Welcome to English class!We are looking forward to getting to know all of you. As the year progresses, please feel free to talk to us at anytime; we are typically available during the day and would be happy to set aside time to help. In addition, we ask for your help in making this class a positive and productive experience for all of us.
Classroom Expectations – There are only two!
Come to class ready to learn each day; respect your teacher and classmates who are here to learn, too.
School Policies Pertaining to the Classroom
Please be aware of the Hudson High School regulations as listed in your handbook. Note the sections on dress code, personal electronics, food/drinks, and plagiarism/cheating.
Come to class on time. Check the student handbook for tardy policy details. It is not “fashionable” to be late.
What we will do in the event of a problem will depend on
the individual student and the unique situation.
What Do You Do When You Miss Class or Have Questions About Class Assignments?
Take responsibility for make-up work. If you are absent or late for any reason, be proactive in turning in homework, getting missed notes, scheduling make-up quizzes, etc. We will be helpful in getting you caught up, but the responsibility lies with you. We expect missed quizzes/tests to be made up in a timely fashion; if you fail to show up for a scheduled make-up, you may receive a consequence.
1. Your first line of defense for out-of-class success is your calendar, Home Access Center (HAC), and daily agenda. Also, copy information from the chalkboard that updates your assignments and gives you a plan for the day.
2. If you are absent or confused about an assignment, use your second line of defense: your study buddy in our class. Throughout the year, when questions arise, text him or her, find him or her on Facebook, use email…whatever works.
3. The third line of defense is your English teacher. Please contact us via email with questions no later than 8:00 in the evening. We will try to respond in a timely fashion, and this communication will help you be on target the next school day.
If you are absent from this class but present in school, drop off any assigned work that day; otherwise, it could be considered late.
Your grades in this course will fall into two categories, formative and summative.
Formative (Academic Practice) = Approximately 30% of your grade
Academic Practice may include homework checks, in-class assignments, some quizzes, some writing assignments, participation, and class discussions.
Summative (Academic Achievement) = Approximately 70% of your grade
Academic Achievement may include tests, quizzes, writing assignments, activities, or projects that assess how well you mastered the material we are studying.
Grades will be updated regularly on HAC. Please see us if you have questions or concerns. Do not wait until the end of the grading period to bring up your grade!
We will be assigning and checking homework on a regular basis. If you are present in class (and were present when the work was assigned), you will receive a consequence if the homework is incomplete. For major assignments, you will receive partial credit for work submitted late.
As technology grows and expands, so does its use in the classroom. Social media outlets such as Google Drive, Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and the like may be used in school throughout the year. Please be thoughtful of how you use technology:
- Be aware that teachers are obligated to report or address illegal/inappropriate behaviors that surface within students’ feeds/posts/messages. Be professional and cautious. If you would not say something in front of a teacher, parent, or future employer, do not say it through electronic media.
- Please use a private email message (to the hudson.edu account) or a personal conversation to discuss sensitive or individual matters (a question about a grade, etc.) with me.
- Your google account is IDfirstname.lastname@example.org Password: birthdate 00/00/00(unless you changed it)
You will need:
- 1½” Binder with five dividers/tabs
Label the tabs MUGS, Core Materials, Writing, Reference Materials, and Miscellaneous.
- Notebook paper
- Pens (black or blue)/Pencils/Highlighters
Throughout the year, we will be reading materials not included in a textbook. When we do this, we will provide you with ample notice that you will need to secure a copy of a book. Books required for the course will typically be available through the school bookstore, and some used copies may also be available. You will also need a copy of an MLA resource, which we will be providing. This will be an essential tool for your writing, so PLEASE keep it in your binder for the entire year.
Major Works may include:
A Separate Peace
Much Ado About Nothing
A Tale of Two Cities
Strength in What Remains
Cry, the Beloved Country
Nonfiction choice: Mountains Beyond Mountains, Seabiscuit, Unbroken, The Hot Zone, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks