In my class, twenty percent of each student’s overall grade is his/her exam grade. The other eighty percent consists
of his/her “class work,” which is simply
everything done other than the exam.
Tests (100 pts.), quizzes (20 - 50 pts.), class work (10-20 pts.), and
participation (25 pts. given weekly) are all weighted accordingly within that
percentage. Please follow the link from the school website to review your child’s
have vocabulary quizzes
each week. Your child is given ten words
per week from the readings to learn for the weekly quiz. After receiving thirty words (three weeks),
we will have a test on all thirty words on that fourth week. We then will start fresh. All other tests will be announced days in
advance, in an effort to give students time to prepare. In an effort to cut back on the stress of
formal testing, I will often give pop quizzes on material discussed the prior
class meeting – these will be short, five-question, short-answer quizzes to
assess students’ comprehension/understanding of the material. Quite often, these quizzes will serve as the
only formal assessment for a unit taught.
If a student has an unexcused absence for the day of the quiz’s material
or the quiz day itself, the student will receive a zero for that quiz. However, if the absence is excused, that quiz
grade will be excused. Daily
participation points will be given ranging from one to five for a total of
twenty-five available points a week.
My classroom policy allows students five visits to
the restroom within a grading period. If
a medical condition finds this unsatisfactory, please provide the office with a
doctor’s note, and I will make the necessary accommodations. Students are not allowed to eat and/or drink
in class; however, students are allowed to have water. If seen (including checking the time), electronic devices (cell phones, iPods,
PSP, etc.) will be taken away and given to administration, who
will then issue a day in Saturday school.
identification must be worn properly
around the neck at all times. If the tag
is missing, the student will be asked to purchase a temporary I.D., or serve a
I have tried to keep my classroom rules down to a
minimum. They are as follows: Remain on
Task (be present), Respect, Remain in your seat until dismissed, and Refrain
from consumption (no candy, food, or drink).
If any of these rules are violated, I will give the student a verbal
warning. If the problem persists, I will
contact you in an effort to remedy the situation. If the problem continues at that time, a
detention will be issued. Administration
will become involved if your child continues to disregard the rules and the
misbehavior becomes habitual.
Sleeping, or a student’s putting his/her head down, will
never be tolerated in class. If a
student chooses to do so, he/she will be woken up and given a fifteen-minute
after-school detention. The student will
then earn an additional fifteen minutes to the detention (up to an hour) every
time he/she chooses to sleep again during the same class period. Upon the third detention for the same reason,
a discipline referral will be filed with the disciplinarian for habitual
misconduct. It is imperative that
students remain awake and alert in class so that they can get the most out of
class discussions as well as be prepared for any pop quizzes that may be given.
students with excused absences will be allowed to make up work. The work/test must be made up within three
days from the student's return to school. It is the student's responsibility to contact
the teacher in regard to makeup work. If
the student is absent on the day an assignment is due, he/she must turn in the
assignment upon his/her return to school.
Please keep in mind the state attendance law which states that if a
student exceeds the number of allowed absences, the student will not receive
class credit. It is the policy of the
English department that plagiarism of any kind will receive a zero for a
grade. Finally, the English department
requires students to read all reading assignments, and not to rely on any type
of study aid.
A tardy log will be kept in my class. Upon the third tardy to class within a grading
period, the student must serve a thirty-minute after-school detention. An hour long detention must be served upon
the student's sixth tardy. Starting with
the ninth tardy, the student will be referred to the school's administration
for disciplinary action.
The following supplies will be needed for my class:
ballpoint pens (blue or black only), college-ruled loose-leaf paper, 1.5”
binder with dividers, a marble-type composition notebook (sewn-in pages), and
one box of tissue.
If your child ever feels “lost” in my class, I encourage
him/her to ask questions in class so that I may elaborate on the issue at
hand. If confusion is still a problem,
the student should contact me to schedule an appointment to receive extra help.
If ever you feel the need to contact me for any reason, the
best way to reach me is via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, class information will be available
online at www.teacherweb.com/la/mandevillehighschool/bradford.