BUSINESS OFFICE SPECIALIST
COURSE DISCLOSURE 2017-2018
INSTRUCTOR: MRS. MARY JAMES
THE COURSE In this required course we will learn Microsoft Office Suite, (word processing, spreadsheets, digital presentations, and database software) while reinforcing keyboarding techniques and learning computer terminology and functions. The students will have hands-on experience with activities geared toward understanding business office skills including internet research and usage, electronic ethics, document management and creation as well as other employment-ready skills. As a class we will create reports, charts, graphs, presentations, and use them in other class assignments. Additionally we strive to improve our office etiquette, employ-ability and organizational skills.
THE SUPPLIES Student planner, paper, and a pen are required every day. Thumb or flash drives are not required.
MY EXPECTATIONS Be in assigned seat before the bells rings, beginning bell work quietly. Work throughout the class without being reminded to be on task or quiet. Follow directions, and turn in your work. We follow the School Electronics Policy, which is no cell or device use during class-time. We do at time use phones for particular activities, however, you may only use cell phones or devices with my permission, EVEN IF STUDENTS ARE FINISHED WITH THEIR WORK.
People Be honest, courteous, respectful and thoughtful. Horseplay is strictly forbidden. Students should keep hands and feet and anything but appropriate words and communications to themselves. Follow all rules and directions and keep a positive attitude.
Self Behavior and performance standards that demonstrate education growth is required. Evidence of pride in work is a must. Crumpled, illegible or otherwise sloppy work will not be accepted. Honesty and integrity at all times is expected. Cheating is defined by turning in work that someone else has done, or turning in work for someone else that you have done. Both are wrong and will not be accepted.
Property There is no reason to touch the teacher’s or another student’s work station or property, so students should not. Students are financially responsible if school or personal property is deliberately damaged.
No food, candy, or drink allowed in the classroom without teacher permission. Water bottles may be left near the door.
THE HOMEWORK Students will be assigned homework when needed
THE GRADES Grades are determined from a percentage of the total points calculated from assignments, projects, and tests. Some projects may be weighted, and its grade may count for more than others.
A = ADVANCED 90-100%
B= PROFICIENT 80-89%
C= BASIC 70-79%
D= PASSING 60-69%
Students may at times grade each other’s daily work, quizzes, or give input or group assessments. Please contact me or check the Powerschool web site to review your or your child’s grade at Http://grades.provo.edu and choose Independence High School.
TEST AND QUIZZES Student daily work makes up half of the grade, and tests and quizzes the other half. Therefore it is not possible for students to avoid tests and quizzes and still pass the class. Obviously, the same applies to class work. Additionally, the state final comprises about 25% of the total test score, and is often the difference between students passing and failing the class.
CHEATING Cheating is not tolerated, and is dealt with as would be any other stealing behavior, or action with intention to deceive. Refer to the district Academic Integrity Policy, https://provo.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/4485P1AcademicIntegrity.pdf .
CITIZENSHIP Grades are based on contribution to the learning environment, honesty, and adherence to the expectations listed above. Three tardies can result in a “U” or unsatisfactory grade for that grading period, and can expect a related consequence. Frequent absences, excused or otherwise have a natural consequence of lower grades as very little work is done outside of class. Students must find a time to make up lab work after school or during school prescribed times. I am available for outside class hours M-Th 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. most days, but advanced notice is requested.
LATE WORK Timeliness is important in life and we practice employ-ability skills by being on time. Late work is NOT automatically accepted in this class unless the student has an excused absence. It may be accepted if arranged with teacher, however, late work is usually not accepted the last week of each term without advance notice. SOME work is almost always better than NO work. However due dates and end of term deadlines are not negotiable unless student has made previous arrangements with teacher.
MAKEUP WORK Students will be given one day extra for each excused absence to complete any missed work for a full grade without question . It is the student’s responsibility to check with the class work log for any missed work as soon as the student returns to school. It is also required that students give advanced notice of office pre-approved absences. Some assignments cannot be recreated, and will be instead be substituted with another assignment.
COMPUTER POLICY Both the student and his or her parent/guardian are presumed to understand and acknowledge the district computer system use agreement as well as this disclosure document. https://provo.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/4202-Electronic-Reources.pdf If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at the above email and phone number.
ADDITIONAL INFO At times we may watch segments from a PG or PG-13 video. These will be posted at least a week prior to viewing. Additionally, students will be watching segments from YouTube and other sites online that run through the district filter that screens for inappropriate material. When watched through the browser site I provide, no additional content such as ads will be viewable.