Honors English 10 A & B
SLC – N House
(626) 960-7741 x2212, Rm.212
Course Syllabus 2012-2013
Welcome to the start of a brand new school year! This course syllabus will give you very
important information about my class which is part of N House, one of four Small Learning
Communities (SLCs) at Sierra Vista High School. It will tell you everything that you need to
know in order to be successful in this course. Carefully read through this syllabus so that you are
clear about what’s expected of you this year and how your grade will be determined.
Course Description: This honors level course is a requirement for high school graduation as
well as entrance into college since it fulfills one of the A-G requirements. It covers the same
materials as English 10, but with a greater focus on critical thinking, independent reading, and
writing. Students will read a variety of world/multicultural literature, many of which are tied
directly to historical topics. Some of the literary works that you can expect to read this year are
the following texts: “The Tragedy of Julius Caesar” by William Shakespeare, Animal Farm by
George Orwell, and Night by Elie Wiesel. Students will also read short stories, poetry, as well as
myths and legends during the school year.
The type of writing that will be emphasized this year is expository & persuasive writing,
along with formal research writing. Students will write a complete research paper on a heritage
topic during the fall semester. It will be in MLA format, typed¸ and will emphasize correct use of
grammar and spelling. All lessons and activities will be aligned to the California State English-
Language Arts Content Standards. This course meets the University of California and California
State University Requirements for English. In addition, it prepares students for mandatory district
tests such as the district benchmark as well as the California Standards Tests (CSTs) and the
California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE). Finally, by taking this honors level class, students
will earn additional credit towards their Grade Point Average (GPA) and will be ready to take
Advanced Placement (AP) English starting in their junior year.
Grading: You will receive a report card every six weeks (two progress reports and the final
semester report card). In this class, you will be graded on a weighted scale. This means certain
categories of assignments will be worth a certain percentage of your grade in the class. Look at
the chart below to see the categories that you will be graded in and what percentage each category
Notebooks = 30% Tests / quizzes = 15%
Essays / Research Reports = 30% Classwork / Homework = 10%
Projects = 15% Extra Credit = 3%
I will be using the Illuminate grading program. You should have access to this program by using
the student portal. If you haven’t ever seen your grades online through Illuminate, you should ask
a teacher or fellow classmate for help.
Homework Policy: You should expect to be assigned homework at least 4 times a week. All
homework assignments should be recorded on your homework calendar. A grade for homework
will be recorded every three weeks. Homework that is completed on time will be stamped (10
points per stamp). Homework that is done late will only receive half credit (5 points). After an
absence, it is the student’s responsibility to get the make-up work stamped the next day. Work
that is not made up immediately after an absence will not receive full credit. However, you can
still turn in late make up work for half-credit up until a notebook check is due.
Required Materials: Large spiral notebook containing a minimum of 100 pages (9’’ x 11’’
notebooks work best), pen, pencil, highlighters (at least two different colors to begin with), glue
stick, house agenda, and required textbook. The following items are highly recommended, but not
ruler, pack of crayons/markers/or colored pencils, and a pair of school-size scissors.
Parents: Please contact me immediately if this list of required materials poses any problems.
I am willing to work with you to make sure that your child has materials for my class.
Tutoring: Please take advantage of the tutoring that your N House teachers offer during the
year. It is a proven fact that students who get help in tutoring improve their grades and pass their
classes. I will be available for tutoring two days a week after school from 3 – 4 pm (tentatively
scheduled for Mondays and Wednesdays). Also, I am usually in my classroom everyday during
the 15 minute brunch break and once a week during lunch (typically on Wednesdays).
1. No food or drinks allowed, except water.
2. Raise your hand to be called on at all times.
3. Respect yourself, classmates, teachers, and other peoples’ property.
4. No offensive or derogatory words or gestures towards anyone at any time.
5. No use of electronic devices (cell phones, iPods, etc..) during class time or they will be
confiscated and held by the teacher until the end of class or the school day. Refusal to
give teacher a cell phone or other electronic device will result in an immediate referral.
Step 1: Verbal warning, change seat, and / or loss of positive participation points.
Step 2: Parent / guardian phone call, Teacher-assigned detention after-school or during
brunch (15 or 30 minutes depending on infraction)
Step 3: Guidance office referral, and if needed, N House Behavioral Intervention meeting
with teachers, parent, counselor, and Assistant Principal of Discipline
**Please be aware that steps can be skipped and a student could immediately receive a referral
and be suspended from class if his or her misbehavior is completely unacceptable and disruptive.
To Parents: It is a privilege to be your child’s teacher this school year. I hope that we can
work together to help your child be successful in my class. You can assist me by encouraging
your child to complete all of his/her work, by making sure he/she attends school everyday, and by
checking that your child has all the necessary materials for this class. If you have any concerns or
questions regarding your child, please contact me at (626) 960-7741 ext.2212 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org. I also have a teacher website (www.msgsvhs.weebly.com) at which
you can contact me. I will need you to sign your name below as proof that you read this course
syllabus and are aware of all its information.
Parent Signature for Course Syllabus
(Return for homework points)
To: Mrs. Gutierrez Class Honors English 10
From: ____________________________ _______________________
Print student’s name here Today’s date
My parents/guardians and I have read this course syllabus which summarizes everything that I
need to know about my Honors English 10 class. We understand what is expected for me to be
successful in your class this year.
Student’s Signature Parent’s signature
(questions or comments from parents – optional)