POSSibilities Life Skills Course Overview

   POSSibilities Life Skills I: Mrs. Geckeler

Course Overview and Policies

Course Overview:

This year in Life Skills, students will make strides in preparing for the transition to independent adult living.  Students will work on self-advocacy, learn about their Individualized Education Program (IEP), access technology, communicate with others, learn about nutrition and basic food preparation, do laundry, practice banking, and work on many other skills.  Students will also participate in school-based vocational tasks and community-based instruction. Academic content will be derived from the Common Core Standards, the New Jersey Core Curriculum Standards, and students’ IEP goals. We will use an active, hands-on approach to instruction.

In order to be successful in the course, students will need to be actively involved in class, participate in discussions, work cooperatively in groups, complete homework, and follow directions during community-based instruction (CBI). Coursework will be modified according to students’ individual strengths and needs as outlined in their IEPs.

Grading Policy:

Students will earn grades each Marking Period based on a wide variety of work, including preparation, participation, quizzes, tests, projects, oral presentations, and community-based instruction.  The unique strengths and needs of each student are kept in mind when grading. Grades are calculated using an online grading system, called Genesis, which families may view from home using the Parent Portal.  You can sign up for the Parent Portal through the Main Office at the high school. Students can earn an easy 100% each week for preparation by coming to class every day with their ID, planner, folder, and a pen or pencil.  Please provide your student with a folder and pen or pencil. Marking period grades are calculated using the following percentages: 25% for Homework; 25% for Quizzes; 25% for Tests/Projects/CBI; 25% for Classwork, preparation, and participation.

Homework and Absence Policies:

Students are required to record homework assignments in the planners they are given on the first day of school.  Late work is accepted for up to a week. Five points will be deducted per day late. Students who are absent should ask for the work they missed as soon as they return to school.  Work will be set aside. Extra help is available upon request.

Contact Information:

Please feel free to contact me via e-mail at LGeckeler@nbtschools.org or leave me a voicemail at (732) 289-3700 x74035 with any questions, concerns, or comments.  Thank you!