Standards are high for my courses. You will learn a great deal if you work hard, budget your time, and make a mature commitment to achieving success. What I desire most of all is that you: *depart from these courses with new curiosity and many more questions on your mind than you have today. *take pride in your status as a capable, well-read individual. *sharpen and expand your powers of effective personal expression.
Class Policy * Honesty, creativity, kindness, effort, and willingness are paramount in our classroom and course. We are building relationships just as much as we are building knowledge.
* Everyone is welcome in our classroom. Our class will thrive as we reach common ground and learn about what makes each of us unique and vital. None of us should ever tolerate language or behavior intended to isolate, hurt, or interfere with any person’s right to learn and enjoy his/her day.
* Class participation is the backbone of our class time together. It is required of all students. Talk to me if this becomes or presently is an issue.
* Plagiarism is discussed in the handbook. It results in a zero & other serious consequences.
* Come to our class prepared. Bring your book, notebook, pen, & work-in-progress. This is essential.
* Expect regular reading and writing homework. Students who’ve been absent and thus are unsure of the homework must check with me upon returning at a mutually agreeable time. It is also a very good idea to email me if you are absent. There are no excuses for reading not being done. If you miss a class, continue reading to be current for class. Always bring home your English class materials in case you are absent the next day. Absent students who miss an announced quiz or test should be prepared to take it within two days of returning to school, most likely during lunch—even if the class meets after lunch.
* When I give an assignment, I expect that you will submit work that is on time, complete, and reflective of effort. A computer malfunction is not a valid excuse for late work. Neatly handwrite the work for pending credit, and then submit a typed copy as soon as possible in order to receive credit. As for late work, I understand that we all fall behind sometimes, and when this happens, I may accept late work within a day or two without penalty. However, if late work becomes a pattern, we will have a serious discussion. Late essays or projects must be accompanied by a note from a parent/guardian; credit may be reduced. I exercise my professional discretion in all instances of late work. I am a champion of open communication, reason, and fairness.
* Typed work is always preferred and typically required. Unless we have made alternative arrangements, only hard copies of work will be accepted; see the handbook regarding this policy. You may not use class time to print work. Lunch-activity period is a great time to type if necessary. Typed papers are neat, facilitate revision, and allow much more room for written feedback.
* Ink must be blue or black. Work submitted in pencil must be entirely legible. All work must be neat. Please do not submit work with cross-outs, messy edges, or on torn paper. If your handwriting is truly difficult for me to read, I will require that you type your homework and complete classwork as legibly as possible. Work that does not meet these standards should not be submitted. Common courtesy must prevail.
* Here are some no-no’s: put-downs, gum, hats, coats, backpacks, electronic devices, earbuds, meals, and messes. Only sugar-free, clear water! Please attend to all of the above before you enter the room, not just before the bell. Thank you.
Please expect that these policies will be enforced and that consequences will result if they are broken.
Thurs/Fri - Lunch Most days after school or by appointment
The Mission of Regional School District 17 is to engage our students in an educational community that challenges students with high standards and builds their capacity to succeed and their aspiration to improve themselves and their society.