Syl*la*bus Instructor: Room Number: E-mail: 3Bs: Mrs. Masarik C-3 [email protected] Be There (Get to class on time) Be Ready (Agenda & chapter book) Be Kind (“The Golden Rule”) Your success in Language Arts is dependent on your willingness to accept responsibility for your own learning. You must become involved in class activities by participating in discussion, asking questions and sharing your ideas. I expect you to show respect and consideration for others in the classroom. As your Language Arts teacher, I will guide you, answer your questions, and provide extra help. If we work together, we will have a successful school year! “If you are not willing to learn, No one can help you. If you are determined to learn, No one can stop you!” The Curriculum: During the 2015-2016 school year, we will focus on the five strands of the Loudoun County Middle School Program of Studies for Language Arts: 1. Oral Language – class discussions, individual and group presentations, interviews, Readers Theatre Plays, etc. 2. Vocabulary – prefixes, root words, suffixes, figurative language, vocabulary from literature, etc. 3. Reading –Reader’s Workshop, reading strategies, literary terms, shared reading, independent reading, summarizing text, form study (short stories, novels, non-fiction, drama, and poetry), etc. 4. Writing – Writer’s Workshop, writing process, writing prompts, common editing mistakes, grammar, etc. 5. Research – print and non-print texts, note-taking, MLA format, etc. Grading: Grades are determined using a points scale. The number of points you accumulate will be divided by the number of points possible. For example, if you scored 35 out of 40 points on a test and 15 out of 17 points on a quiz, you would have earned 50 out of the possible 57 points offered (50 / 57 = 88%). Re-take Policy: If you receive a 69% (D or F), or below, on a test or quiz, you will be given the opportunity to re-take that assessment. Both scores will be averaged together for the new grade. Students must complete a retake request form and turn it in to their teacher at least 1 day prior to retaking an assessment. Classroom Procedures: Before Class Starts: 1. Come into class and take your assigned seat before the bell rings. 2. Prepare/organize your materials (notebook, textbook, pens/pencils, agenda). This includes sharpening your pencil. 3. Your journals will be kept in the classroom, unless the teacher tells you otherwise. 4. Once you have prepared and organized your supplies, you should start working on your “Bell Work.” Using Classroom Materials: 1. The staplers, tape dispenser, scissors, hole-puncher, etc. are located on the “Supply Shelf.” 2. You should have no reason to touch or take anything from the teacher’s desk. 3. The “Reading Zone” in the classroom is for your use. Please treat the classroom books with care and respect. 4. If you need to use any other supplies or materials, please ask for permission. End of Class Procedures: 1. Stay on task until the teacher alerts you to prepare to leave. 2. Always leave the room looking exactly the way it did when you entered it. All supplies and materials must be returned to their proper place before you will be dismissed. 3. Mrs. Masarik will dismiss you, not the bell! When you are absent: After an absence, check the make-up folders posted on the wall in the back of the room. Remove any handouts with your name on them. Read everything before you leave class. If you have a question, first ask your neighbor. If your neighbor can not answer it, ask me at a time when I am not instructing. If an assignment was collected while you were absent, write “absent” at the top of the page; date it with the current date; and place it in the tray for your class period. Students will need the following materials: Academic Language binder with 5 dividers loose leaf paper pens and pencils 2 note books highlighters Please return this page to Mrs. Masarik by Friday, September 4. You will keep the syllabus in your binder for reference throughout the year. I have seen the Grading Policy and Class Expectations from Mrs. Masarik ____________________________ _______________________________ Parent/Guardian Signature Student Signature PARENT COMMUNICATION SURVEY To help me better address parent/teacher communication preferences for all my students, please fill out the survey below and return to class. Thank you. Parent/s or guardian/s: _______________________________________ ______________________________________ Do you have access to the internet and email at home? YES NO If yes… What is your preferred email address? _______________________________________________________________________________________ What is your preferred phone number? _________________________________________________ Would you prefer non-emergency communication be delivered by phone or email? _____ Is there anything you would like me to know about your child to help them have a successful year? I am looking forward to a great year with your child!