Policies

Contents of this page:

I. Classroom Rules
II.  Classroom Discipline
III.  Tardiness
IV.  Hall Passes
V.  Grading
VI.  Make Up Work
VII. Late Work
VIII.  Missing Work
IX.  Cheating/Plagiarism
X. Technology
XI.  Homework for Other Teachers

Classroom rules

  1. Students are expected to be on time, with all materials, prepared to participate in all learning activities.
  2. Students are expected to display respect and courtesy toward other students and the property of others.
  3. All teacher equipment (including telephone) and all items on or in teacher’s desk, bookshelves, and cabinets are off-limits to students.
  4. Students are expected to remain seated during instructional activities.
  5. Students may not have food or drink (including candy).  Gum is permitted if it remains unseen/unheard.

Consequences

  1. Verbal warning – Student may also receive a brief conference if warranted.  Parents will receive a notification via e-mail or mail.
  2. Detention/Parent Contact – Student must serve detention within one week.  Mrs. Clark will contact the parent via e-mail or phone to discuss the violation.
  3. Saturday School – Student must serve on scheduled date.
  4. Office Referral

Please note, severe violations or school code-of-conduct violations are immediate office referrals.  Additionally, teacher reserves the right to assign multiple detentions before progressing to Saturday School assignment if the teacher determines that the infraction was not severe enough to warrant a Saturday School.

Class Policies

Tardiness – I consider students tardy if they are not in the room when the tone sounds.  Tardies are excusable only by a note signed by a faculty member or administrator; I will not take class time to call and check your excuse if you do not have a note.  I follow the school tardy discipline policy (SWEEP).

Leaving the Classroom – Our time together is limited and there is a lot of material to cover.  Attend to your business during class changes as much as possible.  If an emergency arises, bring me your agenda (filled out), sign out on the list by the door and excuse yourself quietly.  There is no reason to disrupt class by making the entire room aware of your desire to leave.  I will not allow you to leave during the first/last ten minutes of class to assist the administrators in keeping the hallways clear.  Additionally:

  1. Only one student to the restroom at a time.
  2. Four bathroom passes per trimester unless you have a note from a parent or the office documenting a medical necessity.
  3. In the event of an absence of more than five minutes, I will notify someone from the office to retrieve you.  Please do not make this necessary!
  4. I will not send you to another teacher’s classroom unless you have a note from that teacher saying you may come by.  Do not ask me to call–I will not do so.

Grading – Please utilize Infinite Campus to stay informed of your grades in the class.  Please don’t interrupt instruction to ask about your grade.  See me before or after class, send a message or e-mail me and I’ll be happy to help you.  For details on points available, see the unit overviews.  I advise all students to retain work that is returned in case a grade is posted incorrectly (mistakes do happen—we are all only human).  The district code for the Infinite Campus App is FHTRXP.

Make up work – I follow the school policy regarding make up work.  To summarize that policy:  it is your responsibility to get missed work upon your return to school.  If you are aware that you will miss class, please get assignments before your absence.  For each day of class that you miss, you will have one day to complete and turn in the work.  This means that if you miss class on MONDAY, you are to get your assignments TUESDAY and turn in the completed work WEDNESDAY.  Projects or tests that have been assigned previously will be administered or due upon the date of your return to class; please do not miss class on the day of a test or project due date thinking that you will have two additional days to study/work.

Late work – You will each be issued three late work passes at the beginning of each trimester.  No work will be accepted late without a pass.  Please note that if you do not use your late work passes, they may be redeemed at the end of the trimester for 15 extra credit points each (passes may be retained from one trimester to the next but may not be given to other students).  You must have the pass in hand to use it or receive credit for it.  All late work must be turned in at least one calendar week before the close of a grading period.

Missing Homework – If you do not turn in an assignment, I will mark the assignment as “missing” in Infinite Campus.  This automatically gives you a zero for the assignment.  You may only turn in the missing assignment if you a) were absent and excused (no penalty) or b)  turn in a late homework pass (5% penalty for one day, 10% within one week, 20% if later than one week).  

Cheating and plagiarism – I do require you to sign a copy of the academic honesty policy that I keep in my personal records.  Do not cheat on work in my classroom—I will follow that policy to its full extent.  If you need a second copy of the policy, please let me know and I will provide you with one.

Technology:  Cell Phones – I will follow the school policy relating to cell phone use.  There may be times that I do allow cell phone use in class (for example, the dictionary app or Quizlet for flash cards), but understand that unless I have given permission, I will take your cell phone if I see it out, regardless of why you are using it.  Please do not assume that because we are “done” that you may pull out your phone and play a game.

COLOR CODES FOR CELL PHONES:  Please check the board for our daily “color”.

RED: Cell phones (and all other technology) may NOT be in use at any time.

BLUE:   Cell phones may be in use during ONE specific activity and may not be used at any other time or for any other purpose.

GREEN:   Cell phones may be used AFTER teacher instructions are given.  Students must follow school rules (including one earbud rule) and stay on task to be permitted to use phones.  

Technology:  Ear BudsEar buds follow the same basic permission policy as cell phones, with a few caveats.  Ear buds should be put up unless you have permission to listen to music—that means not visible at all, not wrapped around your neck.  When you are permitted to listen to music, you may listen to music using one ear bud only.  If I hear your music, you will lose your listening privileges for the day on your first offense.  Your second offense will result in a detention hall and a loss of listening privileges for two weeks.

Technology:  Other Devices – Any other devices that you might bring to class (Kindles, iPads, laptops, mp3 players) are subject to my classroom rules.  You may not use the device when you have an assignment to be working on or while I am teaching.  The device may not cause a disruption of any kind to instruction.  You are responsible for your own devices.  I will not charge devices, “babysit” devices, or deliver devices to other students.

Homework for Other Teachers – I do not, under any circumstances, permit you to work on other teachers’ assignments during classroom instruction or during time that you have been given to work on my assignments.  If you have completed your work for me in a satisfactory manner and additional time remains in the class, you may ask for permission to work on other assignments.  If you have not received permission to work on other work and I find that you are doing so, I will confiscate the uncompleted work and turn it in to your other teacher.  You will also receive a detention.