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First Days of School
Transcript of First Days of School
I dismiss you, not the clock.
Do not start packing up until instructed to do so.
Wait until I finish and officially dismiss you with
“Have a nice day!” Class Dismissal Classroom Environments PLEASE participate.
I want to hear what you have to say.
Make all questions and comments relevant to the current discussion.
If your question is off the topic, write it down and ask me later.
Follow classroom rule #3 Raise hand and wait for permission to speak. Classroom Discussions I will . . .
Stand in front of the class.
Raise my hand.
Wait for everyone to be
Begin speaking. Getting Your Attention Restroom breaks during class:
You will be issued 6 restroom passes to use during the 6 week period.
If you need to use the restroom raise hand with fingers crossed to get my attention.
Teacher will grant permission to leave room.
Complete restroom pass and put into Restroom Box when leaving.
Do not disrupt classroom.
Only 1 student may leave classroom at a time for restroom. Restroom Please enter quietly.
Get your notebook from the drawer.
Take out your materials (textbook, pencils, paper, etc).
Sharpen pencil before class starts (there will be no other opportunity).
Review the assignment board.
Begin Focus assignment. Entering the Room What are the Standard Operating Procedures for this classroom? What happens if I don't follow the rules? This classroom is a “No Whining Zone”. That means that there will be no whining, for ANY reason.
Everything that I do is in your best interest, so please respect the “No Whining Zone” this year. Special Guideline What are the rules in this classroom? How will I be graded? “I truly believe
in your potential
and I know that you
have the ability to succeed!"
-Mrs. Littlejohn Go to the classroom notebook.
Copy the Assignment Board entry for day(s) missed.
Retrieve any handouts.
Sign the notebook.
It is your responsibility to make-up missed tests or quizzes. After an Absence “What do I do next?” Finish Classwork Early You will have at least 8 daily grades and 2 test grades per six-week period. Grades will consist of:
Daily Grades 30%
Quiz Grades 10%
Test Grades 60%
Total Grade 100% with
Mrs. Littlejohn Welcome to
Social Studies 8th Grade
U.S. History thru 1877 7th Grade
Texas History 6th Grade
What will I be doing this year? 4 1 2 2 4 1 3 2 4 3 1 3 2 4 1 3 2 1 Find the desk that matches your card color and number. Where am I supposed to sit? What are the Classroom Rules? 5. GRADES AND GRADING PROCEDURE
The following grading procedure is to be carried out by each teacher employed by the Ehrhart School:
1. Teachers are expected to record a minimum of ten (10) grades per each six-week period. The principal
may approve exceptions such as P.E. or Fine Arts.
2. At least two (2) of the ten grades must be an exam. The principal may approve exceptions such as P.E. or
3. Six-week grades may include, but are not limited to daily work, tests, homework assignments, oral and
written reports, etc.
4. To arrive at a semester grade, add the three (3) six-week grades and divide by three. This will give a
5. A grade of 100 is considered a perfect grade, and therefore, the highest possible grade a student can earn.
6. Grades in academic achievement are not to be lowered because of poor conduct.
7. After grades have been recorded and reported, the grades may not be changed unless there is an error.
8. Recording Failing Grades The Board has chosen to allow the District to record a grade of sixty (60) on
the report card for any average numerical grade that is lower than sixty (60). (This does not apply to
9. Students are not allowed to grade test papers or record grades. REPORT CARDS
A report card is issued to the parent or guardian at the close of each six-week grading period. Grades obtained during the days of attendance and/or current transferred grades will be the basis for the report card grade.
When a student has transferred from one or more schools within the grading period, grades on the checkout sheet or latest report card are considered as the basis for report card grades.
The Notice of Progress will be sent to parents of all students during the fourth week of the reporting period or as often as may be deemed necessary.
The notice of Progress form will be made in triplicate – one copy placed on file in the principal’s office, one copy sent to the parent, and one copy for the pupil’s permanent record file.
The parent must sign and return the form to indicate to the teacher that the parent has seen the report. Parents are then encouraged to schedule a conference with their child’s teacher to work on strategies that will help the student pass.
Teachers will also send notices if a student’s grade falls below 70% or if there has been a significant drop in student performance (10% or more). Report Cards 1. Treat others with respect.
2. Follow directions first time given.
3. Raise your hand and wait for permission to speak.
4. Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself.
5. Have all assignments and supplies at desk and be ready to begin working. How Am I Expected to Behave at School? Student Code of Conduct Behaviors – Students are prohibited from engaging in conduct that violates expected standards of behavior. Examples of such violations are:
1) Leaving school grounds or school-sponsored events without permission of an appropriate school official;
2) Insubordination, i.e., failing to comply with lawful directives given by school personnel;
3) Engaging in inappropriate physical or sexual conduct;
4) Engaging in conduct that constitutes sexual harassment, whether the conduct is by word, gesture, or any other sexual conduct, including requests for sexual favors;
5) Possessing or using matches or a lighter except as part of an instruction program;
6) Starting or building a fire on school grounds or at a school-sponsored event except as part of an instructional program or engaging in arson;
7) Possessing, using, or smoking tobacco products;
8) Possessing, selling, using, or distributing medications that are available without a prescription in a manner that is not consistent with the medicine’s intended use as indicated on the manufacture’s label or with school rules concerning the handling of such medications;
9) Possessing or selling items attempted to be passed off as drugs or contraband;
10) Possessing drug paraphernalia;
11) Possessing or distributing pornographic material;
12) Possessing, using or exhibiting an illegal knife as defined by the Texas Penal Code, air guns, chemical dispensing devices, fireworks, replica firearms or bombs, electronic stunning devices, and other dangerous items;
13) Possessing a firearm;
14) Possessing ammunition or explosives;
15) Discharging a fire extinguisher, except in an emergency;
16) Violating dress or grooming standards;
17) Violating campus, classroom, extracurricular or other communicated standards of behavior;
18) Being in facilities designated for the opposite sex such as restrooms or locker rooms, or in facilities designated as faculty, janitorial only, or custodial only;
19) Cheating or copying the work of another;
20) Throwing objects that can cause bodily injury or property damage;
21) Using profanity, vulgar language, or obscene gestures; 22) Fighting
23) Bullying, which may include repeated teasing, taunting, threatening, hitting, stealing, intentional exclusion, and rumors that create an ongoing pattern of harassment and abuse, inclusive of cyber bullying;
24) Stealing, theft, or robbery;
25) Damaging or vandalizing property belonging to others;
26) Name calling, ethnic or racial slurs, or derogatory statements that school officials reasonably anticipate will disrupt the school’s program or incite violence;
27) Inappropriate or illegal use of the school’s electronic communication systems, including the Internet;
28) Falsification of records, passes, or other school-related documents;
29) Violating local, state, or federal laws;
30) Behaving in any way that disrupts the school environment or educational process;
31) Assaulting another person whether or not the assault results in injury;
32) Making a terrorist threat, false alarm, or report including but not limited to bomb threats;
33) Selling, giving, or delivering an alcoholic beverage;
34) Possessing, using, or being under the influence of an alcoholic beverage;
35) Possessing, using, being under the influence, distributing, attempting to distribute, buying, or attempting to buy illegal drugs;
36) Using, in a manner inconsistent with the manufacturer’s instruction, or being under the influence of glue or aerosol paint;
37) Behaving in a manner that contain the elements of indecent exposure as defined by the Texas Penal Code;
38) Behaving in a manner that contains the elements of the offense of public lewdness as defined by the Texas Penal Code;
39) Retaliating against a school employee;
40) Behaving in such a manner that the continued presence of the student in the classroom threatens the safety of other students or teachers, or will be detrimental to the educational process;
41) Being involved in gang activity, including participating as a pledge or member, or soliciting another person to become a pledge or member of a gang; and
42) Verifiable evidence of crimes charged or committed or other serious off campus conduct which are determined to have one or more of the following effects;
1. Disrupts the learning environment;
2. provides a negative example to the other students; or
3. Creates a dangerous and unsafe environment for students or school
43) Failure to abide by the Internet Acceptable Use Policy. Why should I follow the rules? 1. Verbal acknowledgment 2. Stress-free Learning Environment 3. A Pleasant and Orderly Classroom Atmosphere Johnny Nuissance Strike 1 = 1st Verbal Warning. Name on Board with an X x Strike 2 = 2nd Verbal Warning. Two XX's on Board. Strike 3 = Written Refferal to Principal. Three XXX's on Board. Strike Board X X Tammy Talksalot x Joes Justcantsitstill x x "Old" Write-up System vs. "New" Strike System Any student who uses profanity, fights, damages school property (this includes the property of the teacher and other students), or is disrespectful (as defined by the teacher) will be sent to the office IMMEDIATELY. Student felt like teacher went straight to write-up system without warning. Student has visible cue in classroom of current behavior status. Class time wasted while teacher completed write-up form, designated consequences, and followed-up with parent. Minimal class time spent on student behavior disruptions. After 3 strikes, student referred to Principal. Principal will determine consequences and follow-up with parent about behavior. Consequences for rule violations were inconsistent between teachers. Some teachers (her name starts with an "L") gave detention for everything! Principal determines consequences for all students not meeting behavior expectations in the classroom; ensuring consistent consequences for similar circumstances and grade levels. Student felt like getting a write-up in one class meant he was "in trouble" in all classes. Strike board wiped clean after each class period. Every day student starts with a clean slate. Strikes are by class and do not follow student to next class. Severe Clause What happens when I have a referral to the Principal? 1. Teacher will send electronic referral to Principal outlining student's 3 strikes.
2. Principal will meet with student to discuss consequences of behavior. Usually meets with students at beginning of school day. Consequences
Expulsion Restroom breaks should be handled between classes. What if I don't use all of my restroom passes during the 6 week period? At the end of the 6 week period, you will turn-in unused passes for a special PRIZE! What if I use all of my restroom passes before the end of the 6 weeks? You will not be allowed to use the restroom! SERIOUSLY: I will issue you an emergency pass. 3 emergency passes during 6 week period will result in Principal referral. General Restroom Rules 1. Only 2 Students in Restroom at a time.
2. If you make a mess, clean it up! Your Mom doesn't work here.
3. If supplies are out (e.g. toilet paper, soap, paper towels) report it to a teacher.
4. Exit restroom in dress code: pants zipped, shirt tucked in, etc.
5. For goodness sake WASH YOUR HANDS!!! Following this procedure makes me a HAPPY TEACHER! HAPPY TEACHERS MAKE HAPPY STUDENTS!!!! Dress Code Classroom Helper You will . . .
Stop talking immediately.
Give me your full attention.
Sit at desk.
Eyes on me.
Be prepared to receive information. That's just wrong! Complete Social Studies Assignments.
Study Social Studies Vocabulary.
Read AR book.
Complete homework assignments.
Make good use of your time...any school work completed at school leaves you more time for yourself or friends when you get home. Each week I will assign a class helper.
Listen for alarm for bell and ring bell for class change at beginning and end of class.
Update Classroom Notebook and Agenda Book.
Collect papers, run errands, as needed.
1st Period complete Dress Code Check and Lunch Count.
2nd Period complete attendance sheet and get my initials.
Class Helper receives a daily grade of 100 for completing duties without being reminded each day. Easy 100! Morning Announcements
Take books to 1st period class and report to School Secretary.
Speak clearly into the receiver.
Read slowly, remember "little people" are trying to repeat after you.
Improved public speaking skills.
All kids in Elementary think you are "Cool".
100 Daily Grade if assignment completed without reminder. Mrs. Littlejohn's Desk Door We have three standard room environments.
Red, Yellow and Green.
These set our level of conversation, movement and location of student focus. RED Silent, Still and focused on the teacher. No talking, no rustling papers, no sharpening pencils, stay seated
We will use the Red Light for teacher led instruction, tests, reading time, guest speakers and in case of emergency. YELLOW Appropriate volume conversation on topic, stay seated unless gathering resources for the activity.
Focus on activity, project or assignment.
Project work, group activities, review or study, class discussion. Green Conversation and safe movement around the room are OK.
Celebrations, games, selected activities. Fire Alarm The fire alarm is a loud buzzer sound accompanied by the emergency light flashing.
We conduct fire drills every month at various times of the day.
Any time the fire alarm sounds we treat as an emergency event:
Immediately go to Red Light behavior.
Mrs. Littlejohn get grade book
Exit classroom single file
Last person out of classroom close door and turn off light
Exit to Tennis Court
Turn Around and face building
Remain silent until all clear given to return.
Return to classroom without talking. Group Work Move into your groups quickly and get right to work.
Read the instructions aloud or recap what the teacher has challenged you to find out. Be sure every group member knows what the challenge is.
Part of group work is learning to listen to each other. Don't interrupt your classmates. Make sure each person's ideas are heard and that the group answers each person's questions.
If you are confused, ask your group to explain. If no one in the group can answer the question, and it is an important question, The leader may ask the teacher.
If someone in your group uses a word or an idea you do not understand, ask for an explanation. You are responsible for learning all you can from your group. You are also responsible for contributing to the work of your group. Your attempts to explain to others will help you to understand even better.
Give everyone in the group a chance to talk about his or her ideas. Talking out loud about your thinking will help you learn to express your arguments and clarify your ideas.
If your group gets stuck, go over what the problem is asking and what you know so far. If this does not give you a new idea, raise your hand for the teacher.
Be prepared to share your group's ideas, solutions, and strategies and to explain why you think you are correct. Make sure you look back at the original problem and check that your solutions make sense.
You are responsible for recording your group's ideas and solutions in your notes. Guests and Guest Teachers Guest teachers will make and collect assignments, and report on student behavior.
Classroom rules are in full effect and I expect best behavior when guests are in our classroom.
Follow the instructions of guest teacher. If instructions differ from usual procedures, politely inform of our usual routine. 4 1 2 2 4 1 3 2 4 3 1 3 2 4 1 3 2 1 Mrs. Littlejohn's Desk Door Small Group Activity 4 1 2 2 4 1 3 2 4 3 1 3 2 4 1 3 2 1 Mrs. Littlejohn's Desk Door Partners & Think,Pair, Share 1. Think: Teacher will begin by asking a specific higher-level question about the text or topic students will be discussing. Students "think" about what they know or have learned about the topic for a given amount of time (usually 1-3 minutes).
2. Pair: Each student should be paired with another student. Students share their thinking with their partner, discuss ideas, and ask questions of their partner about their thoughts on the topic (2-5 minutes).
3. Share: Once partners have had ample time to share their thoughts and have a discussion, teacher expands the "share" into a whole-class discussion. GIRLS:
Bottoms: Khaki or Navy blue pants, skirts, shorts or skorts. The bottoms must be no shorter than 3”
(sticky note width) from the knee. No oversized, baggy, or sagging pants will be allowed. No pants with
exaggerated bell-bottoms, stripes down the sides, sashes, or excessive pockets will be allowed. Pants may
not be rolled up to make capris or shorts.
Tops: Shirts must be either navy, hunter green or white POLO style shirts. They should not be tight.
Undershirts should be white. Shirts must be tucked in at all times.
Belts: Plain brown or black belts MUST BE WORN DAILY, unless pants, skirts, shorts or skorts do not
have belt loops.
No leggings are allowed under skirts, jumpers or shorts.
Bottoms: Khaki or Navy blue pants or shorts with either a brown or black belt. No oversized, baggy, or
sagging pants will be allowed. Nor will pants with exaggerated bell bottoms, stripes down the sides, or
excessive pockets be allowed. Pants may not be rolled up at any time.
Tops: Shirts must be either navy, hunter green or white POLO shirts. Undershirts should be white.
Shirts must be tucked in at all times.
Belts: Plain brown or black belts MUST BE WORN DAILY.