Ms. Schreiber’s Classroom Procedures

~ Foundations of Room 119 ~

BE respectful ~ I expect that you will treat your fellow classmates and me with respect as individuals, just as I will treat you with respect. This respect includes refraining from any put-downs or name-calling because this is an environment where everyone has the right to feel safe.

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 will be held after class (or we will speak in the hall) to discuss behavior.

             A detention with me may be assigned, and I will make a phone 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, which will be on the board. Also, have your assignment due for that day ready to turn in at the beginning of each class. Assignments turned in at the end of class will be considered 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.

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.

Electronic Devices

Cell Phones: since they often cause distractions in class, the use of them will not be allowed during classroom learning time, unless I instruct you otherwise. If you choose not to follow this policy, I will first warn you to put it away. If you continue to make your phone a priority in class, or if you do not comply with instructions, then you will be referred to the office. Additionally, during classroom time you are not allowed to charge your phone in the room.

iPads/Laptops: at times we will be using an online curriculum for class, and this will require the use of your iPad (or laptop, if you choose to use your own). Students will be expected to treat their device in accordance with the technology use policy. If you are using your iPad/laptop when you shouldn’t be, the above procedures apply.

Late Work

Work must be completed and turned in on time in order to pass this class. 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.

Absences

As the student handbook states, you are given one school day to complete any needed make-up work for every day of absence. I’m here to help you, but the handbook also states that “it is the student’s responsibility to request any missed assignments due to an absence.” If the absence is known about in advance, you must make arrangements for your work before you are absent, either by talking to me or sending me a message on Schoology. For any pre-planned absence, work may be taken on time (which is why it’s important to communicate with me!).

Make-up work for excused absences may be completed before school, after school, or during study hall.

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 with me on your own time.

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 iPad that is out – or rings – 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

A TRUTH: If you do average work, expect to earn an average grade.

Here is the grading scale:

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.