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Below you will find an overview of class expectations and guidelines for students, including supplies needed, absent and late work policies, as well as the grading scale used and contact information.
EXPECTATIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Be on time.
2. Be prepared: Supplies Always Please!
3. Respect yourself and others. This includes your right to a safe environment, the rights of your fellow students, and my right too! Respect in this environment includes property, space, and emotions.
4. THINK BEFORE YOU ACT: Every action has a positive or negative consequence!
GUIDELINES FOR STUDENT BEHAVIOR
I have few set rules in my class. I believe that as all young adults are different, and all actions and reactions very personal in nature, effective discipline is made of a few overriding principles. The main goal is to enable the you to grow and learn from your actions.
In order to follow the above guidelines, I (Señorita Cooper) will operate with the following principles as my guide:
1. I will react without anger or haste to problem situations.
2. Equal is not always fair. Consequences will be designed to fit the problems of the individual students, and they may be different even when problems may appear to be the same.
3. I will guide students toward personal decision making skills they will need to function in the real world. I will make every effort to ensure that, in every situation, the students involved understand why they are involved in the consequences.
4. If I at any time I act or react in a way that a student truly feels is unjust, that student need only say to me “I am not sure that is fair” En español se dice ¡Qué no es justo! I will arrange a private conference during which the student can express to me why he or she feels my actions were not fair. This may or may not change my course of action. I am always open to calm, rational discussion of any matter.
-At least a 2 inch wide 3 ring binder specifically for Español
-Loose leaf notebook paper (50 pages for the entire year)
-5 dividers (we will label these together in class)
-Both pen and pencil (watch the use of gel pens that are hard to read)
-Optional, but strongly suggested a Spanish Dictionary
-A pencil pouch for your binder to hold flashcards
Grades will be based on a total point system that will include daily in class Assignments, Homework, Listening/Verbal Activities (including time in the Language Lab), Quizzes and Tests. 80% of work is done in class, so attendance is CRUCIAL...especially because we do so many hands on and verbally based activities! It is essential to practice a language in order to LEARN it, so homework will be given a minimum of two times a week ... but never on Fridays!
*Extra Credit opportunities will arise throughout the grading period, BUT grades will reflect the work listed above, this is important to remember. NO extra credit will be accepted the last week of the grading period.
Late work is accepted, BUT ONLY WITH AN OOPS PASS. Each student will receive 4 passes per semester and will need to decide how to them most appropriately.
Students will have 1 day for each class day missed to complete make up work. Appointments will need to be made to make up quizzes, tests, and listening/ verbal activities. Each date will have a folder with work done on that day. Students should go to that folder and pick up work and follow instructions. THIS IS A STUDENT RESPONSIBILITY! YOU are responsible for taking care of missing work. The missing work will be on the wall for two weeks, then removed for the next week's work. Prearranged absences DO NOT mean that work is excused and lessons need to be made up before leaving or immediately upon return.
I am available by appointment before school for extra help. We need to be sure to be in the same place at the same time! I am also available almost everyday at lunch.
*Parents may also reach me by calling the school at 742-6200 and leaving a message. I will return all calls as soon as possible, please understand an immediate response will be difficult since we do not have phones in our rooms. E-mail is the best way to get a quick response: firstname.lastname@example.org