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- What is the grading scale?
- What are the classroom rules?
- When is the best time to contact Mme FitzGerald?
- What is the homework policy?
- What happens when my student is absent and misses a test?
- How does an unexcused absence affect my student's grade?
- How are grades figured?
- Is there extra credit available?
- What is the restroom policy?
- I don't know French - how can I help my child?
- Where can I get extra help for my child?
- Why is French a useful language to know? Isn't Spanish more practical?
What is the grading scale?
93.0-100 - A, 90-92 - A-, 87-89 - B+, 83-86 - B, 80-82 - B-, 77-
73-76 - C, 70-72 - C-, 67-69 - D+, 63-66 - D, 60-62 - D-, 59 and
below - E
What are the classroom rules?
1. Respect yourself and others.
2. Be on time. Tardies are noted. On the third tardy (per
student will be assigned an after school detention and subsequent
for subsequent tardies.
3. Play fair.
4. No cheating.
When is the best time to contact Mme FitzGerald?
It is best to call between 7:30 and 8:35 am or after 2:55 pm.
You may also
e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the homework policy?
All homework is due the day after it is assigned unless
specified. Late work will be accepted with a good explanation.
If there is a good and logical reason the homework could not be
completed the student needs to discuss this with the teacher.
What happens when my student is absent and misses a test?
If the absence is excused the student will be allowed to make up
the test before school, at lunch or after school. He will need
to talk to the teacher to set up a time. The student should make
up the test within one week of the original test date (if he has
returned to school.)
How does an unexcused absence affect my student's grade?
Any homework due or test taken on the day of the unexcused
absence will not be allowed to be made up and the student will
receive a zero. This is also true of any work assigned on that
How are grades figured?
Grades are done on a point basis. Every graded item is assigned
a certain amount of points and the student earns points based on
this. Grades are not weighted - only by the amount of points
given to the assignment. Typically a test will be in the 80-100
pt. range, a quiz in the 30-40 pt. range and
homework will be anywhere from 5 to 25 points depending on the
depth and difficulty. Projects range from 50-100 points. I do
not round up a grade.
Is there extra credit available?
As a separate assignment - no. I do add extra credit questions
to quizzes and tests that deal with something from the previous
chapters or something we talked about in class that was
What is the restroom policy?
Students are allowed to use the restroom when needed. If the
need becomes daily at the same time we might discuss a way in
which the student can arrange his schedule so that he does not
always have to leave class.
I don't know French - how can I help my child?
Very easily! Have your child teach you. Let him explain what he
learned in class that day. Teaching is one of the best ways to
learn! Drill vocabulary with him. Ask him to talk to you in
the language. Help him to set up a good study system where he
looks over the material even when we don't have
any assigned work. Foreign language is a building process and
the student needs to keep up.
Where can I get extra help for my child?
There are some very good National Honor Society tutors available
to your child. I have the list at school and will be very happy
to give you the names. Some students tutor for money and others
do it for the volunteer hours they need.
Why is French a useful language to know? Isn't Spanish more practical?
English and French are considered the two international
languages. English is the first most studied foreign language in
the world and French is the second. French is the second language
of the internet and is also the language of diplomacy. Businesses
world-wide need people who can communicate in French. Businesses
right here in our own community deal with French speaking
countries on a regular basis - Steelcase, Bissel, AltiCorp (Am-
Way). One of the leading trade partners with the United States is
Canada - a French/English speaking country. Competition for jobs
that need Spanish speakers will be fierce whereas the French
speaker will encounter less competition. France has the fourth
largest economy in the world and attracts
more visitors each year than people that actually live there!
40-50% of our English language comes from the French thus helping
the student to expand his own native vocabulary and do well on
the ACT and other such tests. It has been shown that students
who study a foreign language score consistently higher on
France is a beautiful country that has a strong and long-standing
relationship with the United States. Numerous award winning
authors, musicians, artists, scientists and mathematicians hail
from France. France has given great culture, history and a joie
de vivre to the world.
Finally - why study French? Perhaps it is just something your
child wants to do to enrich his life. Vive le français!!!