Policies and Procedures
8th Grade English Langauge Arts
Please adhere to the following ground rules for classroom behavior in order to make our school year successful:
- Be PROMPT! In order to maximize class time, please be on time and take your seats as quickly as possible at the beginning of class.
- Be PREPARED! Be sure to bring necessary materials to class. Failure to do so will not only disrupt the learning environment for your peers but will also negatively affect your grade.
- Be POSITIVE! I will not tolerate any derogatory comments.
- Don’t PLAGIARIZE! Cheating or copying from another person or source is not acceptable.
“The function of education is to help you from childhood not to imitate anybody, but be yourself all the time” (Jiddu Krishnamurti).
- RESPECT, RESPECT, RESPECT! It is extremely important for you to respect your teacher, your classmates, and yourself at all times.
Furthermore, please read the Student Handbook, which is located in your agenda booklet, for additional school policies regarding dress code, attendance, cell phones, and headphones. It is your responsibility to know these policies and to follow them.
In this classroom, we will be implementing a supportive behavior plan. In this plan, we will be respectfully dealing with inappropriate behaviors, providing consequences to allow for necessary structure, communicating with home, and rewards for students who are successful with minimal behavioral issues.
I will deal with on-site behaviors by using eye contact, proximity, and redirection. If the student does not comply with class expectations, they will be asked to “Sign the book”. In The Book, students will need to record their name, the date, the assignment missed OR classroom rule broken, and why they chose this behavior. During a given marking period, if a student signs up three or more times, I will be calling home to discuss the situation and develop a plan for improvement. The plan might include a second chance, detention, parent conference, or an individualized behavior plan. I believe while working together we will be able to provide the student with the necessary tools for success.
To provide students with an incentive for a marking period of successful behavior, we will be having a celebration chosen by the students at the end of each term. Those students, who have signed up less than six times in a marking period, will be invited to attend. Those with more than six will be attending independent work sessions where they will work on curricular or behavior related assignments.
- Your language arts binder and a pencil should be brought to class every day so that you can take notes and complete assignments. Your binder will need to be divided into the following sections: Current Unit, Weekly Home Practice, Vocabulary, and Resources. Being organized is a key component to your success in this class!
- You must also keep a separate bound notebook as a writing journal. This writing journal will be provided for you and MUST be kept in your language arts binder at all times. You will be asked to free write and respond to writing prompts in this notebook.
Your grade for each marking period is based on total point value:
A: 92% - 100%
B: 83% - 91%
C: 73% - 82%
D: 72% - 65%
F: 64 and below
Homework is given frequently and is expected to be completed when it is due. Students will be assigned a Weekly Home Practice packet at the beginning of the week. This will include daily assignments that will be checked each day and will be assessed at the end of the week. An Article of the Week will also be assigned every other Monday. Students will have until the following Friday to complete and turn in this assignment. Students will be required to independently read and respond to the assigned article. All assignment should be turned into the inbox.
Students are required to make up any missed work when absent from class. All missed assignments should be placed into the inbox. If you miss a test, it is your responsibility to make it up. If you are absent the day before a long-term assignment is due, you will not be given more time. If you are absent for an extended period of time, please make an effort to get your missed work before you return to school.