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West Port High School
Leadership Education and Training (LET 1) Syllabus
SGM (Ret.) Raymond R. Douyard, Army Instructor (AI)
Room 09-012A, (2,3,4,5,6 Periods) Room 09-018C, (1st Period)
(352) 291-4000 Ext 59858 (Classroom)/56627 (Office)
Web Site: https://www.marionschools.net/wphjrotc
Course Description: This course will introduce you to American symbols, customs and traditions and the history and purpose of Army JROTC. You will also be introduced to the essential skills needed to maximize learning potential and future success. Over the course of the year, you will assess your current skill set and work to develop your maximum potential. You will have opportunities to apply learning theory and techniques to improve study, communication and planning skills. You will also explore social responsibility, conflict resolution, and service learning opportunities. You will also be introduced to leadership: its definition the importance of knowing and applying basic leadership skills (principles, styles, values, the BE, KNOW, and DO attributes.) You will be introduced to proper reading techniques, study habits, and test-taking strategies.
Goals (Program Outcomes):
Promote wellness through nutrition, physical fitness and substance abuse prevention
Develop leadership skills
Build effective relationships with peers, co-workers, and the community
Apply physical and political geography to building global awareness
Correlate the rights and responsibilities of citizenship to the purposes of U.S. government
Relate events in U.S. history to choices and responsibilities Americans have today
Maximize potential for success through learning and self-management
Core Abilities: The JROTC core abilities describe the broad, life-long skills that every cadet needs for success in all career and life roles. They are drawn from the overall goals and values that drive the JROTC program. Core abilities are not learned in one lesson or Leadership Education Training course, but rather they are linked to lesson competencies in order to integrate or thread them throughout the JROTC curriculum. In each lesson, the core abilities will be introduced, taught, reinforced and assessed. Every student should know all of the core abilities as they are essential, value-added skills that every employer seeks. These core abilities are:
Take responsibility for your actions and choices
Apply critical thinking techniques
Communicate using verbal, non-verbal, visual, and written techniques
Build your capacity for life-long learning
Do your share as a good citizen in your school, community, country and the world
Treat self and others with respect
Develop an appreciation for physical and mental fitness
Develop the basic skills necessary to work effectively as a team member
Competencies: A competency is a major skill or ability needed to perform a task effectively and efficiently. Performance assessment is driven by competencies. Each JROTC lesson addresses a competency that is the intended learning result of the lesson. Competencies describe discipline-specific measurable and observable skills, knowledge, and attitudes. Performance standards (criteria and conditions) provide the specifications for assessing mastery of a competency. Cadets show they have learned competencies by applying them in the completion of assessment tasks that require them to do one or more of the following:
Make a decision
Perform a skill
Perform a service
Solve a problem
Create a product
Instructors explicitly introduce, teach, reinforce, and assess the competency as the learning target for every lesson. They help cadets take responsibility for their own learning by directing them to review the competency and its performance standards (criteria and conditions) at the beginning of the lesson and by pointing out that informing themselves about the performance expectations is the cadets’ first step toward learning success. Instructors use the competency as the target for all assessments and the performance standards as the guidelines for evaluating and providing feedback about cadet performance in relation to that competency.
Grading Scale: The West Port HS JROTC Program follows the Marion County Schools grading scale for grades 6 – 12 as follows:
Grading Scale by Points
Grading Scale by Percentage
A 90 -100
B 80 – 89
C 70 – 79
D 60 – 69
40% of grade
Practical application of leadership theory taught in class, taking charge when put in charge and being a good follower when not in charge
Interaction with fellow students, class discussions
Individual Lesson assignments
Test / Projects:
50% of grade
Dress out in West Port JROTC physical training uniform and participating in physical training
Wearing uniform correctly the entire school day
10% of grade
Weekly Uniform Day (Wednesday): Cadets will wear the complete issued U.S. Army cadet uniform on Wednesday. The uniform will be worn the entire school day and will be worn correctly at all times. This will count for test / projects of the course grade. If you do not want to wear the uniform, you need to drop this class. JROTC provides each student with at least one complete uniform. Slacks/trousers must be dry cleaned, but the shirt may be washed, both of which are the student’s responsibility. All uniform items will be issued cleaned and must be returned if you leave the JROTC program during the school year or at the end of the school year.
Weekly Physical Training (PT) Day (Thursday-Friday): Cadets will conduct physical training on Thursday/Friday. Cadets must wear appropriate physical training shoes (running shoes) and clothing to participate in physical training. All cadets are expected to purchase and wear the West Port JROTC PT shirt and shorts. This uniform may be purchased from SGM Douyard for $15.00. Full credit will not be earned if the cadet fails to wear the West Port JROTC PT uniform. An integral part of physical training is the Cadet Challenge which consists of the President’s Challenge Physical Fitness Test. This will count for test / projects of the course grade. If you do not want to change into physical fitness clothing or participate in physical fitness training, you need to drop this class.
Course Expectations and Policies:
Attendance: Students are expected to be on time to class. If a student arrives late to class (unexcused) and miss an assignment in progress, no extra time will be given to complete work. If you miss a quiz completely in this time frame, you earn a zero. Tardy policy will be followed and implemented. Excused absences are allowed two school days to turn in make-up work (according to School Board of Marion County policy).
Preparedness: All students are expected to arrive on time, be in their seats by the tardy bell, have all necessary materials, and ready to begin working.
Academic Honesty: All students are expected to do their assignments on their own unless otherwise specified. If students are caught copying another’s work, all parties will receive a zero. If problem persists parents will be contacted.
Classroom Disruption: Any classroom disruption will be handled according to Marion County Code of Student Conduct policy. Classroom rules include:
Arrive on time and prepared to work.
Respect yourself and others (use appropriate language).
Raise your hand to be recognized.
Remain in seats during class (teacher dismisses, not the bell).
No electronic devices (cell phones, head phones, or any electronic devices) in class.
No food, drink, gum, or grooming in class.
The consequences for not following the classroom rules are as follows:
Phone Call Home
Detention and/or Referral
No passes will be given out the first or last 10 minutes of class. Take care of your bathroom business between classes. Student will not be allowed to leave the classroom while instruction is in progress.
Grooming Standards & Wearing of Uniform: The JROTC program is a uniformed program where discipline is judged by the manner in which a cadet wears a prescribed uniform as well as by the individual’s personal appearance. Hair will not fall over the eyebrows or extend below the bottom edge of the collar. Male hair styles will not excessively cover the ears.
Males: The face will be clean-shaven, except for permitted mustaches. Males are not authorized to wear braids, cornrows, or dreadlocks (unkempt, twisted, matted, individual parts of hair) or ear rings while in uniform.
Females: Hairstyles will not interfere with proper wearing of the military headgear. Females may wear braids or cornrows as long as the braided style is conservative and the braids and cornrows lie snugly over the head.
Refusal to Participate in JROTC Activities: Cadets refusing to participate in JROTC activities to include wearing the uniform, physical training or any other activities will be penalized appropriately and it will affect their grade. Cadets are part of a team and are both expected and required to participate in all activities and events. Unless there is a valid medical reason why they can’t participate, each occurrence of non-participation will result in a zero (0) for their participation grade.
Disenrollment from JROTC: Students may be dis-enrolled from JROTC if they:
Withdraw from school.
Becomes physically unable to perform the activities required of JROTC cadets.
Demonstrate ineptitude for leadership training indicated by a general lack of adaptability.
Fail to keep an acceptable standard of academic achievement, conduct, appearance, or attendance.
Exhibits undesirable character traits such as lying, cheating or stealing, unauthorized possession of illegal drugs or substances, or exhibits an indifference to and lack of interest in citizenship and leadership training.
Special Team Practices: Participation in JROTC after-school special team programs is optional, but highly encouraged. Specific dates and times for the Color Guard, Drill, Raiders, Shooting, Academic and Leadership Teams will be briefed by the instructors in class. For general planning purposes, these teams will practice after school from 3:30pm – 5:30pm.
JROTC Activity Fee: Activity fees are assessed for West Port JROTC physical training uniforms, field trips, and team competitions.TC)
Weekly JROTC Schedule (Subject to change)
CLASSROOM After School (3:30 – 5:30 pm)
Day Activity Uniform Voluntary Activities
Monday Academics School dress code Staff/Leadership
Tuesday Academics School dress code Team practices
Wednesday Wear and Inspect JROTC Uniform JROTC Uniform (provided by JROTC) Team practices
Drill and Ceremony
Thursday Physical Fitness Physical Fitness Uniform (purchased from JROTC) Team practices
Friday Physical Fitness Physical Fitness Uniform (purchased from JROTC) TBD / Team practices
Syllabus Spring 2018
I. Course Information
College and Career Success
Course No. and Section:
West Port High School
WPHS, Period 2,3 and 4
Building 9, Room 012
Power Hour A
Via CANVAS or
Extended Emergency Closure
For emergency campus closings (natural disasters, etc.) call 352-291-4499 or 800-831-9244 or check our website www.CF.edu.
II. Course Description
This course is designed for beginning freshmen college students in their first two semesters of enrollment at the College of Central Florida. It is a practical, applied course that places an emphasis on acquainting you with the expectations of higher education, helping you develop positive academic study behaviors and personal development knowledge in support of your success in college.
We will cover four major areas of knowledge that are essential for success in college:
- College Knowledge – understanding the requirements, policies and expectations necessary for college success & learning to navigate the college.
- Academic Skill Knowledge – improving study skills, test-taking skills, research and technology skills. Identifying and using campus and community support services and resources
- Personal Development Knowledge – enhancing time management, organization, & communication skills, identifying and understanding your personality and learning styles.
- Career/Major Knowledge – understanding your degree and major and developing an educational plan
This course is focused on student engagement strategies and practicing the skills, we cover in the course. We will participate in discussions, reflection and critical thinking writings, research skills, and individual assessments as examples of active learning in our assignments. Classes will be conducted like a seminar with a focus on discussion, interaction, exploration of ideas and small group activities. Some classes may be held in different settings on and off campus. If transportation is a concern, please let the instructor know and other arrangements will be made.
Instructor role is to facilitate your learning and help you:
- start off on the right foot towards a successful college experience,
- learn more about yourself and your strengths/weaknesses,
- find out about resources available at CF
- create a collaborative and enjoyable class environment
This course fulfills the requirement for Personal Development. This practical, hands-on course will provide you with the tools needed to be successful in college, as well as other areas of your life.
Required Text – Title:
Your College Experience
Author of Text:
Gardner, Barefoot, Farakish
2 Year College Edition
III. CF Institutional Learning Outcomes addressed in this course include:
Computer and Information Skills
Communication: The student will read, write, speak and listen effectively
Class participation in weekly discussions
Read materials and effectively understand essential facts and concepts
Express clear, well-organized ideas through oral communication.
Computer & Information Skills: The student will be able to evaluate the importance of technology and its applications
Access, research & retrieve information using the internet
40% Participation (including attendance)
Participation is earned by attending class without distraction from any electronic device. If student is absent, no participation points are earned regardless of reason. More than four absences may result in failure of course. Participation includes active involvement in discussion and group activities, using class time wisely and staying on task during workshop.
20% Student Enhancement Activities – could include the following…
Personality Assessment, Learning Styles , Budget, Time Management, Note Taking, Goal Setting, Reflective Journals, Career Exploration Activities, Presentations, etc…
30% Chapter Assessments
Based on textbook information, videos, and readings. Multiple choice, short/extended response, true/false, etc..
10% Final Exam- Comprehensive
The instructor will make every effort to provide timely feedback on all graded assignments to enhance the learning process. Students are expected to keep track of their own grades in the course. Grades are posted on Canvas. The instructor reserves the right to refuse to accept assignments that are not submitted by the due date. All formal writing assignments/projects will be uploaded to CANVAS and are subject to plagiarism detection by turnitin.com.
F 64% and below
V. Course Schedule/Outline
- Getting Started in College
- Developing Technical and Computer Skills – learning how Canvas and CF Portal works
- Exploring Your Personality Type
- Choosing a Program of Interest and Degree
- Career Testing
- Learning Style and Intelligence
- Managing Time and Money
- Improving Memory and Reading
- Taking Notes, Writing, and Speaking
- Effective Study Strategies
- Test Taking
- Health and Wellness
- Goal Setting
- Critical Thinking
- Thinking Positively about the Future
There is not a specific course weekly schedule, mainly because every class is different and the amount of time needed to spend on each topic may vary. Constantly adjusting a schedule presents more problems than solutions. We will work through a list of topics. It is your responsibility to check on Canvas frequently so you will be current with your course requirements. The course text will serve as the basis for the course timeline as we will sequentially work through the chapters.
STATEMENT: Due to unforeseen happenings, it may be necessary for the course assignment schedule to be altered. The instructor will always strive to be fair about any changes.
VI. College Policies (dates are for Spring 2018)
Academic Integrity – Cheating and/or plagiarism will not be tolerated and may result in an “FF” for the course as well as disciplinary action under the Code of Student Conduct. A student will be referred to an Academic Integrity Seminar. There will be a charge for this two-hour seminar, and attendance is required (see Student Handbook). Failure to attend the Academic Seminar may result in the assignment of a final course grade of “FF,” denoting course failure due to a violation of the college’s Academic Integrity policy.
Access Services for Students with Disabilities – To ensure students have equal access to educational opportunities here at the College of Central Florida, students with medical, sensory, physical, psychological, and/or a cognitive disability are encouraged to register with the Office of Access Services and request an application. If eligible, Access Services will help facilitate approved accommodations for you. Please do this as soon as possible, to ensure that such accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion for your academic success. The Office of Access Services is located in Building 5-204, the Bryant Student Union, on the Ocala Campus. For more information visit the Access Services webpage at http://www.cf.edu/go/assistance/disability/index (Links to an external site.), or email email@example.com, or call 352-854-2322, ext. 1580 or 1430 for further information.
Attendance Policy – Regular, punctual class attendance is the responsibility of every student who enrolls at the College of Central Florida; therefore, the institution is committed to enforcing the attendance policy in an effort to assist students in achieving their educational objectives. The documentation of student absences will begin the first day of class, regardless f when the student registers. When a student has a legitimate reason for being absent, the instructor has the option of permitting the student to make up work missed and may require an explanation for the absence. The college reserves the right to evaluate individual cases of nonattendance. See Student Handbook, Policy Manual and Administrative Procedures.
Equal Access/Equal Opportunity – College of Central Florida does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, marital status, national origin, genetic information or disability status in its
programs, activities and employment. For inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies, contact Carol W. Smith, Equity Officer, 3001 S.W. College Road, 352-854-2322, ext. 1437, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Classroom Decorum – Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. Disruptive students will be asked to leave the classroom. Continuous disruptive behavior will result in withdrawal from the course and disciplinary action under the Code of Student Conduct (see Student Handbook).
VII. CF Student Assistance Program
The CF Student Assistance Program (SAP) is a confidential resource for assisting students who may have personal problems which could affect their school, work, or home lives. SAP provides early intervention and professional assessment and counseling to best meet the needs of the student. Services are free to all active CF students. The SAP is managed by BAY CARE LIFE MANAGEMENT, a health management organization. A student may call a toll free helpline during regular business hours Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. For crisis situations after hours, on weekends, or holidays a student may call the same number and the therapist on duty will be paged and will promptly respond to the call. For services a student may call the following toll free number: 1‑800‑878‑5470.
Withdrawal – If you want to withdraw from this class, you must fill out the necessary forms and have them signed by the appropriate parties. If you just stop coming to class after the posted drop date, you may receive the grade of F.
The college reserves the right to evaluate individual cases of non-attendance.
Students should be alerted to the following:
(1) Withdrawals do not count in the CF GPA, but may not be viewed favorably at the university level or for financial aid.
(2) A withdrawal counts as an attempt under the forgiveness/withdrawal policy and the course repeat policy.
(3) There are increased costs to take the course on the third attempt (full cost of tuition, same as out-of-state rate).
(4) There may be a reason a withdrawal request may be denied.
Please see the College’s withdrawal procedures.
Some Simple Rules for Taking College Courses
- Read the syllabus and the assignments at the beginning of the term. This is also the time to ask the instructor any questions you may have regarding a class.
- Thoughtful observations of discussion topics are encouraged – anything else is considered a disruption. Participate in discussions and activities with dedicated focus upon the assignment or question.
- Habitual tardiness or leaving the class early may be addressed in the form of a reduction of your grade.
- If you display repeated disruptive behavior, you will be dropped from the course.
- This course addresses serious issues and developments in our history. Your instructor takes this course seriously. I suggest you do the same through intellectual discourse and enthusiasm.
- If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to keep up with the assigned reading as well as any notes from class discussion (which you may secure from another student, not your instructor).
- Please do not ask what your grade is. You know the scale, the total points and your individual grades, thus allowing you the ability to identify your academic standing in the class.
- While cell phones have provided improved communication advances for civilization, they remain a nuisance when left on during a class. Therefore, kindly turn off your cell phone once in the classroom.
- If you e-mail me (or anyone else for that matter), please include your full name, as well as your class and section, in the message since some e-mail addresses give few clues as to the sender’s name.
- Always remember to include your name, the day and time the class meets at the top of any paper you submit (upper right-hand corner). Make a copy of all papers for your own records prior to submitting them to your instructor.
- Some writing advice: Visit the Writing Lab in the LRC. The lab personnel offer tutorials and are great resources for MLA or APA style and other writing questions.
- Some reading advice: History, like most subjects, is still learned mainly by reading and writing. Here are the “secret” steps to making a good grade in almost any class:
- Read assignments before class and take notes to be prepared to participate in the discussion.
- Ask questions if you don’t understand the reading, or if you don’t understand the class discussion.
- After the class discussion, read the assignment a second time. As you do, compare the notes you took while
reading it the first time with the notes you took during the class discussion.
- Read and review the material a third time just before taking exam.