CSB Handbook

About Crater School of Business

The CSB swagger started in 1993 and this Crater "icon" continues to adapt, improve, and produce successful community members. It's our belief that each student should take charge of their own education. We want our students to embrace the culture of CSB -- which means that we are ALL – Sinks, Rogan, and each and every CSBeast – responsible for the success of our classroom.

Sinks and Rogan are committed to push, inspire, and challenge our students. We expect our students to commit to doing the best they can, to embrace a different way of learning, and to take on new opportunities. This is truly a dress rehearsal for the big leagues, so take it on at full speed!

Curriculum & Credits

The School of Business is a two-year program that integrates English, social studies, business, economics, and technology. The core curriculum alternates each year between an economics/marketing focus (odd year) to a global studies/international business focus (even year). CSB meets Common Core Standards for 11th and 12th grades in the College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Literacy in Social Studies. Click here for more information regarding the Common Core English Language Arts Standards.

Over the course of the two-year program, students will earn:

Honors credit is available, but students must take the Honors English mini in the second term to be awarded honors credit in English (available for both juniors and seniors).

College Now Credits from RCC

Students in CSB may receive 30+ college credits through the RCC College Now program for FREE. Sinks and Rogan are approved instructors with RCC to provide College Now credits in writing, business, and computer science. Click here to view the full list of College Now credits offered in CSB.

Students must meet specific requirements in order to earn College Now credit. Some courses may require additional coursework, and/or testing in order to successfully meet State requirements.

General College Now Requirements and Guidelines

  1. In order to receive the College Now credits that Rogan and Sinks offer, students must be enrolled in CSB for two (2) years*. At the start of spring term, senior students will register for the College Now courses they qualify for.
  2. Students now can earn an A, B, C, D or F in the respective CSB course in order to earn College Now credit - students who have grades that fall below the C mark will now receive less than desirable college credit. The grade a student earns will be the grade submitted for the College Now course and will also be the grade represented on the students' official RCC transcript. Please note: it's important to understand how a college transcript can affect you as a future college student. Please see Rogan or Sinks if you have questions about your college prospects and intended major
  3. Writing 121 additional requirements:
    • Students must have a 3.0 gpa or higher
    • Students must take Honors English with Sinks
    • Students must pass the Writing Proficiency
    • Students must submit a Work Sample (info tba)

The College Now program is a tremendous opportunity for our students and can be a huge financial benefit for future college students. Not only does it allow our students to have a "foot in the door" to college as a high school student, it often allows students to start college as a sophomore instead of as an incoming freshman, saving students thousands of dollars. Please see Rogan or Sinks if you have any questions or visit http://www.roguecc.edu/COLLEGENOW/.

* Individual exceptions may be made. Juniors who leave CSB will not receive College Now Credit. A student who enters CSB as a senior may be eligible for some College Now credit.

State Assessments and Work Samples

A key component of the State of Oregon graduation requirements require students to pass a reading and writing assessment. Beginning in the school year 2014-15, juniors now take the Smarter Balanced Assessment between April and June. The Smarter Balanced Assessment combines reading, writing, and critical thinking skills into one (1) assessment instead of two as in the previous OAKS assessment.

Students in CSB will learn and utilize essential reading, writing, and critical thinking skills in daily skill building exercises and activities, challenging assignments, and innovative projects. Additionally, students will complete at least two (2) writing samples to serve two purposes: (1) to practice for a formal writing assessment, and (2) to work toward "banking" two writing samples that meet the State Writing Assessment requirements as an alternative in the event a student does not meet the Smarter Balanced Assessment.

Internships

All School of Business students will participate in an internship at a local organization of his or her interest during the time they would normally spend in class. We will start our internship program in late October or early November this year.

  1. Students have TWO weeks to find an internship without penalty once we have started the internship process. After those two weeks, students without an internship will be required to do an internship makeup assignment and will only receive 3/5 possible points for the day.
  2. Internship days count as assignments in CSB. Dates TBA
  3. Failure to attend an internship will result in the student receiving an I (incomplete) for that assignment and it must be made up.
  4. Students are expected to arrange for their own transportation and will be responsible for turing in a weekly timesheet (provided).
  5. If a student is to miss an internship day, they are expected to call both their internship site and instructors beforehand or number in the Tech Center/CSB is 541-494-6325 - students should also email Sinks and Rogan.
  6. DO NOT SCHEDULE APPOINTMENTS ON INTERNSHIP DAYS!! (Haircuts, nails, tanning, ortho, dentist, cosmetologist, photographer, bookie, etc are all examples of places/businesses you should not be at during your internship time.)
  7. Absences are required to be made up to pass the class by completing the 2.2 hour block of time at your intern. Should this option not work out, an extremely painful written assignment will be assigned which will result in the student getting a maximum grade of 2.
  8. Students may be pulled from internship sites for lack of attendance and will forfeit one school credit if this becomes necessary.
  9. Signed contracts are required between students, parents, and intern supervisors regarding transportation and participation in a non-paid work experience.

Grading

Regular Assignments, Projects, Tests & Quizzes

Almost all of the student's papers are graded on a scale of 1-5. General criteria for each are listed below:

*Please Note: In the 19 years that Rogan has been teaching in the CSB, 99% of all papers that have been turned in initially receive a low grade due to some sort of error within the paper. Please do not take this personally, just redo it!

Completion Grade Assignments

There will be certain assignments that are graded on a 2 point scale. These will be assignments that are given at different times during the term (for instance, the first week essay/reading assignments or homecoming week flyers). These assignments are graded on completeness, quality and timeliness. Students lose points based on lack of completeness, poor quality and lack of timeliness. We will call these assignments - Completion Assignments

Grades are weighted by assignment categories and based on the BIS standard scale:

Assignment Categories

  1. Homework/Daily Work = 25%
  2. Tests/Quizzes = 20%
  3. Project/Portfolio = 25%
  4. Internships = 10%
  5. Employability = 20%

Grading Scale *

A = 90% – 100%

B = 80% - 89%

C = 70% - 79%

D = 60% - 69%

F = 59% – below

* We reserve the right to round off percentages.

Redo Policy

Students may redo certain assignments if the assignment is completed and turned in on time. This policy is to reinforce continued improvement of projects as would occur in a successful business environment. We also wish to promote students learning from his or her own mistakes. The following outlines the two different types of "redos" and the general guidelines that apply to each.

Limited Redo Attempts

Unless specified otherwise, you may submit an assignment up to TWO times. The first submission of an assignment is considered submission ONE, leaving you with ONE additional attempt at submitting an improved assignment for your desired grade. We will let you know if an assignment is a limited redo assignment.

Unlimited Redo Attempts

For assignments designated as "unlimited redos," students may submit an improved assignment for a higher grade as many times as they wish until they obtain the desired grade. i.e. Resume. We will let you know if an assignment has an unlimited redo policy.

Tests, Quizzes, Interviews, and Presentations

The redo policy does NOT apply to tests, quizzes, interviews or presentations. However, we will occasionally offer students the chance to improve a test or quiz score by taking advantage of a "Quiz Bomber." Interviews and presentations are considered a one shot attempt – as we all know, there are no redos in front of a live audience.

Redo Guidelines

Any assignment re–submitted for grading must show significant improvements to be eligible for a re–grade. Furthermore, the assignment must be completely free of spelling errors.

Assignments must be re–submitted before the end of the current term in which the assignment was given.

Procedure for Re–grade

To submit a digital assignment for a re–grade, do the following:

  1. Send an email to the teacher who initially graded the assignment
  2. Attach the assignment to the email
  3. In the subject line, insert "Please Regrade insert assignment name here"
  4. Please use the body of the email if you have any questions or concerns about the assignment and to let the teacher know you are resubmitting your work and have made the necessary changes.

To submit a hardcopy of an assignment for a re–grade, do the following:

  1. Attach ALL previous drafts of the assignment to the BACK of the re–submitted draft – NEW draft needs to be on top
  2. Place the assignment in the assigned box for the teacher who initially graded the assignment

Incomplete Policy

The School of Business requires that ALL assignments be turned in to receive a grade.

Late Work

Assignments turned in late are a detriment to a student's success in any subject. Due dates are assigned to hold students accountable for their work and to teach time management skills that are valuable in any career.

Attendance

Attending class is a key component of being successful in CSB. In business terms, a person with solid
"soft skills," such as good attendance, are almost always retained and/or promoted over others who do not have those skills. We value and emphasize soft skills through the Employability Evaluation (see below).

While we recognize that some absences and tardies are beyond a student's control, we want students to communicate with us via email (jeremy.sinks@district6.org or mike.rogan@district6.org) the times when he/she misses a class – this is just a good overall practice as this is the case in any job.

It is the responsibility of a student who misses class to check our agenda on the CSB website for assignments and activities he/she misses.

Employability

Sinks and Rogan believe there are a set of essential skills that make a student successful in not only education but in any profession. These identified skills include:

Students are assessed on their employability using these sets of characteristics outlined in the AWEPA + E3 + HoM = Success Rubric every term. Students evaluate themselves, then Rogan and Sinks evaluate the students using the same rubric. Rogan and Sinks ultimately determine a student's Employability score, but in most cases a student's evaluation of themselves and the teachers' evaluation of the students are fairly similar. Click here to view the AWEPA + E3 + HoM = Success Evaluation form.

Open Lab

To provide CSB students with a greater chance to succeed given our redo and incomplete policies, open labs are scheduled on a weekly to bi-weekly basis to allow students to improve their work and make-up missing assignments. Generally, there are no new assignments given on these days. Students are expected to use this time wisely to submit the highest quality work possible.

Breaks

Because CSB students are in the same classrooms for two hours or more, periodic breaks will be allowed as scheduled by the CSB teachers.

Food & Drink

The teachers of the CSB believe that food and drink may enhance the productivity and learning process of students if consumed responsibly. With that being said, there is always a balance. With the sweetness of the Tech Center, we need to treat it with respect; furthermore, we will (try to) NOT allow students to bring cafeteria lunch in here - Brown bag only. We want to keep the Tech Center in the best condition possible – after all, this space is as much your as it ours – let's keep it nice for everyone! Obviously, students should clean up their own wrappers, cans, and spills and avoid consumption of food and drink where it can be accidentally spilled on equipment. Clean up after yourself - one shot deal - if you don't respect the lab you will be removed from the lab.

Free Reading

Once a week our class will participate in Free Reading time. This is a graded time period (5 - 1) where students will be rewarded for reading. Comics, classified, and personals do not count as reading and students will be scored accordingly. It is recommended that students always have a book that they are ready to read. We will be reading several books each trimester, so expect us to keep you pretty busy.

Internet Use

Use of the Internet is mandatory in the School of Business. Many resources important to our curriculum are on the Internet so students must have parent permission for Internet use to stay enrolled in the course. Responsible Internet use is required as outlined in Crater's Internet contract. Violation of these rules will result in a student being suspended from, or removed completely from the CSB.

Computer Use

Each CSB student will have use of a computer while in class. Because many students use the same computers, it is expected that students do not make any system changes. Changes desired for work related to academic learning may be discussed with the instructors but must not be made without permission. In addition, computers should not be used for anything that does not contribute to student's formal education at Crater High School. Students who bring in their own computers must set them up in designated areas only and obey the same responsible use policies as required on computers owned by School District 6.

Teacher Time

When we ask for your attention, we usually want you to turn off your monitor. Nothing personal.

Golden Rules

The following should always be heeded in the CSB:

  1. Don't be a goober, you are not as cool, funny, clever, great, stylish, beautiful, smart, sassy, you name it ---as you think.
  2. Treat the lab with respect and ownership - this is your home and equipment. Truly, this is the coolest place at CHS. Cherish it.
  3. Be Nice.
  4. Think before you speak.
  5. Enjoy life - man, you're young - you have so many cool things going for you - take advantage.
  6. Don't Enjoy life irresponsibly - like Rogan always says, "you have your whole adult life to be an idiot."
  7. Meet everyone in the class - know their names - know something about them.
  8. Take chances.
  9. Learn new tricks.
  10. Join something (appropriate please).
  11. Try.
  12. Think.
  13. Don't give up.
  14. Believe in yourself.
  15. Do it well - make it better!
  16. Don't print your cell phone bill
  17. Clean up after yourself.
  18. Say something nice to someone different everyday.

Cell Phone Use

Copyright Basics

Plagiarism (Cheating)

Please do not fall prey to copying others work, using another students assignment as your own, stealing from the internet, paying someone to do your work, looking at someone's screen during a quiz, using Sparknotes summations on an essay, etc. If you are feeling in anyway hesitant - you know instinctively that it is wrong.

Consequences vary for getting caught cheating - penalties can range from getting removed from class (forever and with a failing grade) to redoing the assignment completely for 0 points (both the person who copied and the person who lent their assignment to be copied).

Activities and Community Involvement

Without a doubt one of the most important things you could do for yourself is to get involved in some sort of a community activity. You might be the smartest person, best athlete, most talented individual at Crater but if you don't give something back by being involved (volunteering) it will cost you financially in the scholarship hunt (as well as personally from the standpoint of giving back). The following are activities that BIS teachers are involved with:

Teacher Emails

Whenever you send an email, please do the following:

  1. Put a subject in the subject line (i.e. - regrade resume)
  2. Capitalize - Grammar and Spell check
  3. Be respectful — we are busy guys and appreciate your patience. Rude emails tend to get pushed to the bottom
  4. send work to the correct person that graded the assignment