Entering the Classroom: When you enter the classroom, it is expected that you are quiet and respectful. You will gently place your Chromebook in your desk and look at the back board, which will tell identify what materials are needed for the class; it is then that you will go to your locker to gather the needed materials. Once you are prepared, begin the entrance slip or journal entry for the class period.
Turning in Homework: Your homework is expected to be turned in on time. You will place it into your class' designated row in the silver bin upon entering the room. I will give a verbal reminder at the beginning of class the day that homework is due for all homework to be turned in.
Absent Work: You will be given a packet from your homeroom teacher of all the work you have missed while you were absent. In my 6th Grade Homeroom Class, your packet can be found in the yellow folder on the back wall. When turning in absent work, please write "absent" at the top before placing it in the silver bin. You will have one day per day absent to get your work in after you have received your packet.
Chromebooks: Chromebooks are to be treated respectfully and gently. If you are in my 6th Grade Homeroom Class, you will take your Chromebooks out of the cart and put them inside your desks upon entering the classroom. All other classes MUST place Chromebooks inside of your desks before going to your lockers for any other supplies needed for class. While using your Chromebooks for class, you are to browse only the websites or pages given to you for the specified lesson. A major will be given to any student who violates this rule. Random history checks will be done during class. If your history has been cleared, it will be assumed that you have been browsing websites that should not have been, and a technology violation major will be given. Your Chromebook use will be monitored by me in my class using the Go Guardian application.
Journal/Entrance Slip: At the start of each class period, you will have a writing assignment to complete on Google Classroom. These will be different each day. Writing topics may be on vocabulary, reading topics from the previous day, or a topic we will be discussing for class that day. In Language Arts Class you will complete a writers' journal on a Google Document. You will be prompted into a story or topic for each day. If you do not have interest in the given topic, you may complete a free-write for the day. Journals will be graded for completion each week. Once a month, your class journals will be graded for mechanics and technicalities in your writing. The rubric can be found below as well as on our Google Classroom page.
Vocabulary: You will have a weekly vocabulary list that we will be working with. There will be activities throughout the week, and will be assessed each Friday on this list. These assessments can be in the form of tests, stories, or other activities of our choice as a class. For Greek and Latin root lists, if a 60% or below is received on your assessment, you will be given the same list to work with the following week to perfect. The highest grade of assessment will be taken from the two weeks. When second quarter comes, we will be working with whole words. If a 60% or less is received on the assessment, you will be given your test back to correct. You will be given some points back based on corrected answers. At the beginning of third quarter, we will cover figurative language words. If a 60% or less is received on the assessment, you will be given your test back to correct for some points back.
Accelerated Reader: It is expected that you are reading outside of the classroom. We will go to the library twice a month to switch out books. There are plenty of options between the school's library, and your teachers' classroom libraries! On the last school day of the month, an Accelerated Reader test will be due. These are graded based on score received on the test. To receive credit for your AR test, the book you have tested on must be within your reading level. If there is no test on the novel you have chosen to read, you may complete a book report in place of the AR test. I will show examples during the first week of school. Due dates for AR tests are: September 28, 2018 October 31, 2018 November 30, 2018 January 31, 2019 February 28, 2019 March 29, 2019 April 30, 2019
Finishing Work Early: If the class is working on an assignment during class and you finish before the time allotted is up, you may do the following:
read your Accelerated Reading book
study your weekly vocabulary words
complete and perfect your weekly writers' journal
complete your Accelerated Reading log
Accountability Check: The Junior High Teachers will use an accountability check to keep track of student preparation for class. Homework, materials, and tardies will be tracked. If you are missing an assignment, material, or are tardy for class, you will receive a check. Once five checks are given, you will receive a minor and lose your recess for the rest of the week.
Extra Credit: Extra credit will be accepted once a quarter in the form of a book report. Students may choose to complete a book report in any manner expressing they have read an additional book. Again, this is limited to once per quarter.