Policies

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 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.  Your teacher 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. Unless you have a note from a parent or the office documenting a medical necessity, students will be issued a limited number of passes. Unused passes will be counted as bonus points OR may be rolled over to the next trimester. Bathroom passes are non-transferrable.
  3. True emergencies (nosebleed, vomiting, etc.) will not be counted toward bathroom passes.
  4. 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!

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).

 

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 – Sophomore teachers utilize the ZAP program (Zeroes Aren’t Permitted). If a student does not turn work in by the Friday the week an assignment is due, they will be placed in ZAP the following week. To be removed from the ZAP list, you must turn in the assignment, completed (simply writing your name on a blank worksheet will not suffice), and serve a minimum of one ZAP session. If the assignment is not turned in, the student will continue to serve ZAP up to three sessions (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday). Assignments will not be accepted for a grade after ZAP has concluded for the week.

 

The grade penalty for late work is as follows:

  • Assignment turned in late same week (prior to ZAP assignment) – 25% deduction
  • Assignment turned in with ZAP assignment – 50% deduction
  • Assignments will not be accepted for a grade after the ZAP assignment has concluded.

If the school is not offering ZAP one week (for example, holidays), students may still turn in the assignment during that week with the 50% deduction.

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.
  • 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.

Plagiarism and Academic Honesty

Cheating is a very serious thing—even when you don’t realize that it’s cheating.  Plagiarism is the act of passing someone else’s intellectual property off as your own.  Regardless of whether or not an act of plagiarism is intentional, it’s still very much illegal (and will result in you being turned in to an administrator for a violation of the academic honesty policy).  Behaviors that will be turned in for violations of the AHP:

  1. Blatant acts of cheating – e.g., leaving notes out during a test, copying someone else’s test, copying another student’s answers on a homework assignment
  2. Blatant acts of plagiarism – e.g., copying an entire paper or entire sections of a paper from a web site, another student, a textbook, or other source
  3. Unintentional violations of the AHP (e.g., citing sources in the body of your paper but failing to include a works cited page) will result in assignment of classroom discipline and a failing grade for the assignment until it is redone without plagiarism.

 

To protect yourself—always assume every assignment is an individual assignment unless you hear otherwise directly from me.  Don’t share homework answers.  Don’t collaborate on a project that’s a single-person assignment and only turn in one copy—you’ll have to redo it separately.

 

ACADEMIC HONESTY POLICY

 

The Madisonville North Hopkins High School Mission Statement states: “The Madisonville North Hopkins community accepts the responsibility to achieve academic success in a safe, caring, supportive environment.  Our purpose is to empower students to become successful, productive adults who continue learning for a lifetime.”  Because academic integrity is critical to character development and the educational process, students must maintain the highest standards of honesty when completing their coursework.  Plagiarism and cheating undermine the ability of teachers to authentically assess student progress and deprive students of the opportunity to learn valuable skills and realize their potential.  Students who profit from academic dishonesty condition themselves to conduct similar dishonesty in college, in the workplace, and in life in general.  Therefore, students, parents/guardians, and school personnel are all responsible for creating and maintaining a positive school climate that encourages honesty.  Students are to adhere to this policy in each class during each trimester; failure to do so will result in the consequences as outlined below.

Academic Dishonesty (plagiarizing/cheating) includes:

 

  • Copying another student’s or previous student’s published work and submitting it as original
  • Allowing a student to copy
  • Engaging in negligent or inadvertent acts that results in previously written work being copied:
  • Leaving work open and visible to copy
  • Sending work electronically to someone
  • Loaning a notebook or disk that contains previously written work
  • Altering words or the order of words from another source and submitting them as original
  • Submitting work written by college students, former students, tutors, or other adults
  • Submitting work that was produced by unauthorized collaborative assignments designed to be completed independently
  • Accessing teacher resources, including tests and assignments, without permission

 

Consequences for plagiarizing and/or cheating:

First Offense – Student receives a zero (0) for the assignment; the incident is documented in the student’s permanent school record; administrator and teacher make a parental contact; Saturday school will be assigned.

Second Offense – In addition to all of the consequences of a “first offense,” student will be in ICE for three (3) days instead of a Saturday school assignment.

 Third Offense – In addition to all of the consequences of a “first offense,” student will be suspended and will be placed on a Behavior Contract instead of a Saturday school assignment.