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7th Grade EnglishCourse Contract



Dear Parents and Students:


            I want to welcome you to the start of a new school year.  I hope you all enjoyed your summer vacation, and I look forward to getting to know you this year.  I anticipate this school year will be a productive one for all.  Please review this letter together so that you will know what to expect from me in your English class. 


COURSE TITLE:                         English7H


TEACHER:                                     Mrs.Blayne, Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Wilson


EXTRA HELP:                        


BRIEF OVERVIEW:            Thiscourse is designed to help your child prepare and meet the standards aspresented by the New York State. Informational text, traditionally known as non-fiction, will be a majorfocus this year in English classes in order to help your child meetexpectations of the Common Core Standards that have been adopted by New YorkState.  Everything that your childwill read this year will be used as a springboard for writing, and, as with theCommon Core State Standards, reading and writing will be used to prepare yourchild to be “college and career ready” upon graduation.





            Quarters1, 2, 3:                                                            Quarter4:

            30%- Tests, Compositions and Projects                        40%- Tests, Compositions and Projects

            25%- Literacy Portfolio                                                  25%- Literacy Portfolio

            20%- Quizzes                                                                        20%- Quizzes

            15%- Homework/Participation                                    15%- Homework/Participation

            10%- Interim Assessment





HOMEWORK:               Homeworkis assigned EVERY night!


                                                Thegrading system is as follows:


                                                +   =  3points (complete and handed in on time)

                                                     = 2 points (late or satisfies most of the assignment)

                                                -    =  1point  (incomplete, late and/orpoorly done)

0        =  0points (assignment not turned in or missing)


**Incomplete or latehomework can be made-up by students by the end of the week it wasassigned.  However, any homework that is handed in late canreceive no higher than a check. (Unless the student was absent)






Classroom Rules:


1 – Be respectful toyour peers and your teacher.

2 – Be in your seatand ready to work when the bell rings.

3 – Be prepared withyour binder, textbook or novel, and a pen every day (Bring pencils on

      the days oftests as well).

4 – Please askpermission to use the bathroom.

5 – Raise your handand wait to be called upon before speaking.

6 – Keep desks andbulletin boards clean.

7 – Keep allelectronics out of class.  Theyshould be kept in the locker or at home. It is not the school’s

      responsibilityif these items get lost, stolen or damaged.

8 – No food, gum,candy, or drinks are to be eaten in the classroom. 

9 – Be on time,please! No unexcused lateness is permitted.


Disciplinary Action:


            Foreach RULE INFRACTION, different methods of action shall be taken:


1stoffence:  A verbal warning will begiven.

2ndoffence: Contact of parent/guardian that day.

3rdoffence: Detention assigned.


Honors Courses:

As an English honorsstudent, you have chosen the challenge of excellence in the study ofliterature, and it is expected that your commitment to excellence will bereflected in your class performance and effort.  As an honors student, you should make it your goal in thiscourse to maintain a minimum average of 85 throughout the school year toreflect subject mastery as defined by the New York State Department ofEducation



            Ilook forward to a school year filled with learning and fun.  If you have any questions, please feelfree to call me at Hicksville Middle School (733-6521) so that we may discussthem.



                                                                                                Mrs.Blayne,  Mrs. Smith, & Mrs.Wilson



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