post your grades on a weekly basis so you know how you are doing in this
class. It is your responsibility to see me before or after class if
you have a question or see an error in your weekly grade.
WARNING: All work completed by a student in this
class is expected to be the student’s own. If a student is found to
have copied work from another or former student, or if the student has
plagiarized (e.g., copied something off the Internet with the express
purpose of passing off the work as his/her own), the student will AT MINIMUM
receive a zero for the assignment, and if done on a major writing assignment
or project, the student will lose 20% of his/her quarter grade. (If the
student was earning a 85% B, the grade would drop to a 65% D.)
Late Work Policy
All assignments are to be finished and
turned in on the date due when collected during class.
However, assignments that are due on a day where they are not needed for
class (e.g., needed for class discussion, group work, or individual writing
process or project work), will be accepted at a penalty of -5 points per day
until the assignment is worth zero points. If you are absent for
an excused reason on the day an assignment is due, you may turn the
assignment in for full credit on the first day you return to class.
Cuts, unexcused absences, and suspensions do not excuse you from late
When you are absent it is your
responsibility to bring me a note from a parent or guardian explaining why
you were absent. IF I DO NOT
SEE A NOTE, your absence is unexcused. If you know ahead of time that
you will be absent for several days in a row, please notify me so I can give
you assignments you might miss. You lose the right to make up work if you
are absent due to cuts, an unexcused reason, or in-school/out-of-school
suspensions (unless you make arrangements with me before your suspension).
School Functions, Sign-Out
If you play sports, are part
of a club, or go on a field trip for another class, you MUST get
signed out of this class by me at least 5 days before the day you’ll
miss class. BE SURE YOUR COACHES AND SPONORS ARE AWARE OF THIS. If you
show up asking to be signed out on the same day that you need to miss class,
I WILL NOT sign you out. Finally, excessive numbers of sign-outs will
not be tolerated.
If you are
interested in attending a school function (like a football game or a play),
DO NOT BUY YOUR TICKET and then expect to be signed out of this class.
Before I even consider signing you out, you must have a minimum 75% C.
Also, excessive numbers of sign-outs will not be allowed no matter how good
your grades are.
Please note that
missing class for a school function is not an excuse for turning an
assignment in late or missing a test or quiz. Make arrangements to see me
before you go to turn in your work, pick up work, or take tests/quizzes you
At any point, I reserve
the right to not sign you out. Academics come first.
Reading, and Reading Cards
Sustained Quiet Uninterrupted Reading Time (aka SQUIRT)
is mandatory at Curie High School. Therefore, you should bring a BOOK
of your choice to read with you to class EVERY MONDAY.
The READING part of your grade in this class includes
class reading assignments and independent reading. To earn an
adequate grade in this class (a C or better), you must work on your
reading. As part of this focus on reading, each of you will receive a
Reading Card. You will get one of these cards at the start of each
quarter. It is your job 1) to NOT LOSE this card, 2) BRING THE CARD TO
CLASS WITH YOU, and 3) to complete enough reading to fill your card with
punches. You can earn many punches on your card by completing reading
assignments from class. HOWEVER, YOU MUST ALSO DO SOME INDEPENDENT READING
TO COMPLETELY FILL YOUR CARD. The grade you get for your Reading Card
depends on how many punches you earn by the card’s due date (see the back of
your card for details on this).
If you lose your Reading Card, you
have to buy a new one (50 cents). Also, punches do not carry over
from quarter to quarter.
Here is where/how you can find Ms. Spachman.
Free periods: 1, 3, 5, 7, and usually 9th
period as well. (I am not available Thursday after school.)
Location during free periods: 9 times out
of 10, I’ll be in the English office (242) or 262.
English office phone: 773-535-2138
firstname.lastname@example.org (Put something in the
subject to indicate it’s class-related.)
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