• Guidelines for Lynda's Social Studies Courses

    Positive Learning Environment:

    • All students are expected to work together to create a positive learning environment.  By listening to the opinions of others, contributing to class discussions, and participating in activities, students will not only grow in their understanding of the topic, but encourage others’ academic growth as well.
    • I ask that students remain in the room for the duration of the class period.  Students should use the restroom before class and come to class with the materials they need.  Students should use good judgement if they seriously need to leave the room. 
    • I usually welcome healthy snacks (whole foods) and water during class, as long as they not distract other students. Due to safety concerns in the fall of 2020, students may drink water, but please refrain from eating during class.

    Academic Integrity:

    • It is crucial for students to always maintain academic integrity.
      • The State College Area School District's Academic Integrity Policy can be downloaded here
    • Students who submit plagiarized work will not receive credit for the assignment.  A discussion will be held with the student and his/her adviser to discuss academic integrity.
      • Students should always ask if they have questions about plagiarism or citing sources!


    • Students should always bring their charged ChromeBook to class.
      •  ChromeBooks may be used for note-taking during class.  If a student becomes too distracted by his/her ChromeBook, he/she will have to put it away. 
      • Cell phones should not be used instead of ChromeBooks during class.  However, we can make accommodations when there are ChromeBook or connectivity issues.
    • Delta students are expected to read their emails on a daily basis.
    • Cell phones should be put away during class.
    • Students will complete their assignments and access course materials through Canvas!  Parents can view Canvas as an "observer."


    • Attendance is mandatory in every class.
    • Students arriving late also need to show a pass from the office or from a teacher.
    • Communicate after excused absences to determine missed content and assignments.

    Make-Up Work:

    • Before or after missing a class, students should check Canvas, ask a classmate, or see me (or do all three!) as soon as possible to get the work they missed.   Students should complete the missed assignment for the next class; however, due dates are often determined on a case-by-case basis.
    • I will accept most assignments late for reduced credit (usually about -10% per day)
      • It is always better to do the assignment late than not at all!
    • Assignments, tests, or quizzes missed due to unexcused absences should be completed, but I can not accept them for class credit.


    • I use a point system for grading in all of my courses. 
      • Points are given for class participation and preparation, homework assignments, projects, tests, quizzes, etc.
    • Students and parents can use Canvas to access grade information at any time. 
    • I encourage students to always do their best on assignments, projects, and assessments.  Focus on the quality of work, rather than the grade!
    • All teachers are following the updated grading scheme and grading policy for the 2020-2021 school year.
Last Modified on August 26, 2020