Rules/Policies

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,

Welcome to (Course Title). I would like to take this opportunity to review my classroom expectations so that this will be a rewarding school year for all of us as you begin your high school career. By reading and signing these policies, you are acknowledging your awareness and acceptance to abide by these policies in this classroom at all times.

Expectations

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    1. Be prompt.

    2. Be polite.

    3. Be prepared.

    4. Electronic Devices are meant to be used for educational purposes (rather than entertainment purposes) during class time.

      1. Students should not be on their cell phones or wearing ear buds / headphones during class. Doing so may result in consequences ranging from a warning (first offense) to having the device confiscated for the remainder of the school day and a referral (repeated offenses).

      2. School devices should be used for educational purposes as well. Thus, students should not be watching videos (music, sports, movies, etc.) that have not been assigned expressly during class time. Doing so may result in referrals and loss of computer privileges.

    5. Leaving Class

      1. Students are given three restroom passes each month. It is their responsibility to keep the passes with them to use when necessary. Students who do not have a pass will not be granted permission to leave class. Students must place their cell phone on the instructor’s desk prior to leaving the room.

      2. Passes may not be used during the first or last 10 minutes of class.

    6. Tardy Policy - Students who are tardy to class miss out on bell work time and may feel rushed/behind for the rest of the hour. (Please note: Staying late in another class does not create an excused tardy to this class. If you need to finish a test, meet with a teacher, etc., you should do so before or after school.)

      1. First and second tardy – verbal warning

      2. Third tardy – 20-minute detention and parent contact

      3. Each subsequent tardy (or failure to serve assigned detention) – referral

  • G.  Food/Drink - This year we have a new school wide policy that prohibits all drinks except for water    in the classroom.


Grading Policies

There are three grading categories for this course: practices, formative assessments, and summative assessments. Grades are cumulative for each semester. (They do not start over at the end of first and third quarters.)

  1. Practices count for 10 percent of the overall (cumulative) grade. Generally, practices are graded on a completion basis and indicate that a student is participating in the assignments to gain skill. As such, practices will only receive credit for completion prior to going over the work in class to provide feedback for growth. While we go over the work, students are expected to make corrections and ask questions to clarify their learning.

  2. Formative assessments count for 15 percent of the overall (cumulative) grade. Formative assessments are assignments that students complete on their own and turn in for individual feedback (via computer or instructor grading). Formative assessments are meant to provide a snapshot of skills that have been mastered and/or need improvement. Since formative assessments determine the next set of activities, it is important for students to do their best and to work independently.

  3. Summative assessments count for 75 percent of the overall (cumulative) grade. Summative assessments are assignments that students complete on their own to demonstrate mastery of a skill or standard. Because summative assignments account for so much of a student’s grade, s/he has the opportunity to complete the assessment three times.

  • First Attempt – Students complete the assignment (reading, writing, speaking or listening). Once the assessment is scored, students have two weeks to make a second attempt.

 

  • Second Attempt – Students must come in before/after school to make corrections and/or conference with the instructor. This allows the student to see his/her errors and take steps toward improvement prior to taking the assessment again. The second attempt will be scheduled when the student comes in to make corrections/conference with the instructor.

 

  • Third Attempt – After the second attempt has been scored, students must come in before/after school to make corrections and/or conference with the instructor. This allows the student to see his/her errors and take steps toward improvement prior to taking the assessment again. The third attempt will be scheduled when the student comes in to make corrections/conference with the instructor.

 

4. Please note: students who do not come in before/after school to make corrections and/or conference with the instructor will not be allowed further attempts of the assessment. The point of taking an assessment more than once is to show growth toward mastery, so it is imperative that the student understand which skills need improvement prior to a second or third attempt. In addition, students who do not come in before/after school within two weeks of an assessment will not be allowed further attempts. Since skills build upon one another throughout the quarter, semester, and year it is imperative that students demonstrate each skill in a timely manner.

5.  Late work (formative or summative assessments only) will be accepted for up to two weeks after the original due date. Practices must be completed by the time we go over / check them in class in order to earn credit.

6.  Extra credit is not available. Students must demonstrate mastery of the skills/standards in order to pass the class.

7.  Academic integrity is of paramount importance. Thus, cheating on a formative or summative assessment will result in a zero. If more than one student submits the same assignment, all will receive the zero regardless of who copied from whom. Thus, it is important to not share your work with other students. Helping someone is not the same as sending him/her a copy of your essay or answers to a quiz.

Canvas grades reflect some (but not all) assignments and are not the official course grade. The course grade is available through Synergy’s parent/student portal.

Student Signature: __________________________________________

Parent/Guardian Signature: __________________________________________