Welcome to English II !
English II is a state and district required course that ALL 10th grade students must take and successfully matriculate through in order to graduate from South Pike High School. It is a semester long course, and at the end of each semester, ALL English II students MUST take the English II State Assessment, which they MUST pass in order to meet graduation requirements.
In this course, students will cover the Mississippi College- and Career- Readiness Standards for English II. These standards are the same standards that students will be tested on when they take the English II State Assessment. These standards are utilized to focus instruction and to ensure that students gain adequate exposure to the following:
- a range of texts and tasks of increasing rigor infused through student reading of increasingly complex texts and
- mastery of a range of skills and application demonstrated through student writing.
These expectations are expressed using the following domains:
- reading literature,
- reading informational text,
- speaking and listening, and
- Respect yourself, the teacher & others
1.1. Show respect for the teacher, yourself and others at all times.
1.2. Respect others’ property. Avoid touching or writing on anything that does not belong to you (including desks, textbooks, teacher’s belongings, walls, chalkboard, etc.). Don't expect that others will clean-up your messes. Please pick-up after yourself.
1.3. Respect yourself and the rest of us by using appropriate language and wearing appropriate clothing.
1.4. Be a kind person.
- Put forth your best effort at all times
2.1. Always do your own best work.
2.2. Put learning ahead of getting good grades.
2.3. Put quality ahead of just getting it done.
- Be prepared for class each day
3.1. Come prepared with all materials necessary:
3.1.1. An organized class binder containing all necessary materials and handouts
3.1.2. Notebook paper, pens (blue or black), and pencils
3.1.3. A red or purple pen for grading in class or underlining important elements in note taking
3.1.4. Highlighters for emphasizing important text
3.1.5. A planner to help keep you organized - the most successful students are organized.
3.1.6. Two (2) folders (3-prong, 2 pocket) for graded assignments and substitute assignments
- Follow directions when given
4.1. When directions are given, do your best to follow them the first time. If you are confused or have questions, ask. I would rather have you stop class to clarify than be off task while everyone else is working.
- Pay attention, participate and ask questions
5.1. Engage in what is going on in the classroom. If you have a question, ask it! Otherwise, I might not know until the test that you didn’t understand something. There are no stupid questions, and chances are, if you are wondering about it, someone else in the class is to. Be proactive about your learning and don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you feel most comfortable waiting until after class, that is okay, too, but do keep communication open between us.
- Preserve a positive learning environment
6.1. Student actions that interfere with teaching or learning in the classroom will NOT be tolerated.
6.2. Use class time to learn English II. Please do not spend your time grooming, sleeping, talking, writing notes, attempting to use your phone for recreation, or doing work for other classes.
6.3. Minimize classroom interruptions by arriving to class on time and not leaving the classroom during instruction.
- Take responsibility for your actions
7.1. If you are confronted about a rule infraction, own up to it. Don’t deny it, lie about it, or blame someone else.
7.2. Take responsibility for missed assignments.
7.3. All handbook rules will be enforced. Please read your handbook. Students that choose to break these rules, choose to have points taken away, and face the possibility of additional consequences.
- Turn off cell phones & electronic devices
1.1. Electronic devices (CD players, IPods, handheld games, mini-TVs or personal DVD players, cell phones, pagers, etc.) are NOT permitted in my classroom for recreational use.
1.2. Cell Phones should be turned off and invisible during the class period unless used for teacher-approved instructional purposes. If I see or hear your phone when it should not be out, it will be taken away and given to an administrator, according to cell phone policy outlined in the SPHS handbook. Refusal to turn over the cell phone will be treated as insubordinate behavior.
- No food or drink, except water
2.1. You may drink bottled of water in the classroom. If a spill occurs, please clean it up immediately and inform the teacher.
2.2. No other food or beverage is permitted without a doctor’s note.
- Arrive to class on time & ready to learn
3.1. When the bell rings, you need to be sitting in your assigned seat.
3.2. You should immediately begin on the warm up activity or journal entry.
3.3. Be “physically” and “mentally” present in the classroom
- Never line up at the door before dismissal
4.1. Please remain in your seat until I have dismissed you. Never line up at the door before dismissal. Remember, I dismiss you, not the bell.
- Do not cheat, plagiarize, or copy work
5.1. Cheating is completely unacceptable. If I see you cheating on any assignment… even for another class… I will give you a zero and report the incident to the other teacher as well as your assistant principal and parents.
5.2. Plagiarism (copying work from another source without giving proper credit) is completely unacceptable. If you plagiarize on any assignment you will earn a “0” on that assignment with no opportunity to re-do the work for credit.
- Use polite and appropriate language
6.1. Offensive, derogatory, and profane terms are not tolerated. In order to have a safe classroom environment where all students feel comfortable, no put downs, swear words, or slang words with demeaning connotations will be accepted. Remember, if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say it at all!
- Do your best work & turn it in on time
7.1. Remember that the work that you turn-in is a reflection of your effort on the assignment. Think about the following expectations when you are preparing an assignment that I will review:
7.1.1. Write your full name, block, date, and number on all assignments.
7.1.2. All work must be neatly done and legible in order to receive credit. If you print, capitalize properly (do not write using all capital letters).
7.1.3. Never turn any assignments in with the "fringes" from spiral notebooks on the paper, or the assignment will be returned to you ungraded. Likewise, assignments that are bunched up, crinkled, illegible, sloppy, or contain stains or holes are unacceptable.
7.1.4. ALL MAJOR ASSIGNMENTS, ESSAYS & PROJECTS MUST BE TYPED. If you don't have a computer at home, the school library and public library are great places to work on essays! Final draft format for typewritten work is as follows: 12-point font, double-spaced, 1” margins, and Arial font ONLY.
- Quietly enter class and immediately start on your bell ringer.
1.1. Every time you enter class, you should walk in quietly and orderly and go to your desk.
1.2. Immediately check the board for your bell ringer assignment, and complete it.
- Turn in homework to the proper bin
2.1. Homework is due at the beginning of the hour when you come to class. I will not accept work completed once class begins. Turn in your homework to your hour bin. Turn absent/late work into the absent/late work bin. I reserve the right to not accept late work without prior teacher-approval, but you should turn it in anyway.
- Sign the tardy book
3.1. If you are tardy, I follow the tardy policy outlined in your student handbook.
3.2. You are expected to sign in if you arrive to class after the bell has rung and sign out if you leave class before the end of the hour.
3.3. Excessive tardies will affect your learning readiness grade and have other consequences, such as detentions, etc.
- Pick up after yourself before you leave
4.1. Take all of your belongings, pick up any scrap papers around you, and put your desk back in line before you leave each day.
- Get missed work from your class missed assignments folder, then ask the teacher
5.1. Attendance is essential for optimal learning. Being on time and present and class physically and mentally will be part of your overall grade. You may not be excused from my class by another teacher without first seeking my permission.
5.2. If you are absent, it is your responsibility to obtain any missed classwork. Begin by looking for missed handouts in the missed assignments folder pertaining to your class hour. Follow-up with the teacher if necessary.
5.3. Make arrangements to take quizzes and tests immediately. It is your responsibility to make these arrangements, I will not and cannot track you down. If you do not make-up quizzes in a timely manner (before graded quizzes are returned to the students who were present), you will earn a “zero” on the quiz or test.
- Verbal warning
- Call home
- Referral to assistant principal
* Serious offenses can, at the teacher’s discretion, result in more severe consequences regardless of previous steps taken. Any infraction of the rules may affect your learning readiness grade. It can also be cause for further action at the teacher’s discretion.