• Course Objectives:

    Our life skills classroom is unique and based on individual needs.

    • Interact with science, math, history, and government content at student’s individualized learning level. 

    • Utilize transition skills on a daily basis.

    • Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations regarding content learning and basic daily conversation. 

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

    • Analyze historical figures and events recognizing their impact on our government and our history. 

    • Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse formats and media, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.

    • Read and comprehend informational texts independently and/or whole group.

    • 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.

    • Collaborate with peers and staff members to complete tasks and content learning.

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

     
    Assignments vary pending each student's individual schedule and academic need. 
      
    During our academic school day, students will be reinforcing basic learning and interactive skills.
     
     
     

    Mrs. Plogman’s Course Syllabus

    2018-19

     

    Teacher: Deborah Plogman

    Deborah.Plogman@dvusd.org

                                                                                                                                                               

     

    Course Titles: Science, Math, History, Government, and Transition Skills Courses

     

                                                                                                                                                               

    Course Description:

    This course is aligned with sciences, math, history, government, health, and career content standards while incorporating daily living skills. These skills embrace and enhance each student’s success and achievement. This class is specifically designed to help students make a positive transitions from their high school setting to their selected post high school outcome(s). The course will help students with their individualized learning plan goals and incorporate daily living skills.

     

     

    Course Objectives:

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

    • Interact with science, math, history, and government content at student’s individualized learning level.
    • Utilize transition skills on a daily basis.
    • Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations regarding content learning and basic daily conversation.
    • Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.
    • Analyze historical figures and events recognizing their impact on our government and our history.
    • Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse formats and media, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
    • Read and comprehend informational texts independently and/or whole group.
    • 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.
    • Collaborate with peers and staff members to complete tasks and content learning.
    • Write routinely over extended time frames for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.

      

    Classroom Rules and Consequences:

    • Treat others the way you want to be treated.
    • Be Respectful to staff and peers.
    • Be prepared for class.
    • Be responsible for your materials and your own work area.
    • Participate and always give your best effort
    • Follow all campus and district rules.

     

    Grades:

    Semester assignments:

    Whole group/Small group class work

    Participation

    Informal assessments- (quizzes, portfolios, participation, etc.)

    Formal Assessments (tests)

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

     

    Homework Policies:

    Homework is minimal for these classes. However, when assignments are assigned they must be turned in for credit, unless the student has excused absence. Make up of assignments must take place within the time period delineated in the MRHS student handbook (one day allotted for every day of an excused absence), unless noted teacher support and/or IEP.

     

    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. I will demonstrate to the students how to find my availability each week. I also encourage and demonstrate to your son/daughter how to write down my availability in their Mountain Ridge planner (provided by the school) so that you, too, are aware of my availability. 

     

    Make up and Long-Term Project Policies:

    Excused and Unexcused Absences: After an excused 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.

     

    Class work missed as a result of an unexcused absence will result in a zero for that day. This includes quizzes, tests, labs, projects, participation points, etc. that were completed that day.

     

    Technology:

    Because we are becoming a technology rich campus, we are expanding the use of technology as a learning tool. Electronic devices will be increasingly integrated into the curriculum to reinforce critical thinking, collaboration, and cognitive engagement. I will designate during which activities students may use an electronic device and I will articulate how the device should be used appropriately. If a violation of the stipulated use occurs, consequences will be enforced in accordance with the Mountain Ridge Student Handbook. While we strive to maintain a safe environment, Mountain Ridge is not responsible for lost or stolen devices brought from home.