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

    OFFICE HOURS7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m., Monday & Wednesday, 2:50 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. Wednesday

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

    COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Law Studies is a survey of various aspects of United States law and the American legal system.  Topics to be addressed include a brief history of law and legal codes, the United States Constitution, the court system, First Amendment rights (speech, religion, press, assembly, and petition), and Fourth Amendment protections 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 in-depth units on Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure.  Several law-themed movies, documentaries and news reports will also be shown.



    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, guided readings, video notes, class work, classroom participation, homework, and projects. 


    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 the instructor writing a referral.



    • Students are required to have in their possession the following items everyday: lined notebook paper, black- or blue-ink pen, a No. 2 pencil for tests, and all necessary assignments.  Unless otherwise specified, work done in pencil will not be accepted.
    • 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 the classroom.  This privilege will be suspended if students cannot be responsible for the proper disposal of their trash.
    • 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.
    • Students may not leave the classroom without an official pass.  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). 
    • With the exception of emergencies, each student will be given only one bathroom pass per nine-week marking period (in the absence of a medical need).  Those students who do not use the pass will be given extra credit at the end of the nine-week marking period.
    • Students will be expected to behave in a proper manner.  They are to be courteous and respectful toward the instructor and one another.
    • Parents will be contacted for consistent tardiness and absences, infractions of the Student Code of Conduct (including dress code and uniform policy), and poor academic performance. 



    Every reasonable effort will be made to ensure the health and safety of all students.  Your cooperation in this process is essential and required.  Students are required to wear their face masks or shields at all times unless class size allows for safe social distancing (a minimum of 6 feet).  Students are required to use hand sanitizer when entering or leaving the classroom for any reason.  Desks, chairs, Chromebooks and other high-touch areas will be sanitized the last 5 minutes of class and as needed during class.  If a student becomes ill while in the classroom, they are to be sent immediately to the clinic.  The classroom will be disinfected nightly, following enhanced cleaning procedures.      



    Parents/Guardians will be requested to review, discuss, sign, and return various documents and reports throughout the year.  This may include individual progress reports, project requirements, and study guides for the mid-term and final exams.  Parents are encouraged to ask questions or write comments on these forms. 

    Thank you for your attention.  If you have any questions or comments, please send me an email.  With your co-operation, your son/daughter should have a successful year in Law Studies at Vanguard High School!


    Mr. Joanides   


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