Ipswich High School
2021-2022 School Year
primary focus will be criminal justice in the United States,
especially urban America, and how we balance the rights of individuals
with the need to maintain public order.
We will consider the development of the criminal justice system
while framing crime in the context of our culture.
Students will evaluate our current system and propose ways to shape
the system to meet the needs of our society.
class discussions, research, readings, and various statistical analyses,
we will explore some of the key traditional elements of the criminal justice
system, including the courts, police, and corrections. We will attempt
to answer tough questions, such as; Why is criminal justice carried out
in the current manner? Are
there better ways for Americans to prevent or respond to crime?
What is the role of law enforcement?
course is designed for students to evaluate social patterns and how an
individual’s background impacts the criminal justice process. Indeed,
a primary goal for this course is the appreciation of diversity and
recognition of the significance that diversity has on our nation in the
new millennium. While looking
at the root causes of crime, we will challenge each other to develop strategies
for our criminal justice system as the face of America is constantly
Below are the units for our course:
Assignments and overall grades will be based on a points system. Prior to each assignment, you will know the total available points. The grade will be based on the following calculation: Total Points Earned ÷ Total Possible Points
1For other assignments, such as in-class work, research in the library, or special projects, you will be made aware of the possible points when the assignment begins.
Homework/assignments are due at the beginning of class or when collected.
2. Late homework/assignments will not be accepted unless you have an excused absence.
3. You are responsible for obtaining homework/assignments if you are absent.
4. You are responsible for submitting homework/assignments if you are absent.
5. Homework will be evaluated using the following sliding-scale rubric:
Classroom Contribution -- Sliding Scale
The rubric below outlines the grading criteria:
It is the student's responsibility to provide documentation for any
absences. College visits must receive prior administrative approval to
be considered for a waiver. Please note that voluntary student absences
(vacations, family trips, etc.) will not be considered for appeal and
will count towards a student's total absences for the year. Students are
allowed to make up work missed during their absence; however, it should
be noted that only individually completed work assignments, quizzes, or
tests can be made up. Class participation, collaboration with one’s
peers, and interaction with the teacher, from which much knowledge and
growth occurs, are all important learning activities that are impossible
to make up.
An important note about field trips
Field trips are valuable components of a course curriculum. Throughout the semester, it may be necessary for you to miss our class session(s) to attend a field trip for another course. Please note that you are responsible for notifying me AT LEAST TWO DAYS IN ADVANCE OF A FIELD TRIP if you are going to be absent. Also, if you are working on a group project, you are responsible for notifying your team members that you will be absent.
If you fail to provide prior notification (AT LEAST TWO SCHOOL DAYS) for an absence due to a field trip, you will not be able to make-up any of the missed work done in class.
An important note about family vacations
Family vacations must be approved by the Main Office PRIOR to your absence. While I will provide assistance, advanced assignments are not guaranteed. If you are eligible to submit make-up work, the work must be submitted in accordance with the guidelines included in family vacation policy.
If you are interested in taking the course for honors credit, please note
the following deadline: Honors Contracts are due by the start of
class on Thursday, September 9.
Students who do not submit an honors contract by the due date will not be eligible to take the course for honors credit. The due date is posted on the Assignments/Topic page.