Name: Marilyn Koehr
    Email: marilyn.koehr@slps.org
    Room Number(s): 225-S
    Subject(s): Career Development
    Building Phone: 314-776-3300
     First, second, fourth, sixth, seventh, and eighth hours.
    Third and Fifth hours are my plan.
    Teacher Message: I am really excited about our new school year as it starts this week. I am looking forward to meeting my new students and starting our work toward their graduation in 2023 or 2025. 
    Biography: Ms Koehr is starting her eleventh year as an English teacher and her eighth year at Gateway. She attended St. Louis Community College at Forest Park for her general education subjects where she was on the Dean's List and was awarded Regents Scholarships. Ms K transferred to Harris-Stowe State University to complete her undergraduate work in Secondary Education and persue her teaching certification, graduating first in her class. From Harris, she went to U.M.S.L. for her Master's in Secondary English Instruction and Curriculum, graduating with highest honors. 
         On a more personal note, teaching is Ms Koehr's second life. She didn't start college until she was 40 years old and it took her 12 years to finish since she was a single mom working full time. Her first life was in the restaurant industry here in St. Louis, often in a supervisory role. When she knew it was time to make a change, teaching was the only real option and high school her choice of grade level. Working in restaurants meant working with teenagers much of the time, and Ms K brings her love of doing that into the classroom. 
    Career Development Syllabus 2020-2021

                   Marilyn E. Koehr              



    Freshman Career Development

     Course Description and rationale:  Career Development is designed to support freshmen in their transition to high school through activities that deliberately address the students’ emotional, social, and academic development. The Career Development teacher’s role is to be a trusted adult who is devoted to helping students adjust to the demands of high school and encouraging them toward graduation and post-secondary readiness. Students will work on being organized so they can be prepared for their academic work. Students will write, study Standard English, and do other activities that will support their EOC efforts and hone the language skills that employers are looking for. Students will participate in discussion and group work to train them in and reinforce their ability to collaborate with others.

    Text: No text exists for this class. Other materials (Power Point Presentations, handouts, brochures, etc.) will be provided by me.

    Required Materials:

    • Binder with a section for this class or a notebook devoted to only this class (a printer would make the notetaking process easier, but you can still use paper so you have something to study for quizzes and tests). 
    • Ink pens and/or pencils

    Having these materials will be part of their participation grade.

     Student Expectations:

    1. Be in your assigned seat/area, ready to work when the bell finishes ringing. This would include being online for a class meeting on time. Teams WILL be taking attendance.
    2. Have paper, pencils/pens, books and all needed supplies every day.
    3. Keep hands, feet, books, and objects to yourself. This should be easy while we're working from home!
    4. No profanity, rude gestures, teasing, or put downs. Please be sure that these behaviors are NO MORE appropriate or acceptable in a virtual classroom setting as they are in person.
    5. Follow directions of the Student Discipline Handbook and all school adults unless the request is illegal, immoral or unsafe.

     Assignments: Students will be given several types of assignments including (but not limited to) Do Nows, Quick Writes, Exit Slips, Group Discussion and Projects (which are graded individually based on the students’ contribution as observed by the teacher, and others).

     Grading: Students will be graded in two categories. Daily assignments and other everyday work fall into the 40% category while projects, tests, and some quizzes will contribute to the 60% part of their grade.

    Grades for grading periods will follow the Gateway Scoring Scale below…

    A = 90-100           B = 80-89              C = 70-79              D = 60-69             F = 0-59

     Attendance and Late Work:   Students should make every effort to 'attend' and participate in class. The Teams platform will be taking attendance based on when a student logs on and off for class meeting times. Be sure you're at your computer/tablet ready for class! Attendance is closely linked with success in high school Just as in person, during virtual learning students need to make up any work missed in an absence. In college, absences are watched very closely and link with a student’s grade. In the workplace, repeated absences can result in reprimands and even loss of employment.

    Students have regular access to their grades in SIS by ID number and are responsible for checking for missing work. I do take late work, but within a regimented system. Once an assignment has been entered into SIS, students can start looking for grades. Once grades are entered, students will have till the start of the next week to make up missing work. After that, I will not grade it. Tests and quizzes are the exception to that rule. I will accept and grade those up to a full week before the end of the quarter in which they were given.

    Late work should be made up as quickly as possible so that the student does not fall behind in my class or any other.

     What you can expect from me: I will help my students do their jobs right up until the moment it looks like THEY are helping ME do their jobs! I will be honest and fair. I see my students as unique individuals and work very hard to teach and respond to them accordingly.


    Getting Started with Remote Learning 2020


    First of all, let me say how much this closure sucks!

    In the next however many weeks, you will be getting email announcements from most of your teachers, me included. 

    • We are not allowed to email you individually without including your parents/guardians.
    • My email is marilyn.koehr@slps.org--the same format as yours, and also included in my syllabus. 
    • If you DO NOT HAVE THE TECH NEEDED, please contact the tech help folks on the district's web page, and email me as well as soon as possible.
    • If you have questions about our work, please email me. Just include another adult (AP, counselor, parent) or you could ask is the POSTS tab for our class. I will respond with a general answer so as not to violate the one-on-one rule.
    • Also please be patient with us as we are trying to make this process work for you.

     We will be using a learning platform called TEAMS--https://teams.microsoft.com/_#/school//?ctx=teamsGrid

    • TEAMS is a Microsoft platform
    • You use your slps email info to access it. You will have gotten this information at registration. Please be sure to write it down and put it somewhere safe as it is not as easy this year for teachers to access that info from our end.
    • Once you are on your Outlook email, look for the nine dots on the upper left. When you click there, a TEAMS icon should show up.
    • Once you get onto TEAMS, just look for the class you want to do work for.
    • Follw directions on the site to submit your work. I will take what you create and submit on the site, OR you can work on paper, take a picture of the work, upload and submit that on the site.


    • Your work will appear when you click the Assignments tab at the top of your TEAMS.
    • You can check for grades on Parent Portal as well to help stay caught up.
    • Please remember to submit all work via TEAMS.
    • And remember, 'turned in' does not mean its been graded. I mostly grade on the weekend. You may turn in something one Wednesday, but it might not appear on SIS till the following Wednesday. If


     Access to me.

    • We don't have office hours, but you can ask for help during the asynchronous work time.
    • But you can email me after 8 a.m. untill 3 p.m. as well and expect a return that day.
    • If emailed after 3, I will get back to you within 24 hours or less.
    • You can ask questions on your class's POSTS tab. I will answer by addressing it to everyone so as not to violate the rules.
    • I will be contacting ALL parents as often as possible as encouraged by slps. and they will then be able to contact me by phone. I encourage them to leave messages including who their student is, as I don't pick up for numbers I do not recocnize.
    • If YOU need to talk to me in the evening, or at any other time, you must have your parent with you on the call.




     Try to be patient with your teachers. Right now we're ALL still learning.