Prep Day 1 (HUS)

Unites States History I (HUS21) Students

Hello Pd 9 & 10!

Please join me and our class in an online service that will compliment our classroom activities this term.

Recap: The textbook remains home for completion of homework assignments, researching, and reviewing. If I ever want you to bring the textbook to class, I will tell you in class and/ or via Schoology. If you are not in class when Mr.V distributes the textbook, report to the Social Studies book distribution area near room 302. The 11th grade textbook is titled The Americans and it’s cover is red. Assignments will begin appearing in the Schoology calendar soon.

To contact me, please use the messaging feature within Schoology. If you are traveling and only have a portable device, please download and install the Schoology app from the respective App Stores. My email address,, is always available for you and your parents to use. But, I strongly recommend that students use Schoology for efficiency.

Please join me and our class in two online services that will compliment our classroom activities this term.

1. Schoology
Click on the “Schoology Registration” link below to begin the process of joining Schoology. Use the Access Code written next to your period #. Access Codes only work for specific class periods. They expire in one or two days.


Schoology is a service that will make keeping track of course deadlines, calendar events, and the developing course grade simple. It’s sole purpose is to make mundane information readily available regardless if you are in class or absent.

Pd 09 Access Code: N3PZW-972G8

Pd 10 Access Code: G79V7-GMSMG

Schoology Registration [Students ‘new’ to Schoology must click the “Sign Up” box found on the website. Veteran students just login to their accounts and add our course.]

2. Dropbox

To facilitate the exchange of documents amongst us, please take the opportunity (now) to create a free Dropbox Account using this link then follow the instructions below. If Dropbox attempts to download and install it’s software onto the computer, please stop that procedure and skip that step. IF YOU ALREADY HAVE A DROPBOX ACCOUNT, login here and follow the instructions below.

Dropbox Instructions:
A. Create a folder labeled in this format=> Two-digit Pd#_LastNameFirstName. An example would be, student John Smith is in Mr.V’s period 2 class. His folder would be labeled like this=> 02_SmithJohn. Remember, a ‘0’ (zero) is a number. A ‘O’ is a letter. NEVER use a letter to represent a number when working with digital materials. In the writing of your period #, use a Zero, not a letter.

B. ‘Share’ that folder with Mr.V using the sharing feature of Dropbox. You want to share that folder so that Mr.V can have full access (NOT ‘Viewing’ access). Use Mr.V’s Dropbox email address ( when asked who you wish to share the folder with.

C. Inside the folder you are sharing with Mr.V, please create three distinct folders. Label one folder ‘Assignments’, label the next folder ‘Research’, and label the last folder ‘Notes-Materials’. Since these folders now exist within the shared folder you created earlier, they are automatically shared with Mr.V.

Since I will periodically visit your folders to extract and add files, it’s important that the files have a name that is reflective of its content while not being unwieldly.

Files containing assignments should be formatted as A##_LastNameFirstName.

Files containing Class notes should be formatted as AN##_FocusQuestionORFocus Statement.

D. This Dropbox folder will act as your digital notebook. It will allow me to access your completed assignments as well as exchange digital files.

3. Policies

By now, you should have…

…created a Schoology account and joined our course. You should be familiar with accessing the course calendar and viewing upcoming months. In addition, you should be familiar with using the Schoology messaging feature to communicate with Mr.V. Remember, Schoology is the ‘hub’ of our daily class activities, even if Mr.V is absent from class.
… noted that Mr.V’s email address,, is always available for you and your parents to use. But, I strongly recommend that students use Schoology for efficiency.
…created a Dropbox account, created and properly labeled a folder, and shared that folder with Mr.V using his Dropbox email address (

Now it’s time to see where the grading policy is written in case you wish to refresh your memory, or Mom & Dad wish to see it. Click on “Policies” under the ADMIN tab in the menu bar above.

Generate, and then take the time to ask Mr.V, any questions regarding the policies.