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: Thursday 2:25-3:05 (Mrs. Smith)
BRIEF OVERVIEW: This course is designed to help your child prepare and meet the standards as presented by the New York State. Informational text, traditionally known as non-fiction, will be a major focus this year in English classes in order to help your child meet expectations of the Common Core Standards that have been adopted by New YorkState. Everything that your child will 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 your child to be “college and career ready” upon graduation.
Quarters1, 2, 3: Quarter 4:
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: Homework is assigned EVERY night!
The grading system is as follows:
√+ = 3points (complete and handed in on time)
√ = 2 points (late or satisfies most of the assignment)
√- = 1point (incomplete, late and/or poorly done)
0 = 0points (assignment not turned in or missing)
**Incomplete or late homework can be made-up by students by the end of the week it was assigned. However, any homework that is handed in late can receive no higher than a check. (Unless the student was absent)
1 – Be respectful to your peers and your teacher.
2 – Be in your seat and ready to work when the bell rings.
3 – Be prepared with your binder, textbook or novel, and a pen every day (Bring pencils on
the days of tests as well).
4 – Please ask permission to use the bathroom.
5 – Raise your hand and wait to be called upon before speaking.
6 – Keep desks and bulletin boards clean.
7 – Keep all electronics out of class. They should be kept in the locker or at home. It is not the school’s
responsibility if 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.
Foreach RULE INFRACTION, different methods of action shall be taken:
1st offense: A verbal warning will be given.
2nd offense: Contact of parent/guardian that day.
3rd offense: Detention assigned.
As an English honors student, you have chosen the challenge of excellence in the study of literature, and it is expected that your commitment to excellence will be reflected in your class performance and effort. As an honors student, you should make it your goal in this course to maintain a minimum average of 85 throughout the school year to reflect subject mastery as defined by the New York State Department ofEducation
I look forward to a school year filled with learning and fun. If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at Hicksville Middle School (733-2261) so that we may discuss them.
Mrs.Blayne, Mrs. Smith, & Mrs.Wilson