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Grading Procedures
Grades are determined by the total number of points accumulated during a grading period.  Homework, work done in class, and other assignments are all assigned a point value for the task.  Tests are double weighted for the number of points on the test.  For example, a fifty point test counts as one hundreds points in the gradebook.  Make-up work must be completed by the appropriate date assigned by the school district.
Classroom Rules
Students are to be in class on time.  Students should always have a notebook and a writing utensil.  Students are to be respectful to each other and adhere to the guidelines contained in the Student Handbook.  I try to extend courtesy to all students and provide them with the opportunity to correst their own behavior before taking further steps. 
US Civics Syllabus
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the basics of our system of government, our political system and the interaction between citizens, government personel and agencies, and policies that are created.
The main points are as follows:
Demographic trends
The Constitution
The Bill of Rights
Congress
The presidency
The Court system
Political campaigns
Electoral politics
Public opinion and the media
Economic systems and behavior
The legal system
Domestic policy
Foreign policy
World Cultures Syllabus
This course is designed to introduce students to the major themes of World History from the prehistoric era until today's world.  The attempt is made to demonstrate the ideas, inventions, innovations, and actions that have shaped the modern world.
The topics covered are:
Prehistoric man
Early Civilizations
Greece, Rome. and the Middle East
The rise and impact of Christianity
The Middle Ages
The Renaissance and the Reformation
The Age of Exploration
The Era of Revolution
The Industrial Revolution
The Revolution of Ideas
The dawn of the Twentieth Century
World War I
The global effects of the Great Depression
World War II
The Cold War
The Middle East in the 20th Century
The collapse of global communism
Economic globalization
Challenges of the 21st Century
AP US Government and Politics Syllabus
The purpose of this course is to provide an in depth exposure to the American system of government, the American political system, the American policy-making apparatus, and the characteristics of the American people.  As much as possible, I attempt to use contemporary events to illustrate the material being covered in class.
The course focuses on:
The Constitution
Federalism
The Bill of Rights
Civil Rights
Public Opinion and the Mass Media
Political Parties
Campaigns and elections
Campaign Finance
Interest Groups
Congress
The presidency
The federal court system
The bureaucracy
Tax and spending policies
Monetary and Fiscal Policy
Foreign Policy
Energy and Environmental Policy
Social Welfare Policy
State and local governments
Mr. McConnell
Phone: 724-375-6691. ext. 2311
 
 
Biography
I graduated form Hopewell Area High School in 1969, attended Harvard University from September 1969 until June 1973 when I graduated with a Bachelor's Arts degree in General Studies, focused on Sociology, Government, and History.  I attended Geneva College from January 1988 until December 1989 for my Pennsylvania Instructional I certificate which I received in January, 1990.  I was hired as a full time Social Studies teacher in August, 1995, and have been employed by Hopewell since then.
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