The purpose of this course is to provide an opportunity to explore and understand the basics of masonry. Emphasis is on basic concepts and application. Masonry is defined as building with the use of individual brick, block or stone units laid in and bonded together by mortar. Masonry can also refer to the units themselves.
At the end of this course, students will be able to:
- Safely perform
- Describe tools, equipment, and safety areas a mason may encounter on the job
- Describe, discuss, and list different types of brick and block units
- Describe cement and list the ingredients in mortar
- Lay brick and block to a string line and space them correctly
- Describe workplace readiness skills
The following topics are planned to be covered:
- Tools and Equipment
- Development of Brick and Block
- Cement and Mortar
- Laying Masonry Units
- Workplace Readiness Skills
Kreh, R. T. Masonry Skills. 6th ed., Thomson Delmar Learning, 2008.
Classroom: Pencil and Paper
Shop: Closed-toe shoes, dress out clothes, eye protection, plus any other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Semester 1 / 2
Quarter 1 / 3
Quarter 2 / 4
Exam 1 / 2
Class participation grades may be included in the Test/Quiz category
Rowanty Technical Center Code of Honor is in effect at all times. See student handbook.
Exams (Exam Exemption Policy)
- No student will be exempt from mid-term exams.
- There are no exam exemptions for 1st year programs. For one year, 2nd semester of cluster, and two year programs, students must have a minimum of 80/B (by the administrative cut-off date) and have passed their industry certification to receive an exam exemption for the end of the year.
- Attendance – If a student is absent for the exam on the date that it is given, the student will have to produce a legal note to administration to be able to take the exam.
- If the student is suspended on the date of the exam, the student will receive a 0/F for the exam, which is 20% of the student’s semester grade.
Part of the mission of the Rowanty Technical Center is to prepare students to make the important transition from school to postsecondary education and/or employment. Helping students develop good attendance habits is an important part of that mission.
Students are expected to attend school every day. Any absence will be considered unexcused until appropriate verification is received and reviewed by the principal/designee.
Some programs have very specific requirements about attendance and the certifying agency will indicate the amount of absences (excused and unexcused) before loss of credit, certification and/or dismissal in the program. Students in these programs will be informed at the beginning of school.
Each time a student is absent from school, he/she will provide a note from the parent/guardian or official documentation from a medical office, court or other organization within five days school days of the absence.
An absence shall be excused for the following reasons per nine week marking period:
- Personal illness (3 days, with parent verification)
- Death in immediate family or household (4 days)
- Professional or legal appointment (unlimited, unless there may be reason to suspect abuse)
- Required court appearances
- College/military visits with prior approval of the principal
- Extenuating circumstances with prior approval of the principal
Students will not be marked absent for participation in school approved field trips and club meetings. It is the student’s responsibility to notify teachers and the attendance officer prior to such absences. Students who miss class due to field trips, testing, etc., and who know in advance, should have assignments prepared for the following school day.
It is the student’s responsibility to request makeup work for days missed. Students must make-up work within 5 days of each absence unless other arrangements have been made with the teacher. The teacher will determine time allotted for return of makeup work. The student shall be responsible for securing and furnishing all notes to the main office when he/she returns to school.
Students are reminded that presenting a “forged note” will result in disciplinary action. If a student exceeds five (5) absences per nine week marking period, only three (3) parent excuses will be accepted per nine week marking period. Other days must be excused by professional notes (doctor, legal, etc.). If credit is denied, the student and his/her parent may appeal this decision to the principal. If the student surpasses the daily attendance limit during a semester, the student is still required to attend school under the Compulsory Attendance Law.
Credit Denial and Appeal
Any student, who has five (5) days or more unexcused absences in any class in a given nine week period, may be subject to credit denial. A grade of 59 will be received (or the earned grade for the course, if it is lower than 59). If credit is denied, the student and parent/legal guardian may appeal the decision to the principal. If the student has surpassed the absence limit during the semester, the student is required to continue to attend school under the Compulsory Attendance Law.
Students will be marked tardy when entering class after class has started unless they have an approved student pass or other approved excuse for being late.
Students are responsible for seeing the teacher the first school day upon return from an absence. The students MUST initiate this meeting. It is the student’s responsibility to get homework assignments on days that are missed in class, either by contacting the teacher by email while absent or the school day on which he/she returns.
Failure to make-up work within (5) school days of at a time determined within those five days by the teacher will result in the loss of grade. If a student is absent on the day of a test, the student will take the test the next class period he/she returns to class. The make-up test may be different from the original test.
Electronic Use Policy
Students must abide by the Rowanty Internet Safety and Acceptable Use policy, outlined in the student handbook.
General Class Procedures
- Upon entering class, all class materials should be taken out
- Notes should be taken at all times
- Shop procedures covered in classroom before entering the shop
General Class Rules
- Be prompt
- Be courteous
- Do your best
- Students’ home school rules and Rowanty Technical Center rules are in affect at all times