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Freshman Syllabus


FRESHMAN THEOLOGY

GOD’S REVELATION TO THE WORLD: JESUS CHRIST


MCGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL

2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR

MR. JARVIS WILLIAMS

williamsj@mcgill-toolen.org 


COURSE DESCRIPTION

We all wish we knew the bible better! The purpose of this course is to challenge students to understand and appreciate the Sacred Scriptures. Students will encounter the living Word of God, Jesus Christ through the bible and tradition. Students will learn about the bible, documents written by people across the centuries (all inspired by the Living God!), and its permanent value to us today. Additionally, students will explore the existence of God and become familiar with the ways in which our God has been proven by faith and reason. Through this exposure to Sacred Scripture and Scripture’s divine author, students will learn how to defend the Catholic faith in the modern world. 


TEXTBOOKS

No textbooks need be purchased for this class. We have a classroom set for any books we will be using unless you are a virtual learning student. In that case, accommodations and measures will be taken when pertinent.

  • Faith and Revelation – Knowing God through Sacred Scripture (Textbook)
  • The New American Bible (I recommend downloading the “Laudate” app on your iPod)
  • John Paul the Great by Jason Evert 

CLASS MATERIALS

 Mask, Bible, iPad, notebook, pens - blue or black ink. 


ACADEMIC HONESTY & HOLINESS

Students are expected to be academically honest at all times. No forms of dishonesty will be permitted. Cheating of any kind, including sharing homework and plagiarism, violates our school policy. Students who are guilty of academic dishonesty will receive no credit for the assignment, the incident will be documented on the student record, and parents will be notified.


GRADING

70% - Large assignments: tests, quizzes, major papers, essays, etc.

30% - Smaller assignments: classwork, small projects, extra credit, homework (the homework will consist of no more than 10% of the grading), etc.


TEACHER SPECIFICS

In this class we will be doing Theology “on its knees.” In addition to simply gaining knowledge about the faith, this class will be an occasion for real spiritual growth. In the process, we become familiar with God and with ourselves. 

Expectations are set high because I believe that our students are capable of achieving them. Students will work hard each and every day, whether from home or in the actual classroom. In fact, the more you participate, the more you will get out of this class. Students will come prepared every single day with supplies, books, iPads, and a great attitude! 

We are made in God’s image, and I expect each and every person to be treated as such. This is done through actions and words. Religious activities (Masses, readings, Eucharistic Adoration, Reconciliation, etc.) will take place during this class. I expect all students to be very respectful and participate in these wonderful opportunities for spiritual growth.   


DISCIPLINE 

I will in no way hesitate to be in contact with Coach Stein about behavior in class. I will also be in close contact with our school counselors about issues regarding virtual learning students. 


SCHOOL PROCEDURES FOR ABSENCES & MAKEUP WORK

 If a student misses a class for any reason they are expected to meet with me on the day they return, either before or after their class period. If the absence is excused, then the student will have the opportunity to make up any assignments they missed. Please refer to the Student Handbook for make up procedures. You are always expected to be in charge of checking your student email.


SEATING ARRANGEMENTS 

Because of the current state of affairs, students present on campus will receive assigned seats by the teacher.  If an issue arises regarding a seating assignment, please speak with me or email me outside of class so we can work together to find a solution. 

SERVICE HOURS

Due to the current pandemic situation, we will not be involved in service hours for the first semester. Students will be updated in their second semester if the situation changes.


iPad POLICY

  • You must bring your charged iPad to class each day.
  • You may not have the iPad out unless directed by me.
  • All notes will be handwritten unless given special permission.
  • No earphone use unless directed by me.
 

VIRTUAL LEARNING STUDENTS (LONG TERM)

You will be expected to be on time to all zoom classes in your uniform! These appointments will be shared with you through email. All assignments will need to be submitted on the same timeline as the students present at school. It is your responsibility to schedule a time with me to take tests and quizzes. All testing will be done after school in the library, unless we work out another plan for you! Please keep me updated through email, and let me know if you have any additional needs or questions. 


VIRTUAL LEARNING STUDENTS (SHORT TERM)

If something comes up and you are home for the day (or multiple days), I will need to receive an email from you by 7:30 am letting me know!  I will send you a zoom link to be able to join the class for that day. Class assignments will be due on the same timeline as the students present at school, and uniforms are also required. 



WELCOME TO FRESHMAN YEAR!