Shawano Community High School


Technology Education Department


    Fred Beyer, Dept. Head        Jerry Ciesielczyk, Instructor         Joe Neuberger, Instructor     Greg Brown, Instructor




Sunday, March 19, 2006


Dear Parents,


Over the next few months your son or daughter is enrolled in one of my classes.  The information explained over the next few pages discusses my classroom management policies and procedure.  Please take a few minutes and review this information with your son or daughter.  If you have any question please contact me at the high school.  My contact information is listed below.  You may keep this packet at home for your reference.


After your review please sign and tear off the bottom of this page.  Then return it to school with your student by January 27, 2005.  I will keep these on file until the end of the school year and give your student 25 points.


I look forward to work with you and your son or daughter during the school year.


Thank you,


Greg Brown

SCHS Technology Education Dept.

220 Cty Rd B

Shawano, WI  54166

715-526-2175  x1208


Please tear off and return to Mr. Brown by September 9th


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I have reviewed the following information with my son or daughter:


q       Classroom Rules

q       Grading Scale

q       Portfolio Information

q       Website Directions

q       Expected Student Behaviors

q       The Grading Scheme

q       Classroom Discipline Policy

q       Participation Grade Guide

q       Project Grading Guide


Parent Signature:                                                                                               Date:                           



220 County Road B - Shawano, Wisconsin 54166 - 715-526-2175  -

“Classroom Rules”


“Please take the time to read & follow these 10 simple rules.”


  1. Your behaviors and actions must not prevent students from learning and/or prevent the teacher from doing his/her job.
  2. Inappropriate behavior, language as well as disrespect towards others will not be tolerated.
  3. Always be positive about the situation, if you need help ask the teacher.             He/she is there for you!!
  4. Come to class on time, ready to learn and prepared.
  5. Use only pencil in classroom and lab.
  6. BE PATIENT!!  You are not the only person in this room.
  7. Absolutely NO Food or Beverages allowed in the classroom and lab areas.
  8. Respect yourself, other people, equipment, and safety rules.
  9. Thievery will not be tolerated and will be dealt with swiftly.
  10. If any computer misconduct is detected, the student will be removed from class and parent(s) and/guardians will be contacted immediately.




“Grading Scale”


93-100%  A

91-92%    A-

89-90%    B+

87-88 %   B

85-86%     B-

82-84%     C+

80-81%     C

78-79%     C-

76-77%     D+

74-75%     D

70-73%     D-

Below 70%  F





“Portfolio Information”


Each student is required to maintain a detailed portfolio.  This portfolio must contain all handouts from class activities, project descriptions, project evaluations, and textbook assignments.  This information will be evaluated at least every six weeks.  The points awarded for the portfolio will be added to the accumulated total.  A goal of the Technology Education Department is to award each student with a summary of his/her accomplishments gained during their Tech Ed career.  At the end of this course, the student has the option to file his/her work with the Technology Education Department.







“Expected Student Behaviors”


                Students are expected to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner. This will include respect towards the teacher and/or students at all times.  If a student becomes in any way a hindrance to the success of others, he/she will be given one verbal warning to correct their behaviors.  If the actions of the student persist, he/she will be given a detention and/or removed from class.  At which time the office will be notified immediately.  Parents (and/or guardians) and administration will be notified if a student has been given several verbal warnings.  If a removal occurs parents (and/or guardians) will also be notified as soon as possible.  Once a student has been removed from class he/she becomes subject to the school’s discipline policy.  If problems continue to occur, more severe penalties will arise and a parent/teacher conference will be requested. 

In addition to behavioral expectations, students must obey all safety rules and regulations.  This includes all equipment and the environment used by the students during the course.  The instructor has an obligation to provide an educationally effective and safe working environment for all students.  To insure this environment exists, the instructor will strictly enforce all classroom and equipment rules and regulations.  Students are expected to use only the equipment demonstrated to them by Mr. Brown.  The safety students must also pass a safety test for every machine they use.

Finally, vandalism and thievery will not be tolerated.  A close inventory is maintained throughout the year.  If a student is caught vandalizing the lab or equipment or is guilty of thievery, the Technology Education Department staff along with administration will decide consequences for the student(s) involved. He/she may be removed from the course permanently or for an undisclosed amount of time.






“The Grading Scheme”


Participation Grade:

The following attributes are being evaluated and are used to determine a grade.

100 pts for Participation in the Classroom - How well does the student participate in daily class activities.

100 pts for Participation in the Lab - How well does the student participate in daily lab (SHOP) activities.

100 pts for Effort/Initiative – This grade will be determined daily during project activities.

100 pts for Responsibility – Student responsibility will be evaluated daily during project activities.

100 pts for Quality of Work – This grade will be determined when a project or activity is complete.


A copy of Mr. Brown’s Participation Grade Rubric is included with this packet or, in the student’s portfolio, on the classroom wall, and or on Mr. Brown’s website.


Projects and Activities Grade:

            During the semester there are several projects and activities that will be evaluated.  The number of points awarded for these projects and activities may vary. 


A copy of Mr. Brown’s Project Grading Rubric is included with this packet or, in the student’s portfolio, on the classroom wall, and or on Mr. Brown’s website.


Portfolio Grade:

            Each student is required to maintain a detailed portfolio.  This portfolio must contain all handouts from class activities, project descriptions, project evaluations, and textbook assignments.  This information will be evaluated at least every six weeks.  The points awarded for the portfolio will be added to the accumulated total. 


Semester (Final) Grade:

Ø      All Participation, Project / Activity, And Portfolio points are totaled together. 

Participation + Projects & Activities + Portfolio content and organization = Total Points (80% of final grade)

Ø      The Final Exam is worth 20% of the final grade.

Ø      Daily Participation deduction:  Students are expected to participate daily in all course activities during the semester.  A student will lose 2 ½ % of their final grade for every absence or tardy.  If an absence or tardy is excused 2% can be made up.  If an absence or tardy is unexcused, the percentage points are lost.  If a student is removed from class he/she will lose 2 ½ % for that class period.  However, students who miss any in-class activities, tests, quizzes, etc. can make up the work they missed.   These arrangements must be made with the instructor prior to be accepted. 







“Classroom Discipline Policy”


When insubordination occurs by any student, he/she will be subject to the following policy.  A student is insubordinate when he/she does not follow the class/lab rules, does not follow class/lab procedures, and/or fails to respect the teacher or fellow students.


Student Insubordination   =   The 4 Step Plan:


Step 1  ~ Verbal warning.


Step 2  ~ Student will receive a 20 minute detention and given a 24 hour notice.

Detention will be arranged between Teacher and Student.


Step 3  ~  Student will receive a 20 minute detention and given a 24 hour notice.

Detention will be arranged between Teacher and Student.

Parents (Guardians) will be contacted.


Step 4  ~  The student will be removed from class. 

A “Student Behavior    Referral” will be submitted to the office Parents (Guardian) will be notified.


Examples of Student Insubordination are: classroom disruptions, continuously late homework, continually unprepared for class, some safety concerns or violations, frequent tardiness, etc. 


Gross Student Insubordination   =   Just One Action

ü       The offending student(s) will be sent to the office immediately where he/she will face school disciplinary penalties.


ü       A “Student Behavior Referral” will be submitted to the principal and Parents (Guardian) will be notified.


Examples Gross Student Insubordination are: obscene gestures and/or language, continuous disrespect, fights, sexual harassment, discrimination of any kind, weapons, etc.




Participation Grading Guide




0 - 60%






Sense of pride in work needs to be developed; needs to participate more effectively.

Needs to participate more frequently.

Participation is usually satisfactory.

Usually is very positive towards work & others. Shows enthusiasm for subject.

Demonstrates positive approach to school work and others, courteous & friendly.


Responsibility for completion of work needs serious attention; should seek extra help.

Needs to improve on consistency of effort; should work up to ability; Needs to develop greater organization.

Sometimes needs reminder to complete work and projects; occasional encouragement needed.

Conscientious most of the time;   time spent productively; completes assigned tasks.

Does more than is expected; can always be relied upon to get things done;  diligent.


Attention to tardiness, completion of daily assignments and make-up work, must be improved dramatically.

needs to improve reporting to class on time;  accept more responsibility  in completing daily assignments and make-up work.

Generally reports to class on time; willing to accept work and follow through.

Is rarely late for class; most always completes daily assignments and make-up work on time; comes with needed supplies.

Always on time;  follows directions the first time; always completes work on time;  asks questions; comes with supplies.

Quality of Work

Attention to accuracy, neatness and correct spelling is strongly encouraged.

Needs to check work more carefully to avoid unnecessary errors; legibility can be improved


Work is generally satisfactory; occasional uncorrected errors.

Work is almost always accurate and neat; corrects errors.

Work is always checked thoroughly; it is very well organized and neat.




Mr. Brown’s Project Grading Guide





“A” Work

100 – 93%




“B” Work

92 – 85%




“C” Work

84 – 77%




“D” Work

76 – 70%




“F” Work

69 – 0%




Problem solving

Exploring choices




Critical thinking

Material selection

Preliminary sketch

Working  drawing


Student used research, problem solving and critical thinking to generate many original and innovative ideas.  Several preliminary sketches were used to produce a final set of working drawings.


Student did some research, attempted to problem solve and use critical thinking to generate original though.  A preliminary sketch was used to produce a final working drawing.


Student relied on other students’ research, lacked original ideas and relied on other students’ sketches and plans to produce a final working drawing.


Student did not do any research, used ready-to-use plans from instructor of other source and required step-by-step instruction.


Student showed no evidence of having done any planning.




Glasses, clothing, etc.

Hand tools

Power tools



Student worked safely, looked for unsafe conditions and reported them.


Student was aware of his/her own safety and reminded others to be safe.


Student was aware of his/her own safety and worked safe around others.


Student committed unsafe actions and was unaware of his/her need for safety.


Student was unaware of his/her own safety and committed unsafe actions in relation to others.









The project was free of error.  Additional effort or time could not have made it better.  All components fit together perfectly.  The student exhibited master-level knowledge.


The project had slight apparent errors.  With additional time or effort, it would have been perfect.  Some components are misaligned. The student exhibited journeyman-level knowledge.


The project had apparent errors that should have been fixed.  Greater patience and care was needed in production, construction and assembly to improve fit and finish.  The student exhibited apprenticeship-level knowledge.


The project had many errors and showed lack of pride.  Components do not fit well together.  Lack of time and effort has produced a shoddy project.  The student exhibited minimal entry-level knowledge.


The project was incomplete, nonfunctional or unassembled.  Components did not fit.  Laziness, apathy or lack of participation resulted in an inferior product.  The student exhibited lack of knowledge and understanding.


Functional testing analysis troubleshooting evaluation demonstrated learning.


Student made modifications throughout the entire process.  Student applied knowledge from prior projects to improve this one.


Student made some changes during production.  Student used prior experience to adjust current project.


Student made modifications only in the final stage.  Student did not apply knowledge from prior experience to foresee problems.


Student disregarded errors and attempted to make modifications only after the project was complete.


Student made no effort to modify the project, with apparent errors showing during the process and after project completion.


Work habits










Clean-up effort


Student began work right away, was always on task, worked hard and had a positive attitude.  Showed willingness to help others and was respectful.


Student was enthusiastic, always prepared, followed on assignments, showed great deal of effort, helped others in clean up and was pleasant.


Student was on time, was organized, and prepared, did his/her own work without bothering others and cleaned up after himself.


Student started late, was frequently unprepared, was off task on occasion, did the minimum to get by and let others clean up.


Student was tardy or absent often, was seldom on task, bothered other students, was uncooperative or rude and made substantial mess that others had to clean up.