Syllabus

  • Agricultural Science Classes Syllabus

    Instructor: Celeste Ball

    Contact Information:

    School Phone - 610-683-7346                                                                                E-mail – cball@kasd.org

     Course Description The Agriculture Program at Kutztown offers a variety of courses to satisfy the needs of a diverse population of students with different learning needs and personal educational goals. Courses are offered on rotating years to give students an opportunity to sample the wide range of opportunities in the Agricultural Sciences.  All Students taking an agriculture related course are automatically enrolled in the FFA student organization which offers a wide range of learning, leadership and scholarship opportunities.

    Courses for 2014-2015:

    Agribusiness

    Large Animal Science

    Ag. Mechanics

    Ag Technology

    Floriculture

    Horticulture (more landscape)

    Supervised Agriculture Experience

     

    Readings:  All courses have a primary text that will be utilized throughout the course.  There is also an online Agriculture Based Lesson and Resource Site called AgEdNet.com that is utilized.  There will be supplemental articles and handouts as needed.

    Classroom Policies, decorum and expectations:

    Behavior:  Respect your classmates, the instructor and guests that may come into the classroom. Do not distract others by talking, coming to class late or leaving early.  All cell phones must be turned off or silenced.  I do not want to see or hear them during your time in my classroom.

    Diversity:  I want everyone to feel welcome in my classroom.  NO disparaging remarks will be tolerated in regards to ethnicity, sex, age, religion, disability, socioeconomic background, etc.

    Academic dishonesty:  This will be dealt with at the instructor’s discretion, with the possible penalty being an “F” for the course.  All cases of Academic Dishonesty will be reported to the Principal or the Vice Principal.

     Ask for help if you need it:  I am available most mornings and after school for a short period of time.  Students just need to let me know they need assistance and I will do my best to accommodate their schedule. 

    Grades:  Grades are weighted.  The weighting may change from one quarter to another depending on what is being done within the quarter.  Most commonly you will find a breakdown similar to this:

                    Tests and Quizzes    – 50-55%

                Homework              -10-20%

    Work Grade           - 10-20%

                     Projects/labs         - 10-20%

    *** these are approximations of how grades may be weighted.  Grade weights are subject to change as we move through each quarter and assignments change.

     Grades will be assigned using the following scale:

    93% - 100%

    A

    90%-92%

    A-

    87%-89%

    B+

    83%-86%

    B

    80%-82%

    B-

    77%- 79%

    C+

    73%-76%

    C

    70%- 72%

    C-

    67%-69%

    D+

    60%-66%

    D

    Below 60%

    Failure

    Exams:   There will be a midterm and a comprehensive final.  There will be  several tests and quizzes throughout each quarter.  The midterm is usually a project.  The final will be on the cumulative information covered throughout the course.  There are many other formative and summative assessments that will be utilized depending on what is happening in the classroom and the topics covered each quarter.

    Late policy:  Students are responsible for handing in assignments on time (when they are due).  If there are extenuating circumstances, students MUST contact the instructor and a decision will be made at that time.  Assignments that are not handed in on time or not handed in at all will be given a zero.

    Attendance:  You are expected to come prepared to each class and be willing to participate in discussions and classroom activities.  

    Assignments:  Assignments will be given throughout the course.  Many of these will be homework assignments or in-class assignments.  You are welcome and encouraged to use a variety of resources, including working with other students when appropriate.  However, you must turn in your own work (written in your own words).   Other assignments may include but are not limited to: Power Points, Poster Boards, Written Assignments, Journals, Hands-on projects of various kinds, Displays, and a plethora of other things to keep the course interesting and relevant.