COURSE GUIDELINES: PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATIONS
Mrs. Leatherman firstname.lastname@example.org 940-665-0961 ext. 341
Conference: Second period: 8:51-9:42
Welcome to Professional Communications. This semester you will have the opportunity to develop and improve skills and techniques necessary for effective communication. Areas within speech that we will study include the Elements of Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Group Communication, Public Speaking, Debate and Parliamentary Procedure, Mass Communication, and Performing Arts. This course will require you to present numerous speeches and complete the research necessary to prepare your speech content. Clear instructions will be provided for every assignment. Ask questions if you don’t understand. Remember to check the board each day for the agenda, any supplies you may need to have ready, and for daily and weekly instructions.
All policies of Callisburg High School and Callisburg ISD will be enforced. Be aware that successful completion of this course is required for graduation.
Be on time.
Respect the property and opinions of others.
Complete all assigned work on time; all work is due at the beginning of class unless otherwise noted.
Have admit slips ready for me to sign at the beginning of class. I will not allow you to miss class to get an admit.
I accept only original work. The penalty for plagiarizing or cheating is an automatic zero.
For minor infractions I will issue one verbal warning.
After one verbal warning I will either assign the student to teacher detention or refer the student to the office for discipline. My choice is determined by the nature of the infraction.
Major infractions will result in referral to the office.
I will follow the CHS policy on the acceptance of make-up work. Students are expected to get make-up work BEFORE school.
Long-term projects and assignments will be due immediately upon your return after an absence. Absence before a previously announced test, presentation, or assignment deadline does not excuse you from taking the test or making the presentation on the day you return.
Nearly all make-up work will be completed before or after school.
Students will be assigned to Swim Camp on Tuesday or Thursday if work is not turned in on time or if the work is not satisfactory. Students are responsible for notifying their parents that they have been assigned to Swim Camp. Students remain in Swim Camp until their work is complete: Swim Camp no longer ends at 5:00 p.m. as it did in the past.
Most tutorial sessions will be held before school. I have duty on Thursday mornings, so if you need to see me on a Thursday, please come to the main hall.
Other tutorial sessions are available by arrangement.
Homework will be assigned, but most work will be completed during class.
Some assignments require internet access. If internet access is not available at home, students should use the CHS library or schedule tutorial time with me.
50% tests and projects; 50% homework and daily grades
Late work can be turned in for reduced points:
Regular education Special education
One day late -10 points -5 points
Completed during Swim Camp -20 points -10 points
Completed in ISS -30 points -15 points
1. Students who fail a test or assignment will be provided an opportunity to retake the test or redo the assignment.
2. Students must notify their teacher in writing that they want to retake or redo an assignment.
3. Teachers will set up a time for the test to be retaken. Redoing an assignment will be handled by the individual teachers, however all make up tests and redoing of assignments must be scheduled within three days of the students receiving the grade or having the opportunity to receive the grade. Failure of the student to check grades will not constitute not knowing the posted grade.
4. Retaking or redoing a failed assignment or test for mastery will allow the student to receive a grade to replace the failing grade but cannot be higher than a 70.
5. Retaking of failed tests and assignments is an opportunity for a student to improve his/her grade and also to demonstrate mastery of the test or assignment. It is not a tool for improving grades at the end of the six weeks or semester. Failure to follow these guidelines will result in the failing grade becoming final.
Spiral notebook with perforated edge paper.
2 poster boards
Ladies: 1 box of Kleenex Gentlemen: 1 roll of paper towels
Other supplies may be required later in the semester. If so, students will be given ample time to purchase those supplies.
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CUT ON LINE ABOVE, SIGN AND RETURN TO MRS. LEATHERMAN. THIS COUNTS AS A GRADE.
I HAVE READ AND AGREE TO ABIDE BY THE RULES FOR MRS. LEATHERMAN’S CLASS.
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