INSTRUCTOR:  D. Joanides                                                                                            drew.joanides@marion.k12.fl.us

    OFFICE HOURS:  7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Mondays & Wednesdays, 2:50 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. Wednesdays

    TEXTBOOK:  Street Law: A Course in Practical Law.  Seventh Edition, McGraw/Glencoe

    COURSE DESCRIPTION: Comprehensive Law Studies is a survey of various aspects of United States law and the American legal system.  Topics to be addressed include the United States Constitution, First Amendment rights (speech, religion, press, assembly, and petition), the Second Amendment right to bear arms, and Fourth Amendment protection from unreasonable searches and seizures as it applies in today’s public schools (locker searches, drug-testing of athletes, use of drug-sniffing dogs).  The course also includes units on Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure.  Several landmark decisions of the United States Supreme Court will be discussed.



    1. The following grading scale will apply to all assignments:

    Grade                     Numeric range                      Interpretation                       Grade Point Value

    A                               90 – 100                              Outstanding                                   4

    B                               80 – 89                                Good                                             3

    C                               70 – 79                                Satisfactory                                    2

    D                               60 – 69                                Improvement Needed                      1

    F                              Below 60                              Unsatisfactory                                  0

    Grades are determined through student performance on tests/quizzes (50%), classwork (40%) and homework (10%).


    Students are responsible for making-up assignments when they return to school after absences.   All make-up work must be submitted in a timely manner.   Students will be penalized with a grade reduction for late assignments should the instructor decide to accept the work.


    Students will be in their assigned seats when the second bell rings.  All tardies are considered unexcused in the absence of a pass, and will affect the student’s conduct grade.   Students will remain in their assigned seats when the dismissal bell sounds.  They will be dismissed by their instructor.  The following policy will be followed for tardies:

    First Tardy:  Warning

    Second Tardy: Teacher-student conference

    Third Tardy:  Parent contact

    Fourth Tardy and every tardy thereafter:  Referral


    *Skipping class with result in a referral written by the instructor.



    Supplies.  Students are required to have in their possession the following items everyday: lined notebook paper, black- or blue-ink pen, a No. 2 pencil, and all necessary assignments.  Unless otherwise specified, work done in pencil will not be accepted.

    Food/Beverages.   Students may consume non-alcoholic beverages (water, soda, coffee, energy drinks, etc.) and small snacks (pretzels, chips, candy, etc.) in the classroom but are responsible for the disposal of all garbage in the trash can before they leave.  This privilege will be suspended if students cannot be responsible for the disposal of their trash.

    Electronic Devices.  Unauthorized use of electronic devices (including cellular phones, iPods, and other MP3 players) is prohibited.  Use of these items without the permission of the instructor may result in their confiscation (SEE:  Classroom Cell Phone Rules & Disciplinary Procedures).

    Leaving the Classroom.   Students may not leave the classroom without an official pass.  To obtain a pass, students must raise their hands and ask the instructor for permission to leave the classroom.  Whenever leaving the classroom or arriving after the second bell, students must sign the Student Location Log. 

    Students may not leave the classroom during the first 10 minutes of the period or the last 10 minutes of the period (the “10/10 Rule”). 

    Behavior.  Students will be expected to behave in a proper manner.  They are to be courteous and respectful toward the instructor and one another.

    Do not leave your seat without permission.  Before leaving your seat (to sharpen a pencil, throw away garbage, get a tissue, etc.), raise your hand and wait for the instructor to recognize you.

    Parents will be contacted for consistent tardiness and absences, infractions of the Student Code of Conduct (including dress code), and poor academic performance.  Consistent disruptive behavior (tardies, excessive talking, disrespectful behavior, cell phone use, etc.) will result in a referral.


    Parents/Guardians will be requested to review, discuss, sign, and return various documents and reports throughout the year.  Parents are encouraged to write questions or comments on these forms. 

    Thank you for your attention.  If you have any questions or comments, please attach a note to this page, or contact me via email.  With your co-operation, your son/daughter should have a successful year in Comprehensive Law Studies at Vanguard High School!



    Mr. Joanides