• Required Materials

    ~See syllabus for specific required materials for each class. 

     School Rules

    ~School rules apply at all times in the classroom.

     Assignments & Homework

    ~All homework and assignments must be completed. Homework that is time sensitive (ie...will be gone over in class on the day it is due) will not be accepted late.  If an assignment is late, the student will not receive full credit, however, the assignment must be completed before the end of the unit.  Any students that have assignments missing will not be eligible for extra credit and may be required to spend their study periods or time after school completing their missing assignments.

     ~Special cumilative assignments, such as the research paper, will not be accepted after the final due date if all portions of the assignment are not complete. For example, the research paper must be put through turnitin.com as well as printed in hard copy. If the student does not have all portions of the assignment, it will result in a zero. Students will be informed in advance of such assignments.

     Extra Credit

    ~ From time to time I may offer extra credit opportunities. However, each student has the opportunity to develop his/her own extra credit projects throughout the semester. These can be planned in advance or they might happen spontaneously (i.e. you might discover while traveling with your family that you can visit the home of a famous author--pick up materials/information, and when you return to class, ask for an opportunity to present the information to the class). Be creative. The points earned (if any) will be determined by me. Each student must do the required classroom activities to have the "extra" credit count; it is not acceptable for a student to decide he/she does not want to do a required activity, instead, offering an alternative activity to take its place. No extra credit will allowed the last 2 weeks of the marking period.


    ~ Points will be earned for each assignment based on the importance of the assignment and the quality of work turned in. Every effort will be made to do this accurately, but mistakes do happen. To insure fairness, each student will be required to keep a notebook containing all assignments for the grading period. If there is a mistake, both student and teacher should have a record of the grade, and the mistake can be corrected.


    ~ It is the student’s responsibility to seek out any missed work or reschedule missed tests/quizzes. This must be done on the student’s own time and not during class time.


    ~Grades will be calculated on an earned points basis. Each assignment will be worth a delegated amount.

    ~Given the nature of the course, students are expected to write and complete lengthy assignments which must be read thoroughly. Consequently, grades for each set of assignments will be completed as quickly as possible, however, the writing process requires revision. Grades will not appear on the parent portal until final revisions are completed and turned in. In addition, students will write in a journal every day and they comprise a large portion of the student’s writing grade. Failure to complete the journal appropriately may lower the student’s grade significantly. 

    Academic Honesty

    All students are expected to be honest.  Anyone caught being dishonest will be subject to disciplinary action and will be dealt with according to school policy.  In addition, the student will receive a zero on the assignment, test, or quiz. This includes “working with a friend” on an assignment that was not designated by me as group or paired work- do your own work in this class and if you need help, ask me. Academic dishonesty may include, but is not limited to:

    Cheating — the improper taking or tendering of any information or material which shall be used to determine academic credit. Examples include:

    1. Copying from another student's test or homework paper.
    2. Allowing another student to copy from a test or homework assignment.
    3. Using unauthorized materials during a test, such as the textbook, notebook, notes or crib sheets, including those stored in a calculator or phone.
    4. Collaborating during an in-class or take-home test with any other person by giving or receiving information without authority.
    5. Having another individual write or plan a paper, including those bought from research paper services.

    Plagiarism — the attempt to represent the work of another, as it may relate to written or oral works as the product of one's own thought, whether the other's work is published or unpublished, or simply the work of a fellow student.

    When a student submits oral or written work for credit that includes the words, ideas, or data of others, the source of that information must be acknowledged through complete, accurate, and specific references, and, if verbatim statements are included, through use of quotation marks as well. By placing one’s name on work submitted for credit, the student certifies the originality of all work not otherwise identified by appropriate acknowledgements. A student will avoid being charged with plagiarism if there is an acknowledgement of indebtedness. Examples include:

    1. Quoting another person's actual words.
    2. Using another person's idea, opinion, or theory, even if it is completely paraphrased in one's own words.
    3. Drawing upon facts, statistics, or other illustrative materials — unless the information is common knowledge.
    4. Submitting a paper purchased from a term paper service as one's own work.
    5. Failing to accurately document information or wording obtained on the World Wide Web.
    6. Submitting anyone else's paper as one's own work.
    7. Violating federal copyright laws, including unauthorized duplication and/or distribution of copyrighted material.
    8. Offering, giving, receiving or soliciting of any materials, items or services of value to gain academic advantages for yourself or another.

     Cheating/Plagiarism  This section is taken from the student handbook discipline policy.

    1st Offense


      2nd Offense


    3rd or more

    Zero on assignment plus:
    After school detention, parent meeting, withhold credit on the assignment, and possible loss of eligibility for academic honors and awards including valedictorian. For all incidences, the National Honor Society will be notified.

     Zero on assignment plus:
     1 Day AEP, parent meeting, withhold credit on the   assignment, and loss of eligibility for academic   honors, all honor societies and awards including   valedictorian.

    2 days OSS Principal’s Hearing

Last Modified on September 13, 2021