Life Skills

Life Skills Syllabus

2016-2017 School Year

Instructor Information



Classroom Location

Mrs. Cox

Penn Hall 2-129

853-2255, Ext. 7129

General Information


This course is a Special Education Life Skills Course, therefore, each section taught will focus on the needs of the students. Students will learn a variety of skills over the school year. We will focus on cooking, employment expectations, social skills, personal independence, and many other skills.

Webpage is located on under Patrick Henry High School, under Classrooms, Special Education, E. Cox, Life Skills


Students are expected to be the best version of themselves and come to class prepared to learn. Students are required to attend class regularly, and on time. They are required to follow the rules set forth in the student handbook and the specific classroom rules.

Course Materials

Required Materials

All materials needed for this course will remain in the classroom. Students are only responsible for bringing the following to each class:

  • Binder

  • Glue Sticks 

  • A pencil

  • An eraser (if their pencil does not have a working eraser)

Course Schedule

Science is taught on A days. I teach two separate classes. Students will be scheduled either for the A2 or A3 class.

Grading System

A – Indicates Outstanding Achievement       90 – 100

B – Indicates Above Average Achievement   80 – 89

C – Indicates Average Achievement            70 – 79

D – Indicates Below Average Achievement   60 – 69

F – Indicates Unsatisfactory Achievement     Below 60

Exam Information

Students will have an exam at the end of each unit. The ONLY cumulative exams will be at the end of each semester. For every exam, there will be in class review sessions.

Additional Information and Resources


Please see the Student Handbook for Roanoke City Public Schools policies on attendance/tardiness, homework, and senior exam exemption. The following are highlights of the policies outlined in the Student Handbook:

  1. Students are expected to arrive at school and to all classes on time every day.

  2. Each student has the right to learn in an environment free of drugs and alcohol.

  3. Students have the right to learn in a safe environment with others who respect their well-being. Carrying, bringing, using or possessing any firearm, dangerous device, or dangerous or deadly weapon in any school building, on school grounds, in any school vehicle, or at any school-sponsored activity without the authorization of the principal or superintendent is prohibited and grounds for disciplinary action.

  4. Students are entitled to a learning environment free of unnecessary disruption.

    Any physical or verbal disturbance that interrupts or interferes with teaching and orderly conduct of school activities is prohibited.

  5. Students deserve to attend school free from fear. Extortion, stalking, threats and kidnapping are prohibited.

  6. Students and school personnel are entitled to a school environment free from threats and the physical aggression of others.


Statement for Students with Disabilities:

Any student with a documented disability will receive the accommodations in his/her IEP or 504 plan. If those accommodations are not sufficient for academic progress, the teacher, student, or parent may contact the case manager to arrange for a meeting to discuss additional options.


Statement on Academic Integrity:

Patrick Henry seeks to maintain an optimal learning environment. General principles of academic honesty include respect for the intellectual property of others, the expectation that individual work will be submitted unless otherwise allowed by an instructor, and the obligations both to protect one’s own academic work from misuse by others as well as to avoid using another’s work as one’s own. All students are expected to understand and abide by these principles. Students representing the work of another as their own will receive a grade of “F” on that assignment in addition to other possible disciplinary actions.