Classroom Expectations and Policies

English 7 & 8

                                                                    Ms. Bartlett

In English, we do a lot of different things with language—in all its forms. We’ll write (a lot), read (even more than we write), and work on building advanced reading skills. We’ll also learn about participating in a discussion, speaking in front of others, listening, study new words, and learn how to apply various grammar “rules.”

Class Expectations

  • Come to class prepared and ready to learn. Each day you will need the following materials: Pen, paper, yellow class folder, homework, self-selected book, and any assigned reading materials (books/packets). If you are not prepared, you cannot participate in class, so it is important to bring your materials to class. If you are frequently unprepared, you will serve detention after school.


  • Be respectful to others. Do not talk when adults or other peers are speaking; pay attention when you are given directions and during class discussions; and treat others as you would want to be treated. Failure to be respectful and excessive talking will not be tolerated.


  • Stay on task. We have a lot of learning to do this year, so it is important that when you are in English class you are paying attention. Failure to stay on task and distracting behaviors will result in being removed from class and you will then need to stay after school to make-up missed work.


  • Participate in class and do your best! In order to learn, you must be actively engaged and involved in class. Always put forth your best efforts and you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish!


Consequences for Disruptive Behaviors

Behaviors that disrupt our classroom and jeopardize others’ learning will not be tolerated.  These behaviors include excessive talking, interruptions, distractions to peers, negative comments, insults, and other inappropriate actions.  Consequences for these behaviors will include verbal warning, removal from class, ISS room for the class period, after school detention, and meeting with the principal.  Behaviors resulting in a consequence will be followed by a phone call or email to your parent(s).

Homework and In-Class Assignments

Homework and class work are not just “busy work”. It is used as practice in learning concepts and skills. You will receive full credit for homework and in-class practice when your work is fully completed on time, and genuine effort has been made.  It is imperative that reading assignments are completed because reading assigned for homework will be used in class the next day.

Assignments must be completed on time for full credit. Late work will only be accepted one day after it is assigned and will only receive partial credit. Students who do not complete homework or class work sufficiently will be expected to stay after school. If a student has special circumstances surrounding late work, this will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

In the event of an excused absence, you will be allowed to complete the assignment for full credit following the school policy. When you are absent you should check the missing work bin in the front of the classroom for missed assignments and handouts. It is the your responsibility to find out what has been missed during an absence.


Grades will be determined using a “Total Points” system. Each assignment, project, test, quiz, etc. will be given a maximum point value.  Points range from 10 points to 200 points.  Assignments that require more work, time and effort will be worth more points. 

The number of points earned will be recorded, and at the end of the grading period these will be totaled and divided by the total number of possible points to obtain a percentage.

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