CLASS RULES

In addition to complying with the Redskin Handbook and the Acceptable Use Policy for the school’s computer equipment, the following rules apply in this class.
http://www.sayresd.org/highschool/studenthandbook/studenthandbook.pdf
http://www.sayresd.org/technology/technologyacceptableusepolicy.asp

While specific classroom rules vary with each teacher, there are several rules that are uniform in every classroom. Those rules are:
1. Education is the number one priority in this classroom!
2. All students and adults in this classroom are to be treated with respect.
3. All behavior must be appropriate for and conducive to an educational setting.
4. No eating or drinking is allowed in the classroom unless specific permission has been granted. (Teacher directed, special classroom events may be granted administrative permission for food and drink.)
5. No sitting on desktops, tables, windowsills, heating and cooling devices and/or any other pieces of equipment.


Additional Classroom Rules:

1. Take responsibility for your own learning.
2. Students will act like ladies and gentlemen at all times.
3. Treat each other with RESPECT; use appropriate language at all times.
4. Come to class on time and with all necessary materials (book, notebook, pen or pencil…).
5. Listen attentively during lectures, projects, and discussions. Take notes when told to take notes.
6. Complete assignments on time and be prepared to take tests on scheduled dates.
7. Participate in class discussions.
8. Refrain from insulting other students. This will not be tolerated and may result in a write-up.
9. Cell phones are not allowed to be on, let alone be seen. They may/will be confiscated.
10. Contribute your share of effort to group work.
11. Sit in your regularly assigned seat. This makes attendance and having a substitute teacher much easier. There will be time you will get to sit anywhere.
12. Use computers for coursework only. Resist the temptation to play games, read and write email, surf the web, or engage in any activity other than the assigned task.
13. Use other students' materials and equipment only as expressly permitted.
14. Clear the area around your desk before you leave.

CLASS PROCEDURES
In this class we have a limited amount of time to pursue infinite opportunities. In an effort to create and maintain the best possible learning environment, I have established certain classroom procedures.
1. All assignments are due at the beginning of the class on assigned dates unless the teacher is notified prior to the due date. Work completed during class will not be accepted as on time. You can receive partial credit for late work, a 50% is much better than a 0%. If you leave school early for an appointment, sports or illness, please email or let me know. The assigned work is due the following school. It is YOUR responsibility to ask the teacher for missed work. (I will not always have time to come after you)
2. Read the chapters under discussion. Unannounced quizzes are given at random to assure that you keep yourself up to date. Unannounced quizzes will generally address what is due for that particular day. Tests will cover any material addressed in class, the textbook or additional information presented throughout a particular unit or course of study.
3. Every student needs to have a 3-ring binder or notebook, which they must keep up to date and organized. This requirement is necessary to foster the student's organizational habits as well as their overall understanding of the course material. Notebooks will be graded periodically each marking period.
4. Tests missed because of an illness will have a 2 day grace period in which a makeup test MUST be taken. If there are extenuating circumstances, these need to be discussed with the teacher immediately. An unexcused absence (e.g. skipping) will result in a zero.
5. If you have an excused absence (field trip, sports, family trip…) assigned work is to be handed in the day before you leave or the day you return -- or it will be late. Tests missed for the same reason should be taken the day prior to leaving or, in the case of a sporting event, in any available class period (see the teacher).
6. Students are not permitted to work on assignments for other subjects during class time. The same goes for studying for tests, quizzes, and the like.
7. If you have any questions, concerns, or arguments, please let me know, but not during normal class time. We do not need to disrupt the entire class for one person.


ACADEMIC HONESTY

For homework and in-class assignments, you are generally free to discuss your work with classmates, parents, tutors, etc. However, you need to exercise discretion in how you do so in order to ensure that everything you submit accurately reflects your work (or that of your group for cooperative assignments).
Assigned Task Rules:
1. Do not look at any other student’s work and do not show your work to any other student.
2. Take responsibility for your own actions. A student's printer failing to operate properly, or any other excuse barring the direst circumstances, will not be accepted for any assignment that a student has more than one day to prepare. You should not wait until the last minute to finish your work. If you wish to approach the teacher about handing in a late assignment or project, please state what you want first (“I want to get an extension …”), then state your reasons/excuses; not the other way around.
3. Do not plagiarize or take any original ideas from someone else's work unless they are cited. We will go over in class how to do citing. Plagiarism includes copying someone else's presentation/words (this includes your text and other books, encyclopedias, CD-ROMs, internet sites, etc.) and handed in as YOUR work. This will result in a zero on the assignment in question. Copying someone else's work, whether written, spoken, or in any other form, is unethical and strictly forbidden. You are never too young to start learning the proper way to research and give credit to those who actually did the work.

EXTRA HELP
If you experience unusual difficulty in the assignments, either in general or consistently in a specific area, this is a signal to seek extra help. For best results, attend extra help sessions as needed, rather than only the day before a test or major assignment. Bring in homework to help locate troublesome areas.
I am available for a short time before school, during tutorial period, and available at other times by appointment. Also, I check my email (djohnston@sayresd.org) several times a day.