Ms. Sandefur’s Classroom Policies and Procedures
My class has five simple rules:
- Be respectful.
- Be safe.
- Be kind.
- Work hard.
- Do the right thing.
My classroom will always follow the Schoenbar Student Handbook's policies. Students and parents should read the handbook so we are all on the same page with expectations. The policies in the handbook were created to help our students be successful and to keep everyone healthy and safe. You can find the handbook online at the Schoenbar website, or pick up a copy at the front office. Additionally, behavior expectations are posted in my classroom and on my teacher webpage to help students remember what they need to do behaviorally to be ready for learning. When there is a behavior concern, the following steps will be taken:
When a student chooses to:
Ms. Sandefur will:1. give a verbal redirect2. move a student’s seat or take their Chromebook for the rest of class3. ask the student to step into the hall; I will talk with the student as soon as I can4. send the student to Mr. Smith’s room to figure out a better way to engage in class, reset, and then re-enter the classroom; I will also contact the student’s parent or guardian5. send the student to Mr. Smith or Mrs. Johnson with an soffice referral, and contact home
- be disruptive
- call out at an inappropriate time
- refuse to do classwork
- get out of their seat without permission
- use hurtful or insulting words
- refuse to follow directions
- throw things in the classroom
- behave in other ways that are not respectful, responsible, or safe
Students should expect to do about 60 minutes of work outside of their English classes at Schoenbar during the school week. Additionally, students may need up to 30 minutes over the weekend to finish up a bi-weekly reading assignment. The types of assignments parents can expect to see at home are:
- Independent Reading
For Independent Reading, students will pick their own books. We, unfortunately, cannot check out books from our library this year at Schoenbar. Students may choose to provide their own book from home, check out a book from the Ketchikan Public Library, borrow a book from my classroom bookshelf, or use Alaska Digital Library to read an ebook. The expectation from the English Department is that students read 15 pages of their book every week day, M-F.
- One Pager Snapshot
Every two weeks, students will complete a one page assignment to process and analyze what they have read in their independent reading book over the previous two weeks.
- Greek and Latin Roots, Suffixes and Prefixes
We will have two new roots/suffixes/prefixes to study every two weeks with an accompanying vocabulary word list. Students will complete activities and then take a quiz every time they have my class on a Friday.
- Finishing up What Didn’t Get Done
Occasionally, a student may have to finish up an assignment at home that they were unable to complete in class.
Absences, Make Up Work and Late Work:
When students have an excused absence, they are expected to complete any work they miss while away from school. All classwork can be found on Canvas, with the exception of the roots/suffixes/prefixes activities and the one pager snapshot. These can be picked up at school by a parent or guardian if the absence is going to be more than a day or two. Otherwise, students need to ask for copies of the assignments they missed when they return to school. They will then be given the number of days specified in the Student Handbook to make up the work without any penalty.
When students have an unexcused absence, they will not be eligible for make up work. They will receive zero credit for any assignments they missed. Students will also receive zero credit for cheating and plagiarism (copying another student’s answers, copying material from another source such as the internet, having someone else do their work for them).
Late work will receive reduced credit. We want students to get in the good habit of meeting deadlines, which is an important life skill. Late assignments will lose ten percent of credit. Assignments that are more than one week late will receive half credit.
Because we are trying to limit extra contact surfaces and the exchange paper between individuals, hall passes will not be used this year. There will be a restroom sign-out sheet in each classroom. When a student needs to use the restroom, they need to ask for permission to leave the room, then sign out on the sheet at the door, noting their time of departure. This is one of many safety measures we are taking so we can have accurate contact tracing while students are in the building. If a student is leaving my class with high frequency, restroom privileges may be suspended. It is important that students spend class time in class, participating and learning. Please only sign out to use the restroom when it is a necessity.
Mobile Phones and Other Electronic Devices:
This policy is in the student handbook, but I just wanted to reiterate that students should put all phones and electronic devices from home away as soon as they enter the building. They should only have their school issued Chromebooks with them during the school day. Smartphones and hand-held gaming devices are fun and can help develop some skills, but they can also be a huge distraction and disruption to students at school. We ask that students respect the learning environment by keeping their devices off and put away until after school. If a student has one of these devices in class, it will be taken away and turned in to the office, following the policy stated in the Schoenbar Student Handbook.
The school is providing supplies to every student this year. Once they have been distributed, students need to make sure they bring the following items to my class every time we meet: Charged Chromebook, 1 inch binder (roots/suffixes/prefixes notebook), colored pencils, a regular pencil with an eraser, scissors, tape, independent reading book.
When students enter the classroom, they need to use hand sanitizer first, then proceed directly to their seat. Students should be in their seats when the bell rings. Each day will start with a short Bell Ringer activity. Most often, this will be a journaling activity on Canvas, but may also include critical thinking questions, response to literature questions, or short grammar activities. About fifteen minutes into class, we will transition into the lesson. Our content in English/Language Arts is organized by literary form and writing mode units.
Because we cover so many different subjects under the umbrella of English/Language Arts, each day’s lesson might look a little different. Some days we will have direct instruction followed by independent practice. Some days we will have whole class discussions. Other days, students will be working on projects, reading independently, writing compositions, giving presentations, participating in literature circles, etc. The most important part of all these activities is student participation! Students only learn when they actively engage with the material.
For the last ten to fifteen minutes of class, students will work on their 15 pages of required reading in their independent reading book. What they don’t finish in class needs to be completed outside of class.
Most work will be turned in digitally on Canvas. Some assignments will require students to take a picture of their completed work to submit via Canvas. One pager assignments will be physically collected in the classroom. When working on paper-based assignments, I prefer that students use a pencil so they may easily erase and correct errors. If you use pen, it must be black or blue ink.
I do not weight assignments nor have weighted categories to calculate grades. A student’s grade is the number of points they have earned divided by the total number of points possible. The amount of time and effort I expect students to apply to an assignment determines the number of points that assignment will be worth. So a short assignment completed in class may be worth five or ten points, while an assignment requiring several days and time outside of class to complete may be worth 50 or more points. Students will also receive participation points for being on time, being prepared, following directions, being engaged, and trying their best.
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