Grading Policy AP Economics / Instructor: John “Doc” Holaday
Your grade will be determined by the total number of points you earn during the grading period. Grades will be computed from the total possible points with 90% of that score being an A, 80 to 89% a B, 70 to 79% a C, and 60 to 69% a D. Any “Bonus Points” earned will not be added to the grade unless the student has achieved 90% attendance throughout the semester (no more than 10 absences at semester). Your points will come from the following areas:
Assignments: Assignments of varying points will be given throughout the semester. All assignments are to be turned in on time! It is your responsibility to make arrangements upon your return to class for any missed class work.
Tests: Tests of varying points, usually 100, will be given throughout the grading period at approximately 2-3 week intervals. If you miss a test and the absence is is your responsibility to make up the test on YOUR own time. Make up tests will not be given during class.
Participation: You will receive 2 points per day for attendance and participation. Classroom activities will begin at the bell. Coming in tardy will result in loss of points.
Weekly Report: A weekly report from an article that was given to you in class is worth 20 points is due the last day of class every week. These reports are to be one page typed with a one paragraph summary and one paragraph opinion with support/reasoning of the events discussed. Reports not typed will be worth half credit.
BiWeekly Report: A biweekly report worth 20 points is due the last day of class every other week. These reports are to be one page typed covering a current event related to the class subject matter. These reports must include a copy of the article that was your source, a one paragraph summary of the article that you chose, and one paragraph opinion with support/reasoning of the events discussed. Reports not typed will be worth half credit.
Notebook: A notebook for just this class is due at the end of each 9 week grading period. It is
worth 100 points. Each notebook is required to be in a three ring binder. It will be organized by notes, handouts, and assignments per unit. It will be graded on neatness, content, and organization!
Report: A typed report worth a minimum 300 points will be due five weeks before the end of the
semester. The student will collect 5 articles, each a minimum of five paragraphs in length, on the
same subject dealing with economics. Each article is to be mounted and the main points are to be highlighted. A one and a half page 12 point double spaced summary of the five articles and a one half page opinion are to be written.
Final Exam: ALL students will take the final exam. The exam is comprehensive. The exam is worth 20% of your final grade. THIS MEANS YOUR FINAL CLASS GRADE MAY DROP TO FAILING BASED UPON YOUR TEST RESULTS! STUDY!
Electronic Devises are not to be out during classroom instruction at anytime unless permission is granted by the instructor. This is to include lecture, movies, and / or assignment work while in the class. Failure to comply with this reasonable request the student will be asked to surrender said electronic devise to the instructor. Non compliance will result in disciplinary action by administration for insubordination.
You will be treated and expected to act as an adult in this class. This means you will be held responsible and accountable for your actions. Any action by you that detracts from learning will be dealt with appropriately. You are expected to be in class everyday on time and prepared. Excessive absences and tardies will be dealt with according to school policy and may result in loss of credit.
An Open Letter To My Students;
Attending High School is the equivalent to being employed. Some will say I don’t get paid so how can this be like a job. You are right, you don’t receive a “paycheck” while attending school, but you receive something much more valuable. You learn the skills and information you will need to acquire the skills you will need to have success in your job or chosen career. The more you learn now the further you can go in achieving your dreams. The effort you spend in your 12 years of “public” education will have a huge impact on the success you have for the following 40 plus years that you will be working for a living.
Success on the job is achieved only with hard work and effort. This is also true of school. The habits and work ethic you establish now will carry on with you after you leave school and go to work for a living. To quote the late Vince Lombardi, former head coach of the Green Bay Packers, “winning is not a sometimes thing, but an all the times thing. and unfortunately so is losing”. What Coach Lombardi meant by that statement was that your attitude is reflected in everything that you do. An attitude of working hard and doing your best carries over into all aspects of your life, and unfortunately so does being lazy and doing just enough to get by. What kind of attitude are you developing?
Your employer expects you to be on the job everyday, be on time, and come to work prepared for work. You are allowed only a specific number of sick days each year after which your pay is “docked”. This is also true of this class. Regular and prompt attendance is essential, and your “sick” days are limited (see your student handbook). Excessive absences will result in the loss of your “job” in the work force and loss of credit in this class.
Meetings are essential part of the workplace, and everyone is expected to attend regularly and contribute to the discussion and exchange information that takes place Your knowledge and sharing of
vital information will improve your standings and chance for promotion at your place of employment (graduation). Likewise not knowing or sharing puts you in jeopardy (loss of credit). You are expected to contribute to our discussions and analysis of the issues. This requires that you come to each class prepared to discuss not only the assigned material but current events as they relate to this class . Failure to do so
will cause a demotion and loss of salary in the business world. In this class it will cause a lowering of your grade.
In the workplace your employer requires that you submit all reports on time. Failure to do so will endanger your employers business and ultimately your success and paycheck. The same is true for this class. All reports (tests and papers) are due at a scheduled time. If for a justified reason, you will not be able to meet the time schedule, you must notify me, just as you would in the workplace. Such extensions
do not come without a cost and may result in a decrease in your “salary” (grade).
Performance reviews occur periodically in the workplace and your employer determines the
degree that you are meeting specific goals during these reviews. Such is the case in this class. The “performance reviews” for this class are quizzes and exams. These reviews require that you not only
show your knowledge of the material, but also your ability to use this knowledge in real-world situations. Your “pay” (grade) depends upon the caliber of your performance.
Every employer is looking for employees that are knowledgeable, dependable, and trustworthy.
By attending class regularly, participating in class activities, submitting all material complete, well prepared, and on time you will not only have the opportunity to succeed in this class, but develop the habits that will make you a valuable employee to any firm. I am looking forward to working and learning with you. I am interested in your success and am available if you need assistance.
Sincerely, John “Doc” Holaday
1101 E. Elliot Rd. | Gilbert AZ 85234 | Phone: 480 497-0177