Materials, Policies, and Expectations
Policies and Expectations

Course Materials

The following materials are needed for this course. Please have all materials for the assigned date.


binder                                         loose-leaf paper

pens and pencils                    2 three pronged folders

white out                                   planner



Late Policy


It is not fair for students who hand their work in promptly to permit others to have extra time. Long term projects and essays will be deducted ten points per day lateThese are school days, not A/B days. For example, if a project is due for Monday’s class, and the student hands it in for Wednesday’s class, the student will lose twenty points. As per the handbook, students will only have two days past the due date to hand in late work. After two days, students will receive no credit for the work (Student/Parent/Teacher Handbook 25). Weekends count as two days.


Students will each be given a "Late Pass" in which one assignment can be turned in one day late without penalty. Additional "Late Passes" can be earned. They can only be used on essays or projects – not daily reading or homework. In addition, they can not be used in bunches to extend due dates. Late passes can be earned through exemplary work, participation, and good behavior.




  1. When a test or quiz has been announced and an absence occurs, the student must still be prepared to take the test/quiz upon his/her return to school unless new material was introduced the day of the absence.
  2. If you are absent on a test or quiz day, you are expected to make up the test or quiz on the day in which you return to school. You will not receive an extra day to study.
  3. If you are absent on the day that a major project or writing assignment is due, you must email me the assignment or have someone drop it off in school on the due date. If you are unable to do this, then you must have either a written note from your parents explaining why this was not possible or your parents must call me personally to explain why.
  4. If you are absent and miss a homework assignment, you must see the teacher the day you return to get the missed work. Class time will not be devoted to helping you with missed work. You must see me before or after school. You will not be permitted to receive full credit for the work after you have been back to school for more than two days. Your homework assignments are due the day after the teacher assigns the work to you.
  5. If assignments are missed due to an unexcused absence (i.e., a cut), you cannot make up the work and will receive a zero as a grade. In addition, proper school procedures will be followed in documenting the absence.
  6. If there is an unusual circumstance, the student should discuss it with the teacher prior to the start of the school day.
  7. If you are absent, it is your responsibility to get the notes from a classmate and come to see me to explain the lesson.
  8. You are responsible young adults. I will not chase after you for you to make up the work.



Cheating and Plagiarism


What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is a difficult concept to define. It includes a range of actions from failure to use proper citation to wholesale cheating.

    • Obtaining a paper from a research service.
    • Copying and turning in another student’s work. This includes homework.
    • Turning in a paper a peer has written for you.
    • Copying a paper from a source text without proper acknowledgement.
    • Copying materials from a source text, supplying proper documentation, but leaving out quotation marks.
    • Paraphrasing materials from a source text without appropriate documentation.
    • Turning a paper obtained from a web site


All types of cheating and plagiarism are serious offenses. Students who are caught cheating and/or plagiarizing will receive a zero on the assignment with no chance of making up the work, and a parent conference will be scheduled with the Assistant Principal (Student/Parent/Teacher Handbook).


Cheating and plagiarism does not only apply to research paper writing. These guidelines will be followed for all course work including projects, homework, dialectical notebooks, and journal entries.

Classroom Rules:

    1. Be on time to class and be prepared with appropriate books, notebooks, and writing tools.
    2. Be in your seat and ready to begin class when the bell rings.
    3. Listen to and follow directions the first time they are given.
    4. Give equal respect to everyone in the classroom, as well as to other people’s property.
    5. Do not interrupt while someone else is speaking.
    6. Raise your hand when you want to ask a question or make a comment – do not shout out.
    7. No cellular phones may be visible in class. If your phone rings, I will take it.
    8. There is absolutely no eating or drinking in class (punishable by detention).