Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year!
To make the year go smoothly, I have given a brief overview of what I expect of the students in my classes and what they can expect from me. I am looking forward to a great year!
All students will need no. 2 pencils, an eraser, a folder to keep graded and ongoing work organized, and smooth-edged paper. No spiral notebooks or mechanical pencils, please.
Most work will be done in class unless absences or failure to utilize class time make it necessary to work outside of class. However, it will be necessary for students to read the chapters from the textbook outside of class time in order to complete required PASS skills. It is the student’s responsibility to read each chapter as we begin it. All accelerated reading will be done outside of class. Failure to do homework assignments or handing work in late will result in points being deducted. If students cheat, all involved will be given a zero!
Grades will be given for daily assignments, chapter or unit tests, accelerated reading, nine weeks and semester tests. Tests during the nine weeks period count twice as much as a daily grade. AR will count 20% of the nine weeks grade. I usually drop the lowest daily grade if it is beneficial to the student’s grade. I can guarantee that every student in my classes will need to read something every evening! Tests will be announced in advance, but each student should be aware that each chapter will be followed by a test. A spelling and vocabulary test will be given every Friday.
I expect work to be done neatly and promptly. If I can’t read it, I don’t grade it! Pencils—NO MECHANICAL PENCILS, PLEASE—and notebook paper are a must! Do not come to class without a pencil or paper. If a student comes to class without these, their grade will be dropped 25% for that assignment, and he or she will be counted tardy. Also, I do not allow backpacks or bags in my classroom. The aisles must be kept clear so I can move about without tripping!
If a student knows he or she will be absent, it is their responsibility to let me know and to be sure his or her work for that day is handed in. This is the students’ responsibility. Students will be counted tardy if they are late to class. You may refer to the student handbook if you have questions concerning absences and tardiness.
Parents, please feel free to contact me about any concerns you may have. My E-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call here at the school between 12:30 and 2:00 or at home..