I am so excited to get to know all of you. Please note that we will be heavily utilizing Moodle (more information to come later), and it would be very helpful for all students and parents to have an email address. I send out a weekly syllabus every Monday that includes the homework, classwork, and important due dates for the week. This information will also be uploaded on the class Moodle site.Our Literacy program is called SSR. SSR (Self-Selected Reading) books are chosen by each student and approved by me. If your parents have questions about your selection, they should ask you first, then, if you need to switch books, let me know. Parents always have the right to veto your selection if you have chosen a book that they believe is inappropriate. Teachers also have the right veto your selection if she believes you need to choose a higher (or lower) level book. Assignments and projects will be required weekly and quarterly. More details can be found on the Moodle page. Below I have included some class supplies that students should bring with them on the first day, and some behavioral guidelines.
A CAN DO attitude!
Writing Utensils (blue or black pens or pencils…please do not write in other colors)
An active email address (this is one of our main sources of communication and you will need to access it once a week)
Access to the internet. If you do not have a computer at home, the Media Center is open before and after school; please take advantage of this. Some assignments will be given online and due to the lack of printer the majority of your handouts will be uploaded to this website. If for some reason you cannot print something, please let me know and I will print it off for you. All handouts, notes, and writing samples should be kept in your binder at all times.
TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN ENGLISH:
Be an active participant in your learning (come prepared having done the homework, listen, and respond thoughtfully during class discussions).
Respect everyone in the room.
Understand the concept behind Digital Citizenship
Recognize and abide by all online learning rules
NEVER plagiarize (take someone's work as you own). If you have a friend do your homework for you or you copy and paste something offline without citing it as a source, you will receive a zero for the assignment and a referral. At the University level, plagiarism is cause for expulsion, so learn the lesson early and do your own work.
Be accountable and responsible for your thoughts, words, and actions.
You are entitled to an education and an opportunity; now take it and make the most of it. Grades are not handed out, they are earned.
If you ever have any questions or concerns, please never hesitate to email me. You may call me during my planning period if there is something you do not wish to discuss in email, I just ask that you please do so during my planning period or after school.
I look forward to working with each of you and am so excited to get things going this year!