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Classroom Policies and Procedures

Student Rights

  • All students have the right to an education.

  • All students have the right to feel safe and welcome in the classroom.

  • All students have the right to equal and fair treatment.

Student Responsibilities

  • Charge Chromebooks before class.

  • Log out and close Chromebooks while not in use.

  • Keep phones on silent and put away unless given permission to use them.

  • Keep personal belongings in your area, bags off tables and out of walkways.

  • Request missing assignments after absences.

  • Ask for assistance if needed.

  • Alert teacher to any issue that may affect your performance in class.

  • Follow all classroom and building procedures and guidelines.

Students who create an unsafe environment or continuously hinder the learning of others may be referred to the office for disciplinary action.

Classroom Guidelines

Cellular phones should be put away before class begins. At times, students will be permitted to use phones to complete assignments. Students MAY NOT use phones for activites unrelated to class during class time. If students are caught doing so, the phone will be confiscated and taken to the office.

Cheating and plagiarism will not be tolerated. Plagiarism is presenting someone else’s work or ideas as your own work. Copying another student’s work is considered cheating/ plagiarism. Sharing your work with other students is also considered cheating. Any student caught cheating or plagiarizing will receive a zero on the assignment. Repeated infractions will result in an office referral, out-of-school suspension, and possible failure of course.

Food and drink are allowed as long as you clean up after yourself. If you choose to abuse this privilege, it will be revoked. Keep noisy foods to a minimum, put trash in the bin, and clean up any mess you make on the table or floor.

Student Handbooks are available at the link below. Students will be expected to follow all guidelines set forth in the Handbook. Infractions will result in disciplinary action.

Homework Policy (Sophomore English Language Arts)

All work assigned during the week is due Friday by 4 pm unless otherwise indicated. If there is no school on Friday, work will be due the last school day by 4 pm. Work turned in after that time will be considered late and 10% will be deducted from assignment grade. Any work turned in more than a week late, without prior approval, will not be graded. Students who are absent on Friday or have 2 or more excused absences during the week will be given until Monday at the beginning of class to complete assignments unless granted additional time by the instructor.


Homework Policy (Foundations of English)

Work not completed in class will be assigned as homework. ALL homework will be due at the beginning of class on the next school day.  ALL late work MUST be turned in within ONE (1) week of being assigned. ANY work NOT completed within 1 week of the date assigned will NOT be accepted unless the student has made prior arrangements with the instructor.


Homework Policy (21st Century Journalism)

Students are expected to complete story assignments by the deadline. If students are unable to complete stories by the deadline, they should alert the instructor as soon as possible so adjustments can be made if necessary. Stories should be complete, correctly formatted, and edited before submission for publication. Failure to turn in stories by the deadline will result in a reduced grade.  Stories that are messy, incomplete, have significant errors, or are incorrectly formatted may be returned to student for revision and will receive a reduced grade.

Tardy Policy

Students are expected to be in class when the bell rings. Students who are late to class without a note will be marked tardy. Students who are more than 5 minutes late without a note will receive a detention. Three tardies in a row will also result in a detention.


Students are encouraged to ask questions during class. However, if students require additional assistance, they are encouraged to attend tutoring or request a seminar pass. Tutoring is offered to all students before and after school in the library. Mr. Dana Daugharthy is available every morning, Monday - Friday, from 7 - 8 am, and Ms. Dean is available after school until 4:30 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. In addition, Mrs. Karhoff is available during seminar and for at least fifteen minutes before and after school to assist any student who would like extra help with an assignment. Students who are unable to request assistance during one of these times are encouraged to speak with the instructor about scheduling an alternative time. Seminar passes will be given to any student who requests one for class purposes.


Attendance is an important part of this course. Students who miss instructional time may have difficulty completing assignments. Students with excused absences are allowed to make up missed work. However, it is the student’s responsibility to request missing work and arrange a time other than instructional time to have any assignments explained. 

Students with 2 or more excused absences during a week will receive additional time to complete that week’s assignments. Students who are absent on Friday are expected to turn in the previous week’s assignments on Monday at the beginning of class. If the absence is excused, assignments will be considered on time. If the absence is unexcused, assignments will be considered late and 10% will be deducted from the grade. Students with unexcused absences will not be given additional time to complete assignments per the student handbook. 

Missed exams and quizzes should be made up within a week of the missed exam or quiz. Students who will be absent during a semester final must contact the instructor as soon as possible to schedule a time to make up the final.

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