PCHS Latin Language Website

Ms. Carroll’s Contact Information for the benefit of parents and students:

Work: PCHS 337-6880, ext. 314, Room E-24 

Her cell phone number is listed on a handout given to students at the start of the school year.

Email: mcarroll@ecpps.k12.nc.us *** Parents! Please email me with your email address to help us stay in touch.

 Evaluation/Grading for each 9-week term: 

Tests:     30%

Quizzes:   20%

Class Participation/Materials:    10% 

Daily Classwork/Homework :    20%

Major Projects or Reports:     20% 

Final Exam is worth:   25% of your grade for this course.[1] Exam exemptions apply per written school policy.   

Major Reports and Projects:

A typewritten, well-researched and referenced, original essay will be due each term in Latin 2 and above. Limited time will be provided to work on these during school, so students should plan to do the bulk of their work on these at home or at a library. Deadlines are provided on a separate handout. Work may be submitted early. Latin 1 students may write a paper as an option. 

Work on projects will help students develop their own interests and “multiple intelligences” (Howard Gardner) while learning more about the Latin language, Roman civilization, and culture. Projects centered on authentic tasks, i.e., products that actually have a real-world use outside the classroom, are especially encouraged. Projects must be original student work.

 Make-ups for Tests and Quizzes:

Students generally take these in class or after school within 48 hours of an absence. They will need to write down any assignments they missed during the make-up testing and catch up at home. Ms. Carroll is also available by appointment after school to help students who need a time and space to make up work or need tutoring, generally on Thursdays. Students who know they’ll be absent are encouraged to take materials home and work there, so they do not fall behind. It is the student’s responsibility to ask about missing assignments, including notes, and to make up work promptly.

Ms. Carroll allows one (1) re-take on vocabulary quizzes per 9-week term. She allows 1 retake and/or item analysis on each major test if completed within three (3) school days of the original test deadline in Latin 1 or Latin 2.  Students in Latin 3 or above may retake one (1) test each 9-week term.


Students will need to do written homework as occasionally assigned by the teacher. Students who are on-task in class but having trouble keeping pace with their classmates should ask the teacher for permission to finish at home (Ms. Carroll reserves the right to refuse this to students who are wasting class time, but she generally allows this in other circumstances).  Students will also put in time on projects and should also spend time DAILY studying Latin vocabulary and readings at home to prepare for quizzes and tests. Parents are asked to encourage and perhaps supervise this.  Most students will need to spend an average of 15-20 minutes a day studying Latin vocabulary and about 30 minutes a day studying Latin readings. Students who develop the self-discipline to do this will perform much better in class and on tests. 

Grading for Reports and Projects:

Under a continuous improvement model, students will be asked to evaluate and re-evaluate their own work to assess and improve quality. Completed products, reports, or projects will be self-evaluated (graded) by the student according to a rubric (or rubrics) that the student has previously designed or adopted and submitted to the teacher for approval. The teacher retains the right to adjust the rubrics/project grades submitted by the student up or down. The student may also be required to submit further written justification for the grade by the teacher. Any students in violation of the school’s plagiarism policy will receive a zero for their work. 


Students will get a warm-up each day to go in their notebooks. They will also be instructed at times to take notes on brief lectures, usually on grammar, conducted by the teacher. Students may also be given prompts in English or Latin and be asked to respond (in English or in Latin) in their notebooks. There will be occasional notebook-checks that are worth a participation grade. Students are responsible for copying from a classmate any notes missed due to absences. This should be done promptly upon return to class. Students are also required to keep all classroom handouts in an organized fashion as part of their notebook grade.  


Tests are very comprehensive and cover all grammar, reading, derivatives, and Latin vocabulary through the particular “stage” (chapter) tested. There are detailed culture questions pertaining to the English and Latin readings of the individual stage. Students will also be required to take benchmark tests in accordance with school policy.  


These are generally on the last Latin vocabulary list in each stage. Students should start studying daily for these the day we begin a new stage. The best means of studying for most students is by making and studying flashcards. Ms. Carroll can give more detailed advice as needed. 

Student Conduct:

Students are expected to come to class with all books and materials needed for class and to participate willingly and to work as directed by the teacher. Inappropriate conduct such as sleeping or failure to bring required materials or to refusal participate in class as directed will result in a deduction from the participation/materials grade.  Students with chronic issues in this regard will face additional sanctions such as detentions, contact home, or even referrals. Mature, respectful conduct is required of students.  

Ms. Carroll will also not tolerate cheating or plagiarism of any sort. Your learning and work must be your own. Consequences range up to a zero/F on the assignment, test, paper, or project (no make-ups) and parental notification. 

Detailed Expectations Regarding Research Papers and Documentation of Sources: The general rule for avoiding plagiarism is that if three or more words are the same as your source, you must quote and use a parenthetical citation within the text. This is in addition to using parenthetical citations for facts or ideas you have paraphrased. You must also cite within the text your first use of an apt term coined by another author. You must submit a list of the sources you have quoted or cited on a separate “Works Cited” page. Ms. Carroll will not accept any research papers unless they contain thorough and accurate use of sources. This includes the correct use of citations for information you have paraphrased or quoted within the text and a detailed and accurate “Works Cited” page. Please read your student agendas for good examples of entries on a “Works Cited” page.   

Materials/Equipment Required:

·         A notebook and plenty of paper. Much writing is involved in Latin class. Ms. Carroll prefers a 2-inch 3-ring binder with loose-leaf paper.

·         Students will also need a means of storing handouts. There is a hole-punch available in the classroom, or students may prefer a pocket-folder for this purpose. Students are not allowed to store papers in their textbooks. This damages the binding and generally leads to dropped papers, disorganization, and lower grades. Students are not allowed to write in their textbooks. Students will be charged for the price of the text should they do so.

·         Writing implements. She prefers pencil or blue or black ink. Students may consider other colors for correcting their own work. Pencil is allowed, but students are encouraged to sharpen them before the bell rings at the start of class.

·         Agendas are planners issued to the student in homeroom. These will be important for students to plan out their work, especially for projects. 

Helpful Equipment:

A computer with internet access and an email account will be helpful but are not requirements for this course. Online resources for learning and studying will be made available to Latin students this year, and there will be assignments on a class work-group or "wiki." Students who have difficulty obtaining computer-time outside of class should share this need with Ms. Carroll, and she will help design alternative assignments or arrangements.

Classroom Procedures:  

  • Bathroom: Students must have their issued agendas to leave the classroom for the restroom or similar purposes. Students have other times (between classes, before and after school, at lunch) to use the restroom, so use during class is reserved for emergencies. Any student who develops or has an ongoing medical condition that requires additional trips to the restroom should immediately notify Ms. Carroll and provide medical documentation. 
  • Trash: Please place in a trash receptacle. No gum or food/drink allowed per school policy.
  • Classroom Books: Ms. Carroll has a limited supply of books that students may sometimes borrow for research purposes. She prefers that they stay in the classroom. If removed from the room, they must be signed out after obtaining permission. Please talk to her if there are questions. 
  • Testing: No communication of any sort is allowed during testing. Nor are any notes unless specifically allowed to all students for this particular purpose by the teacher. It is the student’s responsibility to avoid any suspicion of unethical behavior. Face forward, put all notes, papers, and materials clearly out of reach and out of sight, eyes on one’s own paper, etc.
  • The best way of studying for quizzes is to make and study flashcards of the words in the last vocabulary-list in each “Stage” of the text.
  • The best way to study for tests is to study everything in the stage as well as going over materials (especially grammar) that gave difficulty on previous tests. Students should be prepared to read and interpret Latin at the level of whatever Stage they are working on. Students may not keep their old tests, but may keep track of their own grades and take notes regarding sections that gave them trouble. Students will be given class time to go over their completed tests and ask questions of the teacher.
  •  Checking Work: Ms. Carroll will give directions regarding the kinds of assignments that should be worked on individually, with a partner, in small groups, etc. Please check your own work carefully and invite Ms. Carroll to check your work with you often. The exercises in the book are great preparation for the tests, so you need to be sure you are doing them correctly. Ms. Carroll will often circulate around the room to help students with corrections individually or in small groups.  Students who need extra practice in a particular stage should let Ms. Carroll know as soon as possible so she can find or design more work. Students who learn quickly and well are generally given permission and encouragement to work ahead. Please ask. 

Fire Drills and Other Emergencies: Students are required to check in with Ms. Carroll once the building has been evacuated and students are at a safe distance. Ms. Carroll will take roll. Students who fail to check in as required face detention. This is for the safety of the students and any firefighters or other emergency personnel who respond in a crisis. The exit route is posted by the exit of the classroom. 

Miscellaneous Information:  There are all kinds of online resources available for Latin Students and for students using our textbook series (the Cambridge Latin Course). See the online list of links. Students are encouraged but not required to take the National Latin Exam during the second full week in March. Students must sign up with Ms. Carroll by December 1.  The deadline applies for Latin students for both semesters. The exam has no connection with student grades, but students earn national awards/recognition if they perform well enough. Seniors in Latin 3 or above who earn a gold medal on the National Latin Exam will receive an application for $1,000 scholarship. Ms. Carroll offers optional tutorial sessions on Wednesdays after school from January through the first week in March for students who have signed up for the exam. 

If you have come here from Ms. Carroll's Wiki, and wish to return, go to http://pchslatin.pbworks.com/

[1] This is not a contradiction to the above. We will average each 9-Week Term Grade with the grade for the Final Exam.