The first day of school in my class, and most others, we will review my syllabus. Honors English (and History classes) will turn in their summer assignment for a completion grade. Then we'll review class and school policies you need to know.
Day 1 comes with one homework assignment; the last page of my syllabus contains a parent contract that requires a signature. Turning this in will earn you 20 participation points (30% of your grade!).
On Tuesday, we will begin easing into our weekly routine. Before I give you an overview, let my explain how block days will work.
The first week of school will have a normal bell schedule, which will include block days. On these days, classes are twice as long but they are split between Wednesday and Thursday. Students will go only to their odd numbered periods on Wednesday, in order (1, 3, 5). They will go only to their even numbered periods on Thursday (2, 4, 6). 7th periods keep the same schedule every day and do not follow block rules.
Mondays and Tuesdays in my class will be the days that we do most of our book discussions. I will also introduce weekly vocabulary words on Monday, or occasionally Tuesday. This will begin week 2.
Block days will be split between grammar and writing.
Fridays will feature most of our quizzes, including a weekly vocabulary quiz.
Honors students will begin reading through our book list on our second Monday (week 2), while Traditional students will already be working through a writing workshop.
While each day is meant to encourage the student's success by following a routine as they adjust to a high school schedule, lessons may vary and are subject to change.
Students will have the opportunity to write down the week's schedule and homework assignments at the beginning of the week together as a class. This schedule will remain on my classroom whiteboard the entire week. I will post the same information on each class' page here.
I highly encourage every single student to bring a planner of some sort to school each day for the purpose of keeping track of due dates and assignments. For many students, failure to keep track of their due dates in a consistent place makes letter grades worth of difference!
I depend on each parent's open communication and support to help their child succeed as we step into a new challenge and adventure this year. Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions or concerns. I hope you will also find the resources here (and in my syllabus) helpful all through the year.
You can expect me to be strict about rules and procedures, but I will also be filled with patient answers and smiles. The first week will contain a lot of teaching and practice the rules students are learning.
I have high expectations for my students, both as scholars and humans, because I believe they can achieve them. I also champion the success of each student and look to their best interest in each of my lessons and plans. I make mistakes, and so will you. But we will learn and grow and it will be beautiful.
Ready to rejoice in the challenge, Chargers?!
All My Sincerity,