Kathryn Bales



    At Potomac Falls, we value building relationships, working hard, and making connections to ensure students are life, college, and career ready.

    A-Day Schedule

    1-U.S. and Va. Government-room 201

    2-U.S. and Va. Government-room 201

    4-U.S. and Va. Government-room 301

     ***See Phoenix for upcoming assignments***


    Hi, my name is Kathy Bales and this is my 13th year teaching. This is a great time to teach Government and I'm looking forward to some exciting discussions.

    I'm married to Brian. We have two kids, Madalyn, Bode, and a spoiled cat named Rudy. I'm from Ohio so I'm a fan of Ohio State, the Browns (this is our year! ), Indians, and Cavaliers.

    My goal as an educator is for students to master the subject. I will do everything I can to facilitate a positive learning environment. Students who struggle with exams will have an opportunity to retake them and learn from their first experience.

     family pic Rudy



    U.S. and Virginia Government Syllabus

    In U.S. and Virginia Government, students expand their ability to think clearly and carefully about social and political forces that shape their lives. They continue to develop their thinking in an organized way for clear communication in all forms of writing, both formal and informal. They strengthen their independent ability to describe and make conclusions about government structures and policies. This course helps improve students’ ability to think critically and to examine how the people of America meet their needs for constructive political life in a diverse society. Democracy depends on citizens paying attention and getting involved. This course prepares students to be thoughtful and active citizens of the United States.


    Tentative Schedule for the 2018-2019 year

    1st Quarter:

    • Introduction to Government
    • Foundations of Government
    • The Constitution

    Assignments include:

    • Election Video Project (Group)
    • Election 2020 Project (Part 1)
    • Quizzes and Tests
    • Articles of the Week

    2nd Quarter:

    • Federalism
    • The Legislative Branch
    • The Executive Branch

    Assignments includes

    • Time Magazine Person of the Year Project
    • Election 2020 Project (Part 2)
    • Tests/Quizzes
    • Articles of the Week

    3rd Quarter:

    • The Election Process
    • The Judicial Branch
    • Political Parties and Voters

    Assignments include:

    • Follow the Leader Project
    • Election 2020 Project (Part 3)
    • Quizzes/Tests
    • Articles of the Week

    4th Quarter:

    • State and Local Government
    • Civil Liberties

    Assignments include:

    • Student Interview Project (Group)
    • Election 2020 Project (Part 4)
    • Quizzes/Tests
    • Articles of the Week

    Summative and Formal Assessments

    Summative Assessments evaluate learning at the end of the instructional unit. It is compared against the standards that are set by the state of Virginia. Formative Assessments are conducted during the learning process. Loudoun County follows a grading policy of 100% summative.


    I will allow 1 retake per quarter within 2 weeks of original test date after test corrections/remediation has taken place. Retakes are for scores lower than an 80% only. It is the student’s responsibility to set this up.

    Late Work

    The goal for my class is mastery in learning about Government. Work is expected to be turned in on time. If there is a circumstance where work will be late, after a reasonable attempt by the student has been made, the student needs to create a contract with the teacher. This contract includes a date the work will be turned in. It is up to the teacher to determine if a reasonable attempt has been made in regards to mastery learning.


    LCPS Ten-Point Grading Scale

    grade scale

    ***Tutoring*** If you need extra help, I'm available most A days before school. After school help should be scheduled in advance. 

    Honor Code

    As members of the PFHS school-community, we are responsible for upholding and contributing to an atmosphere of respect, truthfulness, and fairness. Our Honor Code serves as a commitment to intellectual honesty and states, "On my Honor, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid on this test, quiz, assignment, lab, or any other student-generated work."

    BYOT Policy

    We are a BYOT school and embrace responsible-use technology that provides deeper, more authentic, and more personalized learning experiences for students. Electronic devices, such as cell phones, are to be used to enhance, not replace, teaching and learning. Students are expected to abide by the classroom teacher's rules and directions when using technology during class time. We expect all Panthers to be Ready, Responsible, and Respectful regarding the use of technology and how its use can impact self and others.

Last Modified on August 19, 2019