Classroom Expectations and Procedures
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n ATTENDANCE
Ø Be on time to class. Learning begins when the bell rings. On-time means that your whole body is in the classroom when the bell rings, not just your notebook. We will enforce school rules regarding tardiness (see handbook for details).
n ABSENCES
Ø Attendance will be taken every day and you are responsible for any work missed while you were absent.
Ø YOU are EXPECTED to be “caught up” when you return. For example, if reading was assigned on a day you were absent, you are EXPECTED to have read. Reading quizzes are frequent and unannounced. You are expected to be prepared when you return. This class moves too quickly for you to come in without knowing what is happening or what material has been covered. In addition, class time does not permit the opportunity for you to “catch-up” on what you have missed. We will continue moving forward and therefore, it is imperative that you make every effort to get the material covered in class while you were absent and the homework that is due the day you return.
Ø Get a friend from class who you see often to collect handouts for you if you are absent. Be sure to have his/her phone number or email address so that you may find out what reading/work you missed while you were out.
Ø You may also email your teacher or access the class website if you are absent or having any questions on an assignment.
n INTEGRITY
Ø You are expected to complete your assignments with honesty and integrity. Please see the plagiarism handout for a definition of plagiarism and see your student handbook for the consequences of plagiarism.
n PREPARATION:For this class you will need . . .
Ø An awake and open mind with the ability to think critically.
Ø A 3-ring binder with divided sections used only for English.
Ø A pen ( NO pencils are permitted. They smear! Save pencils for math class).
Ø The current text we are reading
Ø A good dictionary and thesaurus at home.
n PASSES:
Ø Bathroom/Hall passes:You are not permitted to leave the room without a pass. You will have 5 minutes outside the classroom with your pass.
Ø I ask that you do not leave class during the first or last TEN minutes of class. Important stuff happens at this time, like checking or assigning HW, announcements.
Ø If you have a pass from SPS to leave class, COME TO CLASS FIRST, show me the pass, and then you may leave. If you do not show up for my class and you are not absent from school, it is assumed that you are cutting the class and you will be written up.
n GRADING:
Ø Grades are EARNED based on the number of points you earn on assignments such as tests, quizzes, HW, journals, class discussion, writings and projects.
Ø Divide the number of points earned by the number of points possible and this calculates your grade.
Ø We have no mid-term and the final exam is worth 1/9 of your grade.
Ø No extra credit will be given. There are plenty of opportunities to work hard and do well on assignments during the marking period.
Ø There will be a final exam, which counts for 1/9 of your total grade.
n ALL ASSIGNMENTS:
Ø ARE TO BE TURNED IN ON TIME
Ø Are to be neat (no frayed edges) and include a proper MLA heading, typed, double-spaced in the left-hand corner of your paper in the following order: Name, Teacher name, Class, and Date
Ø ALL FORMAL assignments (including notes, speeches, projects) should be typed, using 12-point TNR font.
Ø If your computer does not print, DO NOT email your work to me or yourself. You will NOT be allowed to print out your work during class time. This work is considered LATE. To avoid late work when having computer problems, read the screen and handwrite your work neatly and bring a note from home explaining the situation.
n HOMEWORK:
Ø Expect collected or uncollected homework EVERY class.
Ø Collected HW will be assessed and given an appropriate grade.
Ø Uncollected HW will be briefly spot checked and given a grade.
Ø Students are granted ONE late HW PER MARKING PERIOD for half-credit. The one late HW must be submitted the next class meeting.
Ø NO OTHER LATE HOMEWORK WILL BE ACCEPTED.
n MAJOR PAPERS/PROJECTS (open-endeds, essays, speeches, etc)
Ø Major papers in which you utilize the writing process will be graded out of a possible 100 points. Prewriting is required and also graded.
Ø In class writing assignments will be graded out of a possible 50-100 points, and prewriting is required and graded.
n LATE WORK: MAJOR PAPERS AND PROJECTS
Ø ONE class meeting late equals one full grade off the earned grade.
Ø NO LATE PROJECTS/PAPERS WILL BE ACCEPTED IF THEY ARE MORE THAN TWO CLASS MEETINGS LATE.
Ø You must hand late assignments directly to your teacher. Avoid putting them on your teacher’s desk or in her mailbox. Your teacher is not responsible for work that is missing after it is left on an unattended desk or mailbox.
Ø Talk to us EARLY if you cannot complete the work by the due date for a valid reason. No extensions will be given if you come to us 1-3 days before the due date.
n TESTS/QUIZZES
Ø Quizzes may be announced or unannounced and are often based on readings.
Ø Unit tests and all vocabulary tests are announced ahead of time.
n OUTSIDE READING:
Ø Each marking period you will be expected to complete one outside reading assignment. You will read that at the same time as we read the core literature and a corresponding assignment will be due. You are responsible for time management.