Course Syllabus

Waynesville Middle School

Course Syllabus


Preparing students to LEAD and SUCCEED


Teacher: Mr. Robert Hartley

Contact Information: Phone: 573.842.2550


Team: 7th grade blue

Course Title and Grade: Geography 7th grade

Academic Assistance Time: Wed. 2:45-3:45


Course Objectives: Students will be able to…

  • Use maps to find geographic places.
  • Recognize the effects of human characteristics on resources and how this influences demographics, language, religion, and settlement patterns of a region.
  • Describe how physical processes shape the physical environment.
  • Locate continents, major bodies of water, and major world cities


Classwork, Tests, Projects: I will email you when tests and projects are coming up. Students are expected to meet a score of 80% as a standard for proficiency on each test. Students who do not reach proficiency on unit tests may retest. If a student wishes to retest they must compete all unit classwork, participate in class, and attend academic assistance. Students will not have an opportunity to redo projects—the final score will not change. 


Classroom expectations:

Be Respectful. Be Responsible. Be a Learner.

Students must be in the classroom before the tardy bell rings, prepared with the textbook, paper and a pencil.  Students must raise their hands to speak and be respectful of the teacher and their peers at all times. If the student doesn’t abide by the basic rules above for all minor offenses, the teacher will: (1) talk to the student privately, (2) have the student complete a Think Sheet (3) contact the parent, (4) submit an office referral. All major offenses will be referred to a principal. Students must turn in all completed assignments legibly and correctly on or before the due date. It is the student’s responsibility to ask the teacher for assignments when absent. Students have two days to make up those assignments. Students should check their grades in eSchool weekly to ensure that all work is submitted. If the student needs academic assistance, he must inform the teacher (and his/her parent) that he/she will be staying after school for help. The student must also arrange transportation home at 4:00pm or ride the Club Tiger bus at 5:15pm if he stays for academic assistance.


Homework/Classwork: Students are expected to use their class time wisely to complete assignments. All assigned classwork is important to the learning process as practice and reinforcement of the concepts and skills being taught. All assignments are expected to be completed in a timely fashion and turned in on the due date. Students will be given enough time to complete all work in class. If they are not using their time wisely or require more time, they are expected to finish their work at home and turn it in the following day.


Grading Policy:

Grades are weighted 50% for tests (including projects) and 50% for practice (including quizzes, classwork and homework). Late assignments will receive deductions per the teacher’s guidelines.  100-90=A, 89-80=B, 79-70=C, 69-60=D, and 59 and below=F. Check eSchool every Tuesday for last week’s grades.








Students must be in attendance every day. A student may only have 5 unexcused absences a semester. Upon returning from an absence, students must submit a written excuse to the attendance secretary. On the 4th tardy students receive a warning. The 5th tardy is detention. Detention is held on Wednesday after school.



The course textbook will be issued to students. They will be responsible for the textbook until it is returned.

  • World Geography (textbook)
  • The Nystrom Desk Atlas


Additional Supplies:

  • Single subject notebook OR folder with loose paper put into it
  • pencils
  • markers, colored pencils OR crayons (optional)
  • glue (optional)


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