World Studies Syllabus

   Class Syllabus: World Studies  (.5 credit)                     2016/2017

 

 

Instructor Mr. Ken Gex and Ms. Bonnie Lebenson (student teacher)

Room 110

503-263-7200 x5110

gexk@canby.k12.or.us

 

Course Description Since most students will not be traveling the world, we will study areas of the world to help gain a better understanding of life beyond Canby, Oregon, and the U.S. In this required course, students will investigate world geography, culture, religion and modern world history. In addition, students will gain an understanding of the impact of the Industrial Revolution and Imperialism, as time allows, the major revolutions of the 20th Century.
Office Hours I am in my room before school and after school until at least 3:15pm most every day. (I’m willing to come in early or stay later within reason.) Don’t hesitate to come and ask for help or just work on your assignment in my room.

 

Prerequisite

NA

Supplies

Bring paper, pencil/pen everyday. Textbook will be available for use in class but an additional one may be checked out if you think necessary.

 

Attendance • Attendance is essential for success. Any attendance issues will be addressed following the school attendance policy (see student handbook).

• If tardiness/absenteeism becomes an issue, parent contact will be attempted and a referral sent to the Student Center. Tardy students are not allowed to bring in food nor drink.

• If a student is absent, it is the student’s responsibility to make-up missed material. Each student is responsible for all course content whether the student was present for class or not. Daily lessons will be available on line, via directions on my school blog.

 

 

Late Work Students are expected to complete and turn in work on time. No late work for a unit will be accepted after taking a unit test.

 

Summative Assessments

50% of final grade (make-up & re-take policy)

 

Summative Assessments (test/exams) will be given at the end of each unit.  If you are absent on test day you must make arrangements with me for a make-up test within a week from the original test date. Summative tests can be re-taken within a week from the original test date, but all corresponding assignments must be 100% complete in order to re-take. All re-takes and make-up tests/quizzes.
Formative Assessments 40% of final grade (make-up & re-take policy)

 

Formative assessments will occur periodically throughout each unit. These assessments may include, but are not limited to:

• Unit Quizzes

• Homework Quizzes

• In-class assignments

Learning Habits

10% of final grade

• Complete assigned tasks on time – a deduction of 50% for late work turned in.

• Take responsibility for decisions and actions understanding/anticipating that there are consequences for inappropriate decisions/actions.

• Maintain regular attendance and be on time. Provide appropriate paperwork for absences or tardies.

• Each unit and the end of the term will have Learning Habit entries that will equal up to but no more than 10%.

 

Organization Students are expected to take notes daily and keep them in an organized manner. It is suggested that all assignments, notes, worksheets, and test/quizzes should be kept in an organized manner in a 3-ring notebook.

 

Participation Students are expected to be active learners and participate regularly in class.

 

 

Grades
A+ 99 – 100% B+ 89% C+ 79% D+ 69%
A 92 – 98% B 82 – 88% C 72 – 78% D 62 – 68%
A- 90 – 91% B- 80 – 81% C- 70 – 71% D- 60 – 61%
F – Below 60%
Monitoring Progress Students’ grades will be posted in the classroom by student ID number. Grades will also be accessible via the StudentVUE and ParentVUE portals online. Grades will be updated, in class and online, about weekly.  If there are any questions about a student’s grade, feel free to contact the instructor to discuss them.
Classroom Expectations  

The classroom is an environment for supporting learning and student success. As such, any action that inhibits either will not be tolerated. Some further guidelines which dictate classroom policy are:

1.     Be considerate of others and remember the Golden Rule.

2.     Every student is a valuable member of the classroom learning community. Disrespect or prejudice toward peers or anyone is unacceptable. Students are encouraged to collaborate with their peers on non-exam activities.

3.     Students are expected to be agents of their own learning. While the instructor will make every reasonable effort to aid in student learning, the student is ultimately responsible for their efforts. Students will be held accountable for their decisions in order to help them develop appropriate decision-making skills.

4.     Appropriate use of electronic devices is always expected during class time.  That means the off and away policy will be enforced.  Students should ask teacher when considering use of electronics.

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Note All schedule and assignment information for this course is tentative and the instructor reserves the right to make any changes that are deemed necessary.

 

Parents:

 

Grades are accessible via the StudentVUE and ParentVUE portals online. Grades will be updated, in class and online, about bi-weekly.  If there are any questions about a student’s grade, feel free to contact the instructor to discuss them.

 

 

 

 

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Psychology Course Syllabus

Psychology 2016-17 Syllabus

Instructor – contact info. Ken Gex                                               503-263-7200 Ext. 5110                                    gexk@canby.k12.or.us
Course Description This course is a general overview of some of the Modules of Psychology.  Students will learn about disciplines for mental health, the role of biology and environment on human development, personality differences, and. other areas of interest
Prerequisite Must have taken and passed Wellness.
Text Thinking About Psychology
Website Classroom Expectations, Daily Calendar, and other class information can be accessed through my email on school web-site

http://staffblogs.canby.k12.or.us/gexk/

Office Hours Available before school and after school until 3:15pm most every day.  I will not be available during lunch time.

Supplies

Pen or pencil and notebook paper.  It is suggested that you have a notebook but it is not required.

Attendance

Attendance is essential for student success. Any attendance issues will be addressed following the school attendance policy (see student handbook).

If tardiness/absenteeism becomes an issue, parent contact will be attempted and a referral sent to the Student Center.  Tardy students are not allowed to bring in food nor drink.
If a student is absent, it is the student’s responsibility to make-up missed material. Each student is responsible for all course content whether the student was present for class or not.

Late Work Students are expected to complete and turn in work on time.
Summative Assessments

60% of final grade

Summative assessments are assessments of learning. Summative assessments let students, parents and teachers know what a student has learned when instruction is over, at the end of each unit. Summative assessments may include, but are not limited to:

– Unit objective test         – Unit essay/paper            – Unit project          – In class activities

If you are absent on the day of a summative assessment, you must make arrangements with your teacher to make it up as soon as possible after school or before school but must be taken before the completion of the following unit summative assessment.

Formative Assessments

30% of final grade

Formative assessments may occur periodically throughout each unit.  Formative assessments are used for learning; letting students, parents, and teachers know how a student is progressing in his/her learning. These assessments may include, but are not limited to:

– Pop quizzes         – Unit quizzes     -Homework/assignment quizzes   – In-class activities

Learning Habits 10% Career Related Learning Standard: Exhibit appropriate work ethic and behaviors in school, community, and workplace.

CS.PM.01 Identify tasks that need to be done and initiate action to complete the tasks.

CS.PM.02 Plan, organize, and complete projects and assigned tasks on time, meeting agreed upon standards of quality.

CS.PM.03 Take responsibility for decisions and actions and anticipate consequences of decisions and actions.

CS.PM.04 Maintain regular attendance and be on time.

CS.PM.05 Maintain appropriate interactions with colleagues.

Learning habits will be assessed primarily through daily attendance and ability to follow classroom expectations with emphasis on proper use of cell phones.

Retake Policy Students will be allowed one retake on each of the summative and formative assessments. Re-take assessments will be averaged.   All re-takes must be taken before the next summative assessment is given.
Monitoring Progress Students’ grades will be posted in the classroom by student ID number. Grades will also be accessible via the StudentVUE and ParentVUE portals online. Grades will be updated, in class and online, about weekly.  If there are any questions about a student’s grade, feel free to contact the instructor to discuss them.
Grades
A+ 99 – 100% B+ 89% C+ 79% D+ 69%
A 92 – 98% B 82 – 88% C 72 – 78% D 62 – 68%
A- 90 – 91% B- 80 – 81% C- 70 – 71% D- 60 – 61%
F – Below 60%

Standards-based grading communicates how students perform on a set of clearly defined learning targets called standards. The purpose of standards-based grading is to identify what students know and are able to do in relation to pre-established learning targets.  The traditional averaging of grades can mask what students have learned, or not learned, in a specific course.

Students are graded based on acquired knowledge of the Oregon Content Standards and Common Core State Standards.  Students will be graded under two categories:  formative and summative assessments (see above).

Standards-based report cards separate academic performance from work habits and behavior. Variables such as effort, participation, timeliness, cooperation, attitude, and attendance are reported separately, not as an indicator of a student’s academic performance.

Organization Students are expected to take notes daily and keep them in an organized manner. It is suggested that all assignments, notes, worksheets, etc. be kept in an organized manner in a 3-ring notebook.
Classroom   Expectations The classroom is an environment for supporting learning and student success. As such, any action that inhibits either will not be tolerated. Some further guidelines which dictate classroom policy are:

1.     Be considerate of others and remember the Golden Rule.

2.     Every student is a valuable member of the classroom learning community. Disrespect or prejudice toward peers or anyone is unacceptable. Students are encouraged to collaborate with their peers on non-exam activities.

3.     Students are expected to be agents of their own learning. While the instructor will make every reasonable effort to aid in student learning, the student is ultimately responsible for their efforts. Students will be held accountable for their decisions in order to help them develop appropriate decision-making skills.

Appropriate use of electronic devices is always expected during class time.  That means the off and away policy will be enforced.  Students should ALWAYS ask teacher when considering use of electronics.

Out of consideration for the learning environment and your student’s education, please do not text or call your student during class time. If there is an emergency, please call the school: 503-263-7200.

All students and parents are expected to follow classroom expectations.  Please fill out the form below and return it to your teacher by                          .

Student Name (print)                                                                                          

Student Signature                                                                                             Date                                    

Parent/guardian name (print)                                                                                        

Parent/guardian signature                                                                                  Date                                 

 

Economics Course Syllabus

 

Canby High School Economics Syllabus 2016-2017

Course and credit(s)

Economics    .5 credits

Course Description

This course involves the study of economics in a changing American society.  Students will examine the following: financial literacy and post high school plans, the business cycle and economic indicators, the federal budget, fiscal and monetary policies, principles of economic reasoning, international trade, various economic systems in practiced in the world today.  All students will participate in a global trade simulation where they will apply economic concepts and act as economic advisers seeking to improve the quality of life for their assigned country’s people.

Prerequisite

none-     Required for graduation
Text Course text includes articles from The Week; The Economist; Current Issues chapters The Economy and The National Budget; and news stories from The NewsHour and Martketplace.
Instructor and Contact Information Erin Walsh                                                        Ken Gex                                         Joe Minson

503-263-7200 x.5107                                            503-263-7200 x.5110              503-2637200 x.5113

walshe1@canby.k12.or.us                                gexk@canby.k12.or.us             minsonj@canby.k12.or.us

Website(s) Classroom expectations, daily calendar, and other class information can be found on the blog.

For Ms. Walsh:  http://staffblogs.canby.k12.or.us/walshe1/  

For Mr. Gex:  http://staffblogs.canby.k12.or.us/walshe1/

For Mr. Minson:  minsonj@canby.k12.or.us

Office Hours Available before school and after school until 3:15 p.m.  

Ms. Walsh available at lunch by request.

Classroom Expectations The classroom is an environment for supporting learning and student success. As such, any action that inhibits either will not be tolerated. Some further guidelines which dictate classroom policy are:

  1. Be considerate of others and remember the Golden Rule.
  2. Every student is a valuable member of the classroom learning community. Disrespect or prejudice toward peers or anyone is unacceptable. Students are encouraged to collaborate with their peers on non-exam activities.
  3. Students are expected to be agents of their own learning. While the instructor will make every reasonable effort to aid in student learning, the student is ultimately responsible for their efforts. Students will be held accountable for their decisions in order to help them develop appropriate decision-making skills.
  4. Appropriate use of electronic devices is always expected during class time.  That means the off and away policy will be enforced.  Students should ask teacher when considering use of electronics.
Attendance Attendance is essential for student success. Any attendance issues will be addressed following the school attendance policy (see student handbook).

If tardiness/absenteeism becomes an issue, parent contact will be attempted and a referral sent to the Student Center.  Tardy students are not allowed to bring in food nor drink.
If a student is absent, it is the student’s responsibility to make-up missed material. Each student is responsible for all course content whether the student was present for class or not.

Organization It is a great benefit for students to be able to look back at previous work. Thus, materials will be referenced throughout the course and students are expected to keep all course materials neat and organized.

Supplies

Pen or pencil and notebook paper.  It is suggested that you have a notebook, but it is not required.

                                                              

Topics of Study and Summative Assessments 1. Six Principles That Guide Economic Reasoning and Financial Literacy  

    Summative Assessment: Financial Literacy Paper

2.  Supply and Demand

   Summative Assessment: Unit test

3. The Business Cycle, GDP, current domestic economic issues, monetary and fiscal policies

    Summative Assessment: Unit test

4. International Economics and Globalization

   Summative Assessment: International Economic Summit

5. Effect of Globalization on Local Communities

   Summative Assessment: Town Hall- Is Wal-Mart Good For America?

Formative Assessments

30%

Formative assessments may occur periodically throughout each unit.  Formative assessments are used for learning; letting students, parents, and teachers know how a student is progressing in his/her learning. These assessments may include, but are not limited to:

– Quizzes        -Assignments          – In-class activities

Summative Assessments

60%

Summative assessments are assessments of learning. Summative assessments let students, parents and teachers know what a student has learned when instruction is over, at the end of each unit. Summative assessments may include, but are not limited to:

    – Unit objective tests         – ACT Profile           – International Economic Summit
If you are absent on the day of an assessment, you must make arrangements with your teacher to make it up as soon as possible after school or before school.  It must be taken within a week of the originial test date.

Learning Habits

10%

Career Related Learning Standard: Exhibit appropriate work ethic and behaviors in school, community, and workplace.

CS.PM.01 Identify tasks that need to be done and initiate action to complete the tasks.

CS.PM.02 Plan, organize, and complete projects and assigned tasks on time, meeting agreed upon standards of quality.

CS.PM.03 Take responsibility for decisions and actions and anticipate consequences of decisions and actions.

CS.PM.04 Maintain regular attendance and be on time.

CS.PM.05 Maintain appropriate interactions with colleagues.
Learning habits will be assessed primarily through daily attendance and ability to follow classroom expectations with emphasis on proper use of cell phones.

Late Work Students are expected to complete and turn in work on time.
Retake Policy Students will be allowed one retake on each of the summative and formative assessments.  Re-take assessment scores will be averaged. Student may be asked to complete all unit assignments before attepting a re-take.
All re-takes must be taken before the next summative assessment is given.
Grades Grades will be determined by the following scale:

A+ 99 – 100% B+ 89% C+ 79% D+ 69%
A 92 – 98% B 82 – 88% C 72 – 78% D 62 – 68%
A- 90 – 91% B- 80 – 81% C- 70 – 71% D- 60 – 61%
F – Below 60%
Monitoring Progress Students’ grades will be posted in the classroom by student ID number. Grades will also be accessible via the Synergy StudentVUE and ParentVUE portals online. Grades will be updated, in class and online, about weekly.  If there are any questions about a student’s grade, feel free to contact the instructor to discuss them.
Options for Help Do not hesitate to seek help whenever needed, many options are available:

  • Meet with instructor (see office hours) or meet  with the other Economics instructor.
  • Use the notes off the blog/Planbook.
  • Seek on-line resources (search on-line such as Khan Academy).
  • Work with peers (It is encouraged that students form study groups to work with).
  • Check out a text book from the depository.

Note: The instructor reserves the right to make any changes to the course/syllabus deemed necessary to facilitate student learning.

Schedule and contact information:

This trimester I have the pleasure of teaching both Psychology 1 and Economics. If you need to contact me please do this by emailing me at gexk@canby.k12.or.us or leaving me a voice mail at 505-263-7200, ext. 5110.

Here’s a link see the daily lesson plans and related content.