Welcome to Mrs. Foster’s Class Periods 1, 2, and 4: Communication Skills Period 3: American Literature Period 5: Study Skills Assignment #1: Expectations Presentation As we review and discuss this presentation, you will need a sheet of paper to complete the 25 questions within this PowerPoint. Read the directions and information on each slide. You will turn in your work at the end of the activity. WELCOME TO MORROW HIGH SCHOOL Welcome to a new beginning on the road to reaching your academic goals. New and returning students, a new school year begins today. Below is the theme for the 2010-2011 school year. “Morrow High School: A Model 21st Century School: Leading through Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships...Still We Rise.” My purpose is to assist YOU • I will work with my students and parents • The goal is to guide you toward academic success • Students must realize that their grades, attendance, participation and the overall quality of work submitted is ultimately the responsibility of each student • “Operation Graduation” is a team effort! Morrow High School Mission Statement • Morrow High School's Mission is to educate students, preparing them for academic and social growth. MHS Vision Statement • The purpose of education is to develop in each individual student the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to become a contributing member of society, we believe that the school must respond with respect and concern to the changing needs of all students. Therefore, students backgrounds must be considered and all students must be accepted as worthy individuals. Our school should provide an environment that is safe, comfortable, orderly, and conducive to learning. The cooperation among faculty, students, parents, administration, and the community is essential and best fostered by open lines of communication. The school and community should form an alliance that benefits the students. As a responsible institution promoting democracy, the school fosters involvement of all its member groups. MHS Vision Statement We Believe: • All Students should be given the opportunities to develop academically, socially, emotionally, and physically. • Students learn best in a positive, creative, safe environment. • Everyone is unique, is worthy of our best efforts, and should exhibit a respect for others. • Everyone in the school is capable of quality work. • The students, their parents, teachers, and the community must share in the responsibility and accountability for performances and outcomes of the student body. • Students should be challenged to become life-long learners through self-evaluation and higher level thinking. • Technology plays a new and greater role in our curricula; therefore all students should be given opportunities to develop necessary skills to meet the changes in our society's technological growth. ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS Attendance Is Crucial to Success! • Students must be present and on time in order to be academically successful. When You’re Tardy or Absent… • 2 Unexcused tardies = In School Suspension • 3 Unexcused absences = Call home When You’re Tardy… __________________________________________ If you are tardy to class, you will be locked out! You should report to the cafeteria immediately. Remember, you must have documentation from an administrator to enter any class late. No exceptions! AND You must submit valid excuse notes within 3 days of your return from an absence. No exceptions! When You Check Out… REQUIREMENTS: RESPONSIBILITIES: • See your teacher and the • You must be 18 years old class website for work to check out without a • This is not “make up” parent work-you do not get to leave class early and receive an extra 3 days to turn in work. IT’S DUE WHEN YOU RETURN TO CLASS. When You Skip Class… 1. You are accepting a “0” for that ASK day’s assignments YOURSELF: 2. I will notify your parent or Is it worth guardian it? 3. You will receive an automatic referral to the administration 4. I will NOT allow you to make up missed work for that day 5. You have an unexcused absence and have cheated yourself of a learning experience. You cannot get that day back Remember…If you are not in class and not on the sign out sheet or absentee list, you will receive a referral for skipping Attendance-Skipping Class Take 5 minutes to respond in writing: 1. Where should you go if you are tardy to class? 2. List three consequences of skipping class. 3. How will skipping class hinder your academic success? Explain in three complete sentences. I.D. BADGES & SCHOOL UNIFORMS • Each student must wear I.D. Badges his I.D. badge visibly at all times while on campus (yes, this includes when you are in class!) • You cannot enter ANY class without your ID Badge worn visibly School Uniforms - Tops Females Males • Tops will have either a polo • Tops will have either a polo style collar or a button down style collar or a button down collar. collar; • Colors for tops will be school • Colors for tops will be school colors or white; colors or white; • Shirts must cover the • Shirts must be tucked into waistline. pants. • Shirts longer than three inches below the waistline will be tucked inside pants, shorts, or skirts. School Uniforms - Bottoms Females Males • Bottoms will be khaki (tan) • Pants or shorts should be style or dress pants in colors khaki (tan) style or dress khaki or black. (Not jean pants in colors khaki or style or jean material) black. (Not jean style or jean • Dresses, shorts, and skirts, material) including slits, must not be • Pants must be completely shorter than three (3) buckled, belted, buttoned or inches above the bend of the fastened and without tears. knee. • Pants shall be worn so that • Skinny pants, tights, or the waistband is worn at the leggings that substitute as waist and not below the pants are not acceptable. waist. School Uniforms – All Students • Tops worn over uniform, such as sweat shirts are restricted to school colors or white; (Hooded tops/sweatshirts are not allowed) • Belts are required with no sagging of pants; • Jeans are not included in uniform dress; • Flip-flops, shower shoes, skate shoes and house slippers are not permitted; • Pajama/loungewear bottoms and tops are not allowed • No headgear of any kind. This includes hair rollers, scarves, skullcaps, doo rags, wraps. (Exceptions will be considered in the case of headwear or scarves worn as a part of a student’s religious practice or documented medical reasons) • No hats are to be worn by any student in the building at any time. (No baseball caps during school hours on campus) School Uniforms – Design, Emblem or Lettering • Any design, emblem or lettering which refers to or promotes drugs, alcohol, profanity, immodesty or racial, ethnic or sexual discrimination is not allowed. • Limited to one • No graphics, pictures, or writing on clothing shall be permitted except as part of an insignia. • No larger than 4 inches by 4 inches. School Uniforms Students will not be allowed to wear: • Black on Black • White on White • Tan on Tan • Navy Blue on Navy Blue • Any "sagging" pants, shorts or skirts (Belts are required, if needed) • Jeans of any sort CLASS SUPPLIES Class Supplies • Textbook • 1 ½ inch Binder • College Ruled notebook paper • 2 Blue or Black Pens and/or Pencils GRADING SCALE, CLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS Grading Scale •A 90-100 •B 80-89 •C 71-79 •D 70 •F 0-69 HONESTLY, WHAT TYPE OF STUDENT ARE YOU? Take 5 minutes to respond in writing: 4. What will you do to strive for academic excellence? List five things you will do. 5. What will you do to stop circumstances and excuses from hindering your overall success in ALL your classes? List five things you will do. Plan for success • Our classroom expectations and guidelines must be discussed. Our Five Preliminary Principles Be on time and ready to work. Be respectful of your teacher, yourself, and others. Think before you act. Do your best on all assignments. Follow all rules in the Student Handbook. A few things are unacceptable… A few things are unacceptable… A few things are unacceptable… Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior • Fighting or Horseplay (Automatic Referral) • Using Profanity (Automatic Referral) • Personal Grooming (Warning) • Sleeping or Resting Head on Desk (Automatic Call Home) • Use of Cell Phones, MP3’s or I-Pods (Confiscation, Automatic Referral & Call Home) • Eating, drinking or chewing gum (Warning) Take 5 minutes to respond in writing: List five things that are unacceptable in What are the five our class. preliminary 11. principles? 12. 6. 13. 7. 14. 8. 15. 9. 10. CLASSROOM PROCEDURES Classroom Procedures • Procedures develop a routine for day-to-day activities • Class time is for learning • Let’s work together to keep our classroom neat and orderly Entering the Classroom Turn in homework Pick up any hand-outs/books Quietly go to your assigned seat Begin your “bell ringer”-1st ten minutes of each class Remember, if you are late, you MUST have tardy documentation from the attendance office Intercom/Announcements Announcements come on each morning and throughout the day Stop talking Listen Resume work or activity when announcements are done Preparing Assignments Place the following information on all papers: Name Date Block Assignment Title (If not printed on the work) Page Number (If work is from a book) Remember to always skip lines! *Anonymous work will be discarded No Busy Work • Be responsible for your own academic success • Assume all work will be graded • Do your best • Turn in all work on time; no late work accepted Homework • Homework will not be assigned regularly! • Some assignments that begin in class can be completed at home when permission is given by the teacher • Turn in homework in the pink drawer or blue tray labeled with your class block at the beginning of class • Turn in all work on time No late homework will be accepted Group Participation • Participate in groups as assigned • Do your part to achieve an awesome grade you can be proud of • Group work is a part of your overall success in this class Speaking in Class Do not interrupt Raise your hand Stand up others when they and wait to be important are speaking acknowledged people stand when they speak Class Work, Tests & Quizzes Academic integrity is enforced; do your own work! Class Work, Tests & Quizzes • Do your own work on all assignments! • Clear desk until all tests are collected • No talking once tests are distributed or you will receive a “0” without a make-up opportunity Make Up Work • Per the guidelines in the Student Handbook, students have three days upon return to obtain, complete and turn in missed work or a zero will be placed in the grade book • It’s solely the student’s responsibility to complete all work and schedule make up tests or quizzes Exiting the Classroom • The teacher will dismiss class • Your area must be clean & you must be seated • Exit class quietly • Throw away trash as you leave • Turn work in to the INBOX • Students may be required to turn in a ticket out the door” upon dismissal Take 5 minutes to respond in writing: List three procedures and two things that each procedure requires. 16. 17. 18. HALLWAY PASSES Passes & Hallway Business • Per MHS guidelines, • Be mature and use no passes will be your time between given to any student classes wisely to during the first and take care of last fifteen (15) personal business minutes of the class. that will require you to ask for a pass to leave class. Restroom & Water Breaks Each student will be given three passes to go to the bathroom or get water during each semester You must sign in and out If you take more than five minutes to return or if you return with snacks or with something that did not come from a water fountain or restroom, you will lose an additional break If you require excessive restroom or water breaks, beyond the three given, I will contact your parent/guardian in concern for your health Hallway Business Passes will NOT be given for students to go to: ▫ the parking lot ▫ the snack machine ▫ a local restaurant ▫ get something from a friend ▫ another classroom to get a book, notebook, homework, pen, paper, etc. CLASSROOM DISCIPLINE PLAN Discipline Plan • We will not have problems with acting out and misbehaving because you are responsible young adults. • However, we must discuss the discipline plan for our class. Discipline Plan 1st Step-Verbal warning 2nd Step-Written warning and/or seat change and/or teacher detention 3rd Step-Call home and teacher detention 4th Step-Office Referral According to the severity and/or habitual nature of your behavior, these steps will be adjusted at the discretion of the teacher. CLASSROOM REWARDS Rewards Everyone deserves a “thumbs up” for staying on task and being a positive and productive part of our overall success as a team! Rewards Individual Class Rewards Rewards • Positive Call Home •Bonus Points • Positive Note Home •Student Appreciation Breakfast/Lunch • Reward Certificate •Student Snacks • Homework Pass •Homework Passes • Bonus Points • Student Remember, the Appreciation Lunch ENTIRE CLASS must work together to earn these rewards Take 10 minutes to answer each of the following questions in one complete sentence. 19. What should I expect from you as a student? 20. What do you expect from me as your teacher? 21. What are you willing to do or sacrifice to be an academic success? 22. What academic challenges will you personally face in this class? Take 5 minutes to answer each of the following questions in one complete sentence. 23. How can I personally assist in your success? 24. What special talent or skill are you bringing to this class? (i.e. Public speaking, PowerPoint, MS Word, Team-player, Leader, etc). 25. When do you plan to graduate? Be encouraged Don’t allow yourself to be discouraged. Remember, this class is about the business of learning. We will work together because I care and I want you to succeed! If you can dream it- You can achieve it!
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