Course Syllabus

Ms. Lynna Paez

Room 702

Franklinton High School

2018-2019 School Year

Personal Finance

Course Description

Personal Finance prepares students to understand economic activities and challenges of individuals and families, the role of lifestyle goals in education and career choices, procedures in a successful job search, financial forms used in independent living, and shopping options and practices for meeting consumer needs.  The course also prepares students to understand consumer rights, responsibilities, and information, protect personal and family resources, and apply procedures for managing personal finances.  Appropriate work-based learning strategies include career shadowing and service learning.  Related activities in DECA, FBLA, and FCCLA provide the opportunity for students to apply personal financial planning skills in authentic settings.

Course Objectives

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Understand economic activities and individuals and families.
  2. Understand economic challenges of individual families.
  3. Understand lifestyle goals, choices, and job search procedures.
  4. Understand financial services and forms used in independent living.
  5. Understand consumer rights, responsibilities, and information.
  6. Understand shopping options and practices for meeting consumer needs.
  7. Understand ways to protect personal and family resources.
  8. Apply procedures for managing personal finances.

Grading

 

Grading Period

1

2

3

 

 

Final Grade

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Participation

10

10

10

 

 

1st 6-weeks

30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class Work

50

50

50

 

 

2nd 6-weeks

30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Test and Quizzes

30

30

30

 

 

3rd 6-weeks

40

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Projects

10

10

10

 

 

Final Exam

20% averaged in to create final grade

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

100

100

100

 

 

 

100

 

 

 

 

Letter Grade

Percentage

A

90-100%

B

80-89%

C

70-79%

D

60-69%

F

0-59%

 

Notebooks and Other Supplies

This course does not use a traditional textbook. Instead, you will be receiving handouts, PowerPoint notes, and Vocabulary.  Some of this material will be given to you already copied and ready to use, while some material you will be responsible for typing and or writing out and filing in your notebook – thus creating your own personal “textbook” for the course. This Interactive notebook will be graded as a project grade.

 

Notebooks may be graded after each Objective, therefore, you must keep them in a neat and organized manner as instructed by your teacher.  They will also serve as your portfolio of work for the course.  Be sure your notebook makes it to class with you every day. So you will need two composition notebooks. The Interactive notebook will stay in the class at all times.

 

Additional Material needed:

  • Pens (Blue or Black ink only) – you will have to re-do assignments if not in the appropriate color. Don’t create extra work for yourself.
  • Pencils
  • Highlighter
  • Notebook Paper
  • Folder – keep in mind that your Notebook will be graded and not available to you when this occurs. It would be a good idea to have a folder to keep up with any material received/completed while you’re waiting for your Notebook to be returned.
  • We will also use the shared network folders for class materials and assignments.

 

Policies & Procedures

CLASSROOM RULES

 

  1. Be on time and prepared for class each day.
  2. Have all of your own necessary materials.
  3. Show a high level of respect for the teacher, your classmates, and yourself at all times.
  4. No gum, food, candy, or drink in the lab at any time.
  5. No yelling, profanity, or inappropriate language.
  6. Keep your work area neat and orderly during and before leaving classroom.

 

POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

 

  • Come into class QUIETLY and immediately sit in your assigned

 

  • Be prepared for class before the tardy bell rings. This includes sharpening pencils, getting materials together, and bathroom breaks.
  • Promptly begin Warm Up posted on board or overhead after tardy bell rings.

 

  • There will be NO random movement about the classroom unless deemed appropriate by teacher.
  • All equipment will be properly checked out and assigned by teacher.
  • ONLY 4 HALL PASSES PER SEMESTER! Emergencies* are the exception -- not the rule.  Take care of ALL personal business before entering the room.  All medical documentations need to be provided to me the 1st week of school. ONLY students with a grade average of a C or BETTER are eligible to receive additional passes. Any passes not used will then be extra credit.
  • Classroom phone is OFF LIMITS to students. It is for the teacher’s use and in case of extreme emergencies.  If you need to make a phone call please let me know.
  • Cell phones are not to be used and/or visible for any reason other than assignments designated for cell phone use. Otherwise, they should be turned OFF and placed in the “no phone zone” until you leave the classroom.
  • Report any and all computer related issues immediately to the teacher. Do not try to fix anything yourself.  I will assess the problem and either move you myself or correct the situation at your station.
  • Make up work is the student’s responsibility and must be completed within 5 days of an EXCUSED absence.
  • Students must organize his/her workstation at the beginning, as well as, at the end of class.
  • Raise your hand and be acknowledged before speaking out during class unless the activity calls for open discussion. Please be mindful of your voice levels at all times.
  • NO talking, laughing, or any other audible distractions while someone else is talking. This includes the teacher, visitors, and your classmates.
  • NO talking, laughing, or any other audible distractions during test and quizzes. Noncompliance will result in-school detention.
  • ALL students must have a signed Acceptable Use Policy on file in order to have access to computers in this classroom.
  • Time on task is the expectation during the ENTIRE class period. You must be working efficiently and effectively at all times!
  • DISMISSAL IS BY THE TEACHER NOT THE BELL. The class must be quiet, in assigned seats, and work areas clean. NO ONE is to stand at my door waiting for dismissal. We remain seated until the bell rings.

TARDY POLICY

 

A student is tardy to class if that student is not in their seat at the sound of the bell.

The Tardy Policy that is provided in your Student Handbook will be the one that is STRICTLY enforced in this classroom.  Please familiarize yourself with this policy as soon as possible.  I will not defer from it.

DISCIPLINE PROCEDURES

 

1st offense:      Verbal warning from teacher and/or in-class consequence.

2nd offense:     Parental contact.

3rd offense:      Parental contact and Open Learning Center assignment.

4th offense:      Parental contact and Administrative referral.

 

I HAVE A ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY FOR INAPPROPRIATE AND DISRESPECTFUL BEHAVIOR!

Midterm and Final Exams

This course will include a Midterm and Final Exam. Personal Finance is a State regulated course and therefore, is NOT eligible for exemption. The Midterm will be created by your teacher from a secure item test bank by the State Department of Public Instruction with a total of 50-100 questions.  The Final will be created by the State Department of Public Instruction and will have a total of 100 questions. 

 

IF YOU REMAIN ENROLLED IN THIS COURSE, YOU MUST TAKE THE FINAL EXAM.

Extra Credit Policy

There will be opportunities for Extra credit throughout the course.  However, this is an earned privilege and the frequency or lack of will depend upon classroom behavior, participation, and work ethic.

Late Work Policy

In order to move quickly and successfully, specific deadlines for all assignments will be posted on a weekly basis. If you are unable to meet a deadline, it is expected that you will make arrangements in advance with the teacher to turn work in late. A penalty may or may not be assigned, and that will be based solely on my discretion as the teacher of the class.

If you do not make prior arrangements and fail to turn individual work in on time, you will receive a zero for that assignment until satisfactory arrangements have been made and/or the assignment is completed.

Plagiarism Policy

Academic honesty is of the utmost importance in my class. You are expected to be the sole author of your work. Use of another person's work as your own is highly unacceptable and will result in a zero.  If material is too difficult or you are behind, make full use of tutoring and/or after-school opportunities given. The following are some examples of dishonesty or unethical and unprofessional behavior:

  • Plagiarism: Using another person's words, ideas, or results without giving proper credit to that person; giving the impression that it is the student's own work.
  • Any form of cheating on examinations.
  • Submitting an assignment(s) that was partially or wholly completed by another student.

 

  • Copying work or written text from a student, the Internet, or any document without giving due credit to the source of the information.
  • Assisting another student with reasonable knowledge that the other student intends to commit any act of academic dishonesty. This offense would include, but would not be limited to providing an assignment to another student to submit as his/her own work or allowing another student to copy answers to any test, examination or assignment.
  • Sharing of flash-drives to submit an assignment that was partially or wholly completed by another student.

In essence, plagiarism is the theft of someone else's ideas and work. Whether a student copies verbatim or simply rephrases the ideas of another without properly acknowledging the source, it is still plagiarism.

 

Tutoring

 

DAY

TIME

ROOM

Tuesday

3:00-4:30

702

Thursday

3:00-4:30

702

 

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