Class Syllabus
Ms. Borger
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Responsibility: knowing what needs to be done and doing it

 Choice:  You have control over your success or failure based on the choices you make.  Recognize that for every choice there are consequences.  Accept the consequences for your actions in all things.  I don’t give grades; you earn grades based on the choices you make.

Class rules:

I. Respect each other’s personal items & space

            a. No hitting or inappropriate touching

            b. No taking or touching something that does not belong to you

II. Respect learning environment

a. No abusive, homophobic, racist, or disrespectful language

b. No talking when someone else has the floor

c. No “Shut-up”

            d. Stay in assigned seats unless movement is permitted

III. Be Responsible

a. Do not blame others for your behavior

b. Do not come to class without materials, leave assignments in your locker or car

c. Do not ask for an extension because you did not allow enough time to print     
    your paper


·      You are to be in the room when the bell rings.  If you enter after the bell you are considered tardy.  Standing within my eyesight and talking to a friend in the hall does not constitute being on time.

·       I strictly follow the school policy regarding tardiness (see student hand book).

·      You will be given two passes out of class per semester.   Passes do not carry over.  Once passes have been used, do not ask to leave the class.  This holds for bathroom, guidance, seeing another teacher, going to your locker for materials, etc.

Assignment Expectations:

·      All work is due on the due date.  Homework may be handed in one day late for ˝ credit.  After this time, you will automatically receive a zero for the assignment.

·      Assignments are due at the beginning of the class period.  Assignments handed in after the teacher collects them are late and will receive ˝ credit

·      If you do not have an assignment to turn in, you are to complete an Assignment Accountability Form.

·      It is your responsibility to get make-up work when you return from an excused absence.  Do not expect the teacher to remember and give it to you. 

·      If you are gone on a pre-planned absence (field-trip, sporting event, vacation, etc.) your work is still due on the due date.  Late penalties apply to work turned in after the due date.

·      Even in the event of excused absences, in-class participation points cannot be made up.  The reason for your absence does not change the fact that you were not present during the activity.

·      Work cannot be made up for unexcused absences. 

·      Absences do not earn you a “free day” to study for a quiz or exam.  If you are absent the day before a quiz, you are still expected to take the quiz the day you return

·      Plagiarism Policy: I strictly enforce the MHS English department plagiarism policy.  If you are caught cheating or turning in work that is not your own—including, but not limited to, copy and pasting any section of a larger piece of work you turn in—you will receive an “F” on the assignment for the first infraction and an “F” for the entire quarter for the second infraction.  Parents will be contacted in both cases.

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Updated: 17 August, 2008 10:30 am