Welcome students and parents to U.S. History! My name is Mr. Cotton. Feel free to contact me at any time.

    Mr. Cotton

    Email: Michael.Cotton@marion.k12.fl.us

    Phone: (352) 671-4765 ext. 50056




    This course is designed to familiarize a student with careers is the public service professions. Emphasis is also placed on money management, employability/entrepreneurship skills, technology, communication skills, and basic first aid/CPR as well as awareness of blood borne pathogens.



    This program offers a sequence of courses that provides coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards, relevant technical knowledge, and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in Public Service careers. The program provides technical skill proficiency and includes competency-based applied learning that contributes to the academic knowledge, higher-order reasoning and problem-solving skills, work attitudes, general employability skills, technical skills, occupation-specific skills, and knowledge of all aspects of the Government and Public Administration career cluster. 

    The content includes but is not limited to:  employability skills; safe and efficient work practices; communication skills; computer skills; human relations; leadership skills; first aid and disease prevention; firefighting; public safety issues; land, air and water quality technology; the educational system; civil engineering; the criminal justice system; transportation services; social services; and regulatory and records services.


    Common Career Technical Core – Career Ready Practices 

    Career Ready Practices describe the career-ready skills that educators should seek to develop in their students.  These practices are not exclusive to a Career Pathway, program of study, discipline or level of education.  Career Ready Practices should be taught and reinforced in all career exploration and preparation programs with increasingly higher levels of complexity and expectation as a student advances through a program of study.


    1. Act as a responsible and contributing citizen and employee.

           2. Apply appropriate academic and technical skills. 

    1. Attend to personal health and financial well-being. 
    1. Communicate clearly, effectively and with reason. 
    1. Consider the environmental, social and economic impacts of decisions. 
    1. Demonstrate creativity and innovation. )
    1. Employ valid and reliable research strategies. 
    1. Utilize critical thinking to make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. 
    1. Model integrity, ethical leadership and effective management. 
    1. Plan education and career path aligned to personal goals. 
    1. Use technology to enhance productivity. 
    1. Work productively in teams while using cultural/global competence. 


    The following are our class procedures:

    ATTENDANCE: 1. If you are not in the classroom when the bell rings you will be counted as tardy. (No exceptions). Sign in on the classroom tardy log.  

    1. If you are absent from class for any reason it is your responsibility to make up all missing work. (You will have 5 calendar days from the date of your return to school to make up all missing assignments, test, etc.)


    1. Be prepared with paper, a pen or pencil and any other materials your instructor request.
    2. To use the restroom, ask to be excused, sign-out, and take the restroom pass with you. Proceed to the restroom in our building and sign in upon your return.
    3. Do not bring food or drink into the classroom. You may have a single bottle of water with a cap on your desk. No other type of drink will be allowed.
    4. 4. You will need a folder/binder where you will keep your class assignments. Bring your folder/binder to class every dayIt will be graded each nine weeks. Organization of the material within the folder will count.

     Always show respect:

    To yourself by doing your best and asking for help when you need it

    To each other by not laughing or criticizing others, and

    To the teacher by not talking when he is teaching and by participating in class.



    • HOMEWORK/FOLDER                                                 10%
    • TEST                                                                            40%