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•Born in Chicago

•Age 10: moved to California

•B.A. in History from CSUN

•Spent 1 semester in China

•Backpacked through southeast Asia

•Worked in insurance

•Backpacked through Mexico, Central America, western and eastern Europe, and the Near East

•Travelled around the U.S.

•Teaching credential from CSUN

•Married with 2 children

•Opened GMS

​​​​​​​Masters from Concordia University

Mr. Newell

rhymes with school, cool and cruel

Everything you need should be on this page!

Chapter Notes are on the left. Chapter links are on the right. Classroom policies are down the center. Assignments are on the Calendar.

If you need any additional information, please do not hesitate to email me.

Retake Policy

The test questions come from the quiz questions; consequently, the tests are retakes of quizzes; therefore, there will not be retake of quizzes. 

     To retake a test the students will have to the second Tuesday after the test to complete a retake study guide. For example: the test is on a Thursday; the study guide would not be due on Tuesday, it would be due on the following Tuesday. If a student properly completes the study guide, the student will have earned the opportunity to retake the test. 

Quizzes and Tests

Quizzes are open work: students can look at their own assignments while taking the quizzes. They cannot use their texts nor any material that was created using a printer.

Tests are not open work.

Missed quizzes will be made up on the day of the next quiz. If it the last quiz before the test, it will be made up as soon as possible. Tests will also be made up as soon as possible.

Make-up Work

For an absence, simply click on the date on the calendar. If there are any special instructions, there will be a link or file attached. 


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•There are no homework assignments.  However, students often need to complete class assignments at home.

•Students should study their assignments nightly, as needed.  Quiz and test scores should be the determining factor in regards to the amount of time spent studying.

Positive Behavior

Discipline will vary with the seriousness of the transgression. Generally, a student in violation of the rules will receive a warning. On the fourth warning parent contact will occur. The fifth violation will result in an office referral.

Text Book Policy

Texts, composition books, and workbooks are required in class each and every day. To ease the burden on the students, I allow them to leave their texts in my class when they do not need them at home. I do not, however, take responsibility for their books. To leave a book in my class, your child needs to place a book cover on the text with his or her full name written in bold on the spine. 


Fall 2016 Grades

History Alive

History Alive

Online Chapters


•Classwork is worth 10% of the grade. 
•Quizzes are worth 20% of the grade.
•Tests are worth 50% of the grade.
•Semester finals are worth 20% of the grade.
89.5-100% equals an A
79.5-89.4% equals a B
69.5-79.4% equals a C
59.5-69.4% equals a D
below 59.5% is an F.

Citizenship & Work Habits

Citizenship grade is subjective. It is my opinion of your child's behavior.

  • O = Outstanding 
  • S = Satisfactory
  • N = Needs Improvement
  • U = Unsatisfactory

Work Habits is based on the classwork completion average.

  • O = 87.5% and above
  • S = 75% - 87.4%
  • N = 62.5% - 74.9%
  • U = Below 62.5%



A semester is a marathon, not a sprint.

In a marathon, a runner can fall down and still do well; however, if the runner does not get up or falls down again and again, the runner will not do well. In my class, a student can miss an assignment or fail a quiz or test and still do well; however, if the student does not try or fails again and again, the student will not do well.

7th Grade can be a difficult year for adolescents.

Do not be surprised if your child behaves in ways that you have never witnessed before. This is normal. Keep an eye on Infinite Campus for all of your child's classes. Unfortunately, bad choices are typical for children going through adolescence. Catch the missteps early before they become an established behavior.