Classroom Policies, Rules and Expectations
These rules and policies are in addition to those described in the student handbook. Any violation of these rules will result in the disciplinary actions described in the student handbook.
- School rules policies and expectations are designed to help students learn, be provided a nonthreatening environment to learn in and to keep all students safe. It also teaches students how to obey laws in society.
- Come to class on time. Standing outside the door and rushing in after the bell has begun to ring will constitute a tardy. You must be INSIDE the door when it begins ringing to be counted on time. A pass signed by a teacher or the office will be the only excuses accepted for being late.
- Attend to personal needs before coming to class. Go to the bathroom between classes. If you don’t think you have enough time to complete what you have done before class, check in with me first and tell me that you need to use the restroom and your tardy will be excused. Only one student at a time will be allowed to leave the classroom.
- Remain in your seat (assigned or not) unless you have permission to get up. Any trash will be thrown away at the end of the period on your way out. No wadding of the paper and throwing it will be permitted. If your pencil needs to be sharpened, you will raise your hand with the pencil in it. I will either provide you with a new pencil or sharpen it for you. Interruptions during lecture and activities are very impolite.
- Electronics: There are to be no cell phones or MP3 players being used in my classroom unless permission is given. If a student is using a cell phone or other electronic device during my class the device will either be willingly handed over to me to be picked up at the end of class. If you choose to not comply, your device will be sent up to the office and will be held there until the end of the school day. Students will not be permitted to use my classroom phone. If you must use the phone you may use the phone in the office. I will permit the use of phones, I pods and other mp3 players at certain times. You must ask permission first. The use of such devices is a privilege, not a right, and if the privilege is abused it will go away.
- Bring required materials every day unless you are otherwise directed. You have all been in school for many years now and know what equipment you need (pencils, paper, folders, books etc). An electrician needs their tools to get the job done right, so they bring their tools with them. Students need pencils to get their job done, so bring them with you. I encourage you to buy a notebook and a folder so that you can keep yourself organized. I will do my best to help provide pencils and paper here as well, should you need them.
- Use polite speech and body language. Unkind teasing and impolite behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
- Do not cheat. Students caught cheating will receive a zero and a phone call home. Both the student who shares his work for an independent assignment AND the person who copies it will suffer the same consequences. I expect you to do your own work and to be sure no one can copy it.
- Turn your work in on time. Late work will be accepted, but will be received for only half the credit, unless otherwise stated in class.
- Grades: Students your grades are available for viewing on-line on the school website Aeries. Your parents, as well as you, should monitor your grades in case there may be a missing assignment or mix-up. Yes, I am human and I may mix something up.
- A) Grading will be based on total points earned out of total points available on assignments, homework (given once or twice a week or unfinished class work), quizzes, test and participation/behavior. Yes I do give points for good behavior and class participation. Extra credit is given as well and is limited, but is NOT to be used as a desperate attempt at the last minute to save a grade.
- B) Grade scale is as follows:
A = 90-100%
B = 80-89%
C = 70-79%
D = 60-69%
F = 50% and below
- Your behavior choices will dictate if this is an environment of learning or an environment of chaos. You can choose to be responsible young adults and prove yourselves trustworthy, self-motivated, hard workers. That choice will open the door for a successful year or you can prove yourselves non-trustworthy which will severely deprive yourself and your classmates of some great opportunities. Please make the appropriate choice to make your life easier, successful and something you can be proud of.
- ATTENDANCE: It is important that you be here every day and on time to each class. Since a majority of our work is done in class it is imperative that the students are in attendance every day. When a student is absent, it is their responsibility to obtain missed assignments and complete them in a timely manner, three days following an absence. Per Tehachapi Unified School Districts Board Policy 5121(b), 15 unexcused absences will result in an automatic failing grade. I do not want your student to fail and I know you do not want that for your student as well, this is why attendance is an essential part of your student’s academic success.