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    ELA

    6th Grade

    Grapevine Middle School

    Mrs. Shepherd

    2017-2018

     

    Course Needs:

    Students are required to bring the following supplies to class every day:

    • Daily Binder (Student Agenda included)
    • Pencil
    • Charged Device
    • Independent Reading Book

    Absentee Policy:

    When a student is absent for any reason, it is the student’s responsibility, not the teacher’s, to collect work and see that it is handed in. Students have one day for every day that they were out plus one extra day to make up the work for full credit for unplanned absences.  Missed tests and quizzes must be made up within five school days. Please note that if the absence is for a planned, school related reason, such as a field trip, or sporting event, students should collect their work ahead of time and will be expected to turn in their work on time.

    Extra Help: 

    Students may get extra help during their corral class, but students must receive a pass from me before the beginning of the period, report to their assigned corral, and have the pass signed by their assigned corral teacher before coming to my room.  If additional help is needed, students may come before, or stay after, school during my tutoring times or by appointment. Students will need to arrange for their own transportation home.

    Assignment Policy:

    Assignments are an integral part of the curriculum and essential to reinforcing material that was taught in class.  Homework is posted on the board every day.  Students should copy it into their planner at the beginning of class. For the majority of assignments, ample class time is given to complete the homework.  However, because we only have 45 short minutes, this is not always possible and students will have to use time at home to finish. 

    Homework is considered late if it is incomplete and/or not in the teacher’s hands at collection time.  Late work turned in before the end of the 9-Weeks will be graded for credit. Depending on the nature of the assignment, students will either lose points on their assignment, or will be referred to to the phase 5 program.   It is always better to turn in late work for partial credit than no work for zero credit. Late work will not be accepted after the nine-week grading period has ended. Students with three or more missing assignments will be assigned a detention, and will be referred to the learning lab until the assignments are completed.

    Grading Policy:

    Several factors make up the semester grade in Media & Technology Literacy.  In addition to daily classwork, students will have regular homework assignments, quizzes, tests, and projects.  Effort and participation are very important.  Students are expected to be on time to class and to come prepared.  The breakdown of the semester grade is as follows:

    Major Assessments                            30 %

    Quizzes                                               25 %

    Daily Grades                                     25 %    

    Membean                                         20%           

    Each nine-week grading period, students will earn a “Preparation and Participation” grade.  Every student automatically starts with (and hopefully stays at) 100 points.  For every day that a student comes to class unprepared, or does not participate appropriately, they will lose a maximum of ten points.  This is an easy way to earn points! Absences will not count against this grade.

    Retake Policy:

    If a student has concerns about their grade, they should discuss with the teacher the reason(s) behind their current average and the necessary steps to take.  At teacher discretion, tests, quizzes, and projects may be redone to indicate improved mastery of the subject matter.  The better of the two grades grade will be recorded. So, if you fail a test or quiz you can retake it for a better grade!  Note:  It’s much easier to do well on a test or quiz the first time around because in addition to preparing for a retake, you still need to keep up and do the current work in all of your other classes!

    Extra Credit Policy:

    There will be occasional opportunities to earn extra credit, however students should not expect to rely on these points as grade boosters. No extra credit will be given if students are missing assignments.

    Classroom Rules and Discipline Policy:

    1. Be respectful
    2. Be responsible
    3. Be ready for class

    Students are expected to behave properly at all times.  Failure to do so may result in beginning or continuation of the 5-phase policy as outlined by the district. For detailed information, please see the student handbook.

    Google Classroom:

    Students and parents are encouraged to visit this site regularly for announcements, daily homework assignments, calendar of events, helpful documents, and other important information.  Bookmark (or add to Favorites) the page below the first time you go to it:

    Classroom.google.com

    In addition to the class website, I also have a classroom twitter and instagram account which I will use for homework reminders, educational materials, and updates on what the classroom is doing. Bookmark (or add to Favorites) the pages below the first time you go to it:

    https://twitter.com/MrsShepGMS

    https://instagram.com/MrsShepGMS

     

     Contact Information:

    Mrs. Trelawny Shepherd

    Grapevine Middle School

    817-251-5660 EXT 3310

    trelawny.shepherd@gcisd.net*

    http://www.gcisd-k12.org/Domain/3458

    https://twitter.com/MrsShepGMS

    https://instagram.com/MrsShepGMS

     

    *E-mail is the best way to reach me.  I will do my best to return all e-mails within 24 hrs.