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Welcome to Eberopolis!
Students in my homeroom are considered citizens of Eberopolis, our little city within the 4/5 Academy. This city helps guide several of the important tasks within our classroom. Our first day of school, students experience democracy in action through our own constitutional convention where we discuss some basic rights and responsibilities within the classroom and draft our classroom constitution. The classroom constitution guides our behavior throughout the year and is open to amendment as necessary. All amendments, however, will require two-thirds of the class' vote. The text of our classroom constitution will be posted here as soon as it's ratified. 

Everyone works together in Eberopolis. Here you can learn about some features of our classroom such as our rotating classroom jobs and our class economy. 

Classroom Jobs

Students are expected to contribute to our learning environment by completing different jobs each term. Students apply for jobs and are assigned tasks that they will carry out for six weeks. Examples of class jobs include:
  • Ambassador - leads the line whenever we leave the classroom; sets a good example for others in the line to follow; posts and takes down the sign describing our location whenever we leave or re-enter the classroom
  • Clerk - Checks in all homework and class assignments; puts them in ABC order
  • Computer technician - makes sure student workstations are powered on in the morning and shut down at the end of the day
  • Courier - delivers any messages that need to go to the office or other classrooms
  • Date Keeper - updates our class calendar each morning and leads the weekly calendar math activities
  • Distributor - helps pass out and collect classroom materials
  • Librarian - keeps the classroom library organized; files new books added to our classroom library
  • Lumberjack - sharpens pencils in the "needs to be sharpened" cup at the end of the day or first thing in the morning for the rest of the class; restocks pencil supplies at each table
  • Manager - walks at the end of the line; turns out the lights and closes the door as we leave the classroom
  • Microbiologist - dispenses hand sanitizer before lunch
  • Photographer - takes pictures of class activities and events for class records
  • Postal Worker - helps file papers in mail boxes to go home on Mondays
  • Sanitation Engineer - washes our class table in the lunchroom at the end of lunch
  • Secretary - keeps track of important information for any students that are absent; explains lessons to absent students when they return; makes sure that necessary assignments are placed in the absent student's folder
  • Temp - fills in to do the job of any students that are absent
  • Valet - holds the door for the class whenever we leave the classroom to go somewhere

Classroom Economy

All citizens of Eberopolis learn about money management and economics through our class economy. Starting the first week of school, all students earn a weekly base salary of $100 in Eberopolis Money for the work they do in our classroom community. From this salary, students are expected to pay the following:
  • Rent (for their workspace and storage) - $10/week
  • Taxes - $10/month - collected on the 15th of each month
Students may then earn bonuses or fines for their particular efforts throughout the week. Bonus money may be earned for:
  • Outstanding work or effort
  • Good citizenship
  • Completing additional learning activities
  • Displaying exceptional kindness or compassion toward others
  • Being recognized by someone outside of Eberopolis for being ready, responsible, or respectful
Examples of choices that will incur fines include:
  • Speeding in the classroom or hall - $5
  • Loitering in any part of the school - $5
  • Disturbing the peace - $5
  • Littering - $5
  • Illegal Dumping (Failure to put away materials) - $5
  • Incomplete Assignments - $5
  • Late Homework - $10 per day per assignment
  • Late Projects - $25 per day per project
  • Breaking rules outside of Eberopolis - $15
  • Disrespecting people or materials - $20
  • Disrespecting a classroom guest or substitute teacher - $50
Students will keep track of their finances through a personal Eberopolis checkbook register given at the beginning of the school year. At the end of each pay period (two weeks), students will apply their math skills to balance their checkbooks and determine how much money they have. After the balance is confirmed, the Eberopolis Bank and Trust will approve withdrawals from the students' accounts.

On special Eberopolis Fridays, a student who has completed all classwork and homework for the week will be selected to be the teller at the Eberopolis Bank and Trust. That student will issue requested withdrawals from student accounts. Of course, students can decide to leave their money in savings, in which case, they won't go shopping that week. They'll have more money later, however. Since several desirable items at the Eberopolis General Store (EGS) are a bit pricey, students are encouraged to learn to save their money rather than spend all of it as soon as they get it.

Two students with no missing assignments are chosen to be cashiers at the EGS, which opens briefly every two weeks. At the EGS, students can buy school supplies, art supplies, journals, books, trading cards, snacks, and games. As students shop, they record and total their spending on a shopping log which details the item, quantity, and price of each purchase. This log functions as a receipt and is double-checked by the cashiers. 

A final important part of our class economy is the job of our class economist. Every other week, one or two students will have the job of compiling the receipts from the EGS and recording data from these receipts into a spreadsheet. The class economist will look at how much money was spent, what items had the highest and lowest demand, and how pricing patterns affect consumer choices. The economist will use this information to create graphs and explain these findings to the rest of the class at a class meeting. From this information, we will determine how we need to adjust supply or pricing to encourage more sales at the EGS. 
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