Croatan High School
Dear Parents and Guardians:
Your child is a student in my English class and I welcome your involvement in his or her
learning process. Please take time to read the course syllabus and policies and
contact me if you have questions or concerns. I am available to take calls before and
after school hours and during my planning period. Please view my personal website to
see my hours of availability. You may also contact me by email, which is sometimes the
most efficient way for us to communicate. My email address is
Attached to this letter is a packet which contains important information regarding various
topics and requirements for my class. Please read each page and make sure that you
complete the information sheet, sign on the appropriate line, and have your child return
it as soon as possible.
Grammar & Composition/English I
Instructors: Deirdre Heverly, Stacey Schroeder, Kim Meaney, and Paul Slater
August 25, 2011
The English curriculum for freshmen is based on the North Carolina Standard Course of Study
and the Carteret County Instructional Curriculum Guide for English Language Arts I. The
Croatan High School English Department has structured a program designed to challenge
skilled students and to prepare all students for success. Our curriculum requires that students in
English I explore the ways in which audience, purpose, and context shape oral communication,
written communication, and media and technology. While emphasis is placed on
communicating for purposes of personal expression, students also engage in meaningful
communication for expressive, expository, argumentative, and literary purposes. The course is
also designed to explore the various genres of literature: nonfiction, fiction, drama, and poetry.
All students in this course will take the state-mandated English-I End-of-Course Test at the end
of the year. The test assesses two skills: editing student-written compositions and textual
analysis. There are no exemptions, and the test counts as the final exam for the course (i.e. 25%
of their final grade for the course). Students must pass the English I EOC to graduate.
1 three-ring binder (at least 2 inches) with eight dividers
Ink pens, black or blue
Dictionary/ thesaurus for at-home use (If you have internet access at home,
Dictionary.com and Thesaurus.com are great alternatives.)
3x5 lined Index Cards (15 per week)
Your notebook (a daily class requirement) should be organized as follows:
Section I: Daily Language Skills
Section II: Journal
Section III: Vocabulary Workshop (VWS)
Section IV: CRASH! (Grammar Focus)
Section V: Book of the Month (BOM)
Section VI: Reading / Writing Workshop (R/WWS)
Section VII: Homework Planner/Week Agenda- outlines will be provided
Section VIII: Graded Work (optional section- but. . . HIGHLY ENCOURAGED)
Markers/ colored pencils (come in handy on creative projects)
Flash Drive (to save compositions and other projects)
o Elements of Literature, Third Course- online access is available for this text
o Elements of Language, Third Course –online access is available for this text
Major assignments: 60%
o Includes essays, exams, seminars, notebook/journal checks,
homework average, and projects
General assignments: 40%
o Includes quizzes, various compositions, homework, class
work/practice exercises, daily preparation
Final Grade: 25 % EOC + 75% average of three six weeks’ grades
Note: All freshmen students are required to take the English I End of Course Test
mandated by the State Department of Public Instruction. No freshman is allowed to
exempt this test, which also counts as the final exam grade for the English I course.
Intellectual dishonesty is intolerable. The following are some examples:
o Copying another’s work
o Allowing another to copy your work
o Giving answers to classmate
o Plagiarism in all its forms
TurnItIn.com is no joke!
Zero on the assignment
Unsatisfactory conduct grade for the six weeks grading period
Notification of administration and parent/ guardian.
o Bring all materials to class.
o Do not interrupt the class to borrow a pencil, pen, or paper.
o Be in your seat and working when the bell rings.
o Visit the bathroom before you get here (Students will be issued 3 bathroom
passes each six weeks).
o Raise your hand.
o Contribute to group/ class discussions.
o Use all your class time wisely.
o Work until I dismiss you.
o Always stay on task in groups.
o Always give your best attempt.
And . . .
o Don’t have side conversations—they’re distracting.
o Don’t talk when your classmates are working quietly—again, distracting.
o Stay awake in class.
o Always raise your hand to speak when your teacher is talking.
o Make this room a place where we are all comfortable taking academic risks.
o Be nice and show respect.
o You may have a bottle of water in class; however, no food or soda is permitted.
o Do not comb your hair, apply makeup: grooming is prohibited.
o Follow all CHS Handbook policies and procedures.
If you have any questions about a given night’s homework, check your teacher’s website.
You can access it from Croatan’s homepage. Because teachers keep pages updated with
assignments, you should know that it’s only a hop, skip, and click from Facebook to
kmeaneychs.yolasites.com. Ignorance is no excuse for missing work.
It is the student’s responsibility to write down and keep up with homework assignments.
Homework is accepted at the beginning of class, and late homework is not accepted.
The Strike Policy
o 1st time without homework: “Oops Pass” may be used with a one day extension
on the assignment (unused “Oops Pass” may be turned in at the end of the
marking period for BONUS)
o 2nd time without homework: grade of a zero and verbal warning
o 3rd time without homework: grade of a zero and parent contact (phone call
o 4th time without homework : grade of a zero and After School Detention *Note:
Maximum of 3 After School Detentions per marking period= Office Referral
Note: Your strikes start over each 6 week marking period.
Attendance/ Make-up Work
Regular attendance in all classes is an expectation.
Students are responsible for making up missed work. You must make arrangements
with your teacher within two days of the absence (2 days, see CHS Handbook).
Do not interrupt instruction to get missing work. If you are absent and want to know
what you missed, there are three options for finding out:
o Before school
o During lunch
o After School
Plan to make up missed quizzes and tests in your teacher’s room after school—arrive by
If a student is not in class for a test or major assignment and is in the Alternative
Learning Center (A.L.C.), the student must take the test or do the assignment in A.L.C. at
that time. It is the student’s responsibility to make these arrangements with the assigned
If a student is assigned A.L.C. he or she is also responsible for coming to the assigned
instructor before school that day to get any work you need.
Students will not make up quizzes or tests during class.
If a student is absent, he or she is expected to be prepared for class when he or she
returns, which is to say that being absent is not an excuse for not having an assignment
announced prior to the absence. The only exceptions are assignments announced on the
day a student is absent; those assignments would fall under the make-up work policy.
Student and Parent/Guardian Information Sheet
Once you have read and understand the information in this outline, please sign below
and return this sheet to Ms. Meaney by Monday, August 29th. If you have questions or
comments, please use the space below.
o I have read and understand the policies and expectations for Mrs. Meaney’s
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