The information below is included on the class syllabus.

Class Behavior

  • I will treat you with kindness and respect and I expect you to demonstrate the same behavior to myself and your classmates.  Our classroom will be one in which we can all be comfortable taking academic risks.  To that end, I expect you to behave and perform as a student ready to learn.
    • Be polite.  Be respectful to me and your classmates.  Use only your ears when others are speaking.
    • Be prompt.  Be inside the classroom and working when the bell rings.
    • Be prepared.  Arrive to class with all your materials and assignments.
    • Be productive.  Use your time efficiently from bell to bell.  You’ll be amazed how fast class passes by!
    • Participate.  Engage in all classroom activities with a positive attitude.  Class (and life) is easier when you’re happy.

Grading

  • Late work will lose 10% of the score per day it is late.
  • Work will be graded and weighted accordingly:
    • Major Grades - 50%:  Tests, Essays, Projects, Presentations
    • General Grades - 40%:  Daily class work, Homework, Quizzes
    • Participation/Professionalism - 10%

Homework

  • You can expect homework several times a week.  It is your responsibility to write down and keep track of homework assignments.  You may also find homework on the English III calendar.
  • Late work will lose 10% of the score per day it is late.  
  • My thoughts on working on homework assignments with a classmate, friend, or parent are as follows:
    • Homework is designed to help you develop and practice reading and writing skills, therefore it is vital that your first attempt be a solo activity.
    • After you’ve completed an assignment independently, it’s acceptable to discuss or help one another with challenging/confusing aspects of the homework assignment.
    • Simply giving or getting answers is cheating.
    • If you and another student have the same, word-for-word answers for an assignment, even if for just a few questions, I will consider this cheating.
  • Bottom line:  push yourself; seek help if you need it, but never compromise your integrity.

Absences

  • You never have to ask, “I was absent.  Did I miss anything?”  Of course you missed something.  It is your responsibility to ask about the instruction and/or homework you missed.
  • You can find out what you missed by either sending me an email or talking with me before or after school or during my planning period.  Please note that asking during class is not an option.
  • Do not wait until progress reports/report cards are imminent and, noticing a zero, ask to make up the assignment.
  • As soon as you know you are going to be absent (aka, a planned absence), you must speak to me to find out what you will miss.  I repeat:  it is your responsibility to speak to me prior to your planned absence.  We will discuss your make-up work and completion dates then.  Tests, quizzes, major papers or projects that are due on a day/s you have a planned absence will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis, but you can expect to take the test/quiz or turn in the assignment prior to your absence.  Heed this warning:  if you fail to see me prior to the planned absence, you will not be allowed to make up the work.  
  • If you are unexpectedly absent (aka, an unplanned but excused absence), you must speak to me before or after school within two days of your return from an unplanned absence to find out what you’ve missed.  If you choose to not speak to me within two days of your return from an unplanned absence, you will receive a zero for missed assignments.  In addition, students who do not come to their appointments to make up missed assignments will also receive zeroes.
  • If you are absent the class before a test, quiz, major project or paper is due BUT you knew about the test, quiz, major project or paper BEFORE your absence, you will be required to take the test or quiz or turn in the project or paper on the day you return.

Academic Integrity

From the Croatan High School Student Handbook:

  • Croatan High School prides itself on academic excellence and academic integrity. CHS does not tolerate any forms of cheating, plagiarism, or falsification of documents.  Therefore, CHS wants to remind everyone that the consequences for Cheating, Plagiarism and Falsification of Documents, as stated in the 2010-2011 CHS handbook, are as follows:
    • No credit given for the assignment
    • Six weeks conduct grade of Unsatisfactory resulting in expulsion from various clubs, organizations, and awards (i.e., Beta Club, Academic Achievement)
    • Assignment cannot be made up
    • Parents and principal notified
    • The importance of doing honest work and the serious consequences for cheating and plagiarizing cannot be over-emphasized. Many colleges and universities expel students from the school if they cheat or plagiarize. Falsification of documents is illegal.
  • Academic cheating and plagiarism can take several forms including, but not limited to:
    • Copying someone else’s work. This includes copying from books, the internet, magazines, newspapers, or classmates.
    • Copying homework.
    • Allowing someone to copy work.
    • Giving answers to a classmate.
    • Claiming credit for work that the student did not actually do.
    • Looking at another student's work/answers while in possession of one’s own test.
    • Being in possession of and/or using a cheating aid (cheat sheet, written answers/notes, technology device turned-on or on body during test).
    • Working together on any assignment meant to be completed independently (teacher will inform student of assignments that may use partners for completing).
    • Possessing a test or its answers prior to the test.
    • Buying an essay.
    • Informing another student of test questions and/or answers from a previously taken test.
    • Allowing another person to do one’s assignment.
    • Copying another's words without quotation marks and/or citations.
    • Use of someone else’s ideas without giving proper credit/documentation.
    • Allowing another person to write part or all of one’s paper.
    • Creating false sources.
    • Forging a signature or initials on any form/document.
    • Using on-line foreign language translators.
  • When in doubt, document; always do your own work.  These are the best ways to avoid committing academic dishonesty.