Ms. Manuel:English IV Dual Enrollment, Gifted English, ACT Preparation

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Wossman  High School
Michelle J. Manuel
Room 220
2018-2019

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INFORMATION FOR MY ENGLISH CLASSES

PROCEDURES AND POLICIES

Homework:

Homework will be assigned daily. Students will be required to complete long projects, papers, and shorter essays at home. Reading will be assigned as homework to maximize class time. Students will be checked on the reading assignments. Daily assignments are posted in class and on the class website. Homework and essays will not be accepted late. 

 

Assessments and Projects:

Students will be assessed through discussion, formal examinations, quizzes, projects, and writings.

Several small projects, as well as long-term projects, will be assigned this year. Students will have sufficient time for projects and papers, but they must be sure to use time wisely. For group projects, each person must contribute.

Major assignments (including papers and projects) must be turned in on the due date. No exceptions. If you are going to be absent, please contact your teacher as soon as possible and make arrangements for the assignment to be dropped off at Wossman High School.

A note on technical issues: Use a flash drive to save your documents as you work on them. Just to be on the safe side, you should also frequently save the documents to your computer. Begin working on papers early enough so that you will have time to deal with any unexpected problems. YOUR PAPERS ARE NOT TO BE PRINTED AFTER THE CLASS HAS STARTED. YOU SHOULD HAVE YOUR PAPER READY TO BE SUBMITTED AS SOON AS YOU WALK INTO THE CLASSROOM.  

 

 

 

 Classroom Policies and Procedures:

  • Entering the Classroom: Make sure you have all materials for class. Enter quietly and begin working on the Bell Ringer. When the teacher closes the door, students should be quiet and working.
  • During Instruction:
  • Listen to the teacher with full attention.
  • No talking or whispering.
  • Raise your hand if you wish to speak. Ask questions related to the subject only. Other questions can be asked after instruction.
  • After instruction, make sure you understand the concept. If not, ask questions.
  • During Activities:
  • Make sure you read or listen to the directions about your work and understand them.
  • If in groups, make sure you use conversational voices. Be polite and kind to your peers. Respect one another.
  • Use your time wisely. Put forth your best effort to finish your work on time.

Submitting Papers:

  • Listen to instructions. Sometimes papers will be passed forward at a certain time announced by the teacher. At other times, you may directly submit your paper to the teacher.

Dismissal:

THE TEACHER DISMISSES THE CLASS, NOT THE BELL.

 

Procedure for Leaving the Classroom Prior to the End of Class:

STUDENTS MAY USE THE HALL PASS (3) TIMES PER SEMESTER. ANY OTHER REQUESTS MUST BE MADE IN WRITING BY A PARENT/GUARDIAN AND SUBMITTED TO THE TEACHER BEFORE PERMISSION WILL BE GRANTED. ANY STUDENT WHO DOES NOT USE THE HALL PASS AT ALL WILL RECEIVE 20 BONUS POINTS ADDED TO A TEST GRADE. Exceptions to this procedure, of course, include being checked out of class, being called to the office or to a counselor, or having a true emergency.

 

Behavior Resulting in Parent Contact or Disciplinary Action:

 

  1. Do not be late to class. You will be marked tardy.
  2. Any behavior that prohibits others from learning will result in disciplinary action. Classroom discipline is necessary for any learning to take place. Inappropriate behavior includes putting one’s head on the desk, grooming, eating, drinking, chewing gum, not participating, being disrespectful or uncooperative, making disruptive noises, talking during instruction, etc.

 

Consequences of Minor Behavior Infractions:

(1st Offense) Verbal warning, name written on board, conference with student

(2nd Offense) Parent conference

(3rd Offense) Behavior referral to administration

MAJOR OFFENSES WILL RESULT IN BEHAVIORAL REFERRAL BEING WRITTEN AND SUBMITTED TO THE DISCIPLINARY TEAM. ANY BEHAVIOR THAT RESULTS IN THE DISRUPTION OF THE EDUCATIONAL PROCESS IS MAJOR.

Materials/Supplies:

  • 2-3 inch binder
  • Loose-leaf paper
  • Blue or black pens (All in-class work and homework must be done in pen.)
  • Highlighters
  • 5 Dividers
  • 16 GB Flash drive

Grades:

Students will have at least two grades every week. Grades are weighted according to importance. Bell Ringers, quizzes, tests, essays, projects, Socratic Seminars, and AR grades will be weighted accordingly. 

Grading Scale for Gifted, Honors, Talented Art, Dual Enrollment, and Advanced Placement:
90-100 A
80-89   B
70-79   C
60-69   D
59-0     F

Grading Scale for Regular Classes:
93-100 A
85-92   B
75-84   C
74-67   D
66-0     F

 

Students may question assignments and grades. However, this must be done outside of class time. Verbal attacks will not be tolerated. Any student with a question about a grade must approach the teacher in a respectful manner. Failure to do so will result in a parent conference.

 

Make-up Work:

Attendance is of utmost importance. If absent, students are responsible for making up the work missed. All tests will be made up during lunch or after school. The student is to retrieve a copy of the week’s agenda and missed work, which will be located in the class folder for that specific class period. These folders are located on the right side of the room. STUDENTS ARE ALLOWED ONE DAY PER CLASS PERIOD MISSED TO MAKEUP ASSIGNMENTS OR TESTS. IT IS THE STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY TO PICK UP MISSED ASSIGNMENTS FROM HIS OR HER CLASS FOLDER FOR THE MISSED DAY. THE STUDENT MUST SCHEDULE A TIME TO MAKEUP THE WORK. LOCATED ON THE BOARD, NEAR WHERE THE DATE IS WRITTEN, STUDENTS WILL SEE A NOTE AS TO WHETHER OR NOT THE TEACHER WILL BE AVAILABLE AFTER SCHOOL THAT DAY. THE TEACHER IS AVAILABLE ON BOTH LUNCH SHIFTS. HOWEVER, DUTY DAY IS TUESDAY DURING SECOND LUNCH SHIFT, SO ANY STUDENT MAKING UP WORK ON THAT DAY WILL HAVE TO DO IT AFTER SCHOOL.

 

Teacher Expectations:

Students are expected to do the following:

(1) Do their best every day.

(2) Do not give up. Let the teacher know if you need more instruction or additional practice. THERE WILL BE A STUDENT COMMENT BOX LOCATED NEAR THE CLASS FOLDERS. STUDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO DROP NOTES INTO THIS BOX. IT IS THEIR OPPORTUNITY TO LET THE TEACHER KNOW ANYTHING THEY WOULD LIKE HER TO KNOW.

(3) Complete reading assignments, written assignments, and homework.

(4) Study for tests.

(5) Strive to attain their goals, never settling for mediocrity.

 

 

 

















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