Goshen Middle School

The Year's Expectations

Course Goals: Simply stated, the goal of this class is to learn as much as possible in the time we have together! With that being said, I would like you, the parent, to embrace and accept these goals with me:

• Students will write every day
• Students will read every day, seven days a week
• Students will master all of the reading strategies which are:
o To preview
o To question at all levels of thinking
o To predict
o To infer
o To connect to self, world, and text
o To summarize
o To evaluate
Mastery means that the student will independently use and choose these strategies while reading.
• Students will further develop all of the writing traits which include:
o Choosing the most effective words
o Developing strong ideas with a unique voice
o Using proper organization for the task
o Using and improving writing conventions with improved sentence fluency
• Students will follow the writing process of prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing
• Students will work to develop and enhance their vocabulary by researching, exploring, and using a large number of new words
• Students will participate in regular literature circles during class that include reading, discussing, and analyzing various forms of text at ever-increasing levels of understanding
• Students will keep a portfolio of their best work.

Daily Materials ****These are essential to success****

• Agenda
• Pen/pencil
• Binder with dividers and notebook paper
• Folder with 3 prongs and 2 pockets
• Composition book for writer’s notebook
• Free reading book
  • Pens and pencils may be purchased from me for $0.25. This money will be used to buy more pens and pencils.

    Language Arts Binder

    Each student is required to keep a language arts binder throughout the year. This binder should have five sections:

    • Reading Log
    • Wish List
    • Notes
    • Language
    • Writing

    Homework Policy

    Do it when it is assigned!

    Late homework will be accepted for half credit only. If you were absent on the day it was assigned then an extra day will be given with no penalty. This rule does not apply if it is a standing weekly assignment.
    Late homework will be accepted only during the Unit of Study. Once the Unit of Study is complete, late homework will no longer be accepted. In other words, you cannot wait until the end of the marking period to hand in all previous work. You may be assigned HAP, working lunch, or another form of detention if you have more than 2 assignments missing.

    Redo Policy

    You must redo an assignment if you receive a 69 or below. All redo assignments must be done either at home or during lunch. We will set up an acceptable time together.
    All redo assignments are due within one week of receiving them.

    Absence Policy

    Make up work that you have missed due to absences in a timely manner.

    Classroom Rules

    Respect yourself, others, and the environment.

    Grading Policy

    Students’ grades will be on a predetermined point scale. Students will have grades from homework, classwork, quizzes, tests, projects, and class participation.

    The grading scale is:

    A 90-100
    B 80-89
    C 70-79
    D 60-69
    F 0-59


    7:10-7:25 Homeroom
    7:25-8:10 Block 1
    8:15-9:00 Encore
    9:05-10:05 Block 1
  • 10:10-11:20 Block 2
  • 11:20-11:50 Lunch
    11:55- 12:30 Block 2
    12:35-2:20 Block 3