Life Skills for the 21st Student and Parent Information and Contract
Dear Parents and Students in Life Skills:
Below is information to help you understand the content of this course. Please read it and review it with
your student. Please sign and return the tear off at the bottom.
Focus of course: Skills to be successful in high school and be prepared for college and career.
This is a required course for High School Graduation. The class must be passed with a D or better.
Every student has a syllabus. Please ask your son or daughter to show you’re their copy. Students are
encouraged to purchase or create some kind of calendar/planner to help keep them organized. Besides
due dates, dates when projects will be worked in should be marked in the planner. The syllabus and
the 2 handouts for the term project are available on the school website: www.lacesmagnetschool.org
Home: the novel, Sindbad the Sailor and other Tales of the Arabian Nights by N.J. Dawood
Purpose: to teach students how to be more successful with written communication. Students are
learning the Claim – Support – Explain method of writing and how to pull important information
from what they are reading.
In class: Learning for Earning.
Text is used to supplement the planned curriculum. The primary focus is on careers and
Projects (In order of when due)
Time Management poster project due Meeting 1 Week 5
Term Project – written research paper on a college or university, excluding UC and CSU campuses.
Your son or daughter should not wait until the last minute to work on this assignment.
Detailed Outline due Meeting 1 Week 11
Written report due Week 21
Career Research project – in class assignment. Weeks 8 – 10
Other key homework assignments
Preparing for test on High School, UC and CSU requirements. Test is Oct. 4 Per. 3 or Oct. 6
Pers. 2 &4
Annotation of Sindbad’s 7 Voyages, due Mtg. 1 Week 11. Open book Essay Exam Meeting 3
Preparing for vocabulary tests. Word list distributed Mtg. 1 Week 7 Tests are Mtg. 2 Week 8 and
Mtg. 1 Week 10.
Students will be working on two creative writing assignments and two college personal statements
Additional assignments include a business letter, résumé, brag sheet and filling out the Common
application, third college personal statement included with Common Application.
Field trip to UC Irvine planned for Wednesday November 17, 2008. I would appreciate 2 – 3 parents
going as chaperones, along with the two school aides and myself. Please let me know if you can assist
with the field trip.
Students have homework and should be managing their time so that they can complete all assignments
by the due date. With few excepts, homework is not accepted late. Success in this class is linked to
doing classwork and homework. Students should expect that they will average 3 – 4 hours of
homework for Life Skills each week. This includes working on projects and weekly homework
I have read and understand the components of Life Skills. I will strive to always complete and turn in work
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