In this class we will continue to expand and refine students' skills and knowledge in the four main areas of study for the Common Core English Language Arts Standards for grades 9 and 10. Follow this standards map link to see what standards we will study and benchmark during each quarter.
In order to be successful in this class it is essential that students stay organized and complete assignments in a timely manner. Please view and print the "English Binder Rubric" attachment at the bottom of this page. Your first "binder check" will be on August 19th, so be prepared. After that, binders will be randomly checked and graded a few times a month.
How is honors different from the benchmark English 9 class?
The honors class is intended to introduce students to a more rigorous, in-depth, and demanding course of study in order to best prepare them for advanced placement classes later in high school. Students will work towards mastery of the same standards as the benchmark English 9 classes, but will be required to do more complex and challenging work. While the benchmark class prepares students for college by meeting the CSU/UC A-G requirements, the honors class provides an opportunity for students who are seeking a more challenging experience.
During the first week of school, students and I discussed and established expectations for behavior in the classroom. We also discussed progressive consequences to support students in meeting expectations.
First Offense -- Reminder
Second Offense -- Warning
Third Offense -- Call Home
Third Offence -- Removal from Group/Classroom
Fourth Offence -- Removal to Office for Discipline by Administrator
**Please be aware that more serious issues such as harassment, bullying, or behavior that poses a serious safety issue will be referred to an administrator immediately.
Homework is assigned in order to provide students with the opportunity to practice and reinforce concepts and skills taught in class. Timely completion of homework is essential for student success. For this reason, completing homework late is strongly discouraged. Late work may or may not be accepted and graded for partial credit.
Assessment & Grading Policy
Student progress will be assessed through quarterly benchmark exams, as well as various tests, quizzes, writing assignments, homework, and projects. The grading scale for the class is as follows:
A 90 - 100% -- Level 3
B 80 - 89% -- Level 2
C 70 - 79% -- Level 1
D 60 - 69%
F 0 - 59%
In order to be eligible for an "A," all writing assignments and projects must be turned in on the due date. Writing assignments and projects turned in after the due date (but within 1 week of due date) are eligible for no higher than a "B." Writing assignments and projects turned in more than 1 week after due date are eligible for no more than 1/2 credit. The point? Turn it in on time for the best grade possible. Didn't turn it in on time? Still turn it in because 1/2 credit is better than no credit.
In keeping with Calistoga Joint Unified School District Board policy, quarter and semester grades will be calculated as follows:
Need to know what we did in class on a particular day? Look through the slide show at our daily agendas.
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