Welcome to Mr Rivard's Website

  • Conference Time: Period 3 10:03-10:48 M, W, Th, and F

    Email: rivards@joshuaisd.org

     

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    Welcome to Joshua High School!

    This year is going to be productive and positive for you and me!

     

    Class Rules and Procedures:
    • Have materials everyday - please come to class prepared!
    • Respect and enjoy your fellow classmates, and Mr. Rivard.
    • When Mr. Rivard is talking you are actively listening and engaged.
    • Be ready and willing to learn!
    • The bell does not dismiss you from class, Mr. Rivard does.
    • Do your work every day.  Or you will see a very unhappy Mr. Rivard!

     

    Grading Procedures:

    34% daily grades
    33% test grades
    33% projects

    Grading Policy: 

    Failing Grades: (Summative Examinations* only)

    - Students will be given a reasonable opportunity to redo summative examinations in which a grade is below 70.
    - Students or parents must request the opportunity to redo a summative examination within two workdays of receipt of the failing grade, except under extenuating circumstance determined by the principal.
    - It is the student’s responsibility to make arrangements for the retest.
    - No retests are available for semester exams or for students who received a 0 for cheating.
    - The student will receive the higher of the two grades not to exceed a 70.
    - A student may not be retested more than one time for any given original summative examination.
    - This procedure also applies to honors and AP courses.
    - Students who are enrolled in dual credit courses follow Hill College grading requirements. 
    - Formative assessments** are not eligible for a redo request.
     
    *Summative examinations are used to evaluate student learning, skill acquisition, and academic achievement at the conclusion of a defined instructional period—typically at the end of a project, unit, course, semester, program, or school year
     
    **Formative assessment refers to a wide variety of methods that teachers use to conduct in-process evaluations of student comprehension, learning needs, and academic progress during a lesson, unit, or course.

    Late Work:

    Teachers may assign a late penalty to any assignment turned in after the due date in accordance with previously established guidelines approved by the principal and disseminated to students.
     
    - Late work will be accepted; however, assignments may be subject to points being deducted.
    - All assignments must be completed within the six weeks grading period.
    - A penalty for late work may be assessed according to the following guidelines.
     
    Joshua High School:
    - 1 day late = 25 points off
    - 2 days late = 50 points off
    - 3 days late = Zero
     
     

    Lesson Plans:

    Content objectives will be posted weekly.  The objectives or the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills or TEKS are the state standards for Texas public schools from kindergarten to year 12. They detail the curriculum requirements for every course. Tests measure acquisition of specific knowledge and skills outlined in this curriculum.

    Language objective:  

    Using a variety of primary and secondary sources to acquire information and to analyze and understand how to answer Social Studies questions, the student will apply critical-thinking skills to organize and use information acquired from these sources through analyzing information by sequencing, categorizing, identifying cause-and-effect relationships, comparing and contrasting, finding the main idea, summarizing, making generalizations, making predictions, drawing inferences, drawing conclusions, describing, charting, and examining.

    Assessments:

    Informal and formal assessments will be used regularly.  Examples of informal assessments are provided in the Activities section below.  Formal assessments will be given at least twice each grading period in the form of an exam along with semester finals for S1 and S2.  Also, students will be given Projects to assess unit-level mastery of content. 

    Activities:  

    Teacher activity (presentation, readings, video, audio, artifact, discussion, manipulatives, simulations, appropriate integration of technology)
    Student activity (graphic organizers, notes, readings, discussion, manipulatives, simulations, appropriate integration of technology)

    Examples:
     
    First Word/Last Word
    Circle Map
    Word Clouds
    Two Stars and a Wish
    CASH Out
    Timed Pair Share
    I Used to Think...But Now I Know
    Cloze
    Four Corners
    Save the Last Word for Me
    Plus/Delta
    Visual Synectics
    Chain Notes
    Paint the Picture
    Two-Minute Paper
    Value Line-Up
    Whip Around
    North - South - East - West
    Road Signs
    Talk a Mile a Minute
    Give One to Get One
    3-2-1
    Find Someone Who
    Shift Statement
    Clothespin
    QIC
    ABC - 123
    Whiteboards
    Text-Tagging
    Stand and Share
    Quickdraw
    Graffiti Concepts
    Word Wall 
    Cartoon It
    Wallpaper
    Quick Write
    Make Headlines
    Circle Write
    Write 1-Get 3 (or Write 5-Get 4)
    Sticky Notes
    Connect Two
    Conversation with History
    Walking Tour
    Audio Tour
    My Metaphor
    Act It Out
    If Photos/Images/Art Could Talk
    See-Think-Wonder
    A Closer Look
    Take a Stand
    Rank It
    Sequence It
    PMI Plus/Minus/Interesting