Expectations

Classroom Policies and Procedures

  1. Class Expectations

The classroom is a special environment in which students and teachers come together to promote learning and growth.  It is essential to this learning environment that respect for the rights of others seeking to learn, respect for the professionalism of the teacher, and the general goals of academic freedom are maintained.  Differences of viewpoint or concerns should be expressed in terms that are supportive of a respectful learning environment and conducive to developing an atmosphere where students are not afraid to communicate or express themselves in the target language.

Students will participate in a number of different activities, including whole class, cooperative small group, presentations, simulations, hands-on, discovery, inquiry, and lecture.  The focus will be on activities that encourage your active participation whether individually or as a member of a collaborative group.

Cell phones/texting are disruptive to the learning environment and it is against school policy to have cell phones on or out during the school day.  Cell phones will be confiscated and turned in to the office; parents will need to pick it up from the administrators. 

The school-wide Assertive Discipline Policy will be enforced and students will be held accountable for their actions.  For further questions please refer to the 2011-2012 Student Handbook in the Student Planner.

  1. Student and Parent Expectations

It is the student’s responsibility to come to class prepared to learn with the materials and assignments required.  It is also the student’s responsibility to practice good study habits, such as having a binder with dividers for each class, a class calendar (agenda planner provided by school) to write daily assignments, to complete homework in a timely manner, to be a productive member during a group project, and to study before a test.  It is the parent’s responsibility to provide a quiet time and place for the student to complete homework or study tasks.  Please be aware that there are places on the school campus open after school for this purpose and for tutorial support or computer access.

 It is the student and parents’ responsibilities to be aware of the student’s current grade on a weekly basis.  The school library is open after school and both students and parents may use the library computers and internet to access their Power School accounts.  It is important to make an effort to intervene and provide the student with assistance before he/she is failing.  Parents should be reviewing their student’s binder or class-work with them on a regular basis to understand their student’s efforts or struggles.  A student or their parent may call the counseling office for a Student Study Team (SST) session in order to address their concerns; school faculty may also call for an SST to address the student’s grades or class behaviors.

 

  1. Class work and Homework Policy

     Although a majority of the tasks assigned are begun in class, it is the students’ responsibility to complete the tasks on their own time.  All tasks are posted on the board in the daily agenda and students need to write these down in their class calendar along with due dates.  There are several weekly Activity Log assignments with regular due dates, for example Reading Logs are due every Friday. 

 

  1. Attendance and Late Work Policy

Attendance is an essential part of the course; classmates depend on the presence of their peers in group work and discussions.  Regular absences and/or tardiness may affect a student’s grade in the course.  If for some reason the student is late to class or must miss class, the experiences cannot be duplicated.  If students miss a class, it is their responsibility to get notes and materials from a class member or to make an appointment to meet with the teacher outside of class time.

Late work will only be accepted if a prior arrangement has been made with the teacher; the student will be required to attend brunch detention with the teacher per their arrangement. Do not expect the teacher to accept late work that is more than two weeks late.  Any other late make-up work may require a parent-teacher meeting through counseling in order to be accepted.