Overview economics with Financial Literacy is a blended class

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Grading Scale There is no rounding of grade percentages. The two quarters are numerically averaged for your semester grade.

A = 100 – 90

B = 89 – 80

C = 79 – 70

D = 69 – 60

F = 59 – 0
Teacher’s Authority to Override Final Grade: Teacher reserves the right to override the grade if a student’s overall performance warrants it. Proficiency is defined by the state of Florida and in the Student Progression Plan as 70% or higher. Mastery is defined as 90% or higher. This refers to the final grade of the grading period, or the final grade for the course.

Grades: The following is the grade distribution that is required by the Volusia County schools. Listed are types of assignments that will count under each weighted category.

Summative Assignments 60%

  • Chapter Exams

  • Unit Exams

  • Research project/paper

  • Culminating assignment

  • Unit Mastery Project

  • County End of Course Exams

Formative Assignments 40%

  • Interactive Student Notebook (“ISN”)

  • Homework

  • DBQ Essays

  • Quizzes

  • In class assignments

  • Projects

  • Class discussions

  • Practice presentations

Diagnostic Assignments 0%

There will be a county end of course administered at the end of the semester. Please note that I will override a student’s grade to an “A” for the quarter if the student earns an 85% or higher on the EOC regardless of the grade earned prior to the EOC. However, if student’s EOC grade is 20 points below the district average, then teacher reserves the right to over-ride student’s quarter grade to an “F” regardless of grade earned prior to the EOC.

Summative Assessment Retakes:

Each 9 week grading period, students shall have the opportunity to retake one summative assignment. In order to qualify for a retake on a summative assignment the student must make an appointment with the teacher to discuss what the student must complete in order to qualify for the retake.

Retakes will be offered on summative assessments to those students who have exhibited a willingness to master the required benchmarks as set by the school district for the course. A two page paper, single spaced and twelve point font, covering a topic associated with benchmark(s) not yet met will be assigned before the student is eligible to retake a summative assessment. Retakes will only be administered during student lunches or early release Wednesdays (when not designated as a professional development day for teachers) or by special appointment. Students will receive the higher of the two grades, as their final summative assignment grade.
Classroom Rules and Expectations

  1. Students are expected to have their book (when requested) and 8 ½ x 11 notebook.

  2. Students are to come to class on time. If late, they must report to the Tardy Room.

  3. Students should demonstrate a respect for others.

  4. Students are to be quiet while others are speaking.

  5. Absolutely no gum chewing in class.

  6. No food or drinks allowed in class except for water.

Course Description

Textbook – TCI’s – Government Alive! Power Politics and You.

Units to be covered

  1. Power, Authority and Government – chapters 1 & 2

  2. Foundations of American Government – chapters 3-6

  3. Political Participation and Behavior – chapters 7-10

  4. The Legislative Branch – chapters 11 & 12

  5. The Executive Branch – chapters 13 & 14

  6. The Judicial Branch – chapters 15 & 16

  7. The United States and the World – chapters 17 & 18

Students will sign up during the first week of school for an online TCI account in order to access the electronic version of the textbook and related resources.

Clickers will be utilized for reviews prior to unit tests as well as for the multiple choice portion of the assessments. A hard copy of the exam will also be provided to the students. However, the answers should be inputted into the clickers for grading.
Materials: Students will maintain a dedicated 8 ½ x 11 notebook for this class. Within the notebook students will have all of their classroom notes and handouts. Notebooks will be graded for a classroom assignment at the end of the quarter. Students must have all notes and handouts organized for the current quarter in order to receive credit for notebooks. The master class notebook will be available as a model to assist students in their organization.
Homework: The purpose of homework is to prepare the student for classroom discussion and various activities completed in the classroom. The majority of the homework assignments that are given are readings that require the student to answer questions. The purpose of the reading and answering of the questions is to prepare the student for an assessment on the material.
Absent Work:

Students will receive the standard 1day for every 1 day absent. All absent work can be obtained from the teacher. It is the job of the student to obtain all absent work upon their return to the classroom after their absence; afterwards you accept whatever consequences I deem appropriate. If absent on a day of an exam, student will need to make arrangements to make up the exam that was missed.

Please note that if you have more than 15 unexcused absences per year (which is what is allowed by law), then any work submitted late without an attached excuse note will receive no credit (it must be accompanied by an excused note, i.e., doctor’s note). You will need to be physically in class in order to be permitted to turn your work in that was due that day. Any questions pertaining to attendance should be directed to the Attendance Office.

Students that are swept are not excused from the class work for the period. Students that are swept on the day of the quiz/test must make the quiz/test up by the end of that same day at lunch or after school unless another date and time was agreed to by Teacher (no exceptions). [This does NOT mean that Teacher must change her plans in order to accommodate students’ schedules.] If not made up on the same day, then the grade will be given a zero. If the quiz is an open note quiz, the student has given up their right to use their notes.

Student Podcasts are due at the beginning of class every Friday. Every day students will watch CNN Student Podcasts during the first 10 minutes of class and they take notes on the key stories covered during the podcast. Notes on the stories must be written in complete sentences. A bullet list of facts is not acceptable. If student is absent on that day, then student can write a current event and attach it to the podcast for the day absent. Podcasts are current events and considered as a formative for grading purposes. Podcasts are NEVER accepted late (except if student was absent on Friday, then it MUST be turned in on student’s first day back in order to receive credit). It is the one assignment that must be turned on time to receive credit or not at all. Instructions on how to complete a current event: staple the entire original article (not a photograph with the caption) and answer the following questions in a paragraph form: who, what, when, where, and why is this important to history. Newspapers are available in class for student’s convenience.
Social Studies Fair Projects are mandatory and each student is expected to participate for

a grade. Packets of information on the fair projects will be distributed later in the year.

Extra credit is offered for special projects from time to time. Extra credit is optional but strongly recommended. No other extra credit opportunities will be given outside of class.
Viewing of PG-13 Movie Release
Often appropriate PG-13 movies or sections of PG-13 movies can be utilized effectively to enrich classroom instruction and accomplish identified objectives.  If you give permission for your child to view such materials, you do not have to do anything.  (NOTE: NO “R” rated movies will ever be shown per Volusia County School Board Policy).  If you do NOT wish to grant permission for your child to view any PG-13 movies identified by the teacher as effective in teaching the curriculum, please contact me via email at ggdorcy@volusia.k12.fl.us or send in a note with your student.
Academic Honesty: The school policy regarding academic integrity and honesty will be enforced. Please refer to the Academic Integrity policy and your Code of Conduct booklet for details. If evidence of plagiarism was discovered by the teacher, the cheater and cheatee both will receive a zero for that assignment with NO opportunity to resubmit. No exceptions.
Date: _______ Teacher’s Name _______________________________ Period _________
DeLand High School Student Academic Integrity Policy
In a world of ever changing priorities one constant is the need for ethical academic standards. The guidelines presented in the policy below show student expectations regarding cheating, plagiarism and academic honesty. These guidelines and expectations cover all school related projects, reports, tests, quizzes and assignments whether in or outside of class. By signing this statement students acknowledge their understanding of the stated expectations and possible consequences.
According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary (http://www.m-w.com/) to plagiarize is:

To steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own: use (another's production) without crediting the source. To commit literary theft: present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source.”

At DeLand High School plagiarism includes but is not limited to:

  • Using another person’s words or ideas (written or spoken) without giving credit to the source.

  • Copying and pasting material from any source including the Internet without giving attribution to the writer. You must put quotation marks around direct quotes and give credit in your works cited list.

  • Changing the words or order of words from another source and submitting them as your own. Even with proper paraphrasing you must give credit to the source of the materials.

When you use someone else's words, you must put quotation marks around them and give the writer or speaker credit by revealing the source in a citation. Even if you revise or paraphrase the words of someone else or just use their ideas, you still must give the author credit in a note. Not giving due credit to the creator of an idea or writing is very much like lying."

Dr. Robert Harris - Virtual Salt Anti-plagiarism Strategies - http://www.virtualsalt.com/antiplag.htm
According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary (http://www.m-w.com/) to cheat means: “to get something by dishonesty or deception.”
At DeLand High School cheating includes but is not limited to:

  • Copying an assignment from another person without explicit permission from the teacher. This includes sharing work that should be individually produced and includes obtaining answers from another student with or without their permission.

  • Using, supplying or communicating with unauthorized devices with the intent of deception. This will include but is not limited IPod, calculator, camera, textbook, recorder, computer, phone, etc.

  • Failing to follow teacher guidelines regarding collaboration, parent help, etc. Students will be expected to complete work independently unless specifically directed otherwise by the teacher.


First Offense: Second Offense: Third Offense:

Zero on assignment First offense consequences plus: 1st and 2nd off. Cons. Plus:

Parent notification Parent/student/teacher/ Referral to administration,

Referral to counselor, counselor conference, Suspension from extracurricular activities, elected offices and/or Senior privileges.
Student Name (Print) ___________________________________ Alpha Code: ________
Student Signature __________________________________________________________
Parent Signature: __________________________________________________________
Portions adapted from John F. Kennedy H.S., Norcross H.S. and Langley H.S. policies with their permission. Updated December 2007

Dear Parents and Students:

In an effort to “go green” at DHS, the syllabus, grading policies and procedures, and class rules for this class will be posted on Edmodo as well as on the following website for you to access at any time: http://www.delandhs.org/Parents/syllabi.htm
If you do not have access to a computer, see me and I will run a copy of the information for your child. Please sign below indicating your receipt of this information. I am looking forward to a successful school year. Feel free to contact me by email me if you have any questions.

Mrs. G. Dorcy

Student’s Printed Name: __________________________ ALPHA Code: _______ Period: _______
I have read and understood the information on this page and on the website and understand the rules, policies and expectations of this course.
Parent or guardian signature: ____________________________________________ Dated: ___________
Student’s Signature: _______________________________________________________ Dated: ___________
Viewing of PG-13 Movie Release

Helping your student become a lifelong learner is a primary goal in my classroom. I want my students to discover that learning can be a source of enjoyment. As a result, I will use a wide range of non-traditional instructional materials of high academic merit including popular literature, appropriate and instructionally related movies such as documentaries and/or movie clips rated G, PG and PG-13. If you feel that certain material may not be appropriate for your student, please notify me now about your concerns. Your signature below will serve as your consent for your student to use all of the alternative instructional materials as described above.

Parent or guardian signature: ____________________________________________ Dated: ___________
Contact Information
Parent Information (please print)

Full name of parent or guardian ____________________________________________________________

Address _______________________________________________________________________________
Home phone number ___________________________________ Best time to reach you ______________
Cell phone number _____________________________________ Best time to reach you ______________
E-mail address (very important) ____________________________________________________

Law Studies

Law Studies is a blended class, meaning that much of the course work will be posted to Edmodo and students will upload their work to Edmodo. We will use our class time to enhance the material being covered by having lectures, discussions, activities, projects and testing. Students will need to join my Edmodo class in order to facilitate this course.

Edmodo Course Name: Law Studies 2015 #1

Course Code: he8akh
The intent of this course is to give students an overview of United States legal system. Students will be asked to utilize prior knowledge, incorporate new information, and challenge preconceived notions as they think critically about past events and reflect thoughtfully on the future. Hopefully, the course will be engaging as well as challenging. The content will address various legal concepts, as well as exploring individual perspectives. Various learning methods will be used throughout the course to ensure that the information will remain interesting and appealing to all students. Edmodo will be used in our classroom to assist in the learning process. I will be uploading assignments, quizzes, etc. onto Edmodo for student to access and complete at home. All work to be turned into me must be in writing and uploaded to Edmodo. Please see above for login information.

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