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    Contact Information: 
    Mrs. Jolando Cook 
    bcook@ems-isd.net 
    817-232-7112 
    Conference Period: 2nd
      
    Course Description: 


    Welcome to English IV. I am excited about what we have in store for our EMS-ISD English classes across the district this year.  Our class will be very interactive with a lot of class participation using your best oral, written and visual learning skills. 

     
    We will be studying, annotating, discussing and dissecting various types of literature forms including short stories, poetry, novels and non-fiction. During reading lessons and activities you will become proficient in analyzing the text and identifying various literary devices that are utilized in order to help you become a more adept and productive reader. As our educational system has increased in rigor and relevance, our society demands on individual reading skills have become a matter of survival to be able to procure a job and/or career.  It is the goal of EMS-ISD that our students graduate ready for college and career success.   


    This year we will be concentrating on skills that develop you as a writer.  We will learn strategies that apply to different writer's purposes, whether it be straight forward explaining or creatively expressing an idea/opinion.  A pride and joy that I always experience and have had success with is exposing my students to successful, creative writing tools that will empower them with the tools needed for expressing their thoughts, opinions and ideas in ways that create effective and concise communicators.  
      
     
    Classroom Expectations: 
    ·         Attend class prepared to work.  
    ·         Follow all school policies.  It is the student's responsibility to understand the Student Handbook and ASK QUESTIONS 
    ·         Participate in class discussions. 
    ·         Students will respect themselves, others and school property. 
    ·         Students will be in their assigned seats and prepared for class when class is scheduled to begin. (That means having a pencil or asking for a pencil.) 
    ·         Students will be dismissed from class by the teacher, only when work areas are clean.  


    Classroom Rules: 
    ·         Be respectful. 
    ·         Be courteous. 
    ·         Be an active listener and participant.  
    ·         Be punctual.  
    ·         Be responsible. 


    CELL PHONE USAGE: There will be times that cell phones are permitted. They are a great source of information. In order to maintain a respectful climate, all cell phones must be kept on silent.  Cell phone abuse will not be tolerated, such as playing games on your cell phone when you have an assignment or task to be completed, during instruction times or when you are supposed to be participating in classroom activities.  This is an issue that will precipitate a call to parent/guardian for a parent conference to determine a plan to alter this behavior. 


    There will be times that IPODS and other music devices are allowed. However, if there are teacher led discussions, group discussions, or class discussions occurring or someone is presenting or speaking, your device will be turned off and removed from your ear. Listening to music while you work may be allowed if it does not interfere with your assignment.  

    Take care of getting drinks, using the restroom, etc. before class.  The passing period was created for that purpose: getting a drink or using the restroom on your way to class.  Being in the bathroom is not an excuse and you will be counted tardy. 


    Bring a positive attitude and expect a great day! 
     
    Consequences for not following classroom rules: 
    1 Warning 
    Conversation with Mrs. Cook 
    Parental contact 
    Detention 
    Office referral 
     
    Supplies: 
    You need to have the following supplies everyday: 
    ·         1 8 oz. (minimum) bottle hand sanitizer 
    ·         Pencil (I prefer pencil because you can ERASE and not have to start over!) 
    ·         Notebook paper (several packets) – we will use a large amount of notebook paper. 


    All students should have access to a good COLLEGE dictionary at home (hardback or paperback does not matter). Either a Merriam Webster or an American Heritage would be good. These can be purchased new at most any bookstore, or may be purchased from many used bookstores. You can also access the dictionary via the internet at www.dictionary.com. We will have a set for your use; however, you will not be able to check one out for home use.  


    Grading Policy 
    ·         Major Grades: 60% - Tests, essays, major projects, presentations. 
    ·         Minor Grades: 40% - Daily Warm Ups, Homework, Classwork, & Quizzes.   
     Late Work Policy - 
    1 school day late - maximum score is 85 
    2 school days late - maximum score is 70 
    3 school days late - maximum score of 60 
    No late work accepted after 3 school business days and a zero is recorded in the grade book. .   
      
    ·         Remember that you are responsible for all information covered during class when you are absent. This includes notes, exam dates, assignments, handouts, special topics of discussion, group and individual work, projects, and special announcements. 


    ·         Make-Up Work - You will have time equal to the days you were absent from class plus one day to complete all missed assignments. Make up tests will be administered before or after school to prevent you from missing additional class time. (You must make arrangements for transportation.) Work, including tests, assigned prior to an absence is due on the first day you return. 


    Weekly assignments: Each week, assignments will be posted on my teacher web page found on the Chisholm Trail High School Canvas Web Site.  Please understand that circumstances beyond my control, such as fire drills, my own absences may affect this calendar.  Sometimes, as a class, we may just get caught up in the learning process and extend a favorite, fun lesson.  The best form of communicating about what is going on in class is discussion with your child.    
      
    **Communication with me using Canvas, and/or Tweeter 
    Occasionally, I will use one of these texting apps to text reminders of upcoming assignments and/or classroom happenings. 
    Student and Parent Communication: At the top of this page you will find my email and phone number.  I encourage parents to contact me with any questions or concerns. My conference period is 3rd period. You may leave a message on my voice mail at any time, and I will return your call as soon as possible. 

       
    ****Students: If you have a concern, please arrange a conference with me so that we can resolve any issues that may arise in the classroom.  


    ****Parents: I encourage you to communicate with me whenever you may feel the need; however, in the interest of helping your student, please check that your student has arranged a student/teacher conference with me to resolve issues before we have a parent/teacher conference.