• COURSE GUIDELINES:  ENGLISH II

    Mrs. Leatherman  jleatherman@cisdtx.net  940-665-0961 ext. 341

    Conference:  Second period:  8:51-9:42


    Welcome to English II  This course focuses on developing students’ skills in several areas:  speaking, listening, reading, writing and viewing.  We will study works of literature in historical, literary, and cultural contexts.  Selected works include fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama.  Vocabulary development is also an important component of this course.  Students are encouraged to engage in “free reading” as much as possible to reinforce and extend the concepts and skills taught in class, and to help them develop a lifelong habit of reading for pleasure and information. Additionally, class content will be designed to prepare students for the STAAR English II test. Clear instructions will be provided for every assignment.  Ask questions if you don’t understand.  Remember to check the board each day for the agenda, any supplies you may need to have ready, and for daily and weekly instructions.  


    Class rules:

    1. All policies of Callisburg High School and Callisburg ISD will be enforced.  Be aware that successful completion of this course is required for graduation.

    2. Be on time.

    3. Be prepared.

    4. Respect the property and opinions of others.

    5. Complete all assigned work on time; all work is due at the beginning of class unless otherwise noted.

    6. Have admit slips ready for me to sign at the beginning of class.  I will not allow you to miss class to get an admit.  

    7. I accept only original work.  The penalty for plagiarizing or cheating is an automatic zero.  

    Discipline:

    1. For minor infractions I will issue one verbal warning.

    2. After one verbal warning I will either assign the student to teacher detention or refer the student to the office for discipline.  My choice is determined by the nature of the infraction.

    3. Major infractions will result in referral to the office.

    Make-up work:

    1. I will follow the CHS policy on the acceptance of make-up work.  Students are expected to get make-up work BEFORE school.  

    2. Long-term projects and assignments will be due immediately upon your return after an absence.  Absence before a previously announced test, presentation, or assignment deadline does not excuse you from taking the test or making the presentation on the day you return.

    3. Nearly all make-up work will be completed before or after school.  

    4. Students will be assigned to Swim Camp on Tuesday or Thursday if work is not turned in on time or if the work is not satisfactory.  Students are responsible for notifying their parents that they have been assigned to Swim Camp.  Students remain in Swim Camp until their work is complete:  Swim Camp no longer ends at 5:00 p.m. as it did in the past.

    Tutorials:

    1. Most tutorial sessions will be held before school.  I have duty on Thursday mornings, so if you need to see me on a Thursday, please come to the main hall.  

    2. Other tutorial sessions are available by arrangement.

    Homework:

    1. Homework will be assigned frequently.  

    2. Some assignments require internet access.  If internet access is not available at home, students should use the CHS library or schedule tutorial time with me.

    Grading:

    1. 50% tests and projects; 50% homework and daily grades

    2. Late work can be turned in for reduced points:

    Regular education           Special education

              One day late                                        -10 points                            -5 points

              Completed during Swim Camp          -20 points                            -10 points

              Completed in ISS                                -30 points                            -15 points


    Retake/Redo:

    1.       Students who fail a test or assignment will be provided an opportunity to retake the test or redo the assignment.

    2.       Students must notify their teacher in writing that they want to retake or redo an assignment.

    3.       Teachers will set up a time for the test to be retaken.  Redoing an assignment will be handled by the individual teachers, however all make up tests and redoing of assignments must be scheduled within three days of the students receiving the grade or having the opportunity to receive the grade.  Failure of the student to check grades will not constitute not knowing the posted grade.

    4.       Retaking or redoing a failed assignment or test for mastery will allow the student to receive a grade to replace the failing grade but cannot be higher than a 70.

    5.       Retaking of failed tests and assignments is an opportunity for a student to improve his/her grade and also to demonstrate mastery of the test or assignment.  It is not a tool for improving grades at the end of the six weeks or semester.  Failure to follow these guidelines will result in the failing grade becoming final.





    Supplies:

    1. Black pen

    2. Pencil and eraser

    3. 1 folder with two pockets

    4. Journal

    5. Good quality headphones

    6. Other items may be required later in the year.  Students will be given ample time to purchase supplies.


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    CUT ON LINE ABOVE, SIGN AND RETURN TO MRS. LEATHERMAN.  THIS COUNTS AS A GRADE.

    I HAVE READ AND AGREE TO ABIDE BY THE RULES FOR MRS. LEATHERMAN’S CLASS.


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