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Criminal Justice at Bartlett High School

Presently there are three courses of Criminal Justice taught at Bartlett High School:
Criminal Justice One
Criminal Justice Two
Criminal Justice Two - Dual Credit (3rd year class).
Criminal Justice One classes will be taught by Mr. Rovery at Bartlett High School and at the Academy. These classes must be completed successfully in order to proceed to Criminal Justice Two - Dual Credit.
Criminal Justice Two will be taught by Mr. Riding at Bartlett High School, and this class must be passed to continue on to Criminal Justice 2 - Dual Credit. 
Criminal Justice Two - Dual Credit classes can give three hours college credit to any student who scores a 70 or higher on the  College Challenge Test given by the Tennessee Department of Education at the end of the year. It is a one hundred question multiple question test Given at the end of the school year. Last year's test gave "banked" 3 ours of college credit to sixteen students who passed the Challenge Test in May.  On test was given last year due to Covid19, but the previous year eleven students earned college credit in this course, and fourteen the year before. 
My present class schedule as a part-time teacher is as follows:
1st period – Criminal Justice Two - Dual Credit – 7:00 -7:50
2nd period - Criminal Justice Two - Dual Credit  – 7:55 – 8:42
3rd period – Criminal Justice Two - Dual Credit – 8:47– 9:34
4th period - Planning Period
 Criminal Justice Activities 
Youth Court Volunteers

It’s Recruitment Season for the Youth Court Program


We need students to be a lawyer prosecuting criminals and defending juvenile criminals at a real Juvenile Court trial.


We need students to sit on a real Juvenile Court jury and decide the punishment for a juvenile criminal.


These students will be trained by and work with real lawyers in the Juvenile justice System.


  • Members will serve in the roles of prosecutors, defenders, bailiffs, jury forepersons and jurors. 
  • Members are mentored by practicing licensed attorneys as they prepare their own opening statements, closing arguments, issue subpoenas and prepare victims and witnesses for scheduled hearings.


  • The program is a FANTASTIC opportunity for ALL students with a minimum of a 2.0 GPA that pass a criminal background check.  It is especially IDEAL for students who have an expressed interest in working within the legal community.


  • Additionally, our member’s health and safety are paramount to us, so we've implemented some important procedures that will help keep our community feeling as good as possible during this uncertain and unprecedented time.  The Youth Court Program will continue to conduct hearings virtually on the Zoom conferencing platform. Tentatively, these hearings will remain on 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, beginning at 5:00pm and ending around 7:00pm.


The recruiting season is currently active and will run through September 30, 2021



Applications can be picked up from

Mr. Schwill in A209,

Mr. Riding in A201, and

Mr. Rovery at the Academy.

They can also be picked up at the front office. 

Working in conjunction with Shelby County Juvenile Court, we have established a very active Youth Court Program. Youth Court is a juvenile delinquency diversion and peer-justice program.  It is devoted to restorative justice principles—that is, we work to repair the damaged relationship between youthful offenders, the victims, families and our community.  Youth Court is dedicated to rehabilitating first-time nonviolent offenders, holding young people accountable for their behavior, and educating youth about citizenship, the legal system, and constructive conflict resolution.

  The goal of Youth Court is to use positive peer pressure to ensure that young people who have committed non-violent first time minor offenses will repair the damage they caused to their victims and to our community and receive the help they need to avoid further confrontation with the justice system. Presently the program has over a 95% success rate statewide .

Youth Court will not impose custodial (jail) sentences or fines.  Sentences will focus on restorative and rehabilitative measures, including:  Written or oral apologies, restitution (paying the victim the value of the damage caused to the victim), essays, counseling, drug and alcohol assessments, addiction treatment, curfew, and community service.  

It should be noted that several of these students have used these contacts to secure summer jobs, and some even employment for several years. This public service also counts as community service hours and looks great on a college resume. 

Mock Trial Competition

We have also started a Mock Team that will be in competition with other teams from area high schools in the coming school year. You can contact me if you are interested in joining the club.

I can be contacted at rschwill@bartlettschools.org



Virtual Information for Parents and Students

As we will not participate in the virtual classroom until Friday, I will give you a brief overview of what I plan to do  with the classwork this quarter. 
Starting Wednesday, I will start posting vocabulary words to insert  into a blank vocabulary definition document that will become available Wednesday. The vocabulary words will be posted in the Daily Agenda on Curve along with the instructions for the course of study for the day. The documents and PowerPoints will be posted in Curve for the day also. The PowerPoint will be posted to complete the page of the study guide that will serve as the book for this section as well as the "textbook" for this class.
#4 in the Class Rules document describes the Portfolio that must be kept either as a Notebook or a computer document. This Portfolio will be graded one time each quarter and count as a quiz grade. 
There will be three test grades a quarter and normally four quiz grades which come from the vocabulary quizzes and the Portfolio. Again, the Portfolio is the "textbook" for this class and must be maintained in good working order. 
This is how we will start the year, and quizzes and tests will probably come through the Performance Matters section of PowerSchool. I encourage all of you to be patient and flexible as we forge a new path for virtual education at Bartlett High School. 


Classroom Expectations: Rules and Procedures 2019 - 20

Classroom Rules:


Follow directions and show respect towards all staff and students

Come to class on time and be prepared with all materials

Be a responsible young adult and accountable for your actions

Raise your hand to ask and answer questions

Have a positive attitude

Store ALL purses and backpacks are to be on the floor or under the desk

Adhere strictly to cell phone and personal device policies.



   Verbal Warning

    Change of seat

    Phone call or e-mail to parents

    Written referral to appropriate principal


Classroom  Procedures:

  1. Students should enter the class in a quiet manner and go directly to their assigned seat where they will do the following:
  2. Have all materials ready for the lesson (notebooks, paper, pen/pencil, computer)
  3. Make sure that your pencil is sharpened or pen has ink, and computer charged
  4. Begin posted bell work
  5. Work silently
  6. All homework must be handed in when collected.Late work will only be accepted one day late for only 80% of credit.
  7. If you are absent from class, and your absence is excused, it is your responsibility to find out what you have missed. Prepare the material that you have missed, and return it within the correct time period (see Bartlett City Schools handbook).  

Remember, it is your responsibility to turn in the missed assignments and to take the missed quizzes and/or tests. 

4.Criminology Notebook: 1 inch. 3-ring binder with 5 index dividers, and paper. Bring to class everyday.  Have a divider for the following:  Important/Dual Credit, Vocabulary, StudyGuides, and Work. You will need to keep everything until the end of the semester, except dual credit notes, which will be kept permanently.

  1. Cheating in any form or fashion will not be tolerated, and will result in an automatic zero. Any students caught copying or allowing another student to copy their work will receive a zero for the assignment.
  2. State standards are the focus of this course and an engaged student is an indispensable part student success.
  3. Each time a student is late to class, chooses to sleep in class, or does not complete the assigned class work it will have a negative effect on his performance and reflected in his/her grade.


Grading System:    Homework, Class Participation, Class Work       30%

                                    Quizzes                                                                     30%   

                                    Tests, Projects                                                         40%