Course Description/Overview/Welcome Statement
Advisory is a class period which occurs Monday – Thursday with the primary purpose of helping students to succeed in their high school career and to connect with their teachers and peers. As part of the Advisory class, teachers will monitor student grades weekly and keep track of progress toward graduation. Advisory is also a time for counselors and other professionals to address students to help them with life and career planning.
Students will be expected to be in their assigned class and to participate in the class to which they have been assigned. Teachers may cover specific topics each day, and it will be the student’s responsibility to make up any missing work. Students who are missing three or more assignments will be referred to the school’s after-school make-up (see school policy for details).
There will be a whole grade activity at least once per term. This will be a team building activity that each student must participate in. An additional activity will be available to students who maintain and are passing six of their eight classes.
Grading will be based on satisfactory participation in classes and all assignments, as well as working to maintain their grades in all other classes. Students will earn .25 elective credit per semester.
Trimester 1: Aug. 15 2017 – Sept. 22, 2017 – Nov. 10, 2017
Trimester 2: Nov. 13, 2017 – Jan. 12, 2017 – Feb. 23, 2018
Trimester 1: Feb. 26, 2018 – Apr. 13, 2017 – May 25, 2018
|A||93% – 100%||A-||90% – 92%|
|B+||87% – 89%||B||83% – 86%||B-||80% – 82%|
|C+||77% – 79%||C||73 % – 76%||C-||70% – 72%|
|D+||67% – 69%||D||63% – 66%||D-||60% – 62%|
|F||0% – 59%|
Assessment of Progress
The grade for this class will come from daily activities done in class, completing any assignments, tracking current grades and making improvements so that the student is passing all classes and is on track to graduate.
Bringing something to work on each day. This could be work from other classes, packets, reading materials (book, newspaper, magazine, etc.)
- Be Respectful (Respect everyone in the classroom and the facilities in the room. No food, candy, gum, drinks, electronic devices, cell phones, notes to friends, are allowed in the classroom. Also hoodies can be worn but should not have the hoods up on the head. Any of these items that are visible will be confiscated. No additional warnings will be given. Water in a closed container is allowed)
- Be Prepared (Come on time, be in your seat when the bell starts to ring, prepared with paper, pencil and ready to start).
- Be a Self Advocate. Ask for help when needed, be self directed when possible, try your best at all times.
- Be a Team Player
- Dream Big!
- Follow school/district policies.
If students are not in their seat prepared to work with required items when the bell rings then they are tardy for class. It is the student’s responsibility to sign the Tardy Log, to ensure that their attendance gets updated appropriately. Students will be marked with a 3 if they are over 5 minutes late for class without an approved written excuse. Students who bring food or drinks into my class will be asked to throw it away or put it in their locker; they will be marked tardy if they leave to put it away.
Students will be allowed 3 emergency hall passes during class time. They will be given extra credit for those that they do not use. Any activity that has the student going into the hall will require that the student carry the yellow hall pass sign. Only one student at a time may leave. Students will need to wait for the hall pass to return before another may leave. Excessive time out of the room (more than 5 minutes) will count as using more than one hall pass. Students who were late to class will not be allowed additional time out of class on the same day.
Media Usage Plan:
We will throughout the year be using multiple movie clips to help demonstrate Leadership and Life Background Knowledge, and connect these to being successful in school. Some of the movie clips will come from TV or Movies and may have a rating of G, PG or PG13. If this is an issue please let me know.
Non-Participation and Cheating:
Non-Participation (N) can be given to students, who are unprepared, not working, causing disruptions, or otherwise not participating with the class. No participation points will be awarded for that day. Students may also be sent to the office if they are not willing to work or participate.
If a student is found to be cheating (giving or receiving) by deliberately using unauthorized materials, information, technology, study-aids or giving/receiving improper assistance, the district procedure (4485 P1) will be followed.
It is expected that the student will be working in class every day. Note that attendance is very important as it may become difficult to pass the class if a student misses or refuses to work for 5 or more days in any given term.
I will be available for help sessions everyday before school and after school, except on Fridays when we have Teacher Meetings. If more time is needed, contact me and I will make accommodations accordingly.
Calendar of Due Dates for Major Assignments
Progress Reports and Report Cards
See Power School for grades. Grades will be updated on Fridays.
Connecting Home to School
The website I use that can be useful is ihs.is-great.org