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IAHS English II

Course:          English II (10)

Instructor:      Mr. Jones

Phone:           862-3104 (school)

                      862-5923 (home--by 9 p.m.)

Email:            jpjones@itawamba.k12.ms.us

Credit:          1 Carnegie Unit (required for graduation)

Texts:          JBHM Student Books
                     Supplementary materials provided by instructor

Class:           Room 28

Conference:  2nd Block (1st Semester); 3rd Block (2nd Semester)

Grading System

 

Most every assignment will be assessed either formally or informally.  Formal assessments include rubrics, quizzes, and tests, whereas informal assessments include teacher observation and checklists. The nine weeks test counts as 15% of the final grade, whereas the remaining 85% will be divided into one of the following categories (which add to 100% of the 85%):

 

Test Grades

 

Comprehensive tests are given about every week to assess how you are learning the objectives.  You are likely to see items on the last test of the term measuring an objective from the first or second week of school, hence the name "comprehensive."  These tests are patterned after the Subject Area Test (State Test) and often take an entire class period to finish.  Final copies of essays are assigned to this category.  These tests and essays count as 40% of your course work, so it is important not to miss them and do your best on them.

 

Quiz Grades

 

Quizzes are given weekly to cover items discussed during the week.  These quizzes will usually cover the week's vocabulary words and any grammar/mechanics or short stories discussed during a week's time.  Most quizzes will be announced ahead of time, but pop quizzes will also occur occasionally.  Some minor projects and small writing assignments will count as a quiz grade.  All quiz grades will be averaged and counted as 35% of your course work.

 

Participation

 

I do not load students down with lots of homework, so when I assign it, I expect it to be completed.  Since there is not enough time during school time to complete everything we need to, we must complete certain things outside of class.  Also, certain things done in class will be graded as a participation grade, such as individual journaling and group activities.  It is important not to miss class because participation-graded exercises cannot be made up.  Participation counts as 25% of your course work grade.

 

District Common Assessment

 

You will be given a District Common Assessment (9 weeks test) at the end of each term (total of 2 for the semester).  This test counts as 15% of your final grade.

 

Final Average

All grades will be averaged in their appropriate weighted categories.  Averages for Term 1 and Term 2 will be averaged to determine exemption status.  If a student is exempt, each term will be worth 50% of the final class grade.  If a student is not exempt, each term will be worth 40% with the remaining 20% coming from the semester exam.

 

Grading Scale

Once all grades are averaged, the following scale adopted by the Itawamba County School Board will apply.

90-100=A

80-89=B

70-79=C

65-69=D

Below 65=F

 

Make-Up/Exemption Policy

If a student is absent when any grade is taken, here are the options for make-up work:

Excused Absences (as evidenced by a blue slip from the office)

Students who miss will have three days maximum from the date they return to school to make up any test or quiz.  All tests and quizzes must be completed before school or in an ISS class.  Failure to complete any assignment within the grace period will result in a zero for the particular assignment.  Students with an A average and no more than five excused absences, a B average and no more than three excused absences, or a C average and no absences may be exempt from taking the semester exam.

Unexcused Absences

Any unexcused absence will extinguish the possibility of being exempt from taking the semester exam.  If the unexcused absence occurs on test day, the highest a student can make on the test is 60.  If the test is not attempted, a 0 will be recorded.

NOTES:

+If a student is absent the day before a major test, he or she will be required to take the test on test day if it was assigned ahead of time (which it always will be).  If one is absent during a major test, he or she must take a make-up test measuring the same content but may be a different format than the regular test.  Therefore, students should not miss class unnecessarily.

+It is the student’s responsibility to ask for make-up work.  I will not hunt a student down; the student must come to me to ask what is needed to turn in.  My suggestion is having a buddy in class who will inform the student of what we discussed during the time of absence.  Students should see reliable students to get the notes or activities from the day(s) of absence.

 

Classroom Management Plan

Classroom Management Plan

The rules are simple.  If you can remember the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” you will be okay.  Just to be more specific, I have outlined a few things for you. 

EXPECTATIONS

Respect

  1. Respect each other.  Treat everyone as you want to be treated.  Refrain from talking when others are talking or during quiet-time.
  2. Respect your teacher.  I respect you, so please reciprocate.
  3. Respect the rules of the school.  Handbook rules will be enforced!
  4. Respect the property of the school, the teacher, and your fellow classmates. (This includes, but is not limited to, not writing on desks or walls, not touching the teacher’s or other students’ things without permission, and not writing on the board without permission.)

Responsibility

  1.  Be responsible with your time.  This means coming to class on time and being prepared.  If you are not in your seat and completing the bellringer activity, you are considered tardy.  If you are tardy, you must quietly sign the tardy log and take your seat.
  2. Be responsible with your efforts.  Always do your best in whatever you do.  You’ll be amazed at the results when you put your best effort to use.
  3. Be responsible for your actions.  We are humans; we all mess up from time to time.  If you’re always honest with me, I’ll work with you any way I can.     

 

CONSEQUENCES

If you choose to break the rules, the following consequences will apply:

            STRIKE 1:          Warning (verbal and/or written)

            STRIKE 2:          Parental Contact (written and/or verbal)

            STRIKE 3:          Office Referral           

NOTE:             Severe disruptions will automatically be "out" (Strike 3).