Event Planning

Kate Duncan Smith DAR High School

Event Planning Syllabus - 2019-2020

Mrs. Clark

email: clarke@marshallk12.org                              school phone: 256-857-5150
Remind text messages: 81010@eventplan          Google Classroom code: rbnnid 

Course Description:

Event Planning is a one-credit course taught in grades 9-12.  It is a project based, hands-on learning course which requires students to willingly participate in class activities and complete projects and events to demonstrate mastery of skills. The goal of all career technical courses is to prepare students to be career ready. Students in Event Planning will be prepared for various career opportunities in the hospitality industry.

Students will learn the skills needed as an event planner and will organize and plan all aspects of business and social events including the food, location, and décor. Students will develop leadership characteristics and make decisions based on integrating knowledge of human resources, event promotion, event management, and financial principles.

Content Covered:

  1. Event Planning – guest list, location, activities, securing entertainment
  2. Entertainment Themes and Décor
  3. Timeline Development
  4. Financial Impact of Events - establishing a budget
  5. On-Site Event Management, including vendors and staffing
  6. Post-Planning
  7. Career Opportunities in the hospitality and event planning industry

Some of the school events in which students may be involved include:

  • DAR Dedication Day & Basket Lunch
  • faculty luncheons
  • hospitality room for sports events
  • Veteran’s Day brunch
  • holiday parties
  • school dances and prom
  • prom fashion show
  • Alumni Banquet
  • Academic Excellence Banquet



Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a national career and technical student organization. It is an integral part of the Family Consumer Sciences curriculum and provides opportunities to apply instructional competencies and workplace readiness skills, enhances leadership development skills, and provides opportunities for community service.   Students will have the opportunity to complete projects and compete in STAR Events at the state competition in Montgomery (March) and national competition (July).  There are also scholarship opportunities available through FCCLA membership and participation.



  • $30 Class Fee - this will provide materials needed for class projects
  • $15 FCCLA membership fee (optional, but strongly encouraged)
  • 3-ring binder, loose leaf paper


Students will have the opportunity to receive industry credentials when they meet certain requirements.  These credentials are recognized in the “real world” and help students find employment.  Specific details about credentialing areas will be given to students during the course. 



Written Tests/ Learning Projects  = 60%

 Daily Work  = 40%


All students will be required to pass a safety and sanitation test with 100% accuracy before they can participate in lab experiences.

Extra credit should not be necessary if you actively participate in class activities. Any extra credit opportunities available will be posted on the class activities bulletin board.  Extra credit may involve participating in after school hours activities.



Be Respectful:

  • Treat everyone with kindness and consideration for their feelings – the same way you expect to be treated.
  • Everyone has the right to be heard, including the teacher.Don’t talk during instruction and don’t talk when someone is presenting to the class.
  • People and human relationships are more important than electronics.Put away that cell phone!! There will be a cell phone “holding area” for each student to leave their cell phone. You may only use your cell phone during class with teacher permission.
  • Clean up your work area and put things away where they belong so the next person can find them.
  • Take care of classroom materials and supplies – resources are not unlimited – don’t waste.

Be Responsible:

  • Always follow directions and safety procedures.
  • Be punctual. Be present. Be prepared.
  • Take responsibility for your actions. Do what you say you will do.
  • If you make a mistake, admit it, learn from it, and move on.
  • Do your own work! Give your brain some exercise.
  • Do work that you are proud of doing.
  • Turn in work on time.Late work is automatically 10 points off.
  • Stay on top of make-up work – if you are absent, it is your job to find out what you missed.Excessive absences will be a problem in a class like ours that is hands-on and project based.
  • Be an active participant in group work.Don’t let your group down by not contributing and not doing your part.

Be Resourceful:



Something important for you to know about me is that I place a very high value on being a good, conscientious worker and believe that following and enforcing school rules is a part of my job.  So, I will enforce school policies and procedures on tardiness, dress code, the use of technology during class, etc.  It is also my job to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to learn.  If someone is causing a disruption that keeps our class from learning and being productive, then it is my job to make sure that the disruption ends. 

I like a happy, peaceful, cooperative classroom.  I don’t like yelling and fussing. I believe that most problems can be solved together, within our classroom.  However, I also believe in communicating with parents and will keep them informed of any issues and enlist their cooperation, if needed, to help us resolve any problems.  If parental communication doesn’t help resolve the situation, then I will involve our school administration.  I also believe in the use of “corrective remediation time,” or afterschool detention.