English IV Honors Mr. Calandro
Welcome to English IV. I hope all of you had a great summer and are ready to get started. We have a lot to do this semester and little time in which to do it. Please remember that a moment wasted is a moment lost forever. There are no second chances; we will proceed with that in mind.
Grading: “What to Expect”
- Quizzes/Tests (35%) – Quiz/Test will be announced and given every week. They can include vocabulary, diagramming, literary terms, readings, notes, and any material being covered that week. Pop-quizzes will be given as necessary. Tests will be longer but follow the same basic format as quizzes.
- Classwork/Homework (20%) – This will include participation grades, homework, journals, poetry journals, diagrams, and anything else we complete in class.
- Major Assignments (45%) – This will include Essays, Projects, and Presentations.
Mr. Calandro’s English IV Classroom Procedures
- Homework Policy – Homework will be accepted 1 day late for 50% credit unless due to an absence.
- Tutoring – I will be available for tutoring on Monday and Tuesday after school or by appointment.
- Make-Up Work – Students will have two days to make up work missed due to excused absences. They may be given alternative assignments.
- Major Projects – larger assignments will be accepted a maximum of 2 days late with a penalty of 25 points per day.
- Test Policy – Quizzes will be given weekly. Test corrections can be done on most tests and quizzes during my tutoring times. You will be able to earn back 50% of your missed points.
Classroom Materials List
- Beowulf by Seamus Heaney
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
- 1984 by George Orwell
- Composition Notebook
- High Lighters & Glue Sticks
Mr. Calandro’s Rules
Many of these rules are covered in the handbook. Students will be expected to follow all the rules outlined there in addition to the rules explicitly stated here. Please familiarize yourself with the handbook. I reserve the right to contact parents or refer students to the office at any time. My standard discipline procedure is as follows:
1st time: warning
2nd time: warning and parent contact
3rd time: warning, parent contact, and referral
- Seating – Students will be assigned seats and expected to sit in that seat every day. Failure to do so will result in a parent contact or referral.
- Disruptions – Students are in class first and foremost to learn and anything that interferes with the teacher’s ability to teach or student’s ability to learn will not be tolerated. It is important to know when to talk, when to listen, and when to think; good questions require thought.
- Food – The administration has requested that no food be allowed in the room. Unless food is given to you by a teacher, nothing will be eaten in class.
- Cheating – Cheating is a violation of the honor code. All honor code violations will result in office referrals and/or zero on the assignment.
- Cell Phones/MP3 Players –Phones will be confiscated and given to the administration. No warnings.
I am happy to have the opportunity to work with your son/daughter and hope to be in contact with you throughout the semester. I believe education is not something that stops at 2:55pm and resumes at 8:00am, and for me this means that I need to work with you to make this the best experience possible and to head off problems before they start. If you have concerns do not hesitate to contact me, and, please take a moment to be sure that your student understands what is expected in my classroom. This is going to be a great year; I look forward to working with you and your child.
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