August 11, 2009
I am looking forward to a wonderful 2009-2010 school year. I would like to give you some information about my English class. In English, we focus on grammar skills, language mechanics and usage, and writing.
English six-week grades are determined by averaging daily (50%) and test (50%) grades. Daily grades include projects, textbook assignments, Daily Oral Language, Mountain Language, and workbook pages. Students will be given the daily assignment each class period. They will be instructed to write the assignment in their student planners. Parents should check planners daily, and they should initial weekly in the space provided. I will check the planners each Friday, and every student who has accurately filled out his/her planner will receive 5 daily bonus points. Also, any student with at least one parent initial will receive an additional 5 daily bonus points for a total of 10 bonus points each week. In addition, parents should initial beside any upcoming test dates. Students with these initials will receive 2 additional points on the test.
All daily assignments will be due at the beginning of the next class period unless otherwise noted in the planner. Tests will be given at the end of each unit (usually about every two weeks) and will cover that unit's materials as well as previously taught skills to ensure that students are maintaining their knowledge.
Writing assignments will often take one to two weeks to complete, as I teach writing as a process. This process includes prewriting, drafting, revising, proofreading, and publishing. We will work on writing projects in these stages. Students will be told the due date for writing assignments in advance and will write these dates in their student planners. Writing assignments will be counted as test grades.
In addition to the assignment for the day, we will do a section of Mountain Language and Daily Oral Language each day. These are in-class assignments which will be turned in when completed and counted as daily work.
All assignments must be turned in on the date they are due. NO LATE WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED FROM STUDENTS WITHOUT ABSENCES. Students may make up missing work due to absences in accordance with the police outlined in the West View Middle School handbook. It is the STUDENT'S RESPONSIBILITY to get his/her makeup work and turn it in after an absence.
I hope that this letter gives you an overview of my classroom policies. I thank you in advance for your support. If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at school.
Please sign and return this copy. The signed letter counts as your child's first daily grade in English. You may keep the attached copy for your records.