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Miller Grove High School

Dekalb County Schools


Economics Syllabus

                                                                            School Year _2020-2021____

Course Name


Course Code


School Name

Miller Grove High School

Teacher Name

Dr. Monica Ford-Little 

School Phone Number

GV - 678-827-2694

Teacher Email

[email protected]

School Website

Virtual Office Hours

Daily: Monday 3:15 - 3:45PM

Teacher Website/Platform - Google & 


Teams - Go through Teams calendar.

1st Pd - 8:10 - 9:40

2nd Pd - 9:45 - 11:15

4th Pd - 1:40 - 3:10

Tutorial - Tu & Th 3:15 - 3:45

Course Description

This course is designed to meet the Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE). It is intended to familiarize the student with the concepts of Economics. Students will examine the interactions of businesses, government and the consumer.  Personal finance and international trade and its impact on the value of the dollar will be discussed. This course is a requirement for graduation.  

Curriculum Overview 

The following academic concepts will be covered. THIS IS ONLY A GUIDE AND IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.


Unit  – 1 - Fundamental Principles of Economics

Unit  – 2 - Microeconomic Concepts

Unit  – 3 – Macroeconomic Concepts

Unit  –  4 – International Economic & Personal Finance Concepts

Unit – 5 – Personal Finance



ECONOMICS – O’Sullivan, A. & Sheffrin, S. (2016) Economics. Pearson: Boston.



Replacement Cost

$100.00 - N/A

Online book and/or resources

Book Access: or  Launch Pad

Online student access code (school specific)

Username: Dekalbecon;  Password: Demo2019 - Instructions in google classroom

GRADING SYSTEM: The DeKalb County School District believes that the most important assessment of student learning shall be conducted by the teachers as they observe and evaluate students in the context of ongoing classroom instruction. A variety of approaches, methodologies, and resources shall be used to deliver educational services and to maximize each student’s opportunity to succeed. Teachers shall evaluate student progress, report grades that represent the student’s academic achievement, and communicate official academic progress to students and parents in a timely manner through the electronic grading portal. See Board Policy IHA.



Formative Assessment (Pre-Assessment) – 0%

Assessment Tasks (Skills & Homework) – 25%

Classwork (Guided, Independent, or Group Practice) – 45%

Quizzes, Tests & Projects – 30%

A    90 – 100                               ~P (pass)

B    80 – 89                                 ~(fail)                

C    71 – 79 

D    70 

F    Below 70


*English Learners (ELs) must not receive numerical or letter grades for the core content areas in elementary and middle school during their first year of language development. A grade of CS or CU must be assigned. This rule may be extended beyond the first year with approval from the EL Studies Program. English Learners must receive a grade for ESOL courses.

~Elementary schools will utilize P (pass) and F (fail) in Health/Physical Education, Music, World Languages, Visual Arts and Performing Arts. 



Semester progress reports shall be issued four and a half, nine and thirteen and a half weeks into each semester.  The progress of students shall be evaluated frequently and plans shall be generated to remediate deficiencies as they are discovered. Plans shall include appropriate interventions designed to meet the needs of the students. See Board Policy IH.


Students will not engage in an act of academic dishonesty including, but not limited to, cheating, providing false information, falsifying school records, forging signatures, or using an unauthorized computer user ID or password. See the Code of Student Conduct - Student Rights and Responsibilities and Character Development Handbook.


Homework assignments should be meaningful and should be an application or adaptation of a classroom experience.  Homework is at all times an extension of the teaching/learning experience.  It should be considered the possession of the student and should be collected, evaluated and returned to the students. See Board Policy IHB.



**Virtual Attendance

When a student is absent because of a legal reason as defined by Georgia law or when the absence is apparently beyond the control of the student, the student shall be given an opportunity to earn grade(s) for those days absent. Make-up work must be completed within the designated time allotted. See Board Policy IHEA.  

**Teachers will mark attendance based upon participation in virtual learning activities such as uploading assignments based upon predetermined deadlines

Students with technology will be expected to participate in all

synchronous and asynchronous activities and earn attendance through

VERGE, Google Classroom and Microsoft Teams.

• Students without technology will be put on an individual plan as

developed by the classroom teacher for additional support and

contacted daily via an alternate communication plan.

Student Presence

• Attendance will be measured by the full day. Students are

expected to participate in each class.

• Attendance is defined as evidence of engagement with the 


• Attendance can be measured in the following ways (including, but

not limited to):

o VERGE or Teams check in

o Assignments submitted that were due on that day

o Questions to answer on VERGE or Teams

o Participation in an online discussion

o Class participation during synchronous session

o Login to synchronous session

o Phone call or email with the parent/guardian or related

services provider

Student Absence

• Excused Absence – the parent/guardian contacts the teacher to

inform that the student is unable to participate in any activities for

the day.

• Unexcused Absence

o The student does not participate in any part of the activities

for the day.

o The student has not checked in with the teacher.

o The student’s parent/guardian does not contact the teacher.


• Encourage and require the student to participate in all synchronous and

asynchronous activities and assignments.

• Inform the local school designee and teacher of an absence within a

24-hour time period of the absence.

• Inform the school if something is occurring that is preventing the

student from participating in virtual learning.



Be prepared, make no excuses, be on time, be positive and give your very best effort! 


See Verge/Microsoft Teams


Tutorials by appointment only via Microsoft teams/google voice


As a veteran teacher of DeKalb County Schools, I will do my best to provide a classroom atmosphere that will be conducive to educational challenges, learning opportunities, and academic success. I expect to have your support as we work together to prove every child can learn and succeed. 

• Parents/Guardians will be able to view all grades and are encouraged to monitor grades through the Parent Assistant. Zeros (M-missing work) earned by students will be posted in Infinite Campus. 

• Teachers will document contacts to parent/guardian in Infinite Campus. 

• A deficiency report will be provided to parents via email or US mail to the parent/guardian indicating the plan for improvement. 

• Parents will be contacted by email and phone. 

*Parent conferences can be scheduled virtually or via phone by appointment only.

Late Assignment Policy

It is the expectation that students submit assignments in a timely manner. All assignments will have a pre-determined deadline. If a student does not complete the assignment by the pre-determined due date, a "M" will be recorded for the assignment with a score of a zero. 

Make-up Policy:  Students who have excused absences are afforded an opportunity to complete missed work after their return to school.  Students have three days from each day of an excused absence to complete missed assignments.  Students/parents must send an email to [email protected] requesting make up assignments 24 hours prior to the students return to school.

Re-do/Extra Credit Policy:

“Re-do” work indicates work that was completed on time, but not at a level that is satisfactory to the expectations given.  This opportunity is given at the teacher’s discretion.  All assignments are designed to show whether students have met the standards for the course.  Any project may be redone to achieve the standard at the teacher’s discretion.   Students will schedule an appointment with the teacher to “Re-do” any work. STUDENTS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO RETAKE QUIZZES. 

Classwork/Projects/Labs/Special Projects

Students who fail to submit their assignment(s) on the date delineated by the individual instructor will receive no credit or a numerical grade of “0”.


Computers (Chrome books): All students must gain access to a computer at home, school, or public library as all assignments are posted online. Assignments can also be accessed with a smart-phone. Assigned work and a variety of resources will be posted and referenced to the Internet throughout the semester via Microsoft Teams. and other technological sources such as Flipgrid and USAtestprep. In addition, software programs such as Microsoft Office, Office 365 and Google Docs will be utilized regularly during the school year.

• Please note: Students without technology will be put on an individual plan as developed by the classroom teacher for additional support to receive assignments.

*Please be sure to back up any files on whatever computer system you use.

 Virtual Classroom Etiquette:

1. Log On- Use your LEGAL name for attendance purposes.

2. Be on Time- Have all necessary materials prepared and ready, including technology.

3. Mute Yourself- Make sure your mic is on mute BEFORE you enter the classroom.

Pay attention to your teacher and others who may be speaking.

4. Participate- Be focused and ACTIVELY participate in independent, cooperative group

or whole class activities. Type in comments or questions in the chat or wait for your teacher to call on you using the “hand raising tool”. Refrain from electronic devices (cell phones) unless instructed for academic usage.

5. Be Respectful- No profanity, vulgarity or inappropriate comments. Do not speak when someone else is talking or presenting and respond to others with respect in word and gesture.

6. Dress appropriately- Please adhere to the dress code criteria as stated in the Student Code of Conduct.

Virtual Office HoursMonday (3:15 -3:45pm) Extended Learning Times/Tutorials: Tu; Th (3:15-3:45) This timeframe is an opportunity for students to receive remediation and/or enrichment based upon academic and nonacademic expectations. vyu3dz5

 *Students are encouraged to form study groups or partners outside of class time in order to prepare for assignments and assessments.

Miller Grove High School 

Academic Dishonesty Policy

Return 2nd Day of School

Cheating on a test, quiz, or assignment is considered to be a serious breach of conduct. In order to acclimate students to existing stringent standardized testing protocols and to protect the integrity of each testing environment, cell phones are STRICTLY PROHIBITED from visibility during ANY assessment/exam. Visible cell phones during an assessment/exam will constitute a breach of testing security and the offending student will receive a zero on the assessment/exam, an administrative referral (for documentation purposes), parents will be notified, and they will not be allowed to make up or re-take the assessment/exam.  


Actions considered to constitute cheating include, but are not limited to: using unauthorized materials in a test situation, receiving or knowingly giving information regarding a test before and during the test, turning in work for credit which is not one’s own, and plagiarism. 


I have read and understand the expectations and the Academic Dishonesty policy set forth for Economics at Miller Grove High School.


Student’s Name ____________________________________________________________

                                                (Please Print)

Student’s Class Period __________________


Student Signature___________________________________________________________


Parent/Guardian Signature____________________________________________________




I have read and understand the syllabus.

Student Signature___________________________________________________________

Parent/Guardian Signature____________________________________________________

Date_____________________________    Student DOB _________    

Student Email Address (Print Legibly) ______________________________________________________      

Additional information to support continued contact:



Day Time Phone Number

Cellular Phone Number

Home Phone Number

Parental Email Address


*This form maybe printed, completed, and submitted through email Microsoft Teams or Google Classroom. It can also be completed electronically by submitting a Syllabus Acknowledgment Form.