Ms. Mars’ Home Page

You have reach Ms. Mars’ Home Page for the 2017-18 School Year.

This is where you’ll find general information about classroom procedures applicable to all students.

Specific Schedule Information:  You will find updates (monthly/weekly) for European History and International History on their respective webpages.  Students must check the syllabus and classroom calendar for details on quizzes and tests.

Absences: Students who are absent are responsible for obtaining all missed handouts, work and making up any missed quizzes or tests within the guidelines set by the school (see below). If a student is absent due to illness more than 3 days, they must contact Ms. Mars via email – to obtain missed work (and avoid falling behind).  NOTE: you can reach me quickest using email. so use it to let me know what you need if you’re absent.

Extended, planned Absences:  In recent years, students have been absent due to vacations and family events (including extended international travel) lasting more than a week.  In some cases, students have been gone for more than 2 weeks.  These extended absences interfer with a student’s ability to succeed in high level, AICE classes.   If a student MUST participate in an activity which results in an extended absence, it’s  their responsibility to tell Ms. Mars at least 2 weeks in advance of the planned absence.  Students will be held responsible for all material covered during the absence and required to make up missed quizzes and tests within 5 to 10 days of their return (depending on the length of the extended absence).  These type of vacations, during the school year, are strongly discouraged, however, if it can’t be avoided, use email to keep in touch and complete assignments missed during the absence.

Makeup information for 2017-2018:
Students who are absent must make up tests, quizzes and work within a specific time frame.  If a student is absent 1 day, they have 1 additional day for the make up; a 2 day absence generates a 2 day grace period for make ups, and so forth.  For tests and quizzes, students must make up the test or quiz on the earliest makeup day possible.  Because makeups are not available every day, students are given 3 opportunities to make up tests and quizzes when returning from an absence.

WARNING: Students who miss 2 makeup days after returning to class will only have 1 other opportunity before earning a zero (0) for the quiz, test or assignment.    (example:  you return from a 3 day absence on Thursday;  first makeup opportunity is the following Tuesday, the second is Wednesday, and the make up must be completed by Thursday)  This system gives students 3 days to complete any makeups – with multiple opportunities both before and after school.

Makeup days are available only on the following days/times:

Tuesdays and Wednesdays  – before and after school – 8:30am and 4:00pm on Tuesdays; 8:30am and 3:00pm on Wednesdays.  Makeups can also be schedule – by appointment only – Thursdays at 4:00pm