Ms. Schreiber’s Classroom Procedures

~ Foundations of Room 119 ~

BE respectful ~ I expect that you will treat your fellow classmates and me with respect, just as I will treat you with respect. This respect also means no put-downs or name-calling.

BE responsible ~ I expect that you will be prepared for each day, just as I will be prepared as well. This means bringing all your materials and having the assignments completed and read.

BE resourceful ~ I will give clear & specific directions, and I expect you to follow them the first time they are given. If you have questions, you need to ask.

Procedures are in place so that class runs smoothly; however, if an issue arises, the consequences are:

1st step: you will be asked to stop the behavior.

2nd step: you & I will discuss behavior. A detention may be assigned, & I will make a call home.

3rd step: you will be referred to the office. This step is for those who choose not to work with me.

*If you make a habit of disrupting class or if the disruption is severe, the first 2 steps will be bypassed.

Starting/Ending Class

Start: Find your seats and start immediately on the “bell work” for the day. Also, have your assignment due for that day ready to turn in at the beginning of class. Assignments turned in at the end of class will be late.

End: At the end of class, do not get your materials together or leave your seats until I dismiss you. The bell does not signal the end of class; rather, it is when I dismiss you.

Electronic Devices

Cell Phones: phones can – and will - be used for educational purposes; however, if you are distracted from learning because of your phone, then you will be asked to put it away. If the phone continues to be a distraction, then your phone will be taken away (any non-compliance will mean disciplinary action).

Laptops: you will be expected to treat it in accordance with the technology use policy. If the laptop is being used for purposes other than what is expected, you give up your right to your laptop during the rest of the class period.

Leaving the Room

You need to FIRST check with me before you go; then sign out in the “sign out” binder and be sure to take the hallway pass with you. No pass can be used in the last 5 minutes of class, and while you’re gone, it is your responsibility to make up anything you missed.

Absences

Absences are understandable and often unavoidable, and for any one excused absence, you will get one day to make things up. Nonetheless, “it is the student’s responsibility to request any missed assignments due to an absence.” Also, if the absence is known about in advance, you must make arrangements for your work before you are absent, either by talking to me, emailing me, or sending me a Schoology message. For any pre-planned absence, work may be taken on time, so practice your “employability factor” and make sure to communicate!

Once you return to school, here is the procedure:

  1. Check The Absent Bin to get handouts and worksheets you missed.
  2. When you return, turn in any assignments that were due the day you were gone to the Late Work/Make-up Work Basket, writing “Absent” on the assignment.
  3. Ask any questions or make arrangements to meet with me. I’m happy to help!

Late Work

Work must be completed in order to pass this class. Please talk to me if there is an issue with you getting something in on time; otherwise, daily work that is turned in late may be turned in for half credit only. An essay or project turned in late will receive a dock of a letter grade each day it is late, but it will receive no less than a 50% (if all completed). All late work must be turned in to the Late Work/Make-up Work Basket. However, no late work will be accepted the last week of the term.

Reassessments:

Tests & Quizzes: reassessments are possible if, and only if, you feel something was standing in your way of doing your best. If you feel you need a reassessment, talk to me right away! A few things:

  • reassessments can be given only if all daily work has been previously completed/turned in
  • reassessments must be addressed before the next unit’s assessment
  • reassessments will not be given just for the reason “I want an A” – and I reserve the right to decide whether or not a student’s request is a valid one for reassessment.

Essays: for many essays, you will have the opportunity to revise. If you take this opportunity, you will get the better of the two grades. However, you must show that you have done more than just cleaned up the punctuation/spelling errors. You want to improve its overall quality! The guidelines are:

  • you must turn in the original graded essay with your revision
  • you must highlight all “new” content (sentences and paragraphs) on the revised essay and attach an explanation of what you fixed & why.
  • you must turn in the revision within 5 school days of when you received your graded paper. 

Academic Dishonesty

This means, but is not limited to, cheating on a test or assignment, plagiarizing (saying work is your own when it is not), or providing answers to another student (cheating). This is a serious offense. Additionally, any phone or smartwatch that is out or makes noise during an exam will be assumed to be a method of cheating. For any action that fits these criteria, you will receive a zero on the assignment or test. Further consequences may result in failure of the course (depending on how many points were lost) and/or loss of position in an honor program.

Grading

    I grade on total points – there are no weighted grades – & the grading scale is as follows:

A 100 – 93 %
A- 92 – 90 %
B+ 89 – 87 %
B   86 – 83 %
B- 82 – 80 %
C+   79 – 77 %

C 76 – 73 %
C- 72 – 70 %
D+ 69 – 66 %
D 65 – 60 %
D-      Sufficient learning but not 60%

F         Insufficient learning and less than 60%

** I do not give extra credit on an individual basis; rather, if offered it is as a whole-class opportunity.