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    Eva Esposito, Teacher

    Teresa Liukkonen, Transition Technician                                                                                                                     Room #CC308/Office C116

                                                                                                                                                                                           Voice Mail #623.376.3116

    eva.esposito@dvusd.org

    Career Development/TSW         

    Course Description:                                                                                                       

    This course is aligned with Arizona College and Career Ready Standards and/or national content standards and supports school-wide efforts to increase student achievement. It is designed to help students make a successful transition from the high school setting to their selected post high school outcome(s). The course will help students to identify appropriate career possibilities through program directed assessments/inventories and self-directed assessments/inventories. Students will work with staff to select sites in the community for job tours and job shadowing in identified career strengths. Students will create a resume prior to practicing interviews in their identified career possibilities. Lessons will be aligned with Vocational Rehabilitation standards.

     

    Course Objectives:

    By the time the student completes this course of study, the student will know or be able to:

    - Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

    -Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.

    -Analyze how and why individuals, events, or ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.

    -Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse formats and media.

    -Read and comprehend informational texts independently and proficiently.

    -Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

    -Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.

    -Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.

    -Write routinely over extended time frames and shorter time frames for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.

     

     

    Classroom Rules and Consequences:

    Students need to conduct themselves as if they were working in a job in the community. Thus, to facilitate this it means students must adhere to the following classroom/lab rules:

     

    1. Be on time and in the classroom/lab when the bell rings.
    2. Refrain from eating/drinking in the classroom/lab area. Electronic devices, earbuds, and hats are prohibited, unless part of the class activity for the day.
    3. Clean assigned work area when finished.
    4. Be prepared to work when the bell rings (have pen/pencil available, required assignments, etc.)
    5. Be respectful of yourself and others.

     

    Deviating from the above rules may result in loss of points in the proper evaluation category for that day. All students are expected to participate in and perform classroom and lab activities assigned by the Instructor.

    Grading:

    Semester assignments: (80%):

    Whole group/Small group/ class work

    Reading

    Writing

    Projects

    Informal assessments (quizzes, portfolios, etc.)

    Formal assessments (tests)

     

    Final Exam: (20%):

    Objective Final

    Writing Piece

     

    A=100%-90%, B=89%-80%, C=79%-70%, D=69%-60%, F=59% and below

    No extra credit

     

    Report Cards

    In an effort to conserve resources and harness the capacity of our electronic grade reporting program (PowerSchool) district schools will no longer print hard copies of report cards unless requested by individual parents. To request a hard copy of your student’s report card, please contact the front office at 623-376-3000. To receive your PowerSchool login, please stop into the office with a valid photo ID.

     

    Power School Online Access:

    Grades and attendance may be accessed 24 hours a day online with your Power School access code. Access codes are available in the Counseling Office or Front Desk Monday – Friday 7:00 AM– 3:30 PM. You may check student progress regularly on the PowerSchool site using the same login for one or more students.  For Mountain Ridge parents/guardians without home computer access, a computer with guest log-in capability is available in the Counseling Conference Room.

     

    Academic Assistance/Office Hours:

    In addition to the Academic Prep times built into our schedule each week, additional assistance/tutoring is provided on a weekly basis both by MRHS and individually by instructors. These office hours will be posted in the classroom and/or on my website at the start of each week. I will demonstrate to the students how to find my availability each week.

     

    Absences: After an absence, a student has one school day for each day missed to make up work/tests, regardless of the number of days absent. If many days were missed, please schedule an appointment with me to formulate a plan for the completion of make-up work. Make-up work for extended absences (over 3 days) may be requested through the Counseling Office and picked up there. 

     

    Daily Device Use (iPads)

    Students should come to school with their iPads charged and ready to use in each class every day.

    Devices may not be used to record or take photos of other people without their consent. Consequences for classroom disruptions and misuse of devices will follow a progressive discipline model, beginning with a phone call home and progressing to office referrals for repeated or more serious offenses. See the Student Rights and Responsibilities consequence chart in the handbook for more specific descriptions of infractions and consequences.

     Within each classroom, there are three possible technology environments. Teachers will identify for students the environment expected during their class period. These environments are described below:

    Red: No device use allowed.  Devices are to be off and put away.  If a device is out and being used at this time, students may receive disciplinary consequences and/or zeroes if appropriate.  This environment may be necessary for testing or non-electronic based assessments.

    Black: Limited device use allowed.  Students may use devices in accordance with teacher instruction in a prescribed manner.  Students may be asked to place devices face down on their desk until appropriate to use.  Teachers may ask to see students’ open apps and require that all apps are closed with the exception of a specific one or two.  Games should not be open in this environment unless the teacher indicates a specific game may be used.

     

    Green: Open device use.  Students may use their device independently to take notes, complete assignments, conduct research, communicate with the teacher, check grades, and other appropriate educational uses of the device.  Students should not access inappropriate content or cause disruption in this environment.

    Devices may not be used to record or take photos of other people without their consent. Consequences for classroom disruptions and misuse of devices will follow a progressive discipline model, beginning with a phone call home and progressing to office referrals for repeated or more serious offenses. Students who have devices out during a Red environment or during testing, may lose credit on their test or quiz.  See the Student Rights and Responsibilities consequence chart in the handbook for more specific descriptions of infractions and consequences.

    Recommended Supplies for this Course:

    Pen, pencil with eraser. Other supplies throughout the year as assigned.

    TSW Office Hours

    The TSW staff is dedicated to assisting students.  Weekly office hours are posted in the classroom (C116).  As you read below, you will find the staff members are available most mornings, during the school day and most afternoons.  However, availability changes frequently due to meetings and student outings- so... please check the board to see when we are free! "Don't forget to take advantage of AcaPrep time - you can always get a pass to come in then as well!"  

     

    Monday - Thursday

    Before School: 7:00 a.m. - 7:20 a.m.

    During School Day: 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th 

    After School:  2:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., by appointment

     

    MRHS TSW Website:

    https://sites.google.com/site/mrhsyouthtransitionprogram/

     

    The TSW website will provide you valuable information. The class syllabus is posted.  Each month the curriculum calendar will be posted to inform your student the topics covered.