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Austin Fugate

I am the Head Soccer Coach and World Geography teacher. I am a 2017 graduate of Azle High School and a 2020 graduate of The University of North Texas. After college, I began to dive deeper into coaching and am extremely grateful for the opportunity to come back and coach/teach at Azle High School. This is my first year teaching and I can't wait to see what 2021-22 brings!

  • Syllabus

    Welcome to World Geography! This year we will be covering the physical and human geography
    of 10 different regions of the world including all aspects of physical and human geography, but
    not limited to: landforms, climate, population, religion, economy, and history.
    This is a fast-paced class and we will work. The purpose of this class, in addition to teaching
    you about the geography of our planet, is to prepare you for World History. This is not going to
    be a “sink or swim” class. I will be here to help you every step of the way. I will guide you
    through all of the assignments, projects, and activities. It will be a lot of work and a lot of fun. I
    hope you will enjoy this class as much as I will enjoy teaching it.


    Required Materials for Class
    Chromebook charged and ready to go
    Pencil or pen
    Spiral Notebook for Bell Ringers
    Spiral-bound notebook or a binder for notes
    Class Structure
    - Bell Ringers and Quizzes
    - Discussions / Notes
    - Video Questions / Vocab Activities
    - Canvas Assignments / Discussion Boards


    Expectations
    I expect that all students treat everyone with respect. We will respect one another and each
    other’s abilities, origins, beliefs, and preferences.
    You may not use your phone. You must have a school-provided Chromebook.
    I expect all students to have their Chromebook charged and ready to go every single day.
    I expect students to complete their assignments by the posted due dates.
    I expect my students to take notes. Powerpoint presentations will be posted in Canvas on the
    same day after class. I expect honesty from all students. Taking responsibility is honesty. If you
    don’t complete an assignment, own up to it. I will be much more likely to offer an extension if
    you are honest.
    Completing your own work is also honesty. Cheating, collusion, and plagiarism (taking credit for
    someone else’s work) is dishonest and will not be tolerated. Do not cheat, you will receive a
    zero, among other consequences.
    Policies and Procedures
    When you arrive at class, I expect you to have your materials out and ready to go by the time
    the bell rings. Every day there will be a bell ringer on the board for you. It will give you
    instructions about what materials you need, what website you need to go to, or what handout
    you need to pick up. I expect this to be on your desk ready to go when the bell rings.
    If you need to use the restroom, go during the passing period. Come in, put your stuff down, get
    your notebook or Chromebook ready, and then check in with me. Do not ask me in the middle of
    class if you can go to the restroom unless it is an absolute emergency

    Projects and DBQs
    We will do a DBQ (Document Based Question) every six weeks. These projects will require
    students to read several documents of information over a specific topic. Students will analyze
    the documents and then form an answer to an essay question using information from the text.
    We will also do weekly critical writing assignments or CWs. These are short 2-3 paragraph
    responses to a question. All of these assignments (DBQs, LEQs, and CWs) must be the
    student's own work.
    At the end of each semester, you will have a project due. More information regarding the
    semester project will be sent home at the beginning of the last six weeks of each semester.

    Homework
    You must have your notes in a notebook or binder. I will not accept crumpled pages of loose-leaf
    paper from the bottom of your backpack, just like AP teachers and college professors would not
    accept work in that manner. Sometimes your “notes” grade will include your graphic organizer
    and sometimes they will be two separate grades. This is up to my discretion. It is in your best
    interest to complete both assignments and not assume that they will be combined into one
    grade.


    Late Work
    I will not accept ANY late work. If you have extenuating circumstances you MUST come and talk
    to me about it in order for me to extend the due date.
    Retesting Policy
    Tests and quizzes are due on the day they are assigned by the end of the period. If you are
    absent on the day of a test or quiz it is YOUR responsibility to make up that test or quiz either
    before or after school. You are NOT PERMITTED to take tests or quizzes on your cell phone.
    You must use a Chromebook.


    Attendance
    I expect you to be at school every day. We will be moving quickly through these units and
    missing one day may cause you to fall behind in class. I understand that sometimes people get
    sick, have a family emergency, doctor appointments, etc. If you are absent check Canvas for
    your assignments.
    You don’t have to wait for me to tell you to do your notes when you come back after being sick. I
    will not print out copies of notes for you. All assignments, notes, and power points will be in
    Canvas. That is not permission for you to regularly miss class or not take notes; they are a
    grade!
    If you miss too many class days you WILL NOT RECEIVE CREDIT for the class. If you are
    caught skipping class (yes, I can tell if you’re skipping) proper disciplinary action will be taken.
    Tutorials
    Students are welcome to come to tutorials. Days and Times TBA

    Cell Phones
    Cell phones are NOT PERMITTED in class. Every student is issued a Chromebook. If for some
    reason you do not have a Chromebook, I will have class iPads that you are welcome to use.
    You may not use your phone to complete work in Canvas, take tests, or look up information or
    notes in class. The temptation to use cell phones for activities other than classwork is too great.
    If you are caught with a cell phone I will take it from you for the remainder of the period. If it
    happens again I will take it for the remainder of the school day. If it happens any subsequent
    times, your phone will be turned in to the office and a long-form referral will be submitted to your
    assistant principal.

    Student ID
    You are required to have a visible ID around your neck at all times while on campus. This is a
    district policy. If you are in my classroom and do not have an ID on around your neck (not tied to
    your bag, not in your pocket, not in your backpack – around your neck) you will receive a
    one-hour after-school Wednesday detention each time it happens. Your warnings are the
    announcements that are made daily regarding visible IDs, reminding students to wear them
    around their necks.


    Emergency Drills (or Actual Emergencies)
    During emergency drills, students are expected to act as they would in a true emergency
    situation. Students should take all emergency drills seriously. If we evacuate for a fire drill,
    students should remain orderly while outside and upon reentering the building. If we are in the
    hallway for a tornado drill, students are expected to behave appropriately and not be loud or
    rowdy with other students. If we are in the classroom for a lockdown drill, students are expected
    to be SILENT. Cell phone use during emergency drills is prohibited. Drills are meant to prepare
    students for how to react during an actual emergency situation. If students do not take drills
    seriously they will put themselves and others in danger during actual emergency situations.

    Grades

    Daily Grades and Quizzes: 60% of overall grade (Minimum 12 Grades)

    Test Grades: 40% (Minimum 3 Grades)

    Contact Info
    I hope you will enjoy this class. I’m very excited about teaching it and I’m looking forward to
    having all of you in class. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have.
    My email is afugate@azleisd.net or afugate@g.azleisd.net.