Mrs. Thompson’s Language Arts Class

Where ALL Students Succeed!

Dear Parents:

I am filled with excitement and enthusiasm as I welcome you and your child to my 6th grade Language Arts Class! I am planning and anticipating a year filled with learning and excitement. I am looking forward to getting to know you and helping to develop your appreciation for literature and writing. The following outline will provide you with significant information concerning classroom and school-wide procedures.

Language Arts Syllabus

CLASSROOM GOALS

By the end of the 2016-2017 school year, students will be engaged through reading, speaking and listening, language and writing through personalized learning that is intended to address the learning needs, interests, aspirations, or cultural backgrounds of individual students. Each student will be one step closer to being college and career ready.

Contact Information

I look forward to working with your child this year! Feel free to contact me if you have questions or concerns during the year. Below you will find my school email and school webpage. My school webpage provides additional essential information. By working together, your child will be successful!

Materials needed for Success

Required

  • Composition Notebook (1)
  • Folder with pockets (2)
  • 1-inch binder with metal rings (2)
  • Sheet protectors
  • Highlighers
  • Dividers (2)

Optional, but much appreciated

  • Box of Tissue
  • Ream of computer/copy paper
  • Scotch Tape
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Expo Markers
  • Cap Erasers

Rules and Procedures

Classroom Rules


  1. Follow directions the first time they are given.
  2. Stay on task.
  3. RESPECT others, yourself, and property.
  4. Arrive on time.
  5. No pens!
  6. Always do your best!
  7. Be prepared with appropiate materials.

Procedures

  1. Be on time, seated and quietly working on the bell-ringer BEFORE the tardy bell rings!
  2. If you need to borrow any materials for the day, be sure to ask your teacher as you walk in the door!
  3. Raise your hand and WAIT to be called upon before speaking!
  4. Please wait to be invited in the classroom before entering.

Summer Reading Portfolio

The Language Arts teachers have put together a packet of reading and writing practice to be completed over the summer vacation. We hope that with your help and motivation, your student has worked on this packet a little each week over the vacation.


Students who complete the packet should return it to his/her Language Arts teacher by Friday, September 8, 2016. The completion of this portfolio packet is mandatory and will be given a grade.


A copy of this portfolio packet may be found on the school’s website under the Guidance Department section and on my school webpage.

What to do when

You are tardy:

Students are required to have their agendas at all times. Upon entering the room, students should sign-in. The student should do his/her best to quickly and quietly go to his/her assigned seat without making any disruption to class and begin working. If you need to speak to me, you still need to quickly and quietly go to your seat and then you may raise your hand and follow procedures to get my attention.


Tardy Policy- Per 9 week grading period


1st tardy: Warning

2nd tardy: Parent contact

3rd tardy: teacher detention + parent contact

4th tardy: referral ( A referral must be written for all subsequent offenses)



  • Tardy policy is applied to any two consecutive weeks. The last week of a grading period and the first week of the following grading period applies.

There is a substitute teacher in the room:

Behave even better than you usually do! No passes will be given out of class unless an absolute emergency occurs. Students should follow all classroom rules/procedures at all times, whether the teacher is present or a substitute fills in. Students who choose not to follow all classroom procedures/policies will receive an appropriate consequence. Students should never turn money into the substitute.

You turn assignments in late:

Assignments will only be accepted for full credit after the due date if the student’s absence is excused. For each day absent, students have that many school days to make up the work. For example, if a student is absent two days then the student will have two days to make-up the work.

All other late assignments will result in a deduction of points.


  • 20% off if the assignment is one week late
  • 50% off if the assignment is two weeks late
  • Assignment will not be accepted after three weeks

You are unsure how to behave:

Students are expected to exhibit “Positive Gator Behavior” at all times and follow the class rules. If an infraction occurs, the class will follow the school-wide discipline procedures:


  • 1st Offense: Verbal Warning
  • 2nd Offense: First Agenda Comment
  • 3rd Offense: Second Agenda Comment
  • 4th Offense: Third Ageda Comment/Detention/Parent Contact
  • 5th Offense: Fourth Agenda Comment/Parent Conference
  • 6th Offense: Fifth Agenda Comment/Referral

You complete an assignment to be turned in:

Students should head every paper in the upper right-hand corner as follows:

First/Last Name

Class Period

Date

  • “No-name” papers will be placed in a separate basket and will only be graded when claimed. In order to receive a grade, the papers must be claimed by the end of the week. Unclaimed papers will receive 0 credit.
  • All work should be completed neatly and legibly to receive credit. The teacher reserves the right to return any paper and ask for it to be resubmitted.

Homework Policy:

Homework will be given weekly! Student will receive a homework packet filled with content that we are currently learning in class and/or content that will help strengthen their reading and writing skills. The students will receive this packet every Monday and are expected to return it the following Monday. Late homework will result in a deduction of points.

Grading Policy

Students’ grades are based on points earned for tasks completed in and out of class. The points are all added together for the final quarter grade. Points are earned for classwork, homework, participation, assessments, and projects.

Incentives

At the discretion of the teacher, “Gator Bucks” will be given for demonstrating Positive Gator Behavior!

Always be prepared to learn new procedures as the year progresses and different situations arise. Procedures may be changed or added by the teacher. All procedures will be rehearsed. Following these procedures will help you to be successful in my class!

Good to Know Info

Absences:

It is the student’s responsibility to make-up any missed work when absent from class. Upon the student’s return, work can be obtained from the “Make-up” folder.


Student Agenda:

Please emphasize to your child the importance of having the Agenda in his/her possession at all times. It is important for parents to check the agenda each night for comments the student may have received and for additional homework assignments.

Bathroom Procedures:

Each student will receive 3 bathroom passes per nine weeks. These passes will be stapled into the agenda at the beginning of the nine weeks, and are to be used in case of emergencies. Permission to leave the class will be given at the discretion of the teacher. The passes will not roll over to the next nine weeks. Students must have the passes in hand in order to be able to leave the classroom. Students will be able to redeem any unused passes at the end of the nine weeks for extra credit points.


Success For All:

Each and every student has the right to be successful. All actions, behaviors, words should consequently, encourage success. The teacher will do everything possible to ensure opportunities for success for every student. Therefore, any actions, behaviors, or words that inhibit the opportunity for success for every student will NOT be tolerated. Students have the right to come to a safe learning environment daily, and therefore, share the responsibility to keep a safe learning environment daily.


Sincerely,

Mrs. Thompson


The real success of a teacher comes from building a positive learning environment and keeping a sense of humor. It's about learning something new each day, knowing every kid for exactly who he is, and believing in the potential in every single child. The real success of a teacher is almost never easy, but it's always important." ~Krissy Venosdale