts and returned assignments, and a miscellaneous section.

    ·         Blue or black pens are preferred, pencils are fine as well.