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English 9, Honors English 9
Mrs. Deborah Schmidt
2010 – 2011
Welcome to Dauphin County Technical School. Education is your job while you attend this school. You are expected to develop and practice the skills that are necessary to be successful in the world of work. This encompasses not only academic material, but also the social and behavioral skills as well.
This is an academic environment. Any behavior that interferes with the learning in this classroom will not be tolerated. The rewards of working to the best of your ability are well worth it.
Our class periods are brief. We do not have time to waste. It is my intention to cover as much material as possible in the time we have. It will take a great deal of effort on everyone’s part to accomplish this goal.
1. Come to class every day on time, with all necessary
materials, prepared to work. You will NEED a blue
or black ink pen, a pencil, a notebook for English work
only, homework, and textbooks every day. Please do
not come to class unprepared. You will lose 5 points for
each day that you are unprepared.
2. Complete every assignment to the best of your ability.
You cannot learn something new if you don’t try it. You
will receive 25 bonus points each marking period for
completing and turning in all homework assignments on
3. Failure to complete an assignment will result in a notice
to your parents to be signed by them. Failure to return the
notice with your parent’s signature will result in an after
school detention, or an after school tutoring session with
4. Speak up and ask questions if you do not understand
something. You must become your own advocate.
5. Show respect for your classmates, me and yourself. Do
not ridicule another’s questions. What seems to be simple
to you might be difficult for someone else. Remember,
the next time, it might be you asking the questions.
6. Clean up after yourself. Make sure all trash is deposited
in the appropriate place.
7. Use appropriate language and conduct at all times.
Profanity, disrespect, sexually explicit language or
behavior, and bullying others will not be tolerated.
The BIG No-No’s:
1. You will NOT sleep in my class.
2. You will NOT talk while I am teaching or others are
3. You may NOT go anywhere during the lesson of during
a test. Use of the lavatory will be at the very beginning or
at the very end of class.
4. If it does not belong to you, don’t touch it.
5. Lotions, perfumes, cosmetics, combs/brushes, mirrors,
and other toiletries or personal grooming items are
prohibited. A classroom is not the appropriate place for
these items, and they may constitute a health/safety
hazard. It is also disruptive to the educational process.
1. Consequences may include, but are not limited to, a
personal conference, removal from class, loss of
privileges, parental contact, referral to the office, loss
of points, change of seat, PM detention, or PM tutoring.
2. Tardies are a violation of school policy. You are expected
be in class, IN YOUR SEAT, when the bell rings.
Loitering by the door or being away from your seat when
the bell rings means you are not ready to begin class work.
3 tardies will warrant a warning, 5 will warrant a PM
detention, and 7 or more will warrant disciplinary action
in the office.
1. Work ethic: WORK MUST BE TURNED IN ON TIME.
That means it must be turned in at the beginning of class
on the day it is due. Any assignment not turned in on time
will receive a zero. NO work will be accepted late unless
it is due to an excused absence. If you have an excused
absence, you have 3 days to make up the work. Be sure
to request the work on your first day back at school.
Unexcused absences will result in an zero.
2. You must work on material for English class only, while
in English class.
3. Attendance is crucial. If you are not here, you cannot
4. Class work: This is a practice and discovery time during
class. Points are earned based on effort, following
directions, and completeness of assignments.
5. Homework: assignments must be completed in pencil, or
blue/black ink. I will not accept homework written in
other colors. ALL compositions, projects, and journal
entries must be completed in blue/black ink or typed.
6. Be as neat as possible when completing your work. If
I cannot read it, I can not grade it.
7. Do NOT display your artistic abilities on homework,
tests, or your classmates’ papers.
8. Put your name, period, date, and assignment in the top
left side of your paper.
9. Tests/quizzes: point value depends on the length of the
exam. Quizzes may be unannounced, but tests will always
be assigned in advance.
10. Extra credit: this will be given for completing all work in
a marking period and at other times at my discretion. Do
NOT ask for extra credit if you have not been doing your
work all all along, or if you have been disruptive in class.
11. Book reports: during the year, you will be assigned a book
report for each of the first three marking periods. The
books must be approved by your parents and by me. You
will be given a list of projects from which you must
choose. You must choose a different project each marking
period. Failure to complete a book report project will
result in a incomplete that will carry through the year until
the project is made up. Choose books that you have not
already read to broaden your horizons and that are
appropriate for your age group.
12. Benchmark exams will be given at the end of each quarter.
A final exam will be given at the end of the year.
13. An incomplete that has remained or has been earned in the
fourth quarter will result in a failure for the year.
14. Your grade is influenced by your productivity and effort.
It can only be affected by you. I simply record the grades
that you earned. You choose whether to succeed or fail.
Hopefully, failure is not an option for you.
I am sure that this may seem to be overwhelming at first. However, I am certain that you will easily adapt to the guidelines
for this class. Remember, if your specific needs are not being met, see me and we will try to work out proper accommodations for you. I am available for extra help from 7:20 – 7:45 each morning
with prior arrangement. I wish you the best for the school year.
Mrs. Deborah Schmidt