• World History

    2020-2021 Syllabus

     Coach Tracy Spinks

    Kennedale High School/Room 8001


    Welcome to World History! Throughout the year, we will be examining the major periods of human history that have shaped the world we know today. At the end of this class, I hope each student will have a better understanding of the importance of these periods and events, and their influence on the world as it exists now.

    Course Objective/Goals: We gain the skills necessary to evaluate historical events (and their impacts) from multiple sources of data.

    My Biography: I am a 14 year veteran of the U.S. Navy and son to a 20 year veteran of the U.S. Air Force. I am the father to 3 beautiful girls.  I have enjoyed travelling through most of my life as I have lived in Germany, traveled with the Navy to more foreign countries than I have states, and have hosted 2 foreign exchange students. So I do take as worldly and diverse a view as I possibly can. I emphasize every person to embrace their inner geek. I am a fan of Marvel, Star Wars, Star Trek, and most sports.  I enjoy tent camping (not the cushy RV type) and seeing nature in its purest form.

    My Philosophy: I have a military background. I believe in respect and Integrity. Every person who walks through my door will be treated with the utmost respect, and I expect the same respect from each student and with each other. With this mindset, my intention is to provide a safe haven for whatever is happening in their world outside of my classroom. I hope to create an environment of trust that is focused on individuals. In this environment, students will have the opportunity to create their own successes without obstacles that prevent them from trying. Students will completely earn their success or failures. Students who come to class, make their best effort, and turn in their best work WILL succeed. Positive efforts and personal responsibility earn passing grades. Likewise, failing grades will be earned by not completing the work assigned.

    Classroom Rules (In person): 

    1. Be on time and prepared for class. 
    2. As per school policy, cell phones are not permitted. (keep them put away or lose them to my cell phone jail for the rest of the day)
    3. Respect everyone in the room (including other teachers, paraprofessionals, school staff, and each other).
    4. Be honest in all situations. Do not lie or cheat. (My biggest personal pet peeve.)
    5. Turn in your completed work with your best effort, even if it is late.
    6. Always follow the student handbook. (no cell phones, no food, wear your ID)
    7. Treat the classroom with respect. Clean up after yourself. Take care of the materials provided to you and return them to their proper place. 

     Virtual Classroom/Meeting rules:

    1. If we are in a Google meeting, please make sure you are clothed in a respectful fashion. I don’t care if it is shorts, pajamas, or a T-shirt and jeans, but please make sure you are covered.
    2. Please be on time. I have 6 classes, coaching responsibilities, and remote students. There are very few opportunities for you to contact me digitally face to face. Please check Google classroom updates for times.
    3. Be appropriate and respectful. If you are being inappropriate or disruptive, I will write a referral.
    4. Do your own work. Do not cheat. Cut and paste is not your friend in this class.
    5. Turn on your camera.
    6. Turn off your voice/microphone only when you need to ask a question or make a comment. 

    Grades and Grading Policy:

    There will be a minimum of 15 grades taken every 9 weeks. 

    At least 12 formative grades (Daily work and quizzes) 40%

    At least 3 summative grades (Tests, projects) 60%

    Grading Scale:

    90% - 100% A

    80% - 89% B

    70% - 79% C

    Below 70% Failing

    Be aware, because we are using multiple learning platforms, checking on your grades may be confusing. The grade in the Ascender Parent Portal is the final/official grade! Grades in Edgenuity and Google Classroom are incomplete, before adjustments, and do not take other platforms into account.

    Academic Dishonesty/Cheating:

    Don’t do it. This includes, but not limited to, copying homework off of another student, taking pictures of completed assignments and sharing it with other students, looking at other students’ work during exams, and plagiarising work found on the internet. This also includes taking screenshots or pictures of quiz/test questions or assignments and sending them to classmates. Students will not get credit for any work that is not their own, or any work they intentionally shared with other students. And outright cheating will result in an immediate referral. I value integrity above all else. You are more than capable of succeeding in this class on your own merits. 


    The following Websites will be important to you! 

    Google Classroom https://classroom.google.com/

    Edgenuity https://www.edgenuity.com/

    Clever https://clever.com/in/kisdtx  (Log in with District Google account)

    Clever should already have a link on your chromebook


    Attendance is extremely important and absences result in the loss of information and missing assignments. Students are responsible for all notes and assignments missed due to an absence. State law requires students to be in attendance at least 90% of class days. A student can be denied credit for excessive absences. Virtual Students will need to log in to Google Classroom EVERY DAY and complete the Google form or bellringer for that day to get credit for attendance. 

    Make-up Work:

    If you are absent, you will be able to complete makeup work without penalty, equal to the number of days you are absent.  It is the student’s responsibility to make up work missed from absences, whether it is for a sick day or a UIL event. All work will be in Edgenuity and Google Classroom, so there is no excuse for not knowing or not having the assignment. I have regular tutoring times. I am usually in my classroom before school by7:15am and during 3rd lunch if you have any questions.

    You have 3 days to make up a missed assessment, which includes formative quizzes or summative exams.  It is rare that you will have an opportunity during class time to make up assessments because we have moved on to the next unit. You will be expected to come in during tutoring times OR you may schedule a different time with me as I am available. But it is the student’s responsibility to make this happen.

     *Summative Exam retakes may be requested individually by any student receiving less than a 70%. In order to retake a failed exam, the student must complete the guided notes, turn the notes in to me for credit, and request I unlock the test for a retake.

    Late Work:

    After the due date (or the adjusted date after an absence or an accommodation), the assignment will have a penalty of 15 points per day with a maximum of 3 days. I will grade the assignment, and then assess the late penalty.  With that being said, I will ALWAYS take a late assignment up until the end of the grading period. Some points are better than a zero. 

    Electronic Devices:

    Students may not use their cellphones in class...period.  Phones will be put completely away, not under their leg, in their lap, or upside down on the desk.  Research shows that cell phones in the classroom are simply a distraction and negatively affects student grades. This policy will be strictly enforced. If the student is caught using their cell phone in class, they will be given a choice.  They can turn their phone over to me and have their phone placed in my phone jail until the end of the day, or they can turn them over to me to be given to their AP and be subject to school discipline per the Student Code of Conduct. Students are issued Google Chrome Books by the school, which will have access to their online learning resources (Google Classroom and Edgenuity) and their Google drive. 

     *In case a parent needs to contact their child at school, students may respond during passing periods, OR the parent can contact the front office in case of an emergency. 

     *Earbuds will NOT be out or in your ears!

     It is the STUDENT’S responsibility to take care of their district provided electronic device (Chrome book), keep it charged, and to bring it to class daily!

    As per district policy, students may not use personal devices from home! they must use school issued devices.  Students will also be expected to complete assignments using these devices. These devices and their operating software are set up and maintained by district IT personnel to support the students’ needs in the classroom. 

    Class Materials:

    The only materials I ask your student to bring is a writing utensil, a charged chromebook, and a water bottle if they so desire. Sharing of materials will not be allowed due to Covid concerns.  Public water fountains will not be used due to Covid concerns.  

    For the comfort of my students, I keep tissues and paper towels in my classroom. I also keep normal classroom items such as a pencil sharpener and stapler for students to use. Due to Covid concerns, other materials will not be necessary and all assignments will be created and turned in digitally.


    Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:45am - 8:15am for face to face OR virtual tutoring via Google Meet (Link is in your Google Classroom). Please let me know if you need to attend one of these tutorial sessions. Additional arrangements can be made on a case by case basis. Afternoon tutorials may be arranged depending on the time of the year and my coaching responsibilities.

    Conference Period: 

    8:20-9:05am (2nd Period)

    Office Hours/Google Meet:

    My office hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:20-9:05 by appointment. In most cases, I will be available via Google Meet or in person, if necessary. Make appointments by email, including your name and class period, so I will be logged in to the appropriate Google Meet video conference. 


     E-Mail: spinkst@kisdtx.net

    My Schedule 

    1st Period 7:45 - 8:15 Various

    2nd Period 8:20 - 9:05 Conference

    3rd Period 9:09 - 9:54 World History 

    4th Period 9:58 - 10:43 World History 

    5th Period 10:47 - 11:32 World History 

    6th Period 11:36 - 12:41 World History 

    C Lunch 12:46 - 1:16

    7th Period 1:20 - 2:05 World History 

    8th Period 2:10 - 2:55 World History 

    9th Period 3:00 - 3:45 Boys Athletics