West Port High School
Leadership Education and Training (LET 3/4) Syllabus
LTC (Ret.) Robert L. Irick, Senior Army Instructor (SAI)
- Room 09-005, (2,3,4,5,6 Periods) Room 09-018A, (1st Period)
- (352) 291-4000 Ext 56679/56672
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
80 – 89
70 – 79
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
- Maintain Portfolio
- Individual Lesson assignments
Test / Projects:
- 50% of grade
- Lesson Test/Exams
- Dress out in West Port JROTC physical training uniform and participating in physical training
- Wearing uniform correctly the entire school day
- Cadet Challenge
- Drill Sequence
- 10% of grade
- Individual lesson assignments
- March in the December Ocala Holiday Parade
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. 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 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:
- Verbal Warning
- 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 disenrolled 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, 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.
Weekly JROTC Schedule (Subject to change)
(3:30 – 5:30 pm)
School dress code
School dress code
Wear and Inspect JROTC Uniform
Drill and Ceremony
(provided by JROTC)
(purchased from JROTC)
Physical Fitness Uniform
(purchased from JROTC)
TBD / Team practices
1. The JROTC uniform is provided and must be worn once a week on Wednesday, unless directed otherwise. Failure to wear the uniform will result in a grade of zero.
2. The physical training uniform must be purchased for $15 and must be worn on Thursday or Friday during physical training, unless directed otherwise. Failure to wear the physical training uniform on Friday will result in a grade of zero.
3. The Parent Letter of Financial Responsibility letter (to be sent home at a later date) must be signed by the cadet and the parent /guardian and returned to the JROTC instructor.
4. The Privacy Act / Health Statement (to be sent home at a later date) must be signed by both the cadet and parent/guardian and returned to the JROTC instructor.
Syllabus Confirmation Page
I _______________________________________ (Print student name) have read through and discussed this course syllabus with my teacher today in class. I understand what exactly is expected of me in this class and what my responsibilities are for this school year. I know and understand what the academic policies and procedures that I am to follow are. I am aware of and understand how I am going to be evaluated and assessed in this course and how my final grade will be calculated. I am aware of and understand that tardiness is not tolerated and can negatively affect my class grade. I know that if I need extra help or have concerns I should speak with my teacher as soon as possible.
Student Name: _______________________________________________ Grade: _________
Student’s Signature: ___________________________________________ Date: __________
Parent/Guardian Signature: _____________________________________ Date: __________
Students email address: _________________________________________________________
Student cell phone number: ______________________________________________________
PARENT’S/GUARDIAN’S: IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO HAVE THIS INFORMATION.....ACCIDENTS DO HAPPEN!
Parent/Guardian Name :_______________________________(relationship) _______________
Parent/Guardian Name :_______________________________(relationship) _______________
Parent/Guardian email address: ___________________________________________________
Parent/Guardian cell phone #: _______________________ or ___________________________
Parent/Guardian work phone #: ______________________ or ___________________________
Parent’s/guardian home phone#:______________________ or __________________________
Emergency Contact Person: _____________________________ (relationship) ______________
Phone number(s): ___________________________ or _________________________________
In case your child becomes ill and one of the parent’s/guardian listed above is not available, I give my permission to contact one of the following relatives, neighbor, or friend.
(Parent’s/guardian signature): _____________________________________________________
ANY MEDICAL INFORMATION THAT THE TEACHER SHOULD BE AWARE OF: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
This confirmation page will be returned not later than
Friday, September 1, 2017 to your JROTC instructor