9th Grade Language Arts / PHS Core
Classroom Expectations and Syllabus
Teacher Contact Info: Ms. Jessica Dahlke Room F-101
Phone: (808) 327-4300 X2278
email@example.com (to submit projects or papers)
Materials You Will Need:
Composition Book or Journal Index Cards
Blue or Black Pen (for assignments) Positive Attitude
$5 Culinary Arts Lab Fee
What is this class?
Our class emphasizes both Language Arts and Public and Human Service Core concepts. If students meet
standards in both content areas, they can earn two credits for their work this year--one credit for 9th grade
English and one for PHS Core. Because we are learning two classes' worth of material in one period, students
should be prepared to complete 30 minutes of homework each night on average.
What is PHS Core?
PHS stands for Public and Human Services, one of the six CTE pathways. PHS classes teach students how to
communicate effectively--both orally and writing. PHS classes also expose students to careers which require
people to work collaboratively with others. In this class we will be getting the opportunity to explore the
Pastor / Clergy HR Director Process Paper ♦Teacher for a Day Demonstration Outline ♦Food C
Psychologist Hotel General Manager
Social Worker Prep Cook
Teacher Wait Staff
Teacher’s Aide Executive Chef
Preschool Director Sous Chef
Principal Event Planner
Administrative Assistant Ticketing Agent
Police Officer How do I earn 2 Credits for this Course?
Firefighter Since this is technically an English class, all daily assignments, tests, essays, and projects wil
Paramedic the English 9 grade. If students do not complete these tasks to satisfaction, they will not pass
Security Guard English.
Lawyer In order to receive the PHS credit for this course, students need to complete a portfolio. In the
Judge will enroll eligible students in the PHS class. Any student who does NOT complete all compon
Anthropologist portfolio to satisfaction will not receive the second credit (for PHS).
Political Scientist Required Portfolio Contents:
Front Desk Clerk ♦PHS Career Brochure ♦Work Philosophy ♦Goal Essay ♦Difficult Customer Script ♦Hospitality
Housekeeper Introductory Letter ♦Kitchen Sanitation/Safety Test ♦Social Problems Research Paper ♦Hawai
Pastor / Clergy
Front Desk Clerk
Hotel General Manager
How do I earn 2 Credits for this Course?
Since this is technically an English class, all daily assignments, tests, essays, and projects will count toward
the English 9 grade. If students do not complete these tasks to satisfaction, they will not pass 9th grade
In order to receive the PHS credit for this course, students need to complete a portfolio. In the fourth quarter, I
will enroll eligible students in the PHS class. Any student who does NOT complete all components of the
portfolio to satisfaction will not receive the second credit (for PHS).
Required Portfolio Contents:
♦PHS Career Brochure ♦Work Philosophy ♦Goal Essay ♦Difficult Customer Script ♦Hospitality Test ♦Hilton
Introductory Letter ♦Kitchen Sanitation/Safety Test ♦Social Problems Research Paper ♦Hawaiian Traditions
Process Paper ♦Teacher for a Day Demonstration Outline ♦Food Critique Essay
Quarter 1: Career Assessments, Hospitality and Tourism (Field trip to Waikoloa Hilton)
Quarter 2: Law and Social Problems (Field trip to Friendly Place Homeless Shelter)
Quarter 3: Culinary Arts / Kahalu'u and Ancient Hawaiians (Field trips to I101 Culinary lab and Kahalu'u)
Quarter 4: Education and Romeo and Juliet (Possible field trips to Kealakehe Elementary)
Texts we will be exploring:
A Child Called It Written in the Sky Flavor of the Week
Romeo and Juliet Whale Talk AR Independent Reading
Nonfiction Articles Hospitality Textbook Empower 3000 Online Articles
Like all ninth grade English classes, we will be beginning our study of SAT vocabulary words. We will have a
vocabulary quiz every other Friday during class. Tests will be cumulative within each quarter.
Given the PTP requirement for high school graduation, we will be preparing writing portfolios containing
polished research papers, essays, letters, and stories from this class. Students will also be expected to present
work in front of the class at least once each quarter.
Classroom Rules and Policies:
Come to class on time. Be in your seat working when the bell rings. Excessive tardiness will result in
detention and parental notification.
Respect all persons and property. Keep your hands to yourself. Failure to show respect will result in a 30-
You must be quiet when the teacher (or another student) is presenting to the class.
BE RESPECTFUL at all times!
Each student will receive five bathroom coupons per quarter. USE THEM WISELY! You will not be allowed to
leave the room without a signed coupon. No Pass, No Pee! Unused coupons can be redeemed for points at
the end of the quarter.
Plagiarism is absolutely prohibited. Any student caught cheating or copying will receive a zero and have the
incident reported to administration through PowerSchool.
Throwing ANYTHING in class will receive a detention.
No wandering around the classroom. Stay in your seat unless otherwise instructed.
We observe the three strikes rule for swearing. If a student swears three times in one class, he/she will
receive a 30-minute cleaning detention during lunch. Failure to report to an assigned detention will result in
Water bottles and small snack foods are permitted AS LONG AS students eat responsibly. Failure to clean
up will result in the loss of this privilege.
Push in chairs and clean the area around you before leaving. The last class of the day will put chairs on
tables and close windows. Stay in your seat until the teacher dismisses the class.
*Rules keep our classroom safe and orderly so that we can LEARN. Breaking the rules is a CHOICE you make. If
you break the rules, be prepared to accept the CONSEQUENCES.
Verbal warning / Penalty points
Call or email to parents
GRADING POLICIES: GRADING SCALE:
Formative Assessment 50% A= 90-100%
•Homework } 30% B= 80-89%
•SAT Quizzes } 20% I= 60-69%
F= 59 and below
Summative Assessment 50%
•Literature Tests } 25% *Scores are entered into PowerSchool
•Benchmark Tests every weekend. Check regularly for
•Projects } 25%
Late work / Make-up work Policy:
Homework is due at the beginning of class. Late classwork and homework may not be accepted. Major
projects and papers will be accepted late, but will be deducted 10% of their value per day late. Many essays
can be revised for a better grade if they are turned in on time.
It is YOUR responsibility to ask for make-up work if you are absent. If the absence is unexcused, you may
not be allowed to make up missing work. Inform your teacher if you are going to be absent for more than
two consecutive days.
Please return the following by Friday, August 12 , 2011
Student Name:_____________________ Parent/Guardian Name:_____________________
Student Email:_____________________ Parent Email:_____________________________
Best telephone number to reach me:___________________________________
I understand the rules, policies, and expectations of this class. I agree to come to class
prepared and willing to learn. I am aware of the consequences for breaking class rules.
Student Signature Date Parent Signature Date