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Teacher:  Martha Holland 

Conference time 7:50-8:35 

Also available after school 

Phone: (903) 389-4177            E-mail:


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Credit:  1/2 credit for 1 semester

Course Description: 

Dollars and Sense focuses on consumer practices and responsibilities, the money management process, decision-making skills, impact of technology, and preparation for human services careers. Students are encouraged to participate in career and technical student organizations and other leadership organizations.

Instructional material:  Instructional material:  Students will take advantage of the resources available in the home campus classroom (supplementary textbooks, journals, teacher resources) as well as those from the campus media center, the public libraries, and the internet. We will be utilizing Google Classroom quite a bit throughout the year. Please check your school Gmail account daily!

Method of Instruction: In addition to the modeling of effective educational practices, the following types of instruction may be used:  large and small group activities, lectures, (including guest speakers), discussions, student and instructor presentations, reading (mostly of materials available only in the classroom), printed handouts and “worksheets”, and audio visual media.

Method of Assessment: Tests, written assignments, individual and group assignments and projects as well as other techniques as determined by the instructor will be used to assess student learning.



  • 2-inch notebook/binder with the following inside:

    • 5 dividers (store-bought or hand-made and labeled as follows: Bellwork, Vocabulary, Daily Work, Projects, Notes

    • 1 package of notebook paper (to be left in binder in classroom)

    • 1 zippered pencil bag with holes to hold the following items:

      • 1 blue or black pen

      • 1 colored pen (such as red, green, hot pastels, please)

      • 3 pencils with erasers

      • 4 glue sticks 

  • 1 box of tissues

  • 1 scientific calculator (if you have a school-issued TI-84, that will work)

Throughout the year, other supplies may be needed to develop and complete projects.



Grading Policy:

Daily work

Daily work will weigh 45%!

Tests/Special Projects

Not all subjects covered will be evaluated by a traditional, written test. Knowledge of these subjects may be better evaluated through projects. Criteria and grading rubrics will be issued for special projects counting as test grades. Tests and special projects weigh 35% of your grade!

Nine-weeks tests

Nine-week tests will weigh 20%!


1. Bring all necessary materials (paper, pen or pencil, etc.) to class.

2. Be in your seat with all materials ready to use when the bell rings. Failure to do so will result in a tardy. Stay in your seat unless you have permission to do otherwise.

3. Follow instructions the first time they are given.

4. Respect the people, equipment, and furnishings. Use your manners. No horseplay! Vulgar or offensive language will NOT be tolerated.

5. Work on assignments for this class only during our class time. Assignments for other classes will be taken up.

6. Food, drinks other than bottled water in its original container, and chewing gum are not permitted.

7. Personal grooming during class time is not acceptable. This includes brushing/combing hair, applying makeup, etc.

**  All rules in the Student Handbook will be enforced. **


If you choose to break any of these rules:

1st time: verbal warning

2nd time: break or morning detention

3rd time: break or morning detention, and parents contacted

4th time: break or morning detention, discipline referral

SEVERE DISRUPTION: Student sent immediately to office

*** Rewards for appropriate behavior are possible! ***



ENTERING THE CLASSROOM. This is to be done quietly. Come into the room, gather your materials, sit down in your seat and begin your bellwork. Have paper/pen/book ready for notes and examples.

IF YOU ARE TARDY. School policy: Knock on the door to let me know you are present. You will not be permitted into the classroom until the 10 minute bell rings. Any work missed during that 10 minutes may not be made up.

BELLWORK ENTRIES. You will have bellwork every day. Bellwork is to be done on a sheet of paper, one week per page and placed in your binder. Bellwork will be graded at random times throughout the six-week grading period. This is an easy opportunity to help your grade. If you do the bellwork each day, you get a 100. Each day you do not do it, you get a 0.

IF YOU HAVE BEEN ABSENT. It is your responsibility to come to me BEFORE school to request the bellwork and assignments missed. Assignments will be placed in the folder on the bulletin board next to the door. If you miss notes, get them from another student. If you have an excused absence you will have one day more than you missed to complete the make-up work to a maximum of 100 percent. If you have an unexcused absence you have one day to make up work to a maximum of 70 percent. If you are suspended from school you may turn in your work upon your return to school for a maximum of 100 percent.

CLASS DISMISSAL. Remain IN YOUR SEAT until I dismiss the class. DO NOT gather around the door. No one will be dismissed until EVERYONE is in his/her seat. After I dismiss you, gather your things and clean up your area. No one leaves until the room is clean and all supplies/equipment are returned to the correct area.

TURNING IN ASSIGNMENTS. Turn in your assignment in the tray designated for your class period. Please note that some assignments will be submitted via Google Classroom, Forms or Gmail. You may turn in late work within ONE day for a maximum of 70 percent. No late work will be accepted after 1 day (school policy). All late work must be submitted BEFORE 7:30 a.m. the morning following the due date.

RETESTING. If you make below a 70 on any test, you have 3 days to retest. This can be done before or after school.

HEADING. Place your heading in the upper left corner of the page, as follows:

Name – class period


INCOMPLETE WORK. Will be graded as is.

TUTORIALS. Available Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. as well as during break. After school arrangements can also be made.