Class Information and Expectations
Please note that specific policies, reading lists, etc. can be found in the syllabus under each specific course link. Below is a general outline of expectations that I have for all of my students:
Required Materials - paper (loose leaf or notebook), binder or folder to organize handouts, pens or pencils, independent reading book (we will visit the library regularly - do not feel pressured to purchase novels).
Students are expected to adhere to the Briar Woods High School Honor Code and our Be TRUE (Trustworthy, Respectful, United, Excellent)
Finally, I in addition to respect, responsibility, and integrity, I expect all of my students to take ownership of the learning. If you are struggling, please talk to me (I'm here to help!), additionally it is your responsibility to keep up with assignments, handouts, and deadlines. I'm happy to work with parents in a support role, but prefer that students approach me first with questions or concerns (I'm not scary, I promise!)
Cell Phones and Electronic Devices
At points in class we will use electronic devices (for research, to read eBooks, and various other reasons). However, unless explicitly stated, electronic devices should not be used in class. I provide a charging station at the back of the classroom and storage cubbies at the front door - if you can't trust yourself to keep it away please make use of these options to help you "unplug" and engage in class. I will only warn/ask to put away cell phones/devices once before I take it. I reserve the right to turn phones and devices into the office and require parents to pick up.
I grade using a point system which is averaged each quarter. Each quarter grade will be calculated using Total Points Earned / Total Points Available. Grades will be posted to Phoenix/Parent VUE, Student VUE as often as possible.
The following school codes will be used in Phoenix:
X = exempt
Z = zero (not turned in)
To access Phoenix (Parent VUE or Student VUE) please go to https://portal.lcps.org/
Make Up Work
Students will receive one day for each day absent to make up work, as per LCPS policy. It is the student's (your) responsibility to get makeup work (notes, homework, quizzes, and test) from me the first day you return to class after being absent. If you know that you are going to be absent ahead of time, you may request work and I will do my best to accommodate.
The Briar Woods High School Honor Code, as well as all policies and procedures outline in the BWHS student agenda, will be strictly enforced in class. You are expected to be very familiar with, and abide by, these procedures.
I reserve the right to make changes to these expectations as the year progresses.