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The following information applies to ALL classes.
e) Specific information about daily classroom activities and assignments can be found on my site builder web site at www.asdk12.org/staff/irwin_patti
→Schools→High→South→ Patti Irwin). All of the information in this handout is posted on that website. The most up to date place to get information about the class is on the teacher website (aka “sitebuilder” or “on-line”.)
f) In order to see information related specifically to a class on the web site, choose that class title from the menu. The CLASS HOME page gives a class description and a list of assignments.
The CALENDAR lists the daily agenda that includes classroom activities, assignments to be completed and assignments turned in. Students should fill in their own hard copy of this calendar during class each day as an
assignment. STUDENTS may use the sitebuilder calendar to update days
missed from class. PARENTS can use the on-line calendar in order to facilitate discussions with their students about what they did in school today.
The HOMEWORK option identifies specific homework assignments given by their due date. Parents and students who sign up for MyASD will receive daily e-mails regarding homework posted to this section of the site-
builder. Daily reading will not be listed on the homework page once the
semester is underway. Students (and parents) should know that reading every night is always expected.
g) I post GRADES on Zangle regularly but not daily. Assignment, grades, and grading is an ongoing process. Zangle provides only a retrospective snapshot. Parents, please ask to see your student's assignments if you
wish to see a break down of current grades in between postings. If your
student does not save graded work as required, please feel free to e-mail me and I will consult my grade-book. Students, if you feel you need more help than time allows during class, feel free to sign up for tutoring time on
the appointment calendar.
e) TARDIES/ADMITS: See the student handbook for the school policy. If you are late you must enter the room with a WRITTEN EXPLANATION, or a pass signed by a staff member. The explanation or pass must be one
that I can keep on file as part of a formal record and should not be on a tiny
scrap of paper. The pass or explanation needs to include your full name and date, as well as reason. If a teacher gave it to you and did not include that information, you should add it.
h) GENERAL GRADING INFORMATION: Students will be graded on a point basis. Final grades will be based on the percentage of points received. A=90 to 100%; B=80-89.9%; C=70-79%; D=60-69%; F=0-59.9%.
(These district guidelines are also posted in the room and described in the student handbook.)
“A” This mark indicates the student has done work in quality and quantity far in excess of the standards set forth for a satisfactory grade on the assignment.
“B” This mark indicates that the student did work in quality and quantity above the standard set forth for a satisfactory grade on the assignment.
“C” This mark is a satisfactory passing grade. It indicates that the student met the standards set for the assignment.
“D” This mark indicates that the student has not effectively met the requirements of the work assigned, but has sufficient understanding of the assignment that
more growth will result from a passing grade than from repeating or redoing the assignment.
“F” Insufficient progress on the assignment to merit granting of credit. Students may be given the opportunity to redo, revise, or fix an assignment in order to earn
NOTE: The above guidelines are for work graded on quality. Work done for practice purposes and graded on completion meets the criteria for A, B, or C but may receive full credit.
Classwork/Homework = 5-10 points
Learning Log Entries (LL) = 10 points per entry (graded in batches periodically)
Pop quizzes = 5-10 points (logs may be used on quizzes but not tests)
Announced Quizzes = 10-50 points (logs may be used on quizzes but not tests)
Projects and Tests = Variable points announced at time of assignment
i) GRADE GUARANTEE: If a student turns his/her work on time and passes all quizzes and tests (either the first or the second time taken) s/he is GUARANTEED a C. That is why I have the Redo/Retake policy so be sure
to read and understand that handout.
j) SAVE ALL GRADED WORK until you accept the grade for the semester. No changes will be made in the teacher’s grade-book without proof of grade. Save a copy of major papers completed on computer and submitted
until the graded assignment is returned, then save the graded copy.
k) MAKE-UP: See the student handbook for district policy on make-up. See below for make up procedures for this class.
MAKE-UP PROCEDURES: AS SOON AS POSSIBLE upon return to school after an absence, students should come to the classroom to collect make up work and get teacher help. BEFORE asking for assistance students
should first, 1) copy the class calendar for the day(s) missed, 2) pick up
missed handouts, and 3) copy notes.
Information and handouts can be found in the class notebook and do not need teacher supervision to accomplish. After completing the first three steps, students should identify their questions, and finally, students should sit
down with the teacher OUTSIDE of instructional time to go over
expectations and ask questions. To guarantee that everything has been covered, the best thing for students to do is make an appointment for lunch, before school, or after school during which time I will go over everything,
provide assistance, and discuss possible adjustments based on individual
IMPORTANT: Absences do not extend deadlines for work assigned before that absence. Missing part of the day only does not extend deadlines or excuse students from work. If students are absent the day a project is
due, they should turn it in the first day back to school, regardless of block
scheduling. Absence must be excused on a timely basis (before the grade is assigned, not after.) Make-up work becomes late work if not completed on a timely basis. (See student handbook.) Failure to follow the make-
up procedures could result in loss of points. (I.E. neglecting to pick up
make up work or turn in work due during an absence upon return does not extend a deadline.)
l) TEACHER AVAILABILITY: See the appointment calendar at the front of the room for times available for make up, extra tutoring, writing and grade conferences. Students may sign up for times noted on that calendar.
Most days I am available before and after school. Two to three times a week I
am available during lunch. Students and parents may e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
m) LATE WORK: I accept late work up until a week before the end of the grading period, but dock points depending on the nature of the assignment and the length of time it is late. If a unit test is given the score on the test
will be used to determine a score for missing work and that work will no
longer be accepted. Daily work is due at the beginning of the class period. For daily work, turned in day due but after deadline 70% credit. One day late 50%. Excessively late work may be completed in a teacher-
conducted study hall for late credit otherwise it received 10% only. Projects lose
10% credit for each day late (including a block day on which students are present but do not meet in class). NOTE: Late work is graded last (which may not be until the end of the grading period.) Late work is figured as a
zero for the percentage until graded. (NOTE: This is one of the penalties
of turning work in late.)
n) INCOMPLETE WORK: I do not accept incomplete work. It is returned for completion and graded under the late work policy when it is returned completed. NOTE THIS IS DIFFERENT FROM WHAT MANY TEACHERS
AND PARENTS MAY TELL YOU, SO PAY ATTENTION. I would much
rather have work completed to the best of your ability but with thoughtful errors than receive incomplete work. It helps me to help you.
o) EXTRA CREDIT: Extra credit is limited to 5% of the total points. Extra credit is treated differently depending on the type: academic or participation. Participation extra credit is traded in at 10 to 1 for if any required
are missing. (For example, a student must earn 10 extra credit points to receive 1 point for a missing assignment.) If no required assignments are missing, participation extra credit counts at its full value. Academic extra
always counted at full value but cannot count for more than 5% of the total grade. Extra credit is not added in until the end of each quarter.
p) LEARNING LOG/NOTEBOOK: Students are required to have a spiral notebook called a learning log and dedicated to this class only. The log should not be used as storage for loose papers. The log will be collected once
or twice a quarter and is used almost every day. Students should also
have a separate folder or section of a notebook in which to organize and keep graded work and other handouts for the class. That folder will not be graded, but students should be able to pull out the relevant assignment or
handout when requested. See the additional handout for log directions.
q) BEST EFFORT: Make your best effort on all practice assignments (daily assignments and log entries). I consider it your best effort if a) you make every effort to understand the material, b) you complete the assignment,
and c) you come to class prepared with questions necessary for you to
understand better. I do not consider it your best effort if you come to class with the work incomplete and complaints instead of questions.
r) INCOMPLETE WORK: Incomplete work is not considered "best effort." It is returned for completion and given late credit when it is finished and returned. Late work does not fall under the redo policy.
s) REDO: Students may redo any practice assignment on which they made their best effort (as determined by the teacher) but still did not meet minimum standards of quality. This redo is without grading penalty as long as
the redone work is completed on a timely basis. Any paper with a “Redo”
and no score on it is recorded as missing for grading purposes until redone. I really want you to redo it. NOTE: Sometimes substandard quality work is awarded appropriate credit and the student has the option of redoing
to raise the score. If the student does not redo the work, the lower score
remains. Students have to determine what works best for them in that case.
t) IMPORTANT REQUIREMENTS FOR REDONE WORK: Redo work MUST be completed on a separate paper from the original work. This is true even of an assignment that was on a worksheet. Students may use their
own paper and recopy the parts that need to be redone. The original work
MUST be attached to the back of the redone work or it may be counted as late. Redo work may become zero if not completed.
u) RETAKES: Students may retake any quiz or test that they failed provided they make arrangements to do so within a week after grades are distributed or posted. If the student earns at least a C on the retaken quiz or test
then the original score will be raised to passing. The most a student can
expect to make on a retaken quiz or test is 60-69% depending on how well s/he did on the retaken version. This is to encourage studying and best efforts for the first attempt at the quiz or test. The retake may not be the
same version as the original.
In order to be successful with redos and retakes students are encouraged to get extra help from the teacher during the appropriate tutoring times. See the appointment calendar to sign up.
Computer Use Guidelines – Labs and Classroom
v) From the Student Handbook: COMPUTER USE SAHS is highly networked with many computers available for student use. It is expected that students will use computers during class time for academic work only. E-
mail will not be used during class time unless for a specific academic
purpose with prior permission of the teacher. Students may not use the internet or access e-mail without having a signed Student Agreement on file. Students are reminded that all files saved on the district computers may
be reviewed by network administrators at any time. A limited number of
computers may be made available at lunch for student use with specific restrictions designated by the immediate supervisor. No food or drink is permitted around computers. District guidelines are reviewed in Section II of
A signature on the signature page indicates that the student has read and understands the Computer Use Guidelines within the SAHS student handbook. The student further understands that Ms. Irwin expects the student
to not play any computer games, randomly surf the Internet, nor to
access e-mail during class time without specific, direct permission from the teacher. If these guidelines are not followed, the student understands that he/she can expect disciplinary action, such as the loss of credit for the
day’s work, a phone call/conference with a parent, or referral to the office
for willful disobedience. Repeated instances may entail the loss of computer privileges and the necessity of completing all class requirements without a school computer.
Academic Honesty Policy
w) Academic dishonesty includes cheating on any academic exercise, plagiarism, and facilitating academic dishonesty. It is treated as a serious offense at the university level, resulting in punishments such as failure of a
class, a permanent record of academic dishonesty on the student's
transcript, or suspension from the university.
In today’s computer assisted workplace the ease of cheating makes it even more problematical. No matter how it is done, to turn in someone else's work as one's own makes a mockery of the entire educational process. It
is also inappropriate for a student to knowingly allow another student to
copy his or her work.
If a student is suspected of academic dishonesty on an assignment, the assignment will be given a grade of zero and the student will not be allowed to make up the assignment. A phone conference will be held with a
parent or guardian of the student.
Note that this does not refer in any way to one student helping another understand how to do an assignment. Students are encouraged to help each other on all assignments that are not quizzes or tests.
Be sure to sign the signature page to indicate that you have read these policies.
Your homework is to go to the teacher sitebuilder at www.asdk12.org/staff/irwin_patti. Read all the information in the Home Page about rules, policies, and procedures. Then go to the Class schedule section for your class
period and read the information specific to the course. Be sure to ask
any questions you need in order to understand these policies. Please sign below to indicate that you have done so.
Take the signature page home and share with a parent or guardian. Have one of them read the parent section below and sign. Please bookmark the teacher's sitebuilder site on your computer or device and record the
address some place convenient. YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO READ THIS
INFORMATION AS OFTEN AS NECESSARY. There will be a test.
IF YOU DO NOT HAVE AN INTERNET CONNECTION AT HOME, IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO LET THE TEACHER KNOW. I WILL PROVIDE A WRITTEN COPY OF THE INFORMATION.
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TURN IN ONLY THE SIGNATURE SHEET!
Student Name Printed: ___________________________________________________Per. _____
Your signature indicates that you know how to access the class sitebuilder at www.asdk12.org/staff/irwin_patti. And that you commit to reading through it at your earliest convenience. If you do not have time to read
everything in one night, please make note of the sitebuilder address and read it
as time permits. If you do not have internet access, please write me a note below and I will provide your student with a written copy of the information to share with you. Many of the questions parents ask me later are
addressed on the sitebuilder.
Please sign below indicating you know how to access the information about the class on my sitebuilder page. Feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions or concerns.
Website: www.asdk12.org/staff/irwin_patti E-mail: email@example.com
Date Signed: __________________
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LEARNING LOG PREP DIRECTIONS (20 points)
LOG PREP ASSIGNMENT: Read and follow multi-step directions to create a uniform product.
How well you meet the purpose of the assignment results in:
° up to 20 points
°prepares you to earn maximum points on future log check (between 50-150)
° sets up a helpful study tool
You will need a spiral notebook that will be used for this class only. Three-ring binders or sub-standard sizes accepted.
Cover Information—This information should be on the inside front cover of the spiral notebook OR on the front of the manila pocket page IF that page is the first one in the notebook. DO NOT write cover information on the
first regular lined page. This information must be on the inside front cover EVEN IF the cover is vinyl or black. In that case use a legible sharpie OR writi on paper and secure it with tape or glue work for this purpose.
___1. On the inside front cover, in the upper left corner, write
Your name (first and last)
Per. # _____ (fill in the blank)
LL = Learning Log
___2. Regardless of the size of your log include ALL of the page length information in the center of the inside front cover.
8 ˝ by 11, college ruled: one page = 30 lines
8 ˝ by 11, wide ruled: one page = 32 lines
8 by 10 1/2, college ruled: one page = 34 lines
8 by 10 1/2, wide ruled: one page = 36 lines
ALL OF THE ABOVE PAGE LENGTHS ARE REQUIRED FOR EVERYONE.
IF USING A COMPOSITION NOTEBOOK SEE TEACHER FOR THE ADDITIONAL REQUIRED PAGE LENGTHS.
On the following pages:
___4. Number the LOWER, RIGHT, FRONT corner of each page 1 through 50. THAT’S RIGHT, THE FRONT SIDE ONLY.
___5. Use the first four regular lined pages to make a Table of Contents section. Make a separate Table of Contents page for each quarter of the class. That means the front AND the back of each page is dedicated to
ONE quarter only. Make three columns and put a heading on each column. Date MUST be on the left, page number must be on the right. The title column should be the biggest. ONLY label the front of the page.
Table of Contents (TOC) – Quarter # (1, 2, 3 or 4)
Date Title of Entry Page Number
CAUTION: If you do this correctly you will use four separate pages. All quarters MUST be labeled as to which quarter (1, 2, 3, or 4).
NOTE: Record entries made on numbered pages in the Table of Contents starting AFTER the last Table of Contents page. The first entry will be the reminders page. It will look like this:
Ongoing Reminders 5
___6. Label the next page with the title “Reminders.” NOTE: You will make one (1) Reminders page. The teacher will tell you what to put on this page later.
___7. Turn your learning log for a Log Prep grade no later than the end of the first week in class. (Sooner if possible.) Include this checksheet. The teacher will make notes and write your grade on the sheet.
IMPORTANT: Turn page over and read how the log will be used in the future.
IN THE FUTURE:
° Have your log with you every day and keep it up to date. Any required entry is worth points. Required entries will have the abbreviation LL on the calendar. Log checks may be unannounced.
° Most quizzes are “open log.” If your log is incomplete or not in class for a quiz you are still expected to take the quiz and may lose points. Tests are closed log; however, good notes and quality entries should help you
study for tests.
° Always start a new entry on the front (numbered side). You can always CONTINUE an entry on the back, but never begin an entry on the back of a page.
° All entries found on a numbered page should be clearly labeled with a date and title.
° All entries found on numbered pages should be listed in the Table of Contents.
° Please do NOT put anything unrelated to this class in your log. Do NOT use this log for other classes.
° DO NOT store loose papers in your log. DO have a separate folder or section of a binder in which you store loose papers. The teacher will provide you with a folder if you ask her.
Log checks should not be stressful IF you keep up with your work and can greatly help your grade. Log checks will be very stressful if you think you don’t have to do the work because the teacher doesn’t check it every day.
Book of Choice Reading Expectations
Status/Silent Reading (15 points weekly or 30 points bi-monthly)
1) Have your book in class and be ready with the page number.
Provisos: If you lost your place, you can find it again. It is the same book you read for homework. You get credit for only one book at a time. No switching back and forth. Book must be present to win.
2) You actively read during silent reading.
Provisos: Head up, hats/hoods/hair back, eyes moving, etc., no idle talk, homework, etc.
3) You make regular, observable progress through your book.
Provisos: You read no less and preferably more than 10 pages a day, five days a week (M-F) from the same book until done. MINIMUMS ARE NOT MAXIMUMS. If you read 10 pages in class, you still continue reading. Page totals may be adjusted by the
teacher depending on the book, purposes, and/or student.
4) You read for homework approximately 20 minutes a day.
Provisos: Students may need to adjust the amount of time spent reading for homework (as in outside of class time) in order to complete the semester reading project. Students who choose epic length books may need to read more in order to finish at least
one book of choice a quarter.
5) You must complete a proof of reading for each book finished.
Provisos: Proof of reading depends on the class. English 2 has different proof expectations than English 3-4. Students may use the silent reading session the right after they finish a book to complete the proof, but after that it is homework. All proofs are due
before the end of the quarter in which the book is finished.
6) When you finish a book, you must choose, procure, and begin another on a timely basis.
Provisos: Students should always be thinking about what their next books should be. Use the book list completed for class to help them with this. Students may read books in any order. They may read off the list. Students may or may not complete the
books identified as long as they finish at LEAST one book each quarter AND they are always reading. Remember, MINIMUMS ARE NOT MAXIMUMS.
Proof of Reading Semester Totals (100 points/semester)
Proof of Reading Semester Totals are NOT the same thing as your final semester grade for the class. It is based on the total pages read, proof of reading completed and for some classes, conferences with the teacher.
Since books vary in length, the number of books completed will also vary from student to student. If you meet MINIMUM expectations you will finish at least two books (one each quarter) but may finish as many as four or five. You MUST finish at least one
book of choice each QUARTER. Books and pages will only be counted toward the semester total IF you complete a proof of reading activity with acceptable quality. (NO D or F quality work accepted.)
Remember, MINIMUMS ARE NOT MAXIMUMS: 10 pages per day qualifies you for a C, 15 pages a day qualifies you for a B, 20 pages a day qualifies you for an A, and 21+ pages a day qualifies you for bonus points.
Projects: (50-100 points per quarter)
In addition, students will complete literary projects based on one book of choice read for each quarter. How to do the projects will be part of the class lessons closer to the time students should be working on them.
Finally, one book each semester should meet the focus for the particular class. Again, see your book list.
English 4 – Thematic
English 3 – American Literature
English 2 – Variety (habitual reading or comfort zone)