Course Syllabus

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INTRODUCTION
Career and College Readiness is a required part of the Nevada Union High School freshman program.This course is designed to help student’s foster academic success in their high school years and to aid in successfully reaching life goals set by the individual student. This course introduces students to a decision-making process that will help them envision and plan for a future career that is productive,
achievable, and stimulating. This personalized 10 Year Plan provides students with the focus and intrinsic motivation to succeed in high school, college, at work and in life.

COURSE OBJECTIVES
At the end of the course, the students will develop the ability to:

  1. Identify personal principles and values and create a personal profile of goals.
  2. Assess current skills and identify where you are now and your goals for the future.
  3. Complete a decision-making matrix and identify tools to research future career fields.
  4. Create a personal budget profile on a specific industry sector and analyze the budget impact on future decisions.
  5. Students will compile a personal portfolio of a 10 Year Plan (on-line website) which will follow the students during and beyond their high school years to attain stated goals. This will be their Senior Project

BEGINNING WITH THE END IN MIND. You are embarking on a new journey in your life. Each day you are moving closer to adulthood. It is important to realize that every choice you make matters. Please make sure that you are taking every opportunity to be successful in high school. Grades matter and it is important to stay focused in your classes. 80% of high school dropouts received a D or F the first semester of their freshman year. If you need help speaking with your other teachers regarding your grades and work please let me know. It is important to me that you are successful in my class, but more importantly that you are successful in life!

SEQUENCE OF TOPICS
This course covers 15 major chapters that cover Common Core standards. This course will benefit students by allowing them to delve into their own personal wants and needs through decision making, communication skills, and goal setting. Section One: Who Am I? Chapter 1 : Envisioning Your Future, Chapter 2 : Your Personal Profile. Section Two: What Do I Want? Chapter 3 : Lifestyles of the Satisfied and Happy, Chapter 4 : What Cost This Lifestyle, Chapter 5 : Your Ideal Career, Chapter 6 : Career Research, Chapter 7 : Decision Making. Section Three: How Do I Get It? Chapter 8 : Setting Goals and Solving Problems, Chapter 9 : Avoiding Detours and Roadblocks, Chapter 10 : Attitude is Everything,
Chapter 11 : Your Skills Inventory, Chapter 12 : Study Skills for the Life-long Learner, Chapter 13: Making Changes, Chapter 14: Beginning the Job Search, Chapter 15: Where Do You Go From Here.

INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS
Students are to bring daily their charged Chromebook, Career Choices Workbook, (ISBN:978-1-878787-37-8), and as needed, binder for notes and handouts, pen and/or pencil, notebook paper, markers and/or colored pencils. Required Reading : Textbook : Bingham, M., Stryker, S. (2012). Career Choices and Changes. USA: Academic Innovations, Inc. , ISBN: 978-878787-17-0 Students will also have to complete their Ten Year Plan on www.My10YearPlan.com.

INSTRUCTIONAL STRUCTURE OF THE CLASS
Warm Ups/Class Participation
When entering the class students are expected to immediately participate with a daily warm up question on the board. Participation by keeping a composition book of questions and answers, student may self-reflect on personal growth. This class focuses on engaging activities, participation, interaction, self-reflection and communication, thus being on time and present is critical to your success. Punctuality and engagement are essential transferable job-skills that will help you beyond your classroom experience.

Workbook/Class Handout Activities (2 points each)
Assignments are due on the date indicated and are designed to keep everyone on the same page in assessing who you are, what you want and how to get it. Stay on top of your assignments to maximize what you get out of the course. YOU are the subject of this class, so it should be fun experience of self-discovery and planning for your future.

Posters/Projects (50 points each)
Posters and group activities to support the process of a career decision. Five projects will be assigned to be presented in 8”x10” poster form; 1. Success Statement poster, 2. Value poster, 3. Personal Profile Collage poster, and 4. Career Interest poster and 5. Collaborative group vacations project.

Portfolio Assignments (35 points each)
You will complete different compositions as a way to practice your skills in critical thinking, use of standard, academic English, and in order to demonstrate your depth of thought, reflection, and analysis for a goals essay, cover letter/introduction, resume, job application and interview responses.

My10yearPlan.com (60 points)
Interring online information and calculating data into my10yearplan.com ; students will complete 12 chapters (5 points each) of lifestyle and career questions. All 12 chapters of the workbook activities are the responsibility of the student to complete for their My10yearPlan.com chapter assignments.

FINAL PROJECT/EXAM: (10% of total grade)
My10YearPlan Presentation: You will complete a formal presentation of your 10 year plan and present it to the class. This will showcase all the work you have completed during the semester and will be the start of your Senior Project. Further instructions will be provided in class and on the website.

You will present during the week prior to FINALS.

CLASSROOM NORMS/MINER CODE OF CONDUCT

  1. RESPECTFUL- Treat all class members, including the teacher with respect. Listen when others are speaking and stay on task during class time.
  2. RESPONSIBLE- Bring your charged chromebook, GFSF workbook, pencil/pen and paper as needed to class daily.
  3. READY TO LEARN- Be in your seat working on your warm-up when the tardy bell rings, be attentive and follow all directions
  4. SAFE- Keep you area free of clutter, no horseplay and stay seated during class time unless told otherwise.
  5. No phones during class time NO EXCEPTIONS.
    Personal needs should be taken care of during break and lunch!

DISCIPLINE

A progressive discipline plan has been implemented to help students get the most out of their instructional time. First offense consequences include, but are not limited to, warnings, counseling, and brief removal from class. Second offense consequences include, but are not limited to, written assignments, loss of privileges, and detentions. Third offense consequences include, but are not limited to, detentions, in-school suspensions, and referrals to administrators.

HOMEWORK POLICY
Most assignments will have class time to complete. Otherwise, online assignments with My10yearPlan.com or workbook entries must be completed as homework. Missed work due to an absence will be expected to be completed.Late work may be accepted for a 10% point deduction per day late. After 3 days it is up to the teacher as to whether or not the assignment will be accepted for any credit.

School Functions and Sports Release:
We have so many amazing opportunities for students to get engaged in sports, school functions and community events here at Nevada Union. I think students should take advantage of all the great things our school as to offer, but when you have to miss class you are responsible for any and all work missed. Most events here at Nevada Union are scheduled far in advance and when this is the case you are responsible for letting me know when you will miss and making arrangements to take any missed tests, turn in assignments and get missed work. It is always your responsibility to be aware of your commitments and take care of your work when you have to miss class time.

Academic Dishonesty Policy:
School Board policy BP 5131.9 states “The Board of Trustees believes that academic honesty and personal integrity are fundamental components of a student’s education and character development. The Board expects that students will not cheat, lie, plagiarize or commit other acts of academic dishonesty.” Plagiarism is defined as an act of copying the ideas or words of another person without giving credit to that person. Turning in any work that is not your original work can be punishable with a referral and a zero on the assignment. I expect every student to complete his or her own assignments. If a student copies the work of another student both students will receive a zero. If a student turns in work written by anyone else but himself or herself they will receive a zero and a referral.

Testing Policy:
Testing takes place when appropriate at the beginning, during, or at the end of a unit of work. There will be quizzes on the assigned reading when needed. Make-ups will be given during lunch or after school only, and by appointment. Cheating WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. Any student found cheating will be given a zero for the assignment and will be issued a referral.

PROGRESS MONITORING
Grades will be posted on a regular basis in the classroom and on Synergy for viewing. There may be extra credit assignments. I expect the assigned work to be completed on the posted due dates. All grades will be determined on a semester basis. Progress report grades are due about every 8 weeks.

A 90% – 100%
B 80% – 89.9%
C 70% – 79.9%
D 60% – 69.9% (in danger of failing)
F 59% and below
Check: http://www.nugetfocused.com or Schoology for all class work assignments.


Grading Categories and Weights:

PARTICIPATION10%
CLASSWORK/HOMEWORK30%
ASSESSMENTS/PROJECTS50%
FINAL10%

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