Course Description/Overview/Welcome Statement
Student Government is a 7th and 8th grade elective course. It is a participatory course that will
teach valuable skills for life. Students will have an opportunity to learn a variety of
skills in the following areas: leadership, self-awareness, goal setting, effective
communication, management, human relations, public relations, problem solving,
decision making and group process. Students will participate in a variety of lessons
including group activities, group discussion, direct instruction, note taking,
homework, and journal writing as well as project planning and implementation. The
Student Government class will work with the Dixon Student Officers to plan and implement
Students are expected to work toward the following I Can Statements in Student Government. There will be opportunities for instruction and practice in the classroom. Students will also practice some of these skills outside of the classroom as they lead activities during lunch, after school and in other classes. The goal is to be proficient with these skills on a 7th or 8th grade level. Students should be scoring a 3 or 4 on all of the I Cans.
- I can provide service to my school, my family and my community.
- I can contribute to group planning and discussions.
- I can be a leader and a follower in a group situation.
- I can be a positive role model for my peers.
- I can influence those around me to have a growth mindset.
Assessment of Progress
Students will track their progress on their service and participation in class and activities. Progress on other I Cans will be self-reported and through observation of student interaction.
a folder to keep important handouts
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Students are expected to be example of the Dixon Way.
ATTENDANCE: Students need to be in class on time. When students are absent,
they miss valuable instruction, discussion, and interaction. It is the responsibility
of the student to get the assignments for any days missed. Because this course
requires participation, some activities will not be possible to make up and can
impact the overall grade. The school-wide tardy policy will be followed.
CITIZENSHIP: I expect students to be Present (in class and on time), Respectful
(of self and others), Responsible (for their work and behavior), and Prepared (with
a pencil, planner, and other class materials). Evaluation for the citizenship mark will
be based upon these expectations. All students begin with an “S” –satisfactory
citizenship mark. An “O” –outstanding citizenship mark is earned by going above
and beyond basic expectations. An “N”–needs improvement or a “U” —
unsatisfactory citizenship mark is earned when a student falls below basic
expectations, has been late to class 4 or more times, or has had to leave the room.
BEHAVIOR: It is the student’s responsibility to behave appropriately in the
classroom. If a student exhibits continued disruptive behavior they will be given
the opportunity to reflect on the situation and brainstorm solutions to the problem
had they acted in a more responsible manner.
GRADES: Since Leadership students are role models for their peers, I expect the
students to maintain passing grades in all of their classes. Grades will be checked
at the beginning of the week. If a student does not have all passing grades at that
time, they will not be allowed to leave the room on Student Government business during that week.
Calendar of Due Dates for Major Assignments
Students are required to do 9 hours of service in 3 categories (Dixon, Family and Community–3 hours each) per term. This averages to 1 hour of service per week. Students need to continually work on their service hours and not procrastinate until the last week of the term.
Most other assignments will be completed in class, however, if students don’t complete projects in the time given they become homework.
Students will be reading the books, Mindset, The New Psychology of Success and The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens, by Sean Covey and participating in discussions about how to implement principles from the books into their lives and the climate of Dixon Middle School.
Assignments will be posted to Google Classroom.
Progress Reports and Report Cards
Student Government uses the Dixon Grading Scale.(handbook p. 14 )
The grades in Student Government will be broken down as follows:
Leadership Portfolio 25% of the grade
Leadership Card (participation) 25% of the grade
Service (9 hours per term) 20% of the grade
Quote Book / Journal 20% of the grade
Planner 10% of the grade
Grades are updated regularly and progress reports will be sent home every two or
three weeks. Student progress may be checked daily on PowerSchool. Follow the
link from the Dixon Website.
Connecting Home to School
The videos “The Sandlot” , “Cool Runnings” and “Apollo 13” will be used as instructional material
for this course. Both videos are rated PG. If you have a concern about your
student viewing any of these films, please notify Mrs. Gaylord.
Thank you for your support and cooperation. I look forward to working with you!
Feel free to contact me here at the school at 374-4980 or by email at Carolg@provo.edu