Welcome to the start of the second semester. In 90 short days, if you are a senior, you will have completed your high school career. As a junior, you will be 75% done toward the goal of a high school diploma and the life that follows. Are you ready? It sounds like fun, doesn't it? Perhaps you are heading off to college, or getting a new job, or moving out of the house. Then what?
As a high school graduate, studies conducted by the College Board show that your average salary will be about $21,600. An associate degree will give you an average $30,800. A four year degree, however, provides average annual earnings of almost $50,000. It's your choice. Make the right one. Don't look back in ten years and think, "coulda, woulda, shoulda..."
Test Re-Takes: My policy until further notice:
You may retake a test if:
All chapter assignments are completed
The original test score is a D or less
A written review is completed as assigned
Retake is taken before or after school, during an SRT or TA mod.
Attached to the review will be an explanation of why the original test was so low and what will be done in the future to improve
The retake must be completed prior to the test for the following chapter/unit.
Note: The retake will not be the same, original test. The retake will include short answer or full-page essays.
If you complete the review in preparation for the test in the first place, rarely will you need to do all of this to retake a test. Study for learning, not for finding answers.
Late work: PHS critical values include responsibility. One of your responsibilities is to get your work done and turned in on time. All make up work must be completed on time to receive full credit. Late work turned in by the date of the chapter test will receive a grade reduction.
Cadet Teacher Program
The Cadet class is open to juniors and seniors. It is scheduled during two consecutive, morning mods during the fall semester. Dual credit is available through Valparaiso University.
Cadet Teacher Program Goal
The primary goal of the Teacher Cadet Program is to encourage academically able students who possess exemplary interpersonal and leadership skills to consider teaching as a profession. By combining classroom education with field experience cadet students will be able to make informed decisions regarding careers in education.
During their cadet experiences, students will: Examine the responsibilities and multiple roles of a teacher;
Observe, explore, and utilize effective teaching practices;
Recognize the importance of learning styles and teaching implications;
Develop an understanding of school operations and policies; Discuss and understand the critical issues in education;
Recognize the importance of being a reflective practitioner.
Psychology is a one semester class open to juniors and seniors.
This is an introductory course designed to give you a general idea of what psychology consists of and that psychology is valuable not just for understanding behavior but also for working effectively with basic experiences of life.
What goes on in our minds?
How do we perceive the world around us?
How does memory function?
Ever caught yourself wondering why reality TV is so popular?
How do people think about, influence, and relate to one another?
Topics will include: Psychology as a profession, research methods in psychology; social perceptions; learning theories; hypnosis, dreams, meditation, and sleep; the brain and its functions; sources of stress and coping with stress; and behavioral disorders.
Links to resources are noted below.
United States History
Why study U.S. History?
Only a good-for-nothing is not interested in his past. ~ Sigmund Freud
History as a discipline can be characterized as having a collective forgetfulness about women. ~ Clarice Stasz Stoll
Study history, study history. In history lies all the secrets of statecraft. ~Winston Churchill
United States history will primarily focus on the 20th and 21st century. Those who do not know history are bound to repeat its mistakes, so they say. Read more here:
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My classroom phone: (219) 764-6138