Please take a moment to look over these class guidelines and refer back to them for any questions. I look forward to getting to know all of you and am excited for a great year! Please feel free to contact me at any time with questions or concerns.

Required Supplies:

  • Composition journal
  • Planner (be it on your phone or old-school paper)

Requested Classroom Supplies:

  • Tissues (we always need these!)
  • Post-it notes (any sizes)
  • Ream of colored printer paper (any color)

Composition Journals:

Writing is vital in the English classroom and composition notebooks allow you time to write freely and express your ideas, thoughts, and opinions without the fear of grading, spelling, or grammar. For that reason, you will keep a writer’s notebook. This composition book should be used exclusively for your in-class writing, note taking, and observations and should not be just a section of paper in your binder. You will have regular journal topics or free writing assignments. Take advantage of this time to collect your thoughts and explore new ones.

Teacher Expectations:

  • Be in your seat when the bell rings ready to start the warm up.
  • Come to class! If you are absent, you will miss important work.
  • Have materials with you when you come to class. If you need to return to your locker to get materials, you will be counted tardy. I will follow the rules in the Student Handbook in terms of the tardy policy.
  • Please, do not bring food or drinks in the classroom other than bottled water.
  • You MUST keep up with your work. The weekly agenda is posted in class and online. If you are absent, note what you have missed and attend tutorials as needed. This work is your responsibility. Do not get behind. If you are having trouble keeping up, see me so we can get you back on track.
  • Literature study offers opportunities for discussion and debate. Students must be respectful and quiet when another student speaks. Rude comments, loud interjections, and talking while others have the floor are not only disrupting during class, but are extremely discourteous. Consistent disruption will affect your citizenship grade (this includes chronic tardiness!).
  • Electronic devices are NOT to be a distraction in my classroom. Handle your technology respectfully. I will confiscate devices for the period if it is necessary in order to help you be successful.
  • All district and school rules apply to my class.

Tardy Policy:

For each term, the school-wide tardy policy will apply. Please make sure that you are seated, ready to work, and have all necessary supplies when class starts.

Grading Policy:

I use a point system for grading. This may be very different for you so please be sure to note the maximum points available for an assignment when viewing your grades. For instance, many daily assignments are out of 25 points. This means that if your grade is a 25 you have done well – not poorly.

Per district policy, I will provide a three-week grade check through the progress report, which must be signed by a parent or guardian.

Please come see me if you discover a discrepancy in your grades. We will work together to straighten it out — but beware, you will need tangible evidence that the grade has been incorrectly noted.

The gradebook is set up as noted below:

60% Major grades* (tests, major projects, large writing assignments)

40% Minor grades (daily assignments, quizzes, short writing assignments)

*The maximum percentage for any one major assignment is 20% of the overall average.

Citizenship Grades:

Per the school-wide policy, citizenship grades will be determined on the following scale:

Ø A (Satisfactory) - no classroom disruptions

Ø B (Needs Improvement)-minor classroom disruptions which impede classroom learning

Ø C (Unsatisfactory) - major classroom disruptions which impair classroom learning

Homework/Late Work Policy:

This class will have homework assignments every week. The curriculum includes reading, writing, vocabulary, and analysis that cannot all be completed in 50 minutes. Keeping up with homework is a key to success in this class.

Students who submit work past the due date, will receive a penalty of 10% off per school day applied to the grade that was earned. Students who submit assignments more than five days late may receive a maximum grade of 50%. Please note that this policy also applies to scheduled absences, and the original due date holds (examples include field trips, performances, athletic events, etc.).

  • In the case of excused absences, teachers will accept late work without penalty (please refer to the school’s absence policy for further details).
  • At the close of every third week, any and all missing work from the previous three weeks will receive a grade of 0%, and will no longer be accepted.

After five days, in addition to receiving a maximum grade of 50%, 30 minutes of working detention will be required. This can be served during tutoring hours or scheduled with Ms. Grau. The grade for the late assignment will not be entered until you have served your working detention.

Major assignments — those assignments that are longer or more time-consuming — are due at the beginning of your class period unless otherwise specified. If the assignment comes to me later in the day, it will be late and will receive the late work deduction.

When you are absent from class, you miss work. Be mindful and make plans to make up the work. If you know you will be absent for a school-related activity, please get with me ahead of time. If an assignment is scheduled to be turned in on that day, the due date still applies.

Make-up Work Policy:

Absences are unavoidable. Upon your return to school, you are responsible for getting your make-up work and assignments from the absent work binder and turning in any missed assignments. Missing grades will be recorded as zeros until you have made up the work.

  • Make-up work is a result of missing class with an EXCUSED absence (a note must be given to the office upon your return).
  • It is the student’s responsibility to check the absent work binder upon their return and to work with a classmate for missed information or notes.
  • Students will have no longer than the amount of days absent to make up work.
  • ALL makeup tests and quizzes take place during regular tutorials unless you make prior arrangements with me.
  • As always, extended illnesses and circumstances may require special considerations and flexibility.

Extra Credit:

Do not ask for extra credit opportunities; instead, focus on your work and do the assignments requested of you. Occasionally, we may have an extra credit option but there are none scheduled at this time and relying on one would be poor planning.

LHHS Plagiarism Policy:

Lake Highlands High School expects its students to maintain the highest degree of academic integrity. “Integrity” is doing what is right, fair, and honorable. This means putting the utmost effort into all class work and assignments and avoiding the ethical pitfalls of plagiarism and cheating.

Plagiarism Rationale: Plagiarism demonstrates a lack of integrity and character that is inconsistent with the goals and values of Lake Highlands High School. Excellent written expression of well-formulated ideas is a fundamental skill for academic and career success. Plagiarism interferes with the assessment and feedback process that is necessary in order to promote academic growth. Plagiarism defrauds the instructor with a false view of a student’s strengths and weaknesses. It may prevent further instruction in areas of weakness and delay the student in reaching his or her potential.

Plagiarism/Cheating includes:

  • taking someone else’s assignment or a portion of an assignment and submitting it as your own
  • submitting material written by someone else or rephrasing the ideas of another without giving the author’s
  • name or source
  • presenting the work of tutors, parents, siblings, or friends as your own
  • submitting purchased papers as your own
  • submitting papers, or portions of papers, from the Internet written by someone else as your own
  • supporting plagiarism by providing your work to others, whether you believe it will be copied or not
  • pre-programming electronic devices containing information not approved by teacher for the purpose of cheating

Consequences - When cheating or plagiarizing is determined:

  • first offense- teacher will provide alternate assignment/assessment for which a maximum of 70% may be earned
  • where more than one student is involved, all students will be assigned alternate assignments/assessments for which a maximum of 70% may be earned
  • any repeat offense – student(s) receives a zero for the assessment/assignment
  • notification of parent(s)
  • a "zero" resulting from any form of academic dishonesty is irrevocable
  • unconditionally forfeit exemption status from all courses
  • will receive a “U” citizenship grade and a referral
  • student will be subject to further disciplinary action as determined by administration

Cheating is NOT the Wildcat way!

You will submit major papers via to confirm originality.


It is important to have as much of this as possible. When you were in elementary, you loved to learn new things. NEWS FLASH: Learning can still be fun!

I will bring my knowledge, enthusiasm, sense of humor, and commitment to each class session. I ask in return that you be present in body, mind, and spirit, that you keep an open mind, and that you actively strive to learn. You are an integral part of this class!