Class Rule #5 Needing help doesn't make you weak, in fact quite the opposite. It makes you strong, smart, resourceful, and realistic. Being prideful is a weakness. Asking for help when you know you're in over your head is STRENGTH.
Grading Policies The school's grading policy and late work policy will be used for all assignments, tests, quizzes, projects, etc. Tests and Quizzes: 40% of Six Weeks Grade Daily Work/Discussion: 50% of Six Weeks Grade Six Weeks Reading Project: 10% of Six Weeks Grade Many of you are involved in extracurricular activities. If you know you will be absent from school ahead of time, please get your assignments before leaving. Feel free to turn in any of those assignments prior to your absence. If you do not turn assignments in early, they are due when you return.
WHS Late Work Policy All work that is not turned in when the teacher calls for it is considered late. Work turned in on the same day or the day after it was due will receive a grade of 75% of the grade originally earned. Example: If you turn in an assignment the day after it is due and you score an 80 on that assignment, you will receive a grade of 60. (80 x.75=60) Late work not turned in by the day following the original due date will automatically receive a grade of zero (0).
WHS MAKE-UP WORK POLICY A student who is absent for one to four days will be given three days to make up missed assignments. If you are absent five or more consecutive days, make-up assignments will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Make-up work which is not turned in on time will receive a grade of zero.
Class Supplies Bring all supplies to class each day. 3-ring binder (2” or larger) Package of five (5) dividers (1) Composition book or spiral for Journaling Notebook paper Pens or pencils Highlighters (Pink, Blue, Green, and Yellow) Planner (Provided by WHS) Current library book/class novel
Homework Assignments You will have English assignments on most nights. It is important that you complete each night’s reading or written assignment promptly, or you will quickly fall behind in class. When you are given a reading assignment, it is highly likely that you will have a quiz over the assignment as soon as you return to class. Be prepared!
Attitude and Behavior ~Everyone deserves respect. Give it – get it. ~Come to class with a positive and willing attitude! An open mind is a great asset. ~Always put forth your best effort! Grades are earned, not given, so be sure to do your best at all times. ~You are a role model for younger students. Display behavior that you want them to look up to and admire. ~Some of our reading selections contain mature content. Please be aware of this, and understand that you will be expected to behave appropriately and maturely at all times. ~CLASS PARTICIPATION IS A MUST! We will have many class discussions, and you will receive a grade for your contribution to the conversation. Your opinion counts! ~Quite often, you will be expected to work with a group of classmates. Please participate fully, even if this isn’t your favorite setting. Learning to cooperate and work with others is an important life skill. Plus, it’s much more enjoyable than listening to me the entire period! ~Have fun! If you walk into my room with the attitude that you "have" to be here and it won't be any fun, then you are probably right. However, if you approach English with a willing attitude, it just might be a blast! Go wild! Learn something new!
Class Expectations Phones are to be turned off during school. (Not on silent - OFF.) ***There are times when I will let you use your phone on a class assignment. Please don’t take advantage of this! Please use the restroom and get a drink between classes. Respect yourself and respect others. Be polite! Manners are a must. Please help keep our classroom clean.
Class Expectations (Continued) No students will be allowed behind the teacher’s desk or in the teacher’s chair without permission. Do not speak while I am speaking or while another student is speaking. It is terribly rude. If you have a concern, please visit with me. Be honest. (Cheating and plagiarism fall under this rule.) Do your best every day!
What I look like if you’re talking when I’m talking. Grumpy Cat Carman
Teacher Phone # **If you ever have a question about an assignment or project, do not hesitate to contact me at home (527-3339) or on my cell phone (325-226-4846). Please do so before 9:00 p.m. I am also available before and after school or during tutorials if you need me. Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Feel free to drop a note on my desk if that makes you feel more comfortable.
Signature Page Please return this page to me after it has been signed by you and a parent/guardian. (You will receive a daily grade of 100 if it is returned by tomorrow!) Put the rest of this packet in the front of your English notebook. Student Agreement I understand Mrs. Carman’s class expectations and grading policy, and agree to come to class with a positive attitude and a willingness to work every day. I will ask questions if I am not clear about an assignment, and I will accept assistance from Mrs. Carman or my classmates when necessary. _______________________________________________________ Signature of StudentDate Parent Agreement I understand Mrs. Carman’s class expectations and grading policy, and am aware that some reading material in English may contain mature content. I agree to contact Mrs. Carman if I have a question or concern about the content or expectations of her class. ________________________________________________________ Signature of Parent/Guardian Date