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					August 25, 2010

Dear Parents and Students,

Welcome back to a new school year! I’m looking forward to all that this year is going to bring!

Here I have outlined the grading procedures and classroom policies for 2010-2011. Please take some time to
read through this with your child.

Grading Procedures

*All work is due on the assigned date. It will be accepted one day late for half credit. After one day, it will be
accepted up to one week with a continued deduction in points. Spelling homework will not be accepted after
the unit test has been taken. For students with documented service plans, accommodations will be made as

*When an absence occurs, you will have the amount of time missed to make up the work. (If two days are
missed, two days will be given to complete the work.) If an extended amount of time is missed, we will work
together to determine an acceptable time frame for work to be completed.

*The online gradebook will be updated on Fridays. This will be kept as current as possible.

*After-school help is available. Please see Miss Ham to set up a time when needed.

*Academic dishonesty of any kind will not be tolerated. Consequences will be determined if needed.

*Please use the class website to keep track of upcoming assignments and projects.

*Spelling assignments (English class): Spelling homework is due on Mondays. The unit test will be Thursdays,
with the new unit assignment given that day as well. When weeks are shortened, the days will be modified.

* Accelerated Reader (Reading class): Each grading period, you will be required to read at least one book at your
reading level and complete the Accelerated Reader test. You will be notified of due dates well in advance. While
you will have time in class to read each week, you will still need to take responsibility to read outside of class as
well. In addition, you will be required to complete journal entries on the book. We will discuss this more in the
coming weeks.

Classroom Policies

Since you are a middle school student, I hold high expectations for your behavior. Classroom rules will be
reviewed in class. Please ask Miss Ham if you need more explanation on any of the rules.

*First time a rule is broken: A verbal reminder about acceptable behavior will be given.

*Second time a rule is broken: You will be staying after school with Miss Ham to discuss your behavior and how
we can work to improve it. Your parents will be notified as well.

*Third time a rule is broken: A detention will be assigned and parents will be notified.

*Fourth time a rule is broken: You will be sent to the office, and Mr. Campbell will determine the appropriate
course of action.

For severely inappropriate actions, a detention or immediate office referral will be given.

These consequences are on a day-to-day to basis. That means if you get a warning on Monday for behavior, on
Tuesday you come in with a clean slate. However, if you repeatedly defy the classroom rules, we will not issue
warnings or after school conferences—the detention will be the first step.

Contact Information

Please feel free to contact me with comments, questions, or concerns at any time. I am available via email at, or through school voicemail: 440-256-3358 ext. 3505.

I am truly looking forward to working with all of you this year! Let’s do our best to make it a great one!


Miss Ham

                                     ((Please detach and return to Miss Ham by Friday, August 27))

I have read and understand the grading policies and expectations for Language Arts for the 2010-2011 school year.

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