Crystal Jentsch » Welcome to Mrs. Jentsch's Class!

Welcome to Mrs. Jentsch's Class!

Welcome to Special Education Social Studies!

Special Education Social Studies

2018/2019 Academic School Year



Office Location & Hours

Mrs. Jentsch

480-882-3540 EXT. 7560

Combs High School, Room 560, 2:15PM-3:00PM


General Information


Special Education Social Studies is the following classes, Economics Foundations (Semester 1), Government Foundations (Semester 2), World History Foundations, US History Foundations and Life Skills and Humanities.

About Me

I was born and raised in Arizona, married with 2 children. My education and inspiration started in High School. I really wanted to become a K-9 Police Officer, but changed my career path. I graduated from E.V.I.T. for Law Enforcement in 2008. I am a class of 2008, Basha Bear as well. Continuing my education became my main goal after graduation. I now have a Bachelor’s Degree in Justice Studies from Grand Canyon University. I am a Lope through and through! My education is very important to me and I like to learn, which inspired me to go back for a Master’s in Special Education. Currently, I am continuing my education at Grand Canyon University through scholarship opportunities.

Fun facts: I love to watch my husband and son race motocross, and watch my daughter at her dance classes.


  1. Show up to class on-time and prepared each day. This means all homework is done, assignments are read and the proper materials brought to class.
  2. Engage in class discussions, which are meant to stimulate ideas, foster intellectual growth and provide confidence to all students involved.
  3. Be respectful of others’ opinions. You will not always agree with your fellow classmates, but you must show respect towards your peers.
  4. Supplies needed: #2 pencils, ballpoint pen (blue or black ink).
  5. Please see your student handbook for additional expectations.


Course Materials

A class set of text books will be provided in class for daily use.

The following are text books provided in class-

  • Economics; Principles and Practices, Glencoe
  • United States Government, AGS Publishing
  • World History, Glencoe
  • The American Vision, Glencoe
  • United States History 4th Edition, Pacemaker

Optional Materials


Occasionally videos will be shown which are historical in content. Students will view video and complete a worksheet, followed by class discussions. Videos are from the History Channel, PBS or the Discovery Channel, etc. Please contact me if you have any issues concerning this. Course Schedule



  1. Length of assignments will vary daily, but students should expect some type of homework on a regular basis.  


  1. Students will be assessed through the use of class assignments, quizzes, unit tests, discussions, projects and daily warm-ups.


  1. Each student will be required to participate on a daily basis in class discussions and class activities. Participation is a means to validate one’s ideas, learn from others and practice the articulation of ideas.


Grades are given by a straight point value. Semester grades will be computed using the following:  


          A= 90-100

          B= 80-89

          C= 70-79

          D= 60-69

          F=59 and below

Extra Credit:


As per the Social Studies Department and JO Combs Unified School District policy, there will be NO extra credit available. I am always willing to take late assignments. Please contact me with any questions regarding late assignments.

 **To avoid a failing grade, submit all assignments on time, participate in class/group discussions, and study for tests/quizzes! **

Late Work/Absent Work


 If you have an excused absence the day an assignment is given, you will have the same amount of time (day(s)) to complete the assignment as the rest of the class did when it was given.  As is Combs High School policy, you are given 9 excused/unexcused absences per class per semester. The tenth absence may result in loss of credit unless there are extenuating circumstances. The following are examples of extenuating circumstances: hospitalization, personal/health reasons, family issues, chronic health issues, college visits, runaways, drug rehabilitation, parents kept child out, and parent issues.

I will provide all assignments and extra copies of work in a file cabinet in the back of the classroom. Please remember to check daily for late or missing assignments.

The file cabinet in the back of room will also house all assignments turned in, in order to check and correct work. I will take the higher grade as a final grade on assignments and project. (Group projects have to be corrected as a group).

Please contact me regarding late assignments. I am willing to work with you to make up the assignment. Please take into account a timely manner of late assignments. Communication is key for success!



If you are absent from a quiz or unit test, you are responsible for making it up within one week of the assessment or it will be recorded as a zero. 

Student Behavior Expectations


The purpose of a school is to provide all students with an opportunity to learn in a safe and orderly environment. This environment is established by providing students with clear explanations of expected behavior.

The following are the expectations for students enrolled Resource Social Studies Classes-








All cell phones, iPods or other electronic devices will be turned off and stowed away while in class. First offense will result in a warning and the confiscation of the phone and student will have the item returned to them at the end of the class period. Second offense will result in confiscation and a parent/guardian having to come to the school to pick up the item from the front office. Combs High School and its staff (administration, teachers) are not responsible for any damaged, missing or stolen cell phones, iPods or other student property.  Any inappropriate use of cell phones, including but not limited to inappropriate photographs, text messages, recording/videotaping will also result in confiscation of the phone and further disciplinary action.

Food and drinks (soda, Gatorade, ice tea, etc.) are NOT ALLOWED in the classroom. Only bottled water is allowed in any classroom or academic building on the Combs High School campus. Items will be confiscated on first offense.

Students are to respect the rights of their peers and Instructor while in class. Disrupting others, talking during class lectures, quizzes, tests, etc. WILL NOT be tolerated.

Students will be allowed to leave class and use the restroom, however, every effort will be made to keep this to a minimum.

I understand extenuating circumstances happen, please communicate any medical concerns or anything else you would like me to know in order to maintain a safe learning environment.


**” Respect and Diversity Statement: All Individuals have a right to an educational environment free from bias, prejudice and bigotry.  As members of the Combs High School educational community, students are expected to refrain from participating in acts of harassment that are designed to demean another student’s race, gender, ethnicity, religious preference, disability or sexual orientation.  Students at Combs High School will respect each other.