Senior Capstone

Dear Parents/ Guardians,


          We would like to welcome you to the first semester of the 2012-2013 school year!  Your student has been enrolled in Senior Capstone class this year.  This class is designed for your student to be prepared to present their Senior Project in March and to also polish up the skills learned in their chosen pathway.  We look forward to working with you in what we feel will be a very exciting and challenging semester.  While there are 5 sections of senior capstone being taught by the five of us, the content and focus will be the same in each and every one of our classrooms.  There will be times where we will gather as a group for guest speakers and other group activities and having all of the seniors taking capstone at the same time lends itself to be a very beneficial setting.

          Our focus in this course will be of course to prepare for the senior project which is a culmination of their time here at Pencader.  We will keep up with all relevant assignments and due dates and ensure that all tasks are completed to the best of their abilities.  There will be other various topics covered in this course ranging from college searches and interview skills to mentoring and community service.  We feel that with the 5 of us holding over 75 years of practical business experience, 3.8 masters degrees (one to be completed spring of 2013) and over 7 years of Military experience, the Business Department here at Pencader is primed and ready to prepare the seniors to walk out of our doors and enter whatever door they choose!



Each individual teacher will share with you their class website and contact information.  As we have computer access here at school we will complete many activities in class but there will be instances where the students will have to complete assignments on their own.



 All students should receive all of the requirements for the senior project as previously stated, these will be reviewed and drawn upon throughout this course.  Each major unit that we cover will have a graded component to it so it is required that students complete all assigned work.


Grading Policy:

While this class is taken as a Pass/Fail it is a requirement of graduation so completion of all assignments is required. 


Extra Help:

By appointment- please schedule time in advance.  One of us is usually here in the business lab each day after school to help so simply let your teacher know to arrange any extra help.  We are here to assist in completing the senior project and the successful completion of it falls to all of us so just ask for help if it is needed. 


Our Business Department Team:

Rob Schumacher

Corey Corbin

Fritz Ward

Ann Terranova

Rich Gesner



Rules: All Pencader Charter Business High School rules are enforced at all times.  Please consult the student/parent handbook. 


The following are the norms that will be followed in the classroom.


Respect each member of the classroom- this is a safe place to try and to learn J


Be an active participant- reduce your distractions (prohibit food, cell phones, talking, etc) to succeed- you learn by doing, so do J


Ask questions- if you don’t understand something, advocate for yourself J


Be in class –you can’t learn if you are not here- an absence means you are missing “2” days in a block.  If an excused absence does occur (everyone gets sick ), after submitting an excused absence note students will be given one day per day absent to arrange  to make up assignments for full credit.   If the student fails to arrange to obtain work or schedule make up sessions, they will not be awarded credit for assignments.  Don’t wait until the end of the marking period- your success depends on keeping up with the class J


Be on time- at the bell students will be working on the daily warm up- unexcused tardies will not be permitted to go back and complete the assignment.   Always get to class on time J


Be prepared and do all assignments- class is like playing an instrument or a sport- it takes practice.  Class and home assignments are practice- do them for success!  Ask if you don’t understand, don’t just fail to complete an assignment.  Talk to me if there is an issue preventing your assignment completion- I want you to succeed J


Work until the end -the bell is my signal to end class, not the signal for students to leave. I’ll dismiss the students each day and they will remain seated until they are dismissed J


Parental consent:  I would like your permission to (possibly) videotape the class for teacher training purposes, take photographs of students in class and (possibly) post them on my website.  If there is any problem or questions about any of this, please contact me.  Your signature on the attached sheet will indicate consent.


Thank you, I’m sure we will have a great year!


Mr. Rob Schumacher












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If there is any information that you would like me to know about your student, please feel free to comment below or on the back of this signature page.  Thank you!