Fenelon falls secondary school

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Course: Civics Room #: 145 Office #: 160

Course Code: CHV2O Voicemail: 887-2018 ext. 32647

Teacher: Mr. L. Reynolds Email: l.reynolds@tldsb.on.ca

Website: reynoldsroom.weebly.com

Course Description
This course explores rights and responsibilities associated with being an active citizen

in a democratic society. Students will explore issues of civic importance such as healthy

schools, community planning, environmental responsibility, and the influence of social

media, while developing their understanding of the role of civic engagement and of

political processes in the local, national, and/or global community. Students will apply

the concepts of political thinking and the political inquiry process to investigate, and

express informed opinions about, a range of political issues and developments that

are both of significance in today’s world and of personal interest to them.


Units of Study

1. Civic Awareness

2. Civic Engagement & Action

Texts and Resources

At times we will refer to a few different textbooks, but nothing you will be taking home. 

Required Materials / Equipment: EVERYDAY!!!! EVERYDAY!!!!..................EVERYDAY!!!

  • Notebook – three ring binder

  • Loose leaf paper

  • Writing utensils

Evaluation Procedure

  • Summative Evaluations – 70%

Knowledge/ Understanding 20%

Thinking / Inquiring / Problem Solving 15%

Communication 15%

Application 20%

  • Culminating Tasks– 30%

In-class assignment 15%

Final Exam 15%

The in-class assignment will occur during the last 2 weeks of the course and the final exam will occur on the last day of Civics (Wednesday, November 9)

Reporting Learning Skills
Students will be evaluated on the following learning skills and work habits:

Learning Skills and Work Habits

Sample Behaviours


The student:

  • Fulfils responsibilities and commitments within the learning environment;

  • Completes and submits class work, homework, and assignments according to agreed-upon timelines;

  • Takes responsibility for and manages own behavior.


The student:

  • Devises and follows a plan and process for completing work and tasks;

  • Establishes priorities and manages time to complete tasks and achieve goals;

  • Identifies, gathers, evaluates, and uses information, technology and resources to complete tasks.

Independent Work

The student:

  • Independently monitors, assesses, and revises plans to complete tasks and meet goals;

  • Uses class time appropriately to complete tasks;

  • Follow instructions with minimal supervision.


The student:

  • Accepts various roles and an equitable share of work in a group;

  • Responds positively to the ideas, opinions, values, and traditions of others;

  • Builds healthy peer-to-peer relationships through personal and media-assisted interactions;

  • Works with others to resolve conflicts and build consensus to achieve group goals;

  • Shares information, resources, and expertise and promotes critical thinking to solve problems and make decisions.


The student:

  • Looks for and acts on new ideas and opportunities for learning;

  • Demonstrates the capacity for innovation and willingness to take risks;

  • Demonstrates curiosity and interest in learning;

  • Approaches new tasks with a positive attitude;

  • Recognizes and advocates appropriately for the rights of self and others.


The student:

  • Sets own individual goals and monitors progress towards achieving them;

  • Seeks clarification or assistance when needed;

  • Assesses and reflects critically on own strengths, needs and interests;

  • Identifies learning opportunities, choices, and strategies to meet personal needs and achieve goals;

  • Perseveres and makes an effort when responding to challenges.



Students are expected to meet all deadlines and complete all assignments set out by the subject teacher. Failure to complete work will result in communication with parents and a referral to the student success room at lunch. Students must follow the late assignment procedure or a mark of zero will be approved by administration for the assignment. Not done is not acceptable.

Academic Honesty

Students are expected to submit their own original work. Any ideas or words that come from any source other than from personal experience must be formally referenced. Failure to do so is considered plagiarism. Cheating during tests or exams is forbidden. Academic dishonesty of any kind may result in a mark of zero. Other forms of discipline up to and including suspension may be applied.
Missed Evaluations

Students who are absent the day of an evaluation are expected to write the test or submit their work on the day they return to school or at a time agreed upon by the teacher. Arrangements regarding planned absences must be made with the teacher in advance. Students must take care of business to avoid academic consequences.

Culminating Evaluations (Final 30%)

It is the students' responsibility to attempt all final evaluations. Any parts not attempted will be given a mark of zero. This mark of zero will be used in the calculation of the 30% culminating portion of their grade. Late final evaluations will not be accepted, except for medical or extenuating circumstances after consultation with the appropriate VP.
Grade 9 Exam Exemptions

Grade 9 students can earn an exemption from an exam if they have an average of 70% or higher heading into the exam, hand in all assignments on or before the first deadline, and have demonstrated diligent attendance and punctuality.


Good attendance is essential for academic success. Students are expected to sign in at the office when returning from an absence. Students who have chronic problems with attendance undermine their ability to gain a credit. Consequences for truancy and lateness will be monitored and administered by the Vice-Principal. Parents are expected to contact the school when their child is absent from school.

In order to maximize learning and respect your teacher and classmates, it is imperative that you arrive at each class prepared and on time. Teachers will impose immediate consequences(s) when a student is late and if behavior does not improve, the result will be referral to a VP.


Student achievement will be reported in all courses at the following times:

Semester #2

Mark Update Week – October 24th - 28th         

Parent Night – October 26th    4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Semester Mid-point/Day 1 of Civics/Careers Turnaround - November 10                              

Mid-Term Report Card – November 17th

Mark Update Week – December 19th - 22nd

Final Exams – January 27th - February 2nd

Please sign in the space below to acknowledge you have read and understood this document.

___________________________ ____________________________

Student Signature Parent/Guardian Signature

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