The expectations, rules, procedures and consequences of my classroom are intended to keep the classroom environment safe, orderly, and productive. Please respect the rules so that we can maximize learning time together. The rules are not hard to follow, nor are any of them “out of the ordinary.” They are simply expected behaviors for high school students in this classroom. If you have any questions about any of these rules, or why they are in place, you have the right to find out – please ask me as soon as possible. There should never be a rule that does not have a purpose! Thank you for your cooperation!
1. Listen when teacher/another person is talking.*The biggest communication problem is we do not listen to understand, we listen to reply. Let's try to reverse that mindset and listen to understand what others are saying.*Raise your hand before yelling out answers or asking questions. Everyone would like a chance to be heard and we need to have respect for one another.
Be prepared for class each day
Come prepared with all materials necessary:
An organized class binder containing all necessary materials and handouts
Looseleaf paper, pens (blue or black), and pencils
A red or purple pen for grading in class or underlining important elements in note taking
Highlighters for emphasizing important text
A planner to help keep you organized - the most successful students are organized. (optional)3. Follow directions when given
*When directions are given, do your best to follow them the first time. If you are confused or have questions, ask by raising your hand. I would rather have you stop class to clarify than be off task while everyone else is working.
4. Respect yourself, the teacher & others
* Show respect for the teacher, yourself and others at all times.
* Respect others’ property. Avoid touching or writing on anything that does not belong to you (including desks, textbooks, teacher’s belongings, walls, chalkboard, etc.). Don't expect that others will clean-up your messes. Please pick-up after yourself.
*Respect yourself and the rest of us by using appropriate language and wearing appropriate clothing.
*Be a kind person.
5. Pay attention, participate and ask questions
*Engage in what is going on in the classroom. If you have a question, ask it! Otherwise, I might not know until the test that you didn’t understand something. There are no stupid questions, and chances are, if you are wondering about it, someone else in the class is to. Be proactive about your learning and don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you feel most comfortable waiting until after class, that is okay, too, but do keep communication open between us.
6. Put forth your best effort at all times
*Always do your own best work.
*Put learning ahead of getting good grades.
*Put quality ahead of just getting it done.
Preserve a positive learning environment
*Student actions that interfere with teaching or learning in the classroom will NOT be tolerated.
*Use class time to learn Math/Algebra 1. Please do not spend your time grooming, sleeping, talking, writing notes, playing cards, listening to your device, text-messaging friends, or doing work for other classes.
*Minimize classroom interruptions by arriving to class on time and not leaving the classroom during the class.
7. Take responsibility/ownership for your actions
* If you are confronted about a rule infraction, own up to it. Don’t deny it, lie about it, or blame someone else.
*Take responsibility for missed assignments.
*All handbook rules will be enforced. Please read your handbook. Students that choose to break these rules face the possibility of additional consequences.
1. Turn off cell phones & electronic devices
* Electronic devices are NOT permitted in my classroom unless given permission by myself.
*Cell Phones should be turned off and placed in the phone carrier during the class period. If I see or hear your phone it will be taken away and given to an administrator, according to cell phone policy outlined in the SHS handbook. Refusal to turn over the cell phone will be treated as insubordinate behavior.
2. No food or drink, except water
*You may drink bottled of water in the classroom. If a spill occurs, please clean it up immediately and inform the teacher.
*No other food or beverage is permitted without a doctor’s note.
3. Arrive to class on time & ready to learn
*When the bell rings, you need to be sitting in your assigned seat.
*Be “physically” and “mentally” present in the classroom.
4. Never line up at the door before dismissal
*Please remain in your seat until I have dismissed you. Never line up at the door before dismissal. Remember, I dismiss you, not the bell.
5. Do not cheat, plagiarize, or copy work
*Cheating is completely unacceptable. If I see you cheating on any assignment… even for another class… I will give you a zero and report the incident to the other teacher as well as your principal and parents.
*Plagiarism (copying work from another source without giving proper credit) is completely unacceptable. If you plagiarize on any assignment you will earn a “0” on that assignment with no opportunity to re-do the work for credit.
6. Use polite and appropriate language
*Offensive, derogatory, and profane terms are not tolerated. In order to have a safe classroom environment where all students feel comfortable, no put downs, swear words, or slang words with demeaning connotations will be accepted. Remember, if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say it at all!
7. Do your best work & turn it in on time
1. Turn in homework to the proper bin
*Homework is due at the appointed time teacher states for your class.
2. Get missed work from absent bin, talk to your study buddy, then ask the teacher
*Attendance is essential for optimal learning. Being on time and present and class physically and mentally will be part of your overall grade. You may not be excused from my class by another teacher without first seeking my permission.
*If you are absent, it is your responsibility to obtain any missed classwork. Begin by looking for missed handouts in the ABSENT bin pertaining to your class hour or on Google Classroom. Then ask another student what you missed. Follow-up with the teacher if necessary.
*Make arrangements to take quizzes and tests immediately. It is your responsibility to make these arrangements.
3. Use your coupons for hall passes
At the beginning of each quarter, I will issue four "coupons" to each student for passes for the bathroom, drinks, etc. These passes are only valid when used at appropriate times to be determined by the teacher. Each student has the opportunity to retain these "coupons" for extra credit points at the end of the quarter. (see contract given in class)
1. Verbal warning
2. Contact Parent (phone, email)
4. Referral to principal
* Serious offenses can, at the teacher’s discretion, result in more severe consequences regardless of previous steps taken. It can also be cause for further action at the teacher’s discretion.