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Padgett, Mrs. Monica

Mrs. Monica Padgett
Mr. Ben Koch, Co-Teacher (3rd)

Central York High School 


CYSD Social Studies Vision Statement:

Social Studies provides opportunities to develop responsible and informed citizens who understand the past and are equipped to work collaboratively in addressing the challenges of a complex and diverse society.


Welcome to my teacher webpage!  If you need to contact me for any reason, please feel free to do so via the following avenues:

  • email at [email protected] 
  • HS phone at (717) 846-6789 ext. 1393
  • Google Voice: (717) 978-0186 (please identify yourself if texting)

*Mr. Koch (Co-teacher, 3rd pd.) can be contacted via:

Course Descriptions

Global Studies (Cotaught, Standard, Honors)

Global Studies encompasses the entire planet... literally!  Physical and political geography, traditions and cultural heritage, government systems, economic policies, and current events are components that make history a living, breathing part of our lives. Many times we examine how these components are changed throughout the course of history and the effects of those changes. 

In each unit, students will explore a time period of the world's history by discovering the nations' landscape and geographic location, examining the nations' historical significance and prominent events from a non-western perspective, and evaluating current events occurring within the nations to create a global solution.  Our goal is to use thinking skills to examine the past and discover how the choices made by those before us affect our everyday lives and can help guide us to a better choice tomorrow.

Honors Online Global Studies

Learners who plan to enroll in Advanced Placement U.S. History or Advanced Placement World History are recommended to take this course. Global Studies provides the connection between the historical background and the geographic, cultural, political, and economic aspects of the major regions of the world. This course will satisfy the Global credit requirement and is highly recommended for learners that plan to take additional honors or AP courses.

In Online Honors Global Studies, learners will have access to the same content as those learners who take the daily, face-to-face course but it will be tailored to fit into a weekly schedule and a digital classroom environment. Learners in the online course will be required to meet with the teacher in the classroom at least one time per week for a large group session or individual conferences, in addition to any school directed procedures for attendance (for example, checking in daily for attendance does not meet the requirement of meeting once a week). Learners will receive notes, access to online screencasts, virtual classroom discussion forums, activity modules, and quizzes through the Schoology learning management system. All assignments will have posted due dates in advance so learners will have the ability to work at their optimum pace. The teacher will be available during the scheduled class time on days in which students are not required to report to class as well as during FLEX to assist learners who need extra help.

Honors and Advanced Placement Acknowledgement

Central York High School encourages all learners to continuously challenge themselves to reach their full academic potential. Central York offers both honors and advanced placement courses which are rigorous and provide the opportunity to learn, not only an in-depth curriculum but also the work/study habits and time management skills that learners will need throughout their educational careers.

Learners who take honors and advance placement courses generally have earned “As and Bs”, can learn new material quickly, adapt well to various teaching styles, are self-motivated, will commit additional time when they aren’t understanding the concepts (stay consistently during FLEX), thrive when presented with challenging tasks, and have excellent work/study habits.

Once we begin the school year, learners will be expected to continue with their decisions and make a commitment to be successful in the courses they selected. Unless the teacher states that the learner is academically misplaced, a withdrawal after the 3rd day of each semester will result in a withdrawal fail on his/her transcript

Course Outline

The course will loosely follow the following schedule:

Unit 0: Introduction to Course Materials- Welcome, Syllabus, Skills, Blog, etc.; 1 week

Unit 1: Kings and Queens (1750's-1914- Industrial Revolution and Expansion of Empires); 2 weeks

Unit 2: World At War (1914-1945- Outbreak of World War I to End of World War II); 2-3 weeks

Unit 3: Emerging Nations (1945-1965- Independence and the Crumbling of Empires); 2-3 weeks

Unit 4: Cold War (1960-1990- Heating of Cold War and Superpower Politics); 2-3 weeks

Unit 5: Globalization (1990-2010- Technology and The Rise of the Internet); 2-3 weeks

Unit 6: Recent History & Today (2010-present- Today's Conflicts, Issues, and Trends); 2-3 weeks

Unit 7: Final Project & Exam (Cumulative, Exemptions possible); 1 week

*Online Learners: Please note that although the units are organized by topic, weekly modules will be the format used for the semester.  It will take about 2-3 weeks for each unit.

Resource List

This is a sampling of resources that can provide support the content of this course via independent research: GALE Database (through Schoology), Discovery Education (through Schoology), Newsela, ThoughtCo, AllSides, and Upfront Magazine.

Please visit Schoology for additional information and all resources used in class.

Syllabus and Classroom Expectations

I, M. Padgett, reserve the right to revise this syllabus and expectations outlined for any reason, including but not limited to a new or revised district policy, school closure, or other circumstance.  New expectations will be communicated to students and parents/guardians by the district or the teacher depending on the situation.

*Please note that the COVID-19 pandemic affects some areas of this syllabus, including expectations of students being online to class, completion of work, and format of class/MCL expectations.  Please communicate questions or concerns about these topics to me ASAP!


Grading Procedures and Assignments

Students' grades will be determined on a total points system.  Students' grades will be determined by homework, classwork, projects, assignments, unit assessments, quizzes, discussions, and discussions.  

The focus of the course will be on developing the five social studies skills by examining the content of Global Studies.  Therefore, it is vitally important that students complete assignments for feedback to practice skills before assessments.  Assignments for assessment and practice will be clearly labeled on Schoology.  *NO EXTRA CREDIT WILL BE GIVEN*  Students will have ample opportunities inside and outside of class to complete assignments.

Assignments will be posted in Schoology, projected visually, and repeated orally.  It is the students' responsibility to follow through when completing assignments AND make sure the assignments are turned in digitally.  Confirmation of received assignments will always be available through Schoology.  Please use the calendar and Updates section of Schoology to help keep track of assignments.  Weekly emails/Skyward messages are also used to keep students and parents up-to-date.


Academic Honesty (CYHS Student Handbook)

"Central York High School is a community that is committed to the highest standards of academic integrity. All learners are expected to act in a manner consistent with these high standards. When issues such as cheating, plagiarism, or other forms of academic dishonesty occur, teachers and/or administration will follow the procedures outlined in the CYHS Student Handbook. Please know that your teachers and staff want to see your work so they can help you be successful and prepared for your preferred future." (CYHS Student Handbook)

In my courses, students are expected to complete their own original assignments at all times and to maintain the highest levels of academic integrity.

The following are examples of academic dishonesty:

  • Students who plagiarize any source without correctly citing it
  • Students who submit a "wholly quotable" product instead of producing their own conclusions 
  •  Students who copy another student's work to submit as their own (including "wholly quotable" work)
  •  Students who send a photo or allow access to a document to another student to use in producing their work

The following are examples of consequences of academic dishonesty (on a case by case basis, at the discretion of the teacher) for any student involved in the incident:

  • The student(s) may receive a "0" for the assignment
  • The student(s) may receive a discipline referral for academic dishonesty or a violation of the district's AUP
  •  The student(s) may be asked to redo the assignment under the supervision of the teacher or under alternative conditions.

Absences and Accountability 

Students that know they will miss a class are asked to make arrangements to receive the work or test they will miss PRIOR TO THE DAY OF ABSENCE.  Whether a student misses school due to sports, illness, appointments, etc., the student is responsible for all assignments and material covered in class.  Announced assignments, exams, and quizzes will be taken or become due the next day the student is in class.  All of the notes and handouts that are given to students are also posted on Schoology, therefore, students always have access to notes and assignment lists. All assignments, due dates, and discussions will be posted in the classroom for any student to use as a guide for makeup work.  Extensions will ONLY BE GIVEN IF PRIOR ARRANGEMENTS ARE MADE or at the teacher's discretion based on the student's progress and circumstances.  Please make an effort to communicate in the event of an emergency.

It is the student's responsibility to see the teacher, retrieve missed work, and set a due date for the work.

**2021-2022 School Year Update: Livestreaming will be available only for students who are quarantined by the district only for the duration of their quarantine. 

Late Assignments

Assignments not turned in or finished by the due date are considered late.  Under normal circumstances, NO LATE ASSIGNMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR FULL CREDIT (partial credit given based on teacher discretion) unless prior arrangements are made.  

*** Online learners are expected to understand that there are NO late assignments accepted.  If an emergency or unavoidable circumstances occur, please communicate that information as soon as possible before due dates.  Because you have the flexibility of an online course, you should use that flexibility to the best of your ability.

Mastery Statement (Social Studies Department)

The Central York High School Social Studies Department is committed to providing all learners the opportunity to demonstrate mastery. Mastery is fostered through continual discussion and analysis. Therefore, students in any social studies course must first meet with their teacher to review the content and thinking skills. Then, students may be asked to revise work or show their thinking through a new task reinforcing similar content and thinking skills.  Students are encouraged to take advantage of the mastery by revising and resubmitting graded assignments.

Final Exam Policy (Social Studies Department)

Specific policies will be posted within Schoology that will be specific to students within the course.  The following are the general rules followed:

  • Students in cotaught and standard sections may be exempt with a 90% average between marking periods within the semester
  •  Students in honors sections may be exempt with a 95% average between marking periods within the semester
  •  Students who do not earn these averages will be required to either take the cumulative final exam or complete a cumulative final project.  More info will be available in Schoology closer to the end of the semester.
  • Students who complete the cumulative final project prior to the "early" due date posted in Schoology may be excused from attending the final exam period.  More info will be available in Schoology closer to the end of the semester.

How to Get Assistance From Teacher

1. Attend Flex on the designated day or ask for a pass to attend on the day you need

2. Peer Tutoring, through Guidance Office

3. Request After School Tutoring through Mr. Hamme

4. Contact me via email for other possibilities


Flex is a great opportunity to catch up on work, ask questions, or get more help with assignments.  Office hours are available multiple days through the week but vary depending on the schedule, so please check Flextime Manager regularly.  It is the STUDENTS' responsibility to sign up for flex BEFORE 4th period ends- do not show up after flex has started (even with a pass!) asking to be added to the roster.  If there is room in the roster, then you have time throughout the day to sign up.  If I need to see only a select list of students for makeup work, I add students to a specific flex session after a conference.  Otherwise, you are required to sign yourself up!

Schoology & Skyward

Schoology is the district's official platform that students will use as a digital hand-in folder, discussion forum, and resource storage space.  Notes, readings, current events, discussions, and other documents for class can be found here.  Skyward is the official gradebook and is also where you will find course messages sent throughout the semester, so please check grades and announcements often.

Skyward also offers communications to parents/guardians and learners from teachers and administration on the platform- these messages are posted upon logging into the portal. This messaging platform will be utilized throughout the semester (all messages are also sent as emails as well) and will include updates on changes to due dates/schedules, preview of upcoming topics, failure notices (sent about every 2 weeks), and other important pieces of information. Please take note of these messages and emails; parents/guardians and learners are encouraged to reply to the emails with questions or concerns.


MCL or Mass Customized Learning will be an aspect of the course that is aimed to meet each student at his or her academic and content level and help each student rise to the next level in preparation for life outside of high school as well as other courses in the student's future.  MCL also can be seen in the environment of class and how activities are structured to facilitate the best learning option for all students.  Small group instruction on content, small group lessons on study skills and soft skills, individual or independent learning, collaboration stations, and 1 on 1 conference are all environments that are in place for any and all students to maximize according to their strengths, preferences, and needs.  Examples of academic formats of MCL that we will sample in class are gamification, hybrid/blended learning, and project-based learning.  Students are encouraged to participate and ask for help when needed.  If a student or parents have questions or concerns at any time about MCL, please contact me directly. 

Learner/ Parent Communication (CYHS Student Handbook)

At Central York High School, we believe in the importance of the communication process with all stakeholders. We believe our process allows for the most efficient and effective way of handling most concerns. Our process begins at the learner/teacher level. We believe that high school learners need to begin to understand that if they are having difficulties in a particular class, they need to advocate for themselves by having consistent conversations with the teacher. After this first level of communication occurs and a learner still requires additional assistance, a counselor, administrator, and/or parent could join the collaborative process to assist with the situation.

Summary of Communication Process:

-Learner, Teacher

-Learner, Teacher, and Counselor or Learner, Teacher, Counselor, and Parent

-Learner, Teacher, Counselor, Parent, and Grade Level Administrator

Skyward and Schoology continue to be the main resources as it relates to communication and academic progress. Learners and parents/guardians should consistently check both for grades, assignments, assessments, and other pertinent information.


Students are expected to treat other students, teachers, or any others in the classroom with respect at all times, including circumstances in which we are answering discussion topics, asking questions, and expressing opinions.  In return, students will receive the same respect from the teacher and other classmates. A verbal warning will be given after the first incident involving disrespect toward any person(s) in the classroom, a parent/guardian will be contacted after the second incident, and the third incident will be referred to the discipline office. 

Late to class

Students are also expected to arrive at class on time and prepared to participate.  Students are expected to be inside the classroom (on the classroom side of the threshold of the door) before the bell rings; if a student is not inside the classroom when the bell rings, the student is late.  If the student presents a legitimate pass from a teacher, he or she will be excused; however, if there is no pass the student is considered late.  A verbal warning will be given after the first two incidents involving a student being late without a pass and the third incident will be referred to the discipline office.  This includes being alert, offering opinions and answers to discussion topics and other activities, and bringing a laptop and any assignments for class.  



Cell phones or any other electronics that are not school property must remain on silent mode or off AND out of sight during class time unless permission is given.  A written warning is given at the door (sign and class rules) and devices should be silent and out of sight when the bell rings. Learners may be asked to place it in "cell phone jail" until the end of class.  Refusal to comply with these expectations or disrespect towards anyone requesting these expectations be followed will result in a discipline referral for insubordination AND violation of the Acceptable Use Policy.  Additionally, all other school rules are expected to be observed in the classroom as well.  

School issued MacBooks are expected to be used as an educational tool.  Any inappropriate use of the MacBooks will also result in a referral to the office.  Logging in under another student's account is a breach of confidentiality so please understand that your computer and password should not be shared with others.  If you forgot your computer, please sign out a Chromebook in the HUB... DON'T SHARE COMPUTERS!  It is expected that students will follow the directions and expectations outlined in the Academic Honesty Contract below when completing all course work.  

Students are encouraged to use headphones in situations that an audio or video assignment will be coming due- if students do not have headphones available for this, please contact Mrs. Padgett ASAP for a pair to be provided.

Restroom and Drink Breaks

Students will have the opportunity to use the restrooms and water fountains during the time between classes and the first few minutes of class.  Unless an emergency presents itself, please try to limit these breaks to the appropriate times.  Of course, there are situations in which exceptions will be made.  Students are also expected to carry a pass with them while they are outside of the classroom.  

Revised 8/17/2021

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