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Bonanza High School

Personal Finance
2017 2018 : Course Expectations

Teacher: Ms. Hankins

Prep Period: 5th
Room: #107
Email Address: hankiki@Nv.ccsd.net
Class Website: www.MsKHankins.weebly.com

Course Overview:

This one-year course introduces students to the study of personal finance. Major
topics include money management, risk management, financial planning related to
consumer and family studies, and personal finance. The course emphasizes refining
problem-solving skills using project-based learning activities and academic integration
within the context of financial applications. Students with Individual Education Programs
(IEPs) have diverse needs and course accommodations and/or modifications may be
required based upon IEP identified need. Instructional practices incorporate integration
of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important
contributions to our society. The use of technology, including calculators and
computers, is an integral part of this course. This course fulfills one of the required
mathematics credits for high school graduation.

Course Goals:

1. To understand and use the basic vocabulary of personal financial applications.

2. To investigate the elements of financial planning including budgets, personal
bills, daily living expenses, taxes, and retirement.
3. To explore and recognize the relationships among educational and career
opportunities and earning potential.
4. To understand banking options and compare costs and benefits of different
types of bank accounts
5. To develop an effective money management system utilizing a balanced
6. To analyze investment options including savings accounts, stocks, mutual
funds, bonds, and other common investments.
7. To understand and apply the local, state, and federal tax systems.
Bonanza High School

Personal Finance
2017 2018 : Course Expectations

Required Materials:
In order to succeed you must be prepared! Upon entering the class each day
you must have the following:
1 Inch Binder #2 Pencils
5 - Tab Dividers Black or Blue Pins
Loose leaf (College-Ruled) Paper Highlighter

Grading and Assessments:

Grading Policy
Quarter grades will consist of class work, notebook checks,
Projects, group collaborations, quizzes, and tests.
A = 100% - 89%
B = 88% - 79%
C = 78% - 69%
D = 68% - 59%
F = 58% - 59%

Semester Grades will be assigned according to the following:

Quarter (1 or 3) Grade = 45%
Quarter (2 or 4) Grade = 45%
Semester Exam Grade = 10%


Assessments will be given at the end of each unit of study. A comprehensive

exam will be given at the end of the semester. Semester exams will be
weighted to compose up to 10% of a course grade.

Class Participation:
Class participation is expected, and students will be graded on participation
under the citizenship category.
Bonanza High School

Personal Finance
2017 2018 : Course Expectations

Classroom Rules and Procedures

NO food or drink is allowed in class, with the exception of bottled water.

A hat or headgear in class must be removed.
The use of electronic items in class is permitted for educational, teacher
approved, purposes only.
All work is to be done in PENCIL.
All work is shown for every problem.
Please treat all students and teachers with courtesy and respect.

Late Work

Assignments not turned in or assessments not taken will count as zero unless they are
made up in a timely manner. I will accept late work, but please note that your success
in this class depends on consistent practice of the material being taught. It is in your
best interest that assignments are completed in a timely manner.

Extra Credit

Extra credit may be offered on quizzes and tests, as well as for makeup assignments or
enrichment. Extra credit will show a higher level of achievement or mastery of content.

Guidelines for Citizenship Grades

O - Outstanding
Student follows the established classroom rules and procedures; works
independently and contributes to a positive classroom climate.

S - Satisfactory
Student follows the established classroom rules and procedures, and follows
directions to complete work. However, the student will at times exhibit off-task behavior
(not paying attention, sleeping, etc.)

N Needs Improvement
Student does not follow the established classroom rules and procedures consistently,
and does not follow directions to complete work consistently. The student frequently
exhibits off-task behaviors (not paying attention, sleeping, etc.)

U - Unsatisfactory
Bonanza High School

Personal Finance
2017 2018 : Course Expectations

Student consistently does not follow the established classroom rules and procedures,
and disrupts the educational process.

Attendance and Tardy Policies:

Bonanza High Schools attendance policy is in alignment with CCSD Regulation 5113.
Unexcused absences per student will be limited to ten (10) per semester. Any student
receiving eleven (11) or more unverified absences will lose credit in that course,
regardless of the grade earned. The loss of credit is based on CCSD Regulation 5113.

Explanations by the parent, legal guardian, or physician stating the reason the student
was absent within the meaning of sections Regulation 5113 V.A. 1-4 must be presented
to the teacher or principal designee not later than three days after the student returns to
school. Absences shall be approved for the purposes of attendance enforcement within
the meaning of the Nevada Revised Statutes. Attendance appeals are held by
appointment only.

Bonanza High Schools Tardy Policy: Each quarter, 1 st tardy = warning, 2nd tardy =
parent contact, 3rd tardy = teacher detention, 4th tardy = counselors referral, and 5th and
subsequent tardies = deans referral.
Bonanza High School

Personal Finance
2017 2018 : Course Expectations

Dear Parent of
(PRINT First Name Last Name)

Student ID # _________________________________

Please read the attached Course Expectations for Personal Finance.

Your signature indicates that you have read this document and you are aware of
The following information:

_ Course Overview/Sequencing
_ Materials Needed
_ Grading and Assessments
_ Classroom Rules Procedures
_ Late Work/Extra Credit
_ Attendance and Tardy Policy

Parent Signature __________________________ Date __________________

I understand that it is my responsibility to READ AND FOLLOW the Course

Expectations. I am also responsible for taking the Course Expectations to my
parents and getting this letter signed. I must return this letter to class by August
25, 2017.

Student Signature _____________________________ Date ______________