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    7th Grade Honors English Course 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:                         English 7H
     TEACHER:                                     Mrs. Smith
     EXTRA HELP:                         Thursday afternoon  2:30-3:10 PM
     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 York State.  Everything that your child will read this year will be used as a springboard for writing, and, as with the Common Core State Standards, reading and writing will be used to prepare your child to be “college and career ready” upon graduation.

     GRADING CRITERIA:           

                Quarters 1, 2, 3 and 4:                                                           

                40% - Tests, Compositions and Projects                         

                25% - Literacy Portfolio                                         

                20% - Quizzes                                                                

                15% - Homework/Participation                                     

     HOMEWORK:               Homework is assigned EVERY night!
                                                   The grading system is as follows: 
                                                    √+   =  3 points (complete and handed in on time)
                                                    √     =  2 points (late or satisfies most of the assignment)
                                                    √-    =  1 point  (incomplete, late and/or poorly done)
                                                    0      =  0 points (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)

     Classroom Rules:

     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.

     Disciplinary Action:

                For each 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.

     ELA 7 Honors

    As  a student enrolled in ELA 7 Honors, you are expected to continue in ELA 8 honors next year.  The only prerequisite for moving into ELA 8 Honors is successful completion of ELA 7 Honors.

                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 (733-6521) so that we may discuss them.


                                                                                                     Mrs. Smith




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