Class Policies and Expectations

Here are the basic policies related to my class expectations.  Feel free to leave me a comment below (or on any page) with questions and/or comments.

BEHAVIOR POLICY

I expect students to remain on-task at all times in my class; choosing to not participate is not an option.  I have high expectations for the quality of your work, so please be sure to apply yourself to all tasks with dedication and fervor.  I endeavor to have an active and fun class, but the rules of respect and decorum must be met.  If you find yourself questioning whether or not something might be acceptable, please ask.

TARDY POLICY

It is unprofessional and unbecoming to arrive late in class.  I expect students to be in the classroom and ready to work as soon as the bell rings.  The school has established these consequences for tardiness:

  • 1st  Tardy – teacher warns student / advises student to arrive on time
  • 2nd Tardy – teacher contacts parent
  • 3rd Tardy – teacher assigns after-school detention
  • 4th Tardy (and subsequent) – teacher writes referral to Discipline

ATTENDANCE POLICY

I expect students to be present in class every day.  Learning takes place within this classroom based on activities and interactions with others; this class requires much more than simply reading and answering questions (which is about all I can offer by means of “make-up work”).

  1. If you know you will be absent (scheduled), please see me ahead of time so I can give you the assignment(s) that you will miss.
  2. It is in your best interest to try to work on your assignments at home and not wait until you return to school to get your makeup work, so please email me or phone a responsible friend to find out what you missed in class.
  3. See me immediately following an absence.  I will provide copies of any handouts or worksheets.  It is YOUR responsibility to get the work you missed.
  4. You will have the number of days absent + 2 days to complete any make-up work.  If you miss a scheduled test, please be prepared to make this up after school within two days.

MAKEUP WORK

If you are absent from class, see me for whatever assignments you missed.  You have x+2 days to submit your makeup work, where x = the number of days you were out (i.e. if you were absent, your work is due in 1+2 (that’d be 3) days from your return).  However, please see rule #5 below under Attendance Policy, concerning unexcused absences.

Please note, assignments which you have had several days to complete may not be turned in after the deadline (see Late Work, below).  You are expected to e-mail such assignments to me before the time your classes commences on the date they are due.

LATE WORK POLICY

There is no such thing as “late work,” merely work you did not turn in when it was due.  I set realistic deadlines for assignments and feel that I am quite liberal with my expectations.  Work is due when it is due.  Period, end of sentence.

EXTRA CREDIT POLICY / GRADE RECOVERY PLAN

I will not assign some miraculous “make up my grade at the end of the semester by doing some simple project” extra credit grade. The honest truth is that if you are present in class, following my very thorough directions, and making a sincere effort, you will be able to succeed in my class. I will give individual assignments extra credit (check-plus grades, equal to 110% of the points available) when exceptional work is presented. At times throughout the semester, I may offer *optional* high-point assignments – choosing not to do these will not hurt your grade, but doing them will definitely help your grade. You should take advantage of every opportunity for learning growth that you are given.

A NOTE ABOUT GRADES IN PINNACLE  – PLEASE BE AWARE THAT PINNACLE IS NO LONGER USED. WHEN I AM TOLD WHICH CODES TO USE FOR Zs AND Xs, I WILL UPDATE THIS SECTION

Parent are sometimes concerned over “missing” grades in students’ reports.  Please be aware that a blank grade does not mean a student did not turn in an assignment; it means that I have not yet graded that assignment.  Students who did not submit an assignment receive a zero for that assignment.

A grade of Z means the student was absent on the day an assignment was due and that the work can be made up.  See above for the make-up work policy.

A grade of X means that the student was for some reason excused from the assignment.  It neither counts for nor against him or her.

A grade of 1 generally means that *something* was submitted but that I cannot award points for it for some reason or another.

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