Each student must possess and properly wear a cloth face covering (mouth and nose) during each class period. A clear, transparent face shield to protect the student’s eyes is also recommended.

    C.A.T. Syllabus


    Marion County Public Schools Information –

    Instructor: James Touchton              Telephone: 352-671-4700, Ext.-58567              

    Room Number: A268

    Email: james.touchton@marion.k12.fl.us      

    Teacher Webpage:marionschools.net/Page/44300

    Supplemental Communication Information –

    REMIND: Remind.com         Class Code: @76abfb

                Via Phone (texts): text @76abfb to 81010

                Via email: send email to 76abfb@mail.remind.com


    Welcome to CAT Period!  You have been hand selected for this course as a means to improve your academic success in high school.  During this year, I hope you will not only be successful in your current classes, but also gain life skills that will help you be successful in school and other pursuits in the future. 

    CAT period differs from a traditional study hall class because in addition to having time to complete assignments and study for other classes, students will also engage in activities specifically focused on helping them develop good habits, make good decisions for themselves and ultimately take responsibility for the outcome of their own lives.  Learning skills for success in school is an ongoing process and while we will start good habits this year, it will be up to you to continue these habits in the future. 


    Student Supplies (for use in class & home): (per student)

    A binder for classes (I recommend one for A Day and B Day classes)



    Homework/classwork/study materials/textbooks/calculators


    Classroom Supplies (for classroom use): (per student)

    1 box of facial tissues,

    1 container of Hand-sanitizer,

    3 EXPO Whiteboard markers.


    Grades are assigned for this class on a daily basis. If you are present, on time, working on an academic assignment you will receive the full-day’s credit toward you grade. If you present the instructor with a valid CAT Pass within the first 5 minutes of class, you will be allowed to go to the requesting Teacher’s location and still receive full credit toward that day’s grade. However, for each Classroom, School, or District rule or expectation you have to be reminded of (because of an active personal violation) during each class period a 10% deduction will be made from your grade for that day.


    Computer and internet access may be a requirement for the C.A.T. course. The Student Portal provides online access to several Microsoft Office applications for use in accessing school and class related files. To help students who do not have access to a computer at home, Forest High School’s media center has computers available for students’ use before school beginning at 7:30 a.m. and after school until 3:30 p.m. In addition, Marion County Libraries have computers available for library members (free memberships available). Students will be given ample notification of essays and/or projects.



    As a matter of respect and maturity, every student is expected to be in control of their cellphone use at all times. Inside the classroom, you are not permitted to use your cellphone for any reason unless directed by the instructor. You must keep your cellphone and other mobile devices in OFF or SILENT mode at all times, and out of sight of yourself and others. If you have earbuds, air pods, or any similar devices hanging from your ears, it will be assumed they are connected to your cellphone, and they must be removed.

    Occasionally cellphone or other mobile devices may be used for classroom activities as directed by the instructor for interactive learning. These times will be clearly identified prior to permission for use being granted. 



    Academic cheating entails any form of academic dishonesty including, but not limited to, preparing homework, taking tests and quizzes, preparing reports and projects - GENERALLY PASSING OFF ANOTHER PERSON'S WORK AS ONE'S OWN OR KNOWINGLY ALLOWING SUCH MISREPRESENTATION (such as giving someone your work to copy). ANY TYPE of cheating or plagiarism will result in a zero on the assignment.


    All school and classroom policies and procedures apply here.  All personal electronic devices (cell phones, music devices, etc.) should be powered off or on airplane mode in the classroom.  No food or drink will be permitted in the class.  In addition, you, as students, are expected to: 

    RESPECT YOURSELF: Come to class ready to learn and have high expectations for yourself.  You are being provided with a unique chance to improve skills that will be critical for success in school and life.  Make good use of this opportunity. 

    RESPECT OTHERS: Treat classmates, teachers and visitors with dignity and respect.  Use appropriate language and behavior for school.  Do not disrupt others’ learning. 

    RESPECT PROPERTY: Refrain from touching items that do not belong to you – this includes classmates’ and teacher’s belongings.  Treat your school, this classroom and the materials provided to you well. Clean up your work area, even if the mess is not yours.  YOU ARE A PART OF A TEAM!  

    FOLLOW PROCEDURES: In order to leave the room during CAT period, you must have a pass from your subject teacher or Mrs. Pohlers.  You will not be permitted to use the media center during CAT unless you have a pass.  If you have a pass, you are to show it to me, then sign out in the CAT binder.  You are then required to go directly to that teacher’s room.  If you use a pass to leave the room but do not go to the teacher who gave you the pass, you will be marked as skipping. 


    1. Chat with teacher
    2. Telephone home and intervention
    3. Behavioral referral


    A student cannot interfere with the right of other students to learn and therefore must show respect to other students and teachers. Other standards for appropriate behavior include attentive participation in class, i.e., no sleeping, disruptions, unnecessary talking or movement, or leaving materials at home.