Freshmen Focus/Health

2015-2016 Course Syllabus


  K. Eichstaedt and K. Palsrok

Your Instructor: Katie ‘Brennan’ Eichstaedt

Room: 1121

Best time to reach me: Planning 6th hour (1:01-1:53)

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I.             Course Description: Welcome to a new and exciting year at PCHS!  The Freshman Focus/ Health class is designed to help you learn to live a healthier, more productive life. We will be having a great year – discussing everything from study skills to decision making to human body systems.  Bring a positive attitude and lots of questions to class every day.  These two things are important components to learning.  As instructors, we will do our part to make our classroom comfortable and safe.  For a positive classroom climate, we will adhere to the following rules. 

                                                      1.     Respect – Show respect to the teacher, yourself and fellow students.

2.     Responsibility – Be responsible for your actions; being prepared for class; turning in homework; making up missed assignments; getting help when you do not understand; making arrangements when you need extra help, etc.

3.     Manners – Please use good manners at all times.

4.     MP3s/ IPods/ IPhones – Are allowed in the classroom during personal work time only for music use only.  Otherwise, please have them turned off and out of sight otherwise.  Thanks.

II.           Units of Study:The units of study for Freshman Focus/ Health will be thematic.  Topics will include: orientation to the high school, study skills, making positive decisions, developing a 4 year EDP, resume building, physical fitness and nutrition, mental and emotional health, family and social health, body systems, growth and development, medicine and drugs, diseases/pathogens, and first aide. Many assignments and due dates will be posted on the FF/Health Eboard.

III.        AssessmentFF/Health will have numerous assessments: quizzes, tests, projects and activities; all of which center on creating successful students. Homework: will be assigned 2-3 times per week.  Many times, on-task students that take advantage of class time will complete work and will not need to take it home.

We expect effort and high quality at all times:

Binders: A binder for this class only is required for all students to stress the importance of organization and responsibility.  Binder quizzes will be given periodically.  Within the binder, students should have divided sections for:

1.     Warm-ups

2.     Lecture Notes

3.     Assignments/class work

4.     Test Corrections

5.     Career Exploration Project

Grading:Tests/Quizzes are worth 50% of your final grade, Projects are worth 30% and other (i.e. in class assignments, Homework, or Activities) is worth 20% of your final grade. .

Late Work: Ideally, all of your work will be turned in on time.  However, there may be circumstances that will prevent you from getting your work in by the due date.  Late work not due to illness will be marked down 10% for every day it is late. It will not be accepted after 10 days.

Semester Grade: Each quarter will be 43% of your semester grade.  The final exam is worth 14% of your semester grade.  Students must pass two of three marking periods and/or exams to earn credit for the semester class.

IV.       ProceduresProcedures have been established to ensure that all students are adequately prepared for class.  This ensures that students will have the necessary information to be successful.  Procedures will be introduced and practiced throughout the first days of school.