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12th Grade 1

2013 - 2014 school year

12th Grade

Teacher: Ms. Hanson
Conference: 1
period, 7:55 8:46
Room 413
Cypress High School

Dear parents and students,

Welcome to your senior year and Economics! I look forward to getting to know each of you and
beginning a fun and productive semester with you! As you know, Economics is a semester long class, after
which you will be transferring over to Government for the remaining semester of the school year. We have a
lot of material to get through in a short amount of time, so your focus and participation will be key for
success in this class.
Since well be spending half a year together, let me introduce myself and tell you a bit about my
background. Im Ms. Hanson and this is my first year teaching this class and in secondary education. The
majority of my 5 years teaching experience has been with K 6
students, but Im excited to begin working
with older students. I graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Japanese from California State University,
Fullerton and also received my teaching credential in Social Studies there. After I graduated, I spent a year
teaching English to elementary students in Japan, which was a fun life experience that I learned a lot from.
In my spare time I love to watch movies (Im particularly fond of old classic films), read (I love Sherlock
Holmes and lots of crime/mystery fiction), and spend time with my friends and family. I also love to travel,
besides having lived in Japan, Ive also been to Europe twice and I look forward to hopefully visiting many
more places in the future.
Parents, I believe that regular communication is another key component for your childs success in
this class. I will regularly update this classs information in Aeries, so you will be able to keep track of your
childs grades and any upcoming assignments/projects that are due. If you ever need to contact me, you may
email me at any time, and if necessary we can set up a time to have a parent teacher conference. I will do
everything I can to make myself available to discuss your childs progress.
Again, I look forward to spending the semester with you!

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Course Description
The course will follow California State Standards and AUHSD
standards for Economics. Students will master fundamental
economics concepts, applying the tools (graphs, statistics, and
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.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students will study the principles and practices of economics with
applications to their roles as present and future employees, employers,
savers, investors, consumers, and citizens through these five skills:
1. Essential SkillsStudents will read and analyze information and
be able to explain different points of view effectively.
2. Critical Thinking SkillsStudents will critically analyze
information and decide what the future consequences may be, as well
as, looking objectively at pieces of evidence and use problem solving
processes to engage others into discussion.
3. Technological skillsStudents will be encouraged to use
computers and the internet to gain knowledge, research, and produce
4. Career Planning OpportunitiesStudents will be given the
information on how this class can prepare them for various careers
through assignments and speakers.
5. Life Long LearningStudents will be expected to behave in a
mature manner based upon respect. Students will be accountable for
their actions and expected to be responsible and organized.
Grading Procedures
Economics is a required semester course in order to graduate. If
students do not receive a passing grade and do not have time to make
up the credit they will not graduate. All assignments will receive a
grade that equates to a number. The students percentage will
determine ones grade.
Grading Scale:

Students are expected to be prepared
for class by having completed
assignments, their textbook, pens
and pencils, notebook, and paper.
Cheating is unacceptable at any time
and on any assignment or exam.
Students who cheat will receive a
zero grade for that assignment and
may have their grade lowered one
full grade for the semester.
Grades will normally be updated
following a unit exam. Packets will
be turned in on the day of an exam
and recorded after that. Parents and
students will be able to login to the
Aeries portal to view updated grades
for this class.
If you need to contact me, please
write a note in your students
daily planner, or you may email
me at:

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Grades will be based on four major categories:
Exams: Students will take exams over the course of the
semester as well as semester finals. Over the course of the
unit the students can expect to take quizzes on material
learned in class or at home.
Assignments: Assignments will be given in class.
Assignments will then be collected in packets on the day of a
quiz or exam.
Projects: Projects are any work that is not a daily
assignment. Group work or activities, essays, and current
events will make up this category. The stock market project
will make up a major part of this category.
Participation: Students are expected to be in class and on
time with the appropriate materials. Students who do not
show up on time and/or without their materials will lose
participation points. Students are also expected to be
cooperative and participate in all assignments. Students are
expected to use their daily planners.
The Cypress High School assertive discipline plan will be followed.
Students that are respectful, responsible, and organized should have
no discipline problems. Students who do not adhere to the plan or
are disruptive will lose all extra credit and will receive no points
for class participation.
Make-Up Policy
Students that have verified absences will be allowed to make up
assignments and exams. It is the students responsibility to get
the work assigned or set up a time to make up an exam. Students
that have unexcused absences will receive a zero on all assignments
missed and will not be able to make up the work.
Thank you for taking the time to read the curriculum
letter and signing below.

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I have read and understand the curriculum letter for Economics.

Students name __________________________________

Students signature_______________________________

Parent/guardian signature_________________________