Expectations: Respect, Responsibility, and Resilience!
Since we do an incredible amount of work in class and new information is discussed each day, it makes it very important to be present and attentive.
Respect everyone! Literature is meant to be interpreted in various ways. Our classroom should be one in which everyone's opinion is given a chance and no one is criticized or called names because of what they say. I will always encourage you to speak your mind and ask questions, but rude behavior or speech will not be tolerated.
Do not interrupt the flow of the class by getting out of your seat while people are speaking. You may get up from your seat (to throw something away, sharpen your pencil, etc.) during appropriate times only, such as when you are working in groups, working alone, or the teacher has asked you to move.
Locker: You must come to class prepared. If you lack supplies, you may have to borrow from another student. If you forgot your assignment, you will have to turn it in late and face the penalty. This can be prevented by coming to class with all materials you need.
Cleanliness: Custodians are important to the school in that they keep the building safe and well-maintained for all of us. They are not here to clean up after you. Keep your area clean: throw away all breakfast trash and recycle papers.
Turning in Work
The Inbox (gray tray) on the back table is the ONLY place to put on-time assignments and notes from parents. Absence Work, Claimed and Named, Late Work, and Resubmitted Work go in the appropriate green pocket folders.
If you are absent, you are expected to make-up any work due. Once you return, check the absent folder for papers and see me if you need to schedule test make-up. You should be prepared to take announced quizzes and test with two days of your return, unless other arrangements have been approved by me.
Late Work Policy for Classwork/Homework
Late work is strongly discouraged; however, it will be accepted up to 7 days late. Classwork/homework* turned in after the due date/time will lose 10% for every day that it is late. After four days, maximum grade will be a 60%.
Work is considered late if it is not turned in during the class period when it is asked for. If you turn it in later the same day, it will lose 5%.
Students will receive two homework* passes each quarter: a homework pass and an one-day homework extension.
*Only to be used on homework assignments.
Late Work Policy for Projects/Final Drafts
For projects and final drafts, there will be due dates, when the work should be turned in, and deadlines, which is the last day to turn-in an assignment for credit.
If it becomes apparent that you will not be able to submit a major paper or project on time (by the deadline), you may request an extension. This must be a formal request submitted in writing. These requests will only be granted if submitted 24 hours or earlier before a deadline.
Please follow the following procedure when requesting an extension:
I will respond granting or denying the extension as promptly as possible with an explanation of my decision.
You may re-submit classwork, homework, and exams* with corrections. Re-submitted work is due within 3 days of being returned to you. Your corrected work along with an explanation (e.g. your thought process, why your correction is now correct, how you made a mistake), may earn you up to half of your points back. If the original grade was 84, you may earn up to 8 points back.
*Projects and final drafts are not eligible for re-submits.
With the internet, it has become very easy to copy and paste work and claim it as our own. This is plagiarism in its worst form. However, plagiarism actually includes anytime you take information from someone else and include it in your work without giving credit, even if you put it into your own words. Throughout this class, I will teach you more about how to properly credit your sources to avoid plagiarizing. Blatant plagiarism (the copy and paste type) will result in an automatic zero on the assignment. Other forms of plagiarism will be dealt with on a case-by case basis; however, they all will have a negative impact on your grade. I may not catch every single case of plagiarism, but I do catch many of them. Remember, I know how to use Google, too!
Google Document Office Hours
During the year, I will hold scheduled online office hours to assist you with major projects and papers. During this time, I will be available to answer questions through google docs.
Students may not leave the classroom during the first or last 10 minutes of class or during instruction and presentations, unless there is an emergency. Being fully present, both physically and mentally is vital to your success.
Students are encouraged to ask questions via email and I will make my best effort to respond within a reasonable time. Questions asked after 9 p.m. may not be answered until the following day. Questions asked on the weekends may not be answered until Monday morning. My email is email@example.com.
Q: Can I eat in class?
A: Out of respect for fellow students and our custodians, only water in a reusable bottle is permitted in class.*
*Except in the mornings during breakfast.
Q: What if I have finished my work?
A: If a student finishes work before the bell, he or she may study, read, work on Membean, or complete a class project; permission is NOT given to use computers for videos or games.
Q: Is there extra credit?
A: No. Please see my re-submit policy, which provides opportunities for earning points back.
Assessment and Grading Policies
Students will be assessed through regular in-class assignments, weekly readings (AoW), group work, quizzes, tests, and papers. Reading grades will be updated weekly, and Writing/Social Studies grades will be updated bi-weekly.
Your graded work is your record of your grades; you will need this work in the event of an erroneous entry.
The CPS grading scale guidelines:
A=90-100% B=80-89% C=70-79% D=60-69% F=Below 60%
10% Article of the Week Annotations
45% Classroom Assignments
10% Article of the Week Responses
25% Daily Writing/Short Answer Responses
20% Final Drafts
40% Classwork (DBQs, short answer responses)
Research grades will be given quarterly by specific subject and its respective teacher. The schedule is as follows:
1st qtr. research: Science/Mrs. Doyle
2nd qtr. research: Social Studies/Ms. Smolen
3rd qtr. research: Math/Mrs. Downes
4th qtr. research: Reading/Ms. Smolen
In Gradebook, the homeroom teacher's name is attached to the Research grade, but research grades will be issued by one teacher each quarter.