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What is College Preparatory Academy (CPA)?

- CPA is an elective class (yearlong and wheel) modeled after AVID.

- CPA supports students in their academic core classes.

- CPA helps to prepare students for the rigor of middle school and high school.

 

Yearlong CPA looks for students with the following qualities:

1) Average test scores

2) 2.0 to 3.0 GPA 

3) Highly motivated to succeed in school

4) Positive attitude 

5) College potential

 

CPA curriculum includes:

- Organizational Strategies

- Weekly Binder Checks

- Weekly Grade Checks in Powerschool

- onTRAC School Planner System

- Goal Setting / GPA Monitoring

- Tutorial Study Groups (Math)

- Cornell Notes / STAR Strategy

- Khan Academy / BrainPop / IXL (Math)

- Collaborative Team Building Activities

- Novel, “We Beat the Street” (yearlong)

- Philosophical Chair Debates

- Argumentative Writing

- College Field Trip (yearlong)

- High School, College and Career Readiness

Course Guidelines

GRADING POLICY

Grades are based on the total number of points in the following areas: class assignments, binder checks, tutorials, quick writes, learning logs, and tests. The grading scale is as follows:

A = 90 - 100% of the total points possible
B = 80 - 89 % 
C = 70 - 79 %
D = 60 - 69%
F = 59% and below

Citizenship grades will be determined by the following: 

Outstanding (O) = 0 - 1 tardies, and no discipline record entries

Satisfactory (S) = 2 - 3 tardies, or one discipline record entry

Needs Improvement (N) = 4 - 5 tardies, or two discipline record entries

Unsatisfactory (U) = 6 or more tardies, or three discipline record entries


BEHAVIORAL EXPECTATIONS
Class Rules:

  • Be Respectful.
  • Be prepared to work when the bell rings.
  • Raise your hand for questions.
  • Remain seated.
  • Keep the classroom tidy.

Consequences: 

  • Loss of Table Points
  • Penalty Time
  • Conference with Teacher
  • Detention & Call Parent
  • Office Referral &  Call Parent

Tardy Policy: Students who have not entered the classroom before the bell rings will be marked tardy. Every two tardies to my class will result in detention and a drop in citizenship.

2 tardies = detention / citizenship lowered to satisfactory "S"

4 tardies = detention / citizenship lowered to needs improvement "N"

6 tardies = detention / citizenship lowered to unsatisfactory "U"

MATERIALS
Students are expected to have the following materials ready for class everyday:

  • 3-ring binder
  • 2 or more pens
  • 2 or more pencils
  • eraser
  • zipper pouch
  • highlighters
  • school planner
  • subject dividers
  • dictionary (optional)
  • calculator (optional)
  • 6" ruler (optional)

E-mail Mr. Shiroma

Shiroma, Ryan
Teacher

Files for Download

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College Preparatory Academy (CPA)

We Beat the Street

 

Chapter 1

  • Use a character trait to describe Sampson in Chapter 1.
  • Click here for the think sheet assignment.

Chapter 2

  • Use a character trait to describe Rameck in Chapter 2.
  • Click here for the think sheet assignment.

Chapter 3

  • Use a character trait to describe George in Chapter 3.
  • Click here for the think sheet assignment.

Chapter 4

  • Think about the setting of this chapter. How does the setting impact the plot or main idea?
  • Click here for the think sheet assignment.

Chapter 5

  • What was the decision Rameck faced in this chapter? Do you agree or disagree with Rameck's decision?
  • Click here for the think sheet assignment.

Chapter 6

  • According to the text in Chapter 6, George felt like "Dr. Thomas had plugged in a cord that buzzed with electricity and excitiement." What does the quote mean and how is it significant?
  • Click here for the think sheet assignment.

Chapter 7

  • In Chapter 7, there were two events that affected Sampson's life. What was the author's message?
  • Click here for the think sheet assignment.

Chapter 9

  • Think about Rameck's friends in this chapter. How did his old friends influence him?
  • Click here for the think sheet assignment.

Chapter 10

  • In Chapter 10, Sampson found himself in a dangerous drug related situation. What was the message in the chapter?
  • Click here for the think sheet assignment.

Chapter 13

  • If you were the judge in the case against Rameck (and the crack addict appeared in court), how would you have ruled? 
  • Click here for the think sheet assignment.

Quick Writes

Quick Write #1

  • Reflect on your report card last trimester. What do you need to improve?

Quick Write #2

  • How do you take and use notes in each of your core classes?

Quick Write #3

  • What experiences have you had working in groups?

Quick Write #4

  • Explain how a tutorial works.

Mid-Term Reflection

  1. Are you on track to achieve your GPA goal? If so, how have you been able to do it? If not, why?
  2. What do you have to do before the end of the trimester to achieve your goal?

Trimester Reflection

  • Did you achieve your GPA goal? If so, how were you able to do it. If not, why?

Philosophical Chair

ACEing your argument

Philosophical Chair video playlist

Middle School Public Debate Program

iDebate.org

ProCon.Org

1) Social media does more harm than good.

2) Eating meat does more harm than good.

3) Violent video games cause children to be violent.

4) Zoos do more harm than good.

5) Adults should have the right to carry a concealed handgun.

6) Women should have the right to have an abortion.

7) The United States should ban the death penalty.

8) Medical testing on animals does more harm than good.

9) Gay marriage should be legal.

10) Vaccines should be required for children.

11) Reality television does more harm than good.

Schools should be allowed to search students' cell phones.

Schools should ban junk food sales.

Students should be required to wear school uniforms.

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Weekly Agenda

Week 1

Monday, 11/27/17

  • Introduction
  • Classroom Expectations & Procedures
  • Activity: Name Tents

Tuesday, 11/28

  • Review class procedures
  • Course content & weekly format
  • Planner & binder organization

Thursday, 11/30

  • Review binder and planner
  • onTRAC planning system
  • Quick Write #1

Friday, 12/1

  • Binder Check #1
  • Movie / Reflection

Week 10

Monday, 10/30/17

  • Grade & GPA Check
  • GoMath / Math Apps
  • Friday: Binder Check

Tuesday, 10/31

  • Lesson 7 - Paying for College

Thursday, 11/2

  • Homework Time
  • Tutorial
  • Team Building Activity

Friday, 11/3

  • Binder Check
  • Learning Log

Week 9

Monday, 10/16/17

  • Grade & GPA Check
  • GoMath / Math Apps
  • Friday: Binder Check

Tuesday, 10/17

  • Lesson 7 - Paying for College

Thursday, 10/19

  • Homework Time
  • Tutorial
  • Team Building Activity

Friday, 10/20

  • Binder Check
  • Learning Log

Week 8

Monday, 10/16/17

  • Grade & GPA Check
  • GoMath / Math Apps
  • Friday: Binder Check

Tuesday, 10/17

  • Lesson 7 - Paying for College

Thursday, 10/19

  • Homework Time
  • Tutorial
  • Team Building Activity

Friday, 10/20

  • Binder Check
  • Learning Log

Week 7

Monday, 10/9/17

  • Grade & GPA Check
  • GoMath / Math Apps
  • Friday: Binder Check

Tuesday, 10/10

  • Lesson 6 - College Planning Portfolio

Thursday, 10/12

  • Homework Time
  • Tutorial

Week 6

Monday, 10/2/17

  • Grade & GPA Check
  • GoMath / Math Apps
  • Friday: Binder Check

Tuesday, 10/3

  • Lesson 5 - First Steps Toward College

Thursday, 10/5

  • Homework Time
  • Tutorial
  • Team Building Activity

Friday, 10/6

  • Binder Check
  • Learning Log

Week 5

Monday, 9/25/17

  • Grade & GPA Check
  • GoMath / Math Apps
  • Friday: Binder Check

Tuesday, 9/26

  • Lesson 4 - Transition to High School

Thursday, 9/27

  • Homework Time
  • Tutorial
  • Team Building Activity

Friday, 9/22

  • Binder Check
  • Learning Log

Week 4

Monday, 9/18/17

  • Grade & GPA Check
  • Quick Write #3
  • Introduction to Tutorials
  • Friday: Binder Check

Tuesday, 9/19

  • Lesson 3 - Charter, Out of District and Private High Schools

Thursday, 9/20

  • Homework Time
  • Finish tutorial notes
  • Team Building Activity

Friday, 9/22

  • Binder Check
  • Learning Log

Week 3

Monday, 9/11/17

  • Quick Write #2
  • STAR Strategy (Cornell Notes)
  • Friday: Binder Check

Tuesday, 9/12

  • Lesson 2 - Local High School

Thursday, 9/14

  • STAR Strategy (Cornell Notes)
    Team Building Activity

Friday, 9/15

  • Binder Check
  • Learning Log

Week 2

Monday, 9/4/17

  • Labor Day - No School

Tuesday, 9/5

  • Goal Setting Outline

Thursday, 9/7

  • Finish Goal Setting
  • High School Choices

Friday, 9/8

  • Binder Check
  • Learning Log

Week 1

Monday, 8/28/17 (Minimum Day)

  • Welcome Back!
  • Class procedures
  • Class rules & tardy policy
  • CPA webpage

Tuesday, 8/29

  • Review class procedures
  • Planner & Binder checklist
  • Course content & weekly format
  • Name Tent

Thursday, 8/31

  • Review binder and planner
  • onTRAC planning system
  • Name Tent
  • Quick Write #1

Friday, 9/1

  • Binder Check #1
  • Movie / Reflection