LMACS Seminar Syllabus

Winter 2018-2019

Mrs. Robinson 

Lowell Middlesex Academy Charter School

Course Description Seminar is designed to acclimate students to the culture and expectations of LMACS. Students will engage in self-exploration, goal-setting, and future planning, with special attention paid to career readiness and employability skills.  Additionally, students will be exposed to essential tools for success, such as habits of mind, computer skills, and financial literacy.

Course Objectives:

Students will:

  • Develop and practice career-readiness skills.
  • Set personal and academic goals
  • Explore career and college options.
  • Incorporate habits of mind
  • Examine learning style preferences
  • Engage in the ten core ethical values of LMACS
  • Embrace personal accountability
  • Learn basic financial literacy principles

Course Materials:

  • 3-ring binder
  • Pens, pencils, and highlighters

Grading Rubric:

Do-Nows and Exit Tickets 20%

Classwork & Career Readiness Rubrics 50%

Resume 10%

 Projects 20%

Attendance and Make-Up Work Policy

Class attendance is essential and heavily impacts course grades, particularly Do Nows and Exit Tickets, which cannot be made up! When students miss class, they cannot learn.  In the case of absences, it is the student’s responsibility to collect missed assignments. Students can either refer to the class website for assignments or see me upon return to school. Copies of most assignments will be available in the hanging file in the classroom. All missed work must be made up promptly. Per school policy, no work will be accepted beyond five (5) school days past the original due date.

Late Work Policy

To earn full credit, all work is due on the due date (except in the case of absences – see above).

I will accept late work for partial credit for up to 3 school days. For major assignments, 10 points will be deducted for each day overdue.

Cell Phone and  Earbud Policy

Cell phones, other electronic devices, and earbuds may NOT be used during class time unless specifically for teacher-approved academic purposes. Therefore, all devices and earbuds must be put away during class. Students who violate this policy will be asked to leave class.

Classroom expectations:

Students will:

  • Arrive to class on time with all required materials.
  • Complete all classwork and homework on time.
  • Remain on task during class time.
  • Collaborate with each other effectively.
  • Be responsible for texts and other classroom materials in their care.
  • Take pride and ownership in the classroom space.
  • Follow all school rules.

Teacher will:

  • Be supportive of all students.
  • Return graded work in a timely manner.
  • Be available after school for extra help, make-up assessments, and answering questions.
  • Make learning fun.

“Hold fast to dreams / For if dreams die / Life is a broken-winged bird / That cannot fly.”

-Langston Hughes