Karen Painter

Phone: 571-434-3200


Degrees and Certifications:

M.A.of Education Secondary Education from the University of Kentucky B.A. of Education Curriculum and Instruction Social Studies Education from the University of Kentucky

Karen Painter


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


I look forward to an exciting school year teaching ancient history in Intro to AP World History/Geography and World History/Geography I classes.  The 2019/2020 school year is my 13th year at Potomac Falls.  I was born and raised in Kentucky and hold the title of Colonel in the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels. 




1st Block: teacher duty

2nd Block: World History/Geography I room 225

3rd Block: Social Science Common Planning room 204

4th Block:  Intro to AP World History room 202


B Days:

5th Block: teacher planning

6th Block:  Intro to AP World History room 202

7th Block: World History/Geography I room 202

8th Block: Intro to AP World History room 202



Advisory: Auditorium

Advisory will meet on Fridays for a short meeting and Feature Friday announcements at the beginning of Block 2/6.  Advisory will also meet at other times (beginning of the day) as announced.



I am available for tutoring or extra help based on an agreed upon time before or after school as well as times that are planned to occur during a student’s C.O.R.E.



Assignments including quizzes and tests are posted in Phoenix. Assignments are posted on the board and announced during class.  Students are also made aware that the assignments are available in Phoenix. 



When resources are made available they are posted in Phoenix with the corresponding assignment.



Quarterly grades will be based on summative grades (culmination of material to show mastery in such forms as tests, quizzes, homework, projects, class work and writing assignments).   Students will have their graded work returned in a timely manner so they can keep track of their grades.  Grades are available on the Phoenix on-line system.   No extra credit or bonuses will be given


To assist in the mastery of the material students will have formative work such as vocabulary, class participation, group work, homework, and short answers that will have an indication of their work on the Phoenix on-line system but, will not count toward their grade.  It will be as a form of feedback. 


Make-Up Work:

If a student is absent the day an assignment is due, the assignment is to be turned in when they return to class.  It is the student’s responsibility to turn the work in.  If a student is absent the day the assignment is made, the student will be given time to make up the work, but it is the student’s responsibility to turn the work in.  


Make-Up Test/Quiz:

If a student is absent the day of a test/quiz they can make it up during the next Panther C.O.R.E. or at an agreed upon time before or after school.  Make-up tests/quizzes will need to be completed within 2 days after the absence.  If this presents a problem it is the student's responsibility to discuss a revised date/time to make up the quiz/test.



Summative assessments are available for re-takes. There will need to be some form of re-learning of the material prior to the re-take attempt and may include test corrections, completion of formative work, etc.  The higher of the scores will be the grade posted.  Re-takes will not be the same test/quiz as the original and may not be the same format.  Re-takes must be completed within a week of receiving the graded quiz/test (this deadline includes the completion work/test corrections).  Students must sign up for a time for the re-take (before/after school, Panther C.O.R.E., etc.).  All formative work that includes information about the material will need to be completed before the re-take.


Late Work:

Issues involving late work will be resolved on a case-by-case basis with students who speak with their teacher within a week of the original due date.


Grade Scale:

98-100     A+         4.3                           77-79       C+       2.3

93-97       A           4.0                           73-76       C          2.0

90-92       A-          3.7                           70-72       C-        1.7

87-89       B+         3.3                           67-69       D+       1.3

83-86       B           3.0                           63-66       D         1.0

80-82       B-          2.7                           60-62       D-        0.7

                                                               0-59       F          0.0



In addition to the guidelines in the Student’s Rights and Responsibilities handbook and other school policies, students are expected to demonstrate respect, academic responsibility, and honesty.


Potomac Falls promotes a school culture of personal responsibility and respectful habits.  We feel these skills/ethics will benefit all students in all environments (family, work, school, career).  We expect students to develop and maintain life and workplace readiness habits by arriving on time to school and classes, remaining in school for their full day, and maximizing effort and productivity in the classroom.


As members of the PFHS community, we are responsible for upholding and contributing to an atmosphere of respect, truthfulness, and integrity. Our Honor Code states, On my honor, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid on this test, quiz, assignment, lab, or any other student-generated work.”


As a BYOT school, we embrace responsible use of technology that provides deeper, more authentic, and more personalized learning experiences.  Electronic devices, such as smart phones, laptops and tablets enhance, not replace, teaching and learning.  When using technology in the classroom, students are expected to follow the teacher’s expectations and directions.  We expect all Panthers to be ReadyResponsible and Respectful with their personal use of technology while at school and to be aware of its impact on self and others.


Last Modified on September 5, 2019