Class Rules and Procedures

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"This above all: to thine own self be true" ~ William Shakespeare, Hamlet

Demeanor: Students are to be respectful of both the teacher and other students at all times. Students should also always be honest in their dealings with both the teacher and other students.

Preparedness: Students are to arrive in class prepared. Being prepared for class means that a student has:

Starting Class: Upon arriving in class, students are to take their assigned seats immediately and begin working on the “Notebook Question” assignment posted on the board in their notebooks. Please note that:

Grading: Initially, quarter grades are calculated as follows, though the instructor reserves the right to alter these percentages should the need arise:

Class Participation Scoring: Class participation is a measure of the sincerity, engagement, and character of a student in class. There are many methods of increasing your class participation score including, but not limited to, the following:

Likewise, class participation points can be lost in any of a variety of ways, including, but not limited to, the following:

Lateness: You are late to class if you arrive more than five minutes after the designated start time of class according to your schedule.

Assignment Format: All homework, projects, and major writing assignments are due on the assigned due date at the beginning of class. A folder will be circulated around the room, and the work should be placed in that folder. There are specific requirements for written assignments. Failure to follow these guidelines may result in loss of points or refusal of submission. All written work must:

Late Homework: All late homework will be penalized 5 points for every calendar day it is late. After one week, late work will no longer be accepted for credit.

Quizzes: Unannounced quizzes may be given at any time. Students should assume that they will have a reading check quiz on all readings before they are discussed in class.

Absences: Please note the following with regard to being absent:

Leaving Class: If you need to use the bathroom, take the purple pass from the board ledge and go. Please note the following:

If you need to go to the nurse or elsewhere, you must ask first. You may not leave class as it is beginning to go anywhere, including the Information Commons to pick up work. Once you are in the room, you are there to stay. If you need to go someplace, go before class begins.

Extra Help: Extra help is always available to any student that desires it. It is usually available Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays after school in room 222. Quick questions can be answered every morning from 7:30 to 7:45 A.M. in room 222. Other arrangements can be made by appointment.

Personal Business: Problems, issues, or concerns that a student may have should be addressed before the start of class. This can be done via email or by seeing the teacher before homeroom begins in the morning. The instructor reserves the right to request proof for any issue described.

E-mail: Any e-mail to the teacher must have the student’s full name, class, and section in the subject line. Students may reach the instructor at kmathews@ihahs.com.  Students should e-mail the instructor if:

Plagiarism and Cheating: All instances of plagiarism or other academic dishonesty will be referred to Mrs. Hals, the Dean of Students.  Ignorance is not an acceptable excuse for plagiarism. If a student is not sure whether or not something would be considered plagiarism, she should ask. There are no exceptions to this policy.


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