8th Grade Reading/Language Arts Classroom Procedures

Paige Adams-  conference time: 2:45p.m.-3:30p.m.

paige.adams@region16.net or panhandleisd.net (teacher page) _____________________________________________________

Objective:  learn required curriculum for 8th grade Reading/Language Arts

 

Supplies:  2 folders, 1 (1 subject) spiral   (These items may be kept in my classroom.)

 

Upon entering the classroom

Enter in a mature manner, put your cell phone in the box, check the board for instruction, prepare your materials for class, and turn in/pick up make-up work if you were absent.

 

Classroom Behavior

Take responsibility for your own learning.

Be respectful of others and yourself.

 

Consequences of bad decisions: (weekly)

Each week, you will have a participation grade includes (but is not limited to) having your supplies, participating in class discussion, positive behavior, following instructions.  When you arrive on Monday, this grade is 100.  Each time you are not handling your business, the following will apply:

          1st time- warning (-20 points from weekly Participation Grade)

          2nd time- detention (-20 points from weekly Participation Grade)

          3rd time- parent contact (-20 points from weekly Participation Grade)

          4th time- office referral (-20 points from weekly Participation Grade)

 

If you are caught cheating, you will receive a “0” on the assignment, will be assigned detention, and your parents will be contacted.

 

Grades

Summative: such as tests, projects, reports, presentations, Reading Enterprise, Spiral- 60%

Formative: such as daily work, homework, class participation- 40%

Semester Tests- 1/7 of semester grade

 

Parent Portal is available to you and your parents.  Your grades will be updated every Monday.  If you ask me what your grade is, I will refer you to parent portal.  If you or your parent/guardian has concerns after checking parent portal, I will be happy to discuss those concerns.

 

Homework:  Homework will be turned in on the given due date at the given time. If you do not have homework ready to turn in at that time, you will finish the assignment (possibly missing the next instruction) and will be assigned detention to get caught up. The assignment will be due the next day with the highest possible grade being a “70”.  If, for some reason, the work is still not turned in, you will earn a “0” for the homework, and your name will be turned in to Mr. Cates office regarding Saturday School.

 

Saturday School: This is an addition to our campus to help students who have trouble getting their homework turned in on time. When a teacher feels a student is not handling his/her homework responsibilities, that teacher will turn the student’s name in to Mr. Cates. When the student’s name has been turned in three times campus wide, that student will be required to attend Saturday School. Saturday School will be held one Saturday per month from 8:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.

 

Make-Up Work

When you return from an absence, pick up make-up work from me. From that date, you will have two days for every day you were absent to get the work turned in. You are certainly welcome to come in for tutorials if there is something you don’t understand. If all work isn’t made up within the time allotted, you will earn a “0” for the assignment.

 

Corrections:

If you make below a 70 on an assignment, and I feel that you gave your best effort on that assignment, you may come to tutorials to correct that grade for a 70.

 

Legibility:

If I cannot read your handwriting on an assignment that is to be turned in, I will return the assignment to you, and you will rewrite it legibly turning it in the next day for a grade.  If the assignment is not turned in and written legibly at that time, you will earn a “0” on that assignment.

 

Tutorials: If you do not have your goal for Reading Enterprise or are not very close to having your goal one week before the due date, or I feel that you are not understanding a concept well enough to move on, you will be required to attend tutorials. The details of the tutorials time will be worked out between you and me when necessary.

 

 

Reading Enterprise Guidelines

Library Website:  www.harringtonlc.org/panther

 

Bring your library book to my class every day.  You are to have a book at all times, whether you have your goal or not.

 

Tell me before you take a test.

Tests may only be taken in my room on school days between 7:30a.m. and 4:30p.m.

 

You are required to take (and pass) at least two tests per six weeks on books that you have read independently.  Fiction books must be at least 100 pages long and must be at least a level 4.  You may read (independently) and test on more than one book per six weeks for extra credit.

*extra credit –a “100” added to your average for each additional book

  per six weeks (up to 3 extra “100s”)*

            

Reading Enterprise counts as two test grades in Reading.

          (grade 1- percentage of goal reached, grade 2- average of test scores)

 

Goal is due the last Thursday of each six weeks.

         

During my classes, you will check and recheck books on library day, ONLY.   The only exception is being absent on library day. If you do not have a book in my class, you will be assigned detention and be given something else to do during independent reading time until you get a book.

 

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