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Economics: 3
Instructor: Steenhausen   

Students will master fundamental economic concepts, applying the tools (graphs, statistics, equations) from other subject areas to the understanding of operations and institutions of economic systems. Studied in a historic context are the basic economic principles of micro- and macroeconomics, international economics, comparative economic systems, measurement, and methods.
Announcements
Important Upcoming Dates
Here are some important dates as we finish up the school year:

Thursday, May 19th (Periods 1 and 3) and Friday, May 20th (Period 4): Unit 3 Test (Covers Chapters 8-12). Reading Study Guides also due. We will review for the test the first hour of the 2 hour block and you will take the test the 2nd hour.

Monday, May 23nd: Explanation of Saving and Investing Project due on the discussion board at 11:59pm (Feedback to at least 3 other classmates due on Wednesday, May 25th)

Tuesday, May 31st: Community Service documentation due. Also 3pm is the deadline for all extra credit, late work, Unit 1 and 2 test retakes. Unit 3 Test retake deadline is TBD (To Be Determined)

Tuesday, May 31st and June 1st: Final Exam Review


Thursday, June 2nd: Period 4 Final Exam (2 hour block period)
Friday, June 3rd : Period 1 and 3 Final Exam (2 hour block period)

Finish Strong T-Birds!!! I want to see everyone walking across that stage in front of thousands on June 8th!!
And remember, a diploma is not given, it is earned!
"How Can I Raise My Grade?"
"How Can I Raise My Grade?"

In addition to doing as well as possible on all remaining assignments, projects, and tests, students can still raise their grade by doing any of the following:

1. Retake unit tests if you did not earn at least a 3.5 out of 5. See the syllabus for information relating to test retakes. Remember you must have turned in the completed unit study guides if you would like to retake a test. NOTE: This will likely have the biggest percent impact on your grade.

2. Complete extra credit projects. See the Extra Credit Folder on the website for information relating to extra credit (up to 1 project point per week up to 5 points per semester). Note that you can only earn up to 1 extra credit project point per week and there are only 5 weeks left in the semester.

3. Complete ANY project you did not do during the semester or fix up any project on which you did not earn at least a 3.5. You can still earn up to a 3.5.

4. Document more than just 5 hours of community service (Economics class only). You can earn an additional 0.5 point on that 5 point project grade for up to 3 additional hours (max of 6.5 out of 5)

5. Complete any class assignment or set of reading study guides due within the past week. You can still earn full credit.

6. You can earn up to a 3.5 on any discussion board whose replies were due within the last two weeks. Complete the make-up assignment that is explained in the syllabus.


REMEMBER THAT YOUR GRADE IS NOT SUBJECTIVE; IT IS BASED SOLELY ON A CALCULATION OF POINTS YOU EARNED DURING THE SEMESTER. THERE IS NO JUDGMENT CALL ON MY PART.

I recommend that you cushion your grade so that when you take a final worth 10% of your total grade at the end of the term, that you are confident that you will meet your goal regardless of how well you do on the final exam. DON'T PUT THE ADDITIONAL STRESS ON YOURSELF DURING AN ALREADY STRESSFUL TIME!

I arrive at work by 7:20am and am here until at least 3:30pm (I leave around 3:00pm on Friday) to assist you. I want to help you in any way possible, but I AM NOT AN ENABLER. This is a core class for high school upperclassmen, so my standards are obviously high and will not be compromised.

I have enjoyed the semester so far and would love NOTHING MORE than to have all of my students be successful. However, we each have to be individually accountable for our own actions and our own choices.

And for any student whose goal is merely to pass the class, you must earn at least a 70.0% to earn the 5 credits for this class (which you must pass to graduate). You will ONLY pass the class with a grade between 60.0%-69.99% IF you pass the final exam.
FINISH STRONG!
Posting on the Class Discussion Board Screencast
screencast-o-matic.com/watch/cli2Y7dQQ

Click on the link above to view a tutorial that will show
you how to post responses and replies to classmates on
the weekly discussion board.

DISCUSSION BOARD WARNING!!
Always enter the discussion board by clicking on the appropriate link BELOW this message (Look for the section titled "Discussion Topics"). DO NOT click on 'Multimedia Blog' at the top of this page!!! Your post will likely not be channeled to the correct place.

Also, I highly recommend that you type out your posts (both your original post and replies to classmates) in a Word document, save the document, then copy and paste into the discussion forum. That way, you can edit your posts for content and conventions (spelling, grammar, etc.) and also you will have saved a copy of your posts, just in case the unforeseeable happens!
Discussion Topics
Blog Entry Saving/Investing Project Discussion Board Posted: Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 3:20 PM
Blog Entry Week 17 Discussion Board Posted: Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 7:32 AM
Blog Entry Week 16 Discussion Board Posted: Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 7:43 AM
Blog Entry Week 14 Discussion Board Posted: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 7:40 AM
Blog Entry Week 11 Discussion Board Posted: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 7:47 AM
More...
Files
 Community Service Folder
Inside you will find details on this district and course requirement. Also you will find a documentation sheet you can use to record your 10+ hours.
 Discussion Board Folder
Inside you will find the rubric for this weekly assignment as well as step-by-step directions for posting on the discussion board and Troubleshooting Tips to consider if you have any problem posting your comments.
 Economics Folders
This folder contains files for upcoming units in the Economics course. Current or previous unit folders are posted separately under "Files"
 Extra Credit Information Folder
Use these forms along with the link to the California Content Standards when completing independent extra credit assignments. Remember the most an extra credit assignment will raise your grade is 1 point for your project grade score (which is worth 20% of your final grade).
 Government Folders
This folder contains documents relating to the U.S. Government course that will not be needed until later in the course (i.e. a future unit)
 Unit 2 Folder (Microeconomics)
Covers Chapters 4-7
 Common Job Interview Questions.pdf
For your reference only...no related assignment you need to complete.
 Database of Reliable Sources.rtf
This document provides you with easy instructions on how to access a useful database for research, source citation, and much more!
 Economics Syllabus--rev. Spring 2015.doc
Students and parents are encouraged to carefully review the syllabus and to ask me for clarification when needed
 Initial Log In Info.docx
This document has the info you need to be able to log into computers at school, log into SchoolFusion, and into Office 365. It will also direct you to the Student Information Sheet I need you to fill out.
 Submitting Documents to SchoolFusion.doc
Follow these directions if you are asked to submit an assignment to your SchoolFusion account.
Reading Study Guides
No "Reading Study Guides" exist(s)

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