• March 20, 2020

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    A Special Message to Parents and Guardians, 

    I just wanted to reach out and touch base with you and my students during our time away regarding my class, “Introduction to Career Education”. You should have recently, or will soon be receiving, a packet from me.  I am asking each of my students to look over the packet while you are home which highlights the main concepts we have covered this year in my class. I have intentionally kept this packet brief, so students can concentrate on work for their main core subjects. This might be a great time to catch up on missing work! I will leave that up you and your other teachers.

    For parents and guardians, you will see that students in my class have been working on essential career skills, particularly what are known as “soft” skills. Students also recently participated in “live” job interviews in a career of their choice. I am proud to say that students performed exceptionally well at their individual interviews. Ask them how it went! Having experienced a real job interview as a 7th grader will serve them well in their future.

    If you have a question or concern, please feel free to reach out to me by email, mkall@polandcsd.org

    I will try to respond as quickly as possible.

    What we will do about instruction moving forward is in the hands of Mrs. Dutton and Mr. Cuthbertson.

    Please stay safe!

    Mark R. Kall 

    Business and Career Education Teacher

    Poland Central School District 

    Poland, NY 13431

    "If it is to be, it's up to me."

    September 2019
    Welcome to my welcome/homepage for the 2019-2020 school year!
    "Business Law" (Period 2) - Students will need their own pen or pencil to write with, one RED, single subject spiral notebook to take notes, and a pocket folder (any color) to hold their class papers. 
    "Career and Financial Management" (Periods 3) -  Students will need something to write with and one heavy-duty pocket-folder to save their papers throughout the year.
    "Sports and Entertainment Marketing" (Period 4) - Students will need their own pen or pencil to write with, one BLUE single subject spiral notebook, and a pocket folder (any color) to hold their class papers.
    "Introduction to Career Education" - (Period 7) - Each student needs to bring their own pen or pencil to write with every day.
    Record Keeping 
    It is the responsibility of students to be prepared for class by bringing a writing instrument and  maintaining an in-class folder of all completed and graded work, including activities, projects, quizzes and tests. These folders  may be reviewed, from time-to-time, and will be used to verify completion and grade book accuracy.

    Communication with Parents
    The BEST way to contact me is by email: mkall@polandcsd.org
    My direct phone line is 315-368-0342. I will try to respond ASAP as I may be unavailable or unable to answer when you call. Please leave a message.

    The following are brief course descriptions for each of my classes:

    Business Law (Period 2)

       In this course, students will study true situations that show how business and personal law impact not only business, but the lives of young people and adults as well. You will learn how to analyze legal situations and ethical issues and to think critically about evidence. You will study actual business and personal law cases and apply what you have learned to your own experiences and that of your friends and family. You will find Business Law to be one of your most valuable subjects.

       Topics include, but are not limited to, Ethics in our laws, the Court system, Constitutional rights, Criminal law, Personal injury law, Fundamental of contracts, sales contracts and other contractual situations including employment contracts, Real property and forms of Ownership, Types and forms of large and small business organizations, and Government regulations.

       We will also be planning a class trip to an actual courtroom to observe the law in action. 

    Career and Financial Management (Periods 3)

       In this course you will embark on a journey to learn money management strategies as part of the High School Financial Planning Program, sponsored by the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) (www.hsfpp.org).

       There’s an old saying,“Most people don’t plan to fail; they just fail to plan.” When it comes to money, this can be doubly true. People without a plan for how and where they want to spend and save their money tend to find that it’s all gone before they know it. During our time together, students will learn how to manage personal spending to meet financial goals. You will also learn about strategies to minimize the impact of financial obstacles.

       Students will explore how spending, saving, and values impact their finances. They will learn how to create goals and make decisions using a six-step process. Using these strategies, you will make your own plan to manage cash flow. You will learn how to set measurable financial goals using a criterion-based decision-making strategy for a major decision. Together we will create a spending plan and outline an action plan to manage spending.

       At the conclusion of this course each students will be presented with a “Certificate of Participation”for the High School Financial Planning Program from the National Endowment for Financial Education

    Sports and Entertainment Marketing (Period 4)

       This course will explore the management principles practiced by successful businesses in the sports and entertainment fields. You will explore the intriguing world of sports and entertainment from the perspective of marketing. This course will cover topics including introduction to marketing, market planning, finance, laws and contracts, human resources, legal and ethical issues, and public relations. You will begin by learning about the four key elements of marketing – the 4-P’s (Product, Price,Place, and Promotion) as well as the seven core marketing standards.

    Introduction to Career Education (Period 7, A/C or B/D days)

    “Introduction to Career Education” is a 7th grade course that provides 1/2 credit of middle-school Career and Technical Education (CTE) as required by the New York State Education Department. We meet every-other day.

    This course is designed to focus on six (6) Theme Modules. (Please refer to my class page for more details.)