Ms. Odom's Classes McKinney High School 2015-16

Week Ending 1/15/16

DECA District 7 competition was this past Saturday and I'm so proud to announce that two of our DECA chapter members are advancing to State DECA competition in San Antonio! Please congratulate Josh Blades and Roxana Farokhnia on their big wins!

The second week of class was a much more relaxed..students and I are getting to know one another and we've jumped right into our curriculum in all our classes.

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I have to adjust my tutorial time on Wednesday for an appointment but your student may come in on Thursday or Friday afternoon if they need to work on something or need my assistance.

Check out the links below to see what's happening in my classes this week!

Tutorial & Contact Information:

Tutoring: Tuesday/Wednesday 2:35-3:15

Other times by appointment

Students will need a pass to attend any tutorial (available in my classroom)

Email: saodom@mckinneyisd.net

Direct Line: 469-302-5886

Fashion Marketing

We took a look at fashions from the Gothic period of time through the 19th century. I'm so glad we don't have to wear some of those fashions today!

This week, we'll continue learning about fashion concepts, evolution, impact of fashion and the broad spectrum of the fashion industry. We selected our specific decade in fashion to research. We'll look at styles for both men and women, political, societal and economic conditions, and cultural influences of entertainment and music. Here's a link to the assignment if you're interested in taking a look: http://tinyurl.com/Fashion-Through-The-Decades I've provided some links but students may use any resources (other than copied presentations) Remember, this will be their first summative assignment! Students can earn bonus points for 'dressing' the decade! It's always a fun activity to see how we dressed and how similar fashions can be today.

Money Matters

We had a rousing round of KahootIt! on Friday and students seemed to enjoy this fast paced virtual review of our vocab. We also enjoyed a lively Socratic Seminar on the pros and cons of the $15.00 an hour much talked about minimum wage hike. I was impressed with students' knowledge and passion about this topic. They were articulate, calm (but lively) and I think, in the end, everyone made a decision!

This week we're looking at consumer economic issues. Students are reviewing economic concepts as they relate to consumers. They are collaborating to research a consumer protection agency or law and then reporting their findings to the class. Toward the end of the week, we're learning about banking accounts and practicing writing checks and reconciling a bank statement. We'll also take a look at using debit cards. While checks are not used with the same frequency as in the past, it's still important to know the process of withdrawing and depositing money and keeping up with a bank account!


We're jumping ahead to determine our business this week. We've taken a look at some ideas for business by viewing an episode of Shark Tank and will look through some online resources, specifically the Small Business Administration, to see exactly what's involved in creating a business. We're looking at young entrepreneurs who've made it rich and some entrepreneurial endeavors that you wouldn't think would be successful but they've made their owners millionaires. We'll also be looking a business structures and what might be most appropriate for our business.

Students are developing their ideas and will collaborate with classmates to check the viability of their business before we conduct a little market research with a broader market!

Tutorial Schedule

W/Th 2:30-3:15

Other times by appointment (Student must have a pass available in my classroom

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