Dear Parents and Guardians,
My name is Mr. Zdanewicz and I teach World History, American Government and Economics, and Psychology. As a recent graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, this will be my second year teaching at Hanahan High School. In addition to being an educator, I also coach football and wrestling here at Hanahan. I am very excited at the opportunity to work with your child this school year as a member of the Berkeley County school district.
Supplies: Students will need to have a three-ring binder with paper and/or a spiral notebook with pocket dividers. They will also need blue and black pens and colored pencils.
Grading Weights: Semester Weights:
Classwork/Homework 15%/15% Semester 1 45%
Quizzes 30% Semester 2 45%
Tests/Projects 40% Final Exam 10%
(Disregard S2 if a yearlong course)
Makeup work is the responsibility of the student and is required within 5 days of absence unless extenuating circumstances deem more time is necessary. All missed assignments will be keyed into the grade book with a 0 until the work is made up.
Grades will be maintained in PowerTeacher and can be accessed through the Parent Portal. If you have any questions or concerns about grades, please contact me directly via email or phone as soon as the concern arises.
Exams – Both are an important part of any course you will take either in high school or if you plan to go on to a post-secondary institution after high school (four-year university, two-year college, technical school, etc.)
Class Rules and Responsibilities:
TARDY POLICY: 1st offense is a warning, 2nd offense is detention, 3rd offense is a write-up. It is your responsibility to arrive to class on time.
RESPECT: All students will respect themselves, their community members and their learning environment.
READINESS: All students must attend class every day and come prepared to actively participate in daily activities.
RESPONSIBILITY: All students must accept responsibility for themselves and their actions.
Mr. Zdanewicz’s Expectations–
When it comes to how the class will be run, my expectations on the ancient Greek idea of “arête”, which was made famous by such great Greek philosophers as Plato and Aristotle. This idea stresses that each person performs a task to the best of their ability in order not only to better their own lives but the lives of others in their society. The idea behind this is that if you give this course your best effort, your labors will not only be helpful to you, but also to your peers and classmates. Remember…DOING ONE’S BEST IS AN OBLIGATION, NOT AN OPTION.
- COME TO CLASS ON TIME AND PREPARED!!!! (90% of life is being on time!)
- Respect those around you - peers, ideas, and property. Be mindful of how you present yourself and your ideas.
- Have work ready to hand in on time and completed. Makeup work should be completed in a timely manner as decided on by Mr. Z
- Participate in all classroom activates as much as you can! Learning is more than sitting and listening. It’s the debate, discussion, and interaction.
- Ask questions if you are confused about something and express your concerns in a constructive and responsible manner (Be a respectful advocate for your education!)
- Come with a good attitude!!! (ATTITUDE IS AS IMPORTANT AS WORK ETHIC)
Other Policies to abide by:
Due to health concerns, no food is to be eaten while inside the classroom. Only water.
Consequences for failure to comply with expectations:
- lunch detention
- parent conference
- administrative referral w/ parent contact
If you cheat, you receive a zero on the assignment or test. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Communication with parents:
All attempts will be made to contact the parents prior to administrative referrals except for dangerous, harmful, or blatantly inappropriate behavioral outbursts.
Parents are encouraged to keep apprised of their student’s grades via the PowerSchool website. Emails to the teacher are encouraged as are parent conferences which can be scheduled individually with the teacher or through the Counseling Department for a conference with all current teachers.
Office hours include:
Monday-Friday - 8:15am-8:40am by appointment.
Please do not hesitate to contact me via email if you have any questions.