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Enjoy your Spring Vacation: Make sure to check out my blog & respond to the prompt by Tues.4/23


All Research Papers are due Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Periods 3, 5 & 7!!!  Please see contract for lateness policy! 

Friday, December 21, 2012

Enjoy your vacation!

October 1, 2012

At this point it has become clear to me that updating the individual class pages daily is not improving student work/participation.  While the morale is still high in my classes, I have polled students and some parents and have found that updating daily is not necessary.  In attempt to still provide students and parents with a comprehensive list of what we are doing in class, what my expectations and objectivs are and what our assessments will be, I have decided to change the format of this webpage.  From this point forward, I will be creating "unit pages" rather than using the individual class pages.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding this or future assignments, please feel free to e-mail me.  Thank you.

September 23, 2012

There will be a meeting after school for all new students who have recently signed into one of my English 11 classes.  It will be held on Thursday, September 26, 2012 after school in room C2-4.  The purpose of this meeting is to review what we have been doing in class and to catch you up on some of the assignments that are going to be due soon (i.e. outside reading).  If you cannot make it and are a new student, please e-mail me that you are unable to attend and I will correspond with you that way.  If you do not attend the meeting or e-mail me, it will result in zero's for the assignments we will discuss at the meeting/via e-mail for you.

September 20, 2012

Thank you to all of the parents/guardians who came out for Open House.  It was a pleasure to meet all of you and I look forward to working with you during the remainder of the school year!

August 28, 2012

11th Grade English: American Literature

College Preparatory

Mrs. Kristen Buonanno


Throughout this school year we will be exploring both classic and contemporary works from American authors.  Along with the readings assigned in class, students must complete quarterly independent reading projects.


Please come prepared to class each day.  You will not be allowed to go to your locker once class begins.

You will need a pen or pencil, a notebook, a folder dedicated for handouts, and the book (or other reading materials) needed for the day’s lesson and discussion.


Class Rules

  • Be respectful.   While we do not always agree with other people’s opinions, we are to respect them.  Do not talk over other people when they are speaking, presenting or when I am teaching. 
  • Be on time and be prepared (remember, you cannot go to your locker after the bell).
  • Raise your hand and wait patiently to be called on.
  • In the event that you do leave the classroom (i.e. bathroom, office, etc.) you have to fill out the sign out sheet and a hall pass for me to sign. 
  • We will be adhering to the school handbook in our classroom.  Please review that as a reference for the expected behavior in our room.

If the above rules are broken, detention will be assigned.  If the rules are repeatedly broken, further disciplinary action will be taken.

Grading Policy:

Major Assignments (tests, essays, projects): 60 %

Minor Assignments (quizzes): 30 %

Homework/Classwork: 10%

Tests, essays and projects will be announced with sufficient time so that students can prepare/complete the assignment in a timely manner.  Quizzes may or may not be announced and will be on the material covered in class.  If you do not have your homework on the day it is due, it is a zero.  You cannot receive credit or partial credit for submitting it late.  If it is in your locker, it is still considered late and will be counted as a zero.  All grades will be posted on Aspen.


All essays must be done in MLA format; thus they must be typed in 12 point Times New Roman font with one inch margins.  They must also have an appropriate heading: Student name, teacher name, course title and date.  They must also have a MLA heading on each page: (last name, pg#) and include a title.  Any drafts that are assigned during the writing process will be re-visited later on for editing/revising.


There will be a common task during each quarter this year.  Students who receive a “3” or a “4” on the rubric of the common task can upload that task to RIEPS.  YOU are responsible to upload your material to RIEPS.  In addition to uploading the task itself, the reflection must also be uploaded.

Late Assignments

Homework will not be accepted late and will result in a zero.

Essays/projects/writing assignments will be e-mailed to me if you are going to be absent on the due date or handed in early. 

For each day that a major assignment is late, it will lose one letter grade.  Example: If a “B” paper is handed in one day late, it becomes a “C”.

Make-Up Work

If you are absent from class, it is YOUR responsibility to make-up the work you missed.  You will need to get notes from a classmate and ask for any handouts you may have missed.  However, if there is a major assignment that was due, you are still responsible for turning that assignment in on time.  Quizzes and tests must be made up within two days of returning to school.  If you fail to make up the quizzes/tests during that time frame, you will receive a zero for that quiz/test.

Cheating/Plagiarism Policy

Cheating and plagiarism is a serious offense.  If you cheat or plagiarize, you will receive a zero for that assignment, as well as a referral to the English Department Chair.  Cheating/plagiarism includes copying another student’s work, allowing someone to copy your work and/or copying from a book, magazine, website, etc. without proper citation.

Extra Help

I am always available for extra help if you or your parent/guardian feel you need it.  Please arrange a meeting time with me prior to the day you want to meet.


Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns as the year goes along.  I am here to help you and am happy to do so.  I can be reached at

Class Website

All assignments, including homework, projects, and upcoming tests/quizzes/common tasks will be put on our class website.  If you are absent, please check the website for the homework that was assigned during your absence.  The website is: