Unattached to a cell phone or other electronic devise.
Dr. Scricco expects the same from his students, with one exception: In place of being prepared to teach - although this, on occasion may indeed occur - the majority of the time the student is to be prepared to learn. This means:
The student is to have the homework completed and ready for review - Just as Dr. Scricco is to have a plan in place ready to teach
The student is to have a notebook, any ditto or download, a writing instrument - just as Dr. Scricco is to have all teaching materials and writing instruments; be they for the blackboard or the computer board; necessary for the lesson.
Academic dishonesty is an affront to hard working students and it will never be tolerated.
If a student were found to be academically dishonest s/he will be handled according to the school district policy.
Academic dishonesty is not limited to cheating within the confines of the classroom.
Academic dishonesty extends to plagiarism which includes the use of online translators: It is one thing to look up a word electronically it is another to have a computer translate one’s work.
Academic dishonesty implies that the student has failed to reference his/her source. Consequently academic dishonesty falls within the purview of situations in which a student were to receive help from another person who is fluent in the language.
The class website is not a substitute for classroom attendance and note taking. The student should not assume that the material that appears on the SmartBoard will be de facto be posted on the website.
At the top of every page of the student's notebook the date and the topic/s of the notes should be posted.
In the event one were absent, it would be easy to determine the missing notes: Find the missing dates and the missing notes will be determined.
A simple study technique: Upon returning home, transcribe all class notes into a home notebook for the given subject - the date and the topic/s, of course, should be placed at the top of the page/s for the specific day.
The home notebook is never to leave the confines of the home.
If a student were to have a question with regards to a point in the notes, this point should be highlighted. Upon entering the class the next day, the question/s on point should be asked and the issue/s clarified. The teacher's responses should be noted. Upon returning home, the questions and the answers should be added to the notes of the date in which they arose.
Students should exchange e-mail addresses with a few peers from the class
Students should always date their notes.
In the event a student were absent s/he could e-mail a classmate and ask for the day's notes. The notes need not be laboriously dictated. For example: The person with the notes can take a snapshot of his/her notes and e-mail them to the person that had been absent.
It is incumbent on the absent student to ask the teacher for any missed work.
Grades will be calculated according to district and departmental policies.
Projects and Quizzes/Tests
Tests are, more often than not, announced.
Quizzes may not be announced.
Projects can be, at the least, weighted as much as a test, however, depending on complexity, projects can also be weighted more than one test. Projects will usually have a written and/or an oral component. As with most writing assignments, the student will be given the opportunity to complete a rewrite prior to handing in the completed work.
Please keep in mind that project based assessments are continually evolving.
Students will be asked to complete readings of various difficulty for a grade. These readings are to be digitally recorded and submitted. Most electronic devises have recording capabilities. If the student does not have one built into his/her computer, a freeware program can be downloaded at: Audacity.
Finally, writing, speaking, PowerPoint/Google docs presentations, and projects must be handed in by the due date. If the work is not consigned by the due date, Dr. Scricco reserves the right to deduct one half a letter grade for each day the work is late. Nota Bene: The operative word in this paragraph is "day" not 'business day.' Consequently, Saturday and Sunday, as well as vacation day/s could, and probably will, be counted.
Homework is assigned almost every day of the school week. Homework is an excellent gauge of one's progress: If the student can accomplish the task/s set out in the homework then s/he will do well on a quiz or test. If the student is having problems the best time to discuss them would be the day after the homework was assigned.
Finally, it would behoove the student to complete the homework as assigned for two reasons:
Quizzes may be unannounced and are usually based on the previous evening's homework assignment
Homework completion is assigned a numeric value and is calculated into the grade
Class participation is an integral part of the grade. In order to maximize the learning experience the student must be present in class. If the student is not present s/he cannot participate and, as a consequence, this aspect of the student's grade will suffer.
Make-up Tests / Quizzes
It is incumbent upon the student to notify the teacher regarding the making up of missed tests and/or quizzes.
Missed tests are to be made-up no more than one school week after a student’s return to class or the date of the original exam.
Once the window for the make-up period has closed the test cannot be made-up.
Quizzes are made-up the same way tests are.
Extra credit assignments are not assigned because students are able to retake quizzes/tests that received low grades.