LEAP English/Language Arts 6

Mrs. Clements


Welcome to LEAP English! Please review the following policies and expectations for this class.

I firmly believe that education is as much about people as content. To that end, I encourage open, positive communication. Students should never be afraid to approach me with concerns or needs; likewise, I welcome constructive communication with parents. Together we function as a team to build successful students!


Absences: If you are absent, it is your responsibility to find out what you missed. Daily activities and homework are found on my Edmodo website (linked through Schoolweb), so you should always know what's going on in class. When you miss class, you can expect to have make-up work; for each day absent, you have one day to make up the work. All absent work should be turned in directly to me.

Late Work: Work must be turned in on the day it is due for full credit. Late work may be accepted for a point deduction. This is the school-wide late work policy. If you are absent on a test date or a project due date, you should expect to make up or turn in the test/quiz/project the day you return.

Missing Assignments: The quickest way to bring down your grade is to not turn in your work. On longer term projects, please begin with a plan for completion and then budget your time. If you need help drawing up a plan, come see me and I will assist you. For excessive missing assignments, I may assign a Thursday Night School to allow you to complete the work for a maximum grade of 70.

Test Retakes: A student who scores below a 70% on a major test may come in for test corrections or retesting. This must be done within one week. The highest grade possible on a retake is a 70. This is a school-wide policy.

Grading Policy: Major Grades = 40% Minor Grades = 35% Daily Grades = 25%

Grades can be accessed on Skyward Family Access


  • We will cover the district LEAP ELA curriculum, as well as additional texts targeted for LEAP. We also use many Pre-AP strategies and texts.
  • You should expect some assignments to require a higher degree of complexity.
  • Responses to literature require you to think critically, respond thoughtfully, and reflect honestly.
  • We will be busy this year! We study literature, writing, vocabulary, and grammar. We will also practice speaking and listening.
  • Expect to collaborate with others regularly!

  • You should expect some homework each week, although not every night.
  • Many assignments will be longer-term projects. Do not procrastinate on these!
  • Not all homework is graded; some assignments may be completed for the learning value alone. Large projects and tests will always be graded.

Success Habits:
  • Students should come to class on time and ready to learn. Bring all supplies each day.
  • This class requires effort; you should expect to read, study, and produce high-quality, well-planned assignments that you turn in on time.
  • During class, be on task. Wasted time = wasted opportunities to improve yourself.
  • Come to class with all supplies: iPad, pen, SSR book.
  • You should expect to access my web page on a regular basis. Assignments, quizzes, projects, and tests may all be done with the iPad.

Communication is Key!!!

E-mail: This is the best way to reach me. I will respond as quickly as possible, and almost always within 24 hours. Reach me at: clementsn@lisd.net

Phone: Call the main office at 469.713.5962 and they will transfer the call to my voice mail. I will return your call as soon as possible.

Handwritten note: You can always bring in a note from home. If I need to respond directly to parents, I prefer to call or e-mail, so please include your contact information on the note.

Twitter: Keep up with what's going on by following my class on Twitter: @Downing6ELA

Edmodo and Schoolweb: I use both sites for posting lesson plans, assignments, quizzes, resources, etc. Please visit regularly!

Remind101: I ask all students to sign up for this free service - it allows me to send one-way text messages to students with reminders about important due dates, changes in plans, last minute information, encouragement, etc. Students may not text me back, and any texts I send are sent to the entire group. I will not be texting students individually. Students should use their own cell phone number or their parents' number if they don't own a cell phone. Parents are also welcome to sign up!

Behavior Expectations

Be Pleasant
Be Prompt
Be Prepared
Be Polite
Be Patient

I expect students to show respect for others and property at all times. This includes, but is not limited to:
  • Staying on task
  • Cooperating with others
  • Raising your hand to talk
  • Following the Student Code of Conduct
  • Treating technology (iPad, computers, etc.) responsibly
  • Being considerate towards others in words and actions


  • Verbal warning
  • Private Conference with Student
  • E-mail/phone call to parent/guardian
  • Student Detention
  • Office Referral *serious violations may result in immediate office referral

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