Assignments

Please send in each item as it is completed and due. Please do not send assignments in all together or all at once.  However, if you know you'll be on vacation or something and you'd like to send some things in early, that will be fine. One thing that will help you tremendously is to try to adhere to the schedule's time line. You'll gain so much more benefit from the program when you turn things in on time. 

It would be wise to create a folder on your computer to store and keep record of completed assignments and then just send them in at the appropriate time. Keeping all of your assignments will also help in the event that something may get 'lost in cyber space' or something. It will be your responsibility to make sure assignments are turned in on time and to check to make sure they will have been received at the end of each month. Keep in mind that while the new Moodle program is very efficient, we will not be saving any assignments. So, it will be your responsibility to save everything you will have sent in, just in case there would be a need to prove that it was. Thanks!

Sending Assignments to your AP (Accountability Partner) 

Uploads - Simply put your AP's name in with the title or in the comments below (in your school Facebook page).

Note: be sure that as you type their name, that it sort of 'lights up' or is highlighted as their full name, then select it. If you just type their name and it doesn't 'light up,' then they will not receive it. All AP's and students should keep their notifications 'on' for your mentee's Facebook level page.

Essays - Simply type or copy and paste them into Moodle in the appropriate place. Then also send it to your AP in an email, for comment. All levels please make sure your AP sees all written assignments (including research projects that are not from DFH products).

AP PROGRAM (Accountability Partnership)

Level 1 and 2 students will be assigned to an alumni graduate. Level 3 students will be assigned to each other in a buddy system or to an alumni graduate. This person will be your accountability partner, throughout the school year. Level 3 and Alumni, you may be assigned more than one student, depending on the size of the various classes.

Accountability partners will be your main exhorters, encouragers and helpers. They will read your essays and watch your uploads and make positive comments. They will be there to help you. Everyone will receive their assigned accountability partners along with their contact information on or before January 10th. Please review the Accountability Partner Program APP in the general guidelines page, for more details.

Time Management for Study

Try to avoid 'natural procrastination,' when turning in assignments. This is to help relieve some pressure. When people put off assignments until the end of the school year, or even the end of a semester, it puts tremendous pressure on them to finish. By having strict due dates for assignments, it will keep you on track, prevent procrastination, lower pressure and best of all, helps you to steep in the materials, so you may learn and grow. Please plan out your study time carefully. It is wise to set aside a certain, regular time every day for study.

LEVEL 3 - Please know that the information below is based on the one year plan. So for the three year plan... When below says one month, that is equivillent to 3 months. When it says semester below, for the 3 year plan, please know it means year. You'll get used to the conversion of time. But the same rules apply for your appropriate time frames.

  1. The school is divided up into 3 semesters. Within each of the semesters, the assignments are divided up by month and sub divided by week. There are approximately 3-4 related subjects per month. So, that is around one product or product grouping per week. Most months, there are approximately 3 assignments/month. This will give you opportunity to catch up (if absolutely necessary) on the 4th or 5th week of that month. Assignments are due by the end of each respective week within the month underwhich they are listed. The weeks are numerical. For example: Week one begins on the first of that month and ends on day 7. Week 2 begins on the 8th and ends on the 14th and so on.  It is preferred that you hand things in during the week, but the last day of the week is when they are finally due. 
  2. Each week, within each month, you'll have assignments due. Once all school levels are fully functioning in the new Moodle program, we hope to implement a numerical reward system for turning things in on time. But until that time, a $15 late fee will be billed for each month that assignments will not have been turned in by the end of that month. The bill will be sent right after each quarter. We just STRONGLY encourage you to turn things in on time on your own. This is for your own benefit to receive the most out of your educational experience.
  3. You will have one week to 'prove' that you will have in fact sent in the missing assignment in question. Sometimes people may think they sent something or they sent something and it got stuck in cyberspace or any number of reasons. So if you can find and resend that assignment (showing its original 'send date'), you will be fine.
  4. All assignments are automatically dated in Moodle, on email and in Facebook. 
  5. Hopefully the due dates and knowing you will receive your certificate will be incentive enough to turn in assignments on time. You will graduate when everything, all assignments and requirements are turned in and all late fees paid. 

To reiterate about the late fee - The weekly due dates are a good guideline. However everything assigned within a particular month will be finally due by 12:00 Midnight (your time zone) of that particular month. Anything turned in 12:01AM the following day or later will be considered late and subject to the $15 late fee. The week after the end of each semester, if anything will have been late during the prior 3 months, you will receive a PayPal bill for the appropriate amount. Example: If 1 thing was late in February and 2 things late in March and nothing late in April, you would receive a bill of $30 ($15 for February and $15 for March). The bill will come (in this example) the first week in May. It is due upon receipt, in order to graduate. Again, this is a small incentive to help you stay on track to gain the most benefit from the school.

IMPORTANT

END OF 1ST SEMESTER - If after the completion of semester 1 (end of April), there will have been no assignments turned in, you will automatically be disqualified for graduation. Since receiving the Certificate and then potentially License, is about relationship and being immersed in the materials, it will take more time to study thoroughly (as outlined).

The assignments must be done in the order given on the assignment breakdown pages. It is strongly advised to not wait until the last minute. You may feel like you have plenty of time, but you will be very grateful if you pace yourself throughout each semester.

All assignments must be turned in weekly, during each month as the course outline will show. It is imperative that all assignments be turned in on time.

END OF 2ND SEMESTER -  Also, all assignments for semesters 1 and 2 must be submitted by the end of semester 2 to qualify for graduation/certification.  

This is a safeguard against people trying to wait until the last minute and trying to accomplish the entire school year in the few last months. This is totally unacceptable.

Each Level carries its own weight and intensity; and their content is meant to be studied completely (during the given time frame).  As well, the syllabi promote the leadership qualities of discipline and time management, and are structured in such a way as to bring the student to a deep engagement in the ministry of dance. The format is designed to help students grow in theory and in spirit.

To summarize… If NOTHING is turned in by end of 1st semester (end of April), you will be automatically disqualified from  graduation. At the same token, for those who had been turning in some assignments,  if EVERYTHING (that was due up through the second semester) is not turned in by end of 2nd semester, they will not graduate. So if we do not see any activity on your grading sheet by end of April, you will be disqualified. However, if you will have been turning in assignments, you must complete all the assignments up through the 2nd semester to graduate. 

To do well, setting aside an average of about an hour a day, five days a week will create a habit that can guarantee success. Life will always crowd things out unless a determination is made for disciplined success. You will be glad you will have made the effort! 

Record Keeping/Grading

We have a wonderful data base that will keep track of all your assignments. An alumni graduate (Valisha) will be recordkeeping for you. See the Accountability Partner page for more details about where to put/send what assignments.

All levels will submit everything into Moodle and email it to your accountability partner.

Conference Attendance

Every student is required to attend one conference the first year, two conferences the second year and 1 the third year (all at their own expense, including the registration fee). Their purpose is to observe and serve (helping with set up, clean up, counting off groups, inventory, etc.). Once you register for the particular conference, you'll receive an email giving suggestions of how you may help. Also, it is so Pastor Lynn can get to know you a little better.

As soon as you receive your receipt page, from your conference registration, online, please forward or post to the appropriate place (Moodle for Levels 1 and 3) Email for level 2. See the APP page for details of who sends what where.

Level 1 - A graduation conference will NOT count as your DFH conference requirement. But you are encouraged to attend.

Level 2 - A graduation conference can count as one of your conference requirements.

Level 3 - A graduation conference is your conference requirement.

Foreign students across the Atlantic or Pacific oceans may be excused from attending a conference. However, it would be wonderful to meet you if possible. 

A way you may save quite a bit in travel expense is to consider hosting a DFH conference at your church (during your school year or the next). Here are the details, should your church qualify for that.