Our curriculum is based on the principles of performance-based, learner-centered education and promotes development of the following core abilities: capacity for life-long learning, communication, responsibility for actions and choices, good citizenship, respectful treatment of others, and critical thinking techniques.
Assessments: We will administer a series of formative and summative assessments throughout the semester in order to ensure that cadets understand the subject areas and are performing at their capacity.
We will use assessments at the conclusion of every lesson in order to gauge cadet mastery of relevant subject material. We will typically conduct these assessments as presentations or written reflections.
We will administer a mid-term and a final exam, which will include all content covered throughout the semester. We will have a thorough review prior to any exam.
Classroom Work: Cadets will work in appropriate small groups to accomplish tasks and learning objectives. We will assess all group work for grade credit. We will also grade individual performance within the overall group effort. A cadet’s active participation is critical for success. A cadet will have a multitude of exams, quizzes, essays, and presentations to demonstrate their mastery of all subject matter.
Current Event Reports: A formal, short briefing of recent news, sports, and weather—each cadet must do one and most cadets will have multiple opportunities throughout the semester. The news and sports can be anything from local, state, US or world news of interest and relevance to the cadets, developing an awareness of their environment. The report must include the cadet’s analysis of how that event will affect future cadet operations and training. Of the multiple attempts, the cadet’s best grade will count.
Uniform Wear: Being an LCHS JROTC Cadet requires wearing a military-style uniform, which enables the cadet to be responsible and accountable, as well as learn how to size and care for dress attire. Additionally, cadets adhere to Army grooming standards while wearing the cadet uniform. We issue uniforms to the cadets clean and in good repair and will have them altered as necessary. Cadets normally wear their uniform on Wednesday, in addition to special events and competitions throughout the semester.
Leadership: We will place cadets in leadership and staff officer roles in order to lead the battalion, accomplish tasks and projects and learn leadership from hands-on experience. We will assess cadet leadership every day. When applicable, we will afford immediate feedback to help them reflect and learn from their experiences and efforts. If cadets are trying their best and learning from their experiences, they will get full credit. Lack of motivation, poor effort, poor attitude, constantly arriving late and other sub-standard behaviors will result in a lower grade.
Physical Training: Unless a cadet has a physical or medical condition that will not allow them to participate, we expect all everyone to do their best as an individual and team member in all scheduled physical activities. Due to the fluidity of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will conduct physical activities when it is safe and practical to do so; however, in the meantime, we encourage cadets to engage and invest in their own physical fitness on a daily basis. That could consist of running, walking, calisthenics, yard work, or anything that causes a cadet to be outside and moving around.
Grading Criteria and Distribution: Leadership: (40%). This will be a holistic assessment of a cadet’s performance in all facets of leadership as they apply it in the classroom, labs, and extracurricular events. This also includes a cadet’s wearing of the prescribed JROTC uniform, any merits or demerits the cadet receives, and how well the cadet exhibits JROTC values throughout the campus of LCHS. Additionally, we expect that cadets are leaders beyond the JROTC classroom and apply their leadership attributes throughout the LCHS campus. Cadets must complete ALL assignments prior to the semester’s end to receive course credit. Classroom Work: (40%). A cadet will have multiple opportunities to contribute and share in group-learning activities, as well as demonstrate proficiency in summative assessments, writing assignments, and oral presentations, to include current news topics. Cadets must complete ALL assignments prior to the semester’s end to receive course credit. Final Exam: (20%) Assesses knowledge of all content covered throughout the semester. Additionally, those cadets in squad, platoon, and company level leadership positions will have their drill grades factored into their final exam grade.
I expect cadets to turn in their assignments on or before the established due date, as this is demonstrates responsible behavior. However, I understand that unforeseen circumstances arise when a cadet will be unable to complete an assignment on time. I expect that cadets will communicate any conflicts with me so we can negotiate an alternate due date; however, if a cadet does not establish this communication, significant grade deductions will result from the lateness in accordance with LCHS policy.
Should anyone need to contact me concerning this syllabus, my phone number in the classroom is: 776-7541, ext. 2642, and my email address is email@example.com. The best time frame to call is during our planning period, from 8:00 AM to 9:15 AM, Monday through Friday.