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HENRY HIGH SCHOOL

DRIVERS EDUCATION COURSE OUTLINE

ONE SEMESTER ELECTIVE CREDIT

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  We are excited that DRIVER EDUCATION has become a semester long class at Henry.  This gives us the opportunity to offer a better program to your son/ daughter.  The first quarter of the semester will be devoted to study the driver manual to get the students ready to pass their permit test.  The second quarter will be devoted to simulation and defensive driving techniques.  Because of the budget problems of the schools, there is a new charge of $50.00 for the classroom.  Please see the letter to the parents explaining this.

 

PROGRAM GOALS: Young people between the ages of 15 and 24 have the highest automobile collision and death rate of any other age group of drivers. 

  1. This elective class will give the students the skills and the actions necessary to reduce these deaths and injuries by:
  2. Prepare students to successfully pass the Minnesota permit test by intense reading of the drivers manual and textbook. 
  3. Parents involvement through interaction with their child’s driving.

 

ATTENDANCE:  Being in class is very important. Being gone from class could lead to important information missed.

 

TARDINESS: School policy will be followed.

 

CLASS BEHAVIOR: There is a zero tolerance policy for unacceptable behavior.  We follow the Henry discipline policy.  Students are not allowed to use electronic devices(cell phones, ear buds or head phones) unless given permission by teacher.    Swearing in class will result in points taken.

 

NOTEBOOK and class materials:  Maintaining a folder notebook is mandatory and will be graded as a formative assessment.  The notebook will be brought to class everyday.  The notebook will contain homework, study guides, chapter outlines, lesson notes, film reviews, personal records and all handouts. You are required to have something to write with. “The pencil is like your car keys, without it, you cannot drive”.

 

TEXTS:   Minnesota Driver Manual .  One copy of the manual will be given to each student at the beginning of class. You are responsible for it until the end of the class. If you lose it, you must pay $2.00 for a new one. If you forget your manual, you may rent one for a $1.00  READ YOUR MANUAL!

 

DAILY HOMEWORK(formative assessments) Study guides, class assignments, newspaper articles, etc., are to be turned in on time. If you are absent, you are responsible for picking up missed work that can be made up. 

 

TESTS(summative assessment) 1 test per week based on traffic signs, laws, class work, films/ videos, and guest speakers.  If you miss a test, please see the teacher to make arrangements to make it up.

 

SIMULATORS(summative/formative assessment):  We will spend about ten (20) hours in the driving laboratory.  You will experience simulated driving situations as close to real life as possible.  You will be graded on your reactions to situations ranging from basic car control to driving emergencies.

 

 

 

MAJOR PROJECT(summative assessment):  Each student must complete a major class project called a “Traffic Survey”.  This project consists of study and detailed analysis of a major intersection near their home.  The use of math, science and computer skills will be used.  Further information will be coming home.

 

GRADING: This course will use letter grading (A, B, C, D, and F).  You grade will be computed on a percentage basis.  Feel free to contact your teacher to check your grade at any time.

           

Grading Scale:

  • Summative Assessments: 80% of final grade
  • Formative Assessments: 20% of final grade

           

 

Letter Grade

Average Score

Percentage

 

Letter Grade

Average Score

Percentage

A

7-8

87-100%

 

C

4.3-4.6

54-58%

A-

6-6.5

75-86%

 

C-

4-4.2

50-53%

B+

5.7-5.9

71-74%

 

D+

3.5-3.9

44-49%

B

5.3-5.6

66-70%

 

D

2.5-3.4

31-43%

B-

5-5.2

63-65%

 

D-

2.0-2.4

25-30%

C+

4.7-4.9

59-62%

 

F

0-1.9

0-24%

 

 

PERMIT TEST(summative assessment): Is a written examination of a student’s knowledge of signs and driving laws of the State of Minnesota.  The test will be given at Patrick Henry High School.

In order to take the permit test, students must meet strict qualification guidelines established by the state.  These are as follows:

  • Students must be 15 years or older at the time of the test
  • Student must be passing the classroom phase
  • Students must be enrolled in behind the wheel training.  It is $220.00.
  • A parent permission slip sign and notarized
  • Official identification form of a birth certificate, passport or immigration papers

 

In addition, the following are required:

  • At the time of the test, students must be earning an A, B, or C grade
  • Permission slip from parent/ guardian must be given
  • The 50.00 classroom fee must be paid.
  • A signed agreement by the student to finish the class.  If not, permit will be revoked

 

IF ALL OF THE ABOVE ARE NOT MET, YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO TAKE THE PERMIT TEST EARLY IN SCHOOL.  You will have to wait to the end of the semester after the class is completed and go to an exam station.

 

BEHIND THE WHEEL TRAINING:  The $220.00 fee covers the cost of the 5 hours of one to one teaching using our cars.  This fee is now a tax credit or a deduction on your state income tax if taken through the Minneapolis Public Schools.  All teachers are Minneapolis teachers who are also licensed to teach behind the wheel.  This fee base part of the program is optional.  However, if you don not enroll in behind the wheel, you will not be allowed to take the permit test.  This is a state law.  Registration day is (ASK MR. EXTRAND).  On this day, students bring signed parent permission slip money for the behind the wheel training.

 

Any questions, feel free to contact me at michael.extrand@mpls.k12.mn.us

 

 

THANK YOU

Mr. Extrand

Driver Education Teacher