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Catalyst Alternative Education Program 2008-2009

Room IA-4 Schedule: Period 1,2,3 on Red Days

Instructor: Mr. Reed Sorensen Office Hours: Before/After School; or by

Voice Mail: 482-8771 ext. 217 appointment

Email: reed.sorensen@ashland.k12.or.us

Description: Catalyst is a full day program wherein the student earns 3 credits based on graduation requirements. Students will meet for three class periods, every other day on "Red Days". Students work on skills in a group setting, as well as on individual independent projects. Each student works at his/her own level and is challenged to work to a higher level. The curriculum includes field trips, guest speakers, working in the greenhouse and in the kitchen. Students must be willing to work as a member of the Catalyst community and to take responsibility for their own educational growth. Participation is essential and therefore, attendance is critical to remaining in Catalyst. Students must complete an application, interview with the Teacher and with the class, obtain parental approval, and a recommendation from the administration or counselors. Catalyst is a "graduation track" program, so students must be completing enough credits to graduate with their other classes as well. Catalyst offers an alternative educational experience to students.

ATTENDANCE IS CRITICAL TO EARNING CREDIT.

 

Catalyst Rules: Be kind. Be respectful to yourself, others, and the classroom materials/room. Make an effort to do good work. No sleeping! Ask for help.

Class meetings will be held regularly to discuss issues and make recommendations for improvements. Students who choose not to comply will be placed "on contract".

 

Grading: Every effort will be made to treat each student as a unique learning individual. Evaluation will be based on:

Attendance = 40% (Participation/Attention = 20% + "Showing Up/On Time" = 20%)

Student Portfolio of Work/In-Class Assignments = 20%

Community + Projects +Small Group Work = 20%

Daily Journal = 10%

"Final"/Culminating Experience for each Semester = 10%

 

Student Responsibility: Each student needs to make a commitment to him/herself to earn the necessary credit to graduate from Ashland High School. This includes attending and passing "White Day" classes in order to remain on a "graduation track".

  

Catalyst White Day Course Description

 

Room: IA-4 Schedule: Period 5, 6, & 7 White Days

Instructor: Ms. Caroline Spear Office Hours: Before/After School;

Voice Mail: 482-8771 ext. 217 Lunch; or by appointment

Email: cspear@ashland,k12.or.us

Description: The Catalyst Program includes three periods of a student's schedule and meets every other day on "White Days". Students in the Catalyst Program are admitted through application and teacher acceptance. Catalyst is designed for students to work together, as well as individually on student-designed projects. The Catalyst Program is a full year. Students will have the opportunity to work in the greenhouse, kitchen, and on community projects. Catalyst is a graduation track program, intended for students who want to graduate with their class.

Course Credits: Each student will meet with the teacher to develop his/her optimal credit program for the year. Most students will receive English and Social Studies (Global Studies, U.S. History, or Government) credits. Students also receive a third credit, Science or Health or an Elective titled "Catalyst Connections".

Credit Requirements: Students must keep a portfolio of work for the three classes for which they are earning credit, as evidence of "Work Products". Student must also keep a journal (spiral) which will be provided. Opportunities for learning will be offered to the students AND students have the option to design their own learning experiences. Students have the responsibility to participate in their own educational process. School-to-Work and Independent Study credits may be available to the student, depending on his/her graduation plan (must be approved by Administration).

ATTENDANCE IS CRITICAL TO EARNING CREDIT.

Catalyst Rules: Be kind. Be respectful to yourself, others, and the classroom materials/room. Make an effort to do good work. No sleeping! Ask for help.

Class meetings will be held regularly to discuss issues and make recommendations for improvements. Students who choose not to comply will be placed "on contract".

Grading: Every effort will be made to treat each student as a unique learning individual. Evaluation will be based on:

  • Attendance = 40% (Participation/Attention = 20% + "Showing Up/On Time" = 20%)
  • Student Portfolio of Work/In-Class Assignments = 20%
  • Community + Projects +Small Group Work = 20%
  • Daily Journal = 10%
  • "Final"/Culminating Experience for each Semester = 10%

Student Responsibility: Each student needs to make a commitment to him/herself to earn the necessary credit to graduate from Ashland High School. This includes attending and passing "Red Day" classes in order to remain on a "graduation track".

 

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