Mr. Karkoska

                Teen Issues
    Guidelines & Grading Policy

    Class Expectations:

    Each student is expected to act in a manner that is conducive to learning for all students. Students have the right to a safe, comfortable learning environment where they are able to reach their potential.

    1.  Be on time for class!

    2.  Follow all directions.

    3.  Actively participate in class activities and discussions.

    4. Cooperate with both teacher and peers.

    5.  Respect people and the property of others at all times.

    6.  Computers are only to be used when the teacher permits.

    7.  No cell phones or iPods. (Distraction Free Learning)



    Excessive violations of rules can lead to any of the following:

    1.  Warning

    2.  Loss of computer use privilege.

    3.  Phone or iPod taken and given to principal.

    4.  Isolated from group.

    5.  Email or call home to parents/guardians.

    6.  Before or after school detention.

    7.  Referral to assistant principal.



    1.  Passing this course is required for graduation

    2.   Grading for Teenage Issues is calculated by the total number of points achieved, divided by the total number of possible points to form a percentage grade.  Our grading policy is A for students who achieve a 90-100%,  B  for a 80- 89% , C for a 70-79% , D for a 65-69 % and anything below 65% is a failing grade.

    3. Students in Teenage Issues are assessed in a variety of ways.  Assessments include quizzes, website document research, projects, oral presentations and Unit tests.  Occasionally homework will be assigned. The instructor may also award extra credit.

    4. In Teenage Issues the various assessments during this course are given a point value determined by the difficulty of the assignment and the amount of time needed to complete the specific assessment.  

    5.  Students who turn in assignments late will lose a letter grade for that particular assignment for each week past the due date.  If an assignment is turned in completed by the end of the marking period the student will achieve a passing grade for that assignment.

    6.  Teenage Issues does give a Final Exam at the end of the year, The Final Exam grade is equivalent to one marking period grade.

    7. Students must pass 3 of the 5 grading periods which includes the four marking periods and the Final Exam to receive credit for the course.  Any students who fails the  fourth marking period and the Final exam also does not receive credit for the course.

    8.  If a student is absent for any reason, it is your responsibility to get notes, worksheets, handouts, assignments, etc. that you missed.


    Course Overview: Teenage Issues is a year-long course that focuses on pertinent health issues that concern teenagers today. All topics will encourage good decision making to promote healthy lifestyle choices. The class meets three days in each cycle and it is required that every student take and pass this class prior to graduation. 


    Units & Content to be addressed:

    Health Introduction and Surviving High School

    ·  Peer Pressure                             

    ·  Bullying

    ·  Stress

    ·  Body Image

    ·  Suicide

    ·  Depression

    ·  Communication Skills

    ·  Decision Making


     Smoking & Tobacco

    ·  Tobacco Products & General Information

    ·  Nicotine & Addictions

    ·  Short & Long Term Effects

    ·  Health Risks

    ·  Ways to Kick the Habit


    Alcohol & Drugs of Abuse

    ·  Underage Drinking

    ·  Binge Drinking

    ·  DUI

    ·  Alcohol Abuse

    ·  Illegal Drugs

    ·  Effects on the Body

    ·  Health Risks

    ·  Date Rape Drugs

    ·   Steroids



    ·   Obesity

    ·   Food Portions and Nutritents

    ·   Food Labels

    ·   Energy Drinks and Caffeine

    ·    Fast Food and Advertising

    ·    Planning and Maintaining a Healthy Diet


    Human Growth & Development

    ·   Reproductive System

    ·   Abstinence & other Birth Control

    ·   Sexually Transmitted Diseases

    ·   Teen Pregnancy

    ·   Dating & Relationships

Last Modified on August 27, 2017