2014 Economics and Personal Finance Ms. Jordan Rules and other stuff! Why EPF? Possible Personal Finance Certification Demonstrate Financial Readiness to Admission Offices Increased Scholarship Opportunities Because you can! (and you have to!) EVERY DAY, You Will Need… Neatly kept 3-ring binder for this class only with at least 200 college-ruled notebook pages 5 Tab Dividers (instructions will be provided in class) A composition or spiral notebook (kept in class) Pencils with eraser, BLACK pens, a highlighter A calculator (basic, 4-function) Assigned homework/readings/etc. Homework Agenda Book What you won’t need * No. Although tasty, you earn your grades; I don’t “give” them to you. What to Expect Few Homework Assignments…but… That means incomplete HW has a bigger impact on your grade A lot of group work and problem-solving To retain information, you must do something with it. So we will… Read it… (actively) Write it… (outlines, notes, essays…) Discuss it Test it! You Will Take the W!SE Exam! W!SE Exam: April 2015 Scholarships and money for those who score highest in most schools! Grading Policy Grades are based on total points earned divided by total points possible. Students will have many opportunities to earn points, but few opportunities for bonus/extra credit. In a typical quarter your will have a variety of grades. This means that one bad grade will not kill you. You can almost always come back from a mistake. However, consistently failing to do homework or readings will affect your grade. In order to be successful in this class, it is vital that you are present both mentally and physically EVERY DAY. It is NOT possible to be successful in this class or on the W!SE Examination by only reading the textbook. Grading Scale: 10 Points A=90-100 B=80=90 C=70-80 D=60-70 F=0-59 Assignments FAQs Because these tests can be difficult, sometimes you will be given the opportunity to correct tests for partial credit added to your original test score. This does NOT mean you should rely on doing better “later” Students who earn below 60% on tests will need to attend a study session during GP. If there is an issue that interferes with your ability to attend class, please talk with me sooner than later. I will work with you, and am always happy to do so! Coming to me the day the assignment is due, however, is too late. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE STUDENT TO SEEK OUT AND COMPLETE ANY MISSED ASSIGNMENTS. Ms. J’s Code of Acceptable Behavior Play Fair. Don’t Hit People. Say You’re Sorry When You Make a Mistake And mean it… Share… But Don’t Be a Moocher Also… Cellphone use will sometimes be permitted in class to look up certain items, etc. Please ask before you use. Cellphone use is NEVER permissible during tests or quizzes. “Fun” consequences may ensue… No, No, No Probably not… DON’T BE LATE! Tardy Policy 3 unexcused tardies per ½ quarter= GP detention For every additional tardy, you will be assigned lunch detention and/or an enrichment assignment Excessive Tardiness or Absenteeism = Discussion with the Administration Absences Vacations, Non-medically excused sick days, dentist, orthodontist, and college visits are all considered types of absences. You need to be in class to learn! I will ask students to miss no more than 3 class days per semester for optional field trips, inschool activities, etc. You should plan ahead and pick and choose those you absolutely want to participate in. Makeup Policy All homework and tests are due on the day of return to school unless otherwise stated. Assignments are due at the beginning of your class time. Students checking in late must find me and show me the assignment or it will be considered late. Tests will be taken during GP and/or another pre-scheduled time. For excused absences and extended absences due to illness or family emergencies, students will be given 3 days to make up tests and quizzes. Tests and quizzes left untaken after 3 days from your return will earn a grade of zero. Students must email me when they know they’re going to be absent on the day of a test. Students who know in advance must inform me they are missing a test. Pay Attention when Others are Talking… Honor Code The Honor Code is in full force in my class. Do not plagiarize. Do not cheat. Academic dishonesty is dishonesty.