• I teach 4 different classes here at JJ (ELA 9, ELA 9H, ENL9, and ENL 10). Please scroll down until you see the class you are in (both English 9 and 9 Honors share a common handout)

    CLASS EXPECTATIONS AND GUIDELINES ENGLISH 9/ENGLISH 9 HONORS

    John Jay High School~English 9

    Class Expectations and Guidelines

    September 2019

                                        

    Welcome to English 9 and welcome to John Jay High School! In order to be successful in our class you’ll need TWO things: Self-Motivation and a Positive Attitude. I will meet you halfway on everything we do in here, and that’s a promise!  You should know that I come into class each day ready to have a happy, fun, and positive learning experience. Whether or not you choose to be a part of that is entirely up to you. This class is designed to be a place where all of my students learn something new each day, and above all things, feel safe and happy.

     

    Essential Materials (please bring with you every single day!):

    1. ONE 3-ring binder filled with plenty of looseleaf (that must be replenished       often)
    2. TWO working blue or black pens                    
    3.       ONE colored pen or pencil 

    ****A neatly-kept binder is expected****

     

    General Classroom Procedures and Conduct:

    We have lots to do, so BEFORE the bell rings, we are at our desks and ready to learn.  DURING class, we are attentive, helpful, and kind. AFTER we are given permission to pack up, we wait at our desks for the bell, and we always push in chairs and clean up after ourselves (we never leave water bottles or wrappers around. We throw out all trash to keep a neat, bug-free room).

     

    CELL PHONES (and earbuds): It is expected that your phone will be used only for academic purposes. They should not be on your desk, lap, or pocket, buzzing away all period. It is simply too distracting to everyone. Earbuds must be out of your ears. If appropriate phone usage is hard for you, I will help you focus by finding a new place for your phone during the class. Self-control is a skill we will work on this year.

     

    Consequences:

    There are  both positive and negative consequences for all of your actions in our class. Some positive consequences are:  earning grades to be proud of, making new friends, building good relationships with teachers and administrators, expanding your vocabulary,  “good news” notes and calls home. Some negative consequences are:  grades below your potential, feeling like you’re always behind, establishing difficult peer and teacher relationships, disappointing notes and calls home. My hope is that you always choose actions with positive consequences!

     

    Homework:

    Homework will vary throughout the year, but will mainly be reading, and can include anything from reading a news article, reading an assigned chapter in a class book, reading in your own chosen book, or working on writing assignments and projects.

    It is expected that you always complete your assigned homework.

     

    Attendance:

    To fully participate and do well in this class you must be here on a consistent basis. Failure to attend class regularly will result in a lower class work grade.  

    Cutting class is not considered a legitimate absence, thus you will not be permitted to make up any assignments, tests, or quizzes that you miss because you decide to cut. 

    If you are absent, any homework or assignments due the day of your absence are due the day you return.  All work must be made up in a timely fashion (which we can arrange together). Any work that is never made up will ultimately receive a zero.  I cannot grade what I never receive. 

     

    Plagiarism: From the WCSD Code of Conduct: “Plagiarism is defined as the act of stealing and passing off as one’s own the ideas or words of another, or using a created production without giving credit to the source.  This includes ideas or words from any printed text and/or the Internet. Students must use proper citations and references when using another’s work or ideas. Any student who plagiarizes will receive a zero on the plagiarized work.”

    ALL of your work is expected to be YOUR OWN WORK. Plagiarism will result in a lowered grade on the assignment.

     

    Curriculum:

    Please refer to the additional handout for information on the 9th grade curriculum and grading procedures.

     

    I know this is quite a lot to take in at once.  Luckily, I am ALWAYS available for extra help or guidance. Please do not hesitate to contact me and voice your questions or concerns. I encourage all of you, as 9th graders, to advocate for yourself when you feel you need further guidance with an assignment, have a concern with testing modifications, or just generally feel worried about anything regarding your well-being in our room.  I am here to help. I am truly looking forward to an exciting and challenging year!

     

    All the best!




    Ms. Carmelita Seufert 

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    CLASS EXPECTATIONS AND GUIDELINES ENGLISH 10ENL

     

    John Jay High School~English 10/ 10 ENL~ Ms. Seufert/Mrs. Archibald

    Class Expectations and Guidelines

    September 2019

                                        

    Welcome back to John Jay and welcome to English 10/10 ENL!  In order to be successful in our class you’ll need TWO things: Self-Motivation and a Positive Attitude. We will meet you halfway on everything we do in here, and that’s a promise!  You should know that we come into class each day ready to have a happy, fun, and positive learning experience. Whether or not you choose to be a part of that is entirely up to you. This class is designed to be a place where all of our students learn something new each day, and above all things, feel safe and happy.

     

    Essential Materials (please bring with you every single day!):

    1. ONE 3-ring binder filled with plenty of looseleaf (that must be replenished       often)
    2. TWO working blue or black pens                    
    3.       ONE colored pen or pencil 

    ****A neatly-kept binder is expected****

     

    General Classroom Procedures and Conduct:

    We have lots to do, so BEFORE the bell rings, we are at our desks and ready to learn.  DURING class, we are attentive, helpful, and kind. AFTER we are given permission to pack up, we wait at our desks for the bell, and we always push in chairs and clean up after ourselves (we never leave water bottles or wrappers around. Please throw out all trash to keep a neat, bug-free room).

     

    CELL PHONES (and earbuds): It is expected that your phone will be used only for academic purposes. They should not be on your desk, lap, or pocket, buzzing away all period. It is simply too distracting to everyone. Earbuds must be out of your ears. If appropriate phone usage is hard for you, we will help you focus by finding a new place for your phone during the class. Self-control is a skill we will work on this year.

     

    Consequences:

    There are  both positive and negative consequences for all of your actions in our class. Some positive consequences are:  earning grades to be proud of, making new friends, building good relationships with teachers and administrators, expanding your vocabulary,  “good news” notes and calls home. Some negative consequences are:  grades below your potential, feeling like you’re always behind, establishing difficult peer and teacher relationships, disappointing notes and calls home. Our hope is that you always choose actions with positive consequences!

     

    Homework:

    Homework will vary throughout the year, but will mainly be reading, and can include anything from reading a news article, reading an assigned chapter in a class book, reading in your own chosen book, or working on writing assignments and projects.

    It is expected that you always complete your assigned homework.

     

    Attendance:

    To fully participate and do well in this class you must be here on a consistent basis. Failure to attend class regularly will result in a lower class work grade.  

    Cutting class is not considered a legitimate absence, thus you will not be permitted to make up any assignments, tests, or quizzes that you miss because you decide to cut. 

    If you are absent, any homework or assignments due the day of your absence are due the day you return.  All work must be made up in a timely fashion (which we can arrange together). Any work that is never made up will ultimately receive a zero.  We cannot grade what we never receive. 

     

    Plagiarism: From the WCSD Code of Conduct: “Plagiarism is defined as the act of stealing and passing off as one’s own the ideas or words of another, or using a created production without giving credit to the source.  This includes ideas or words from any printed text and/or the Internet. Students must use proper citations and references when using another’s work or ideas. Any student who plagiarizes will receive a zero on the plagiarized work.”

    ALL of your work is expected to be YOUR OWN WORK. Plagiarism will result in a lowered grade on the assignment.

     

    Curriculum:

    Please refer to the additional handout for information on the 10th grade curriculum and grading procedures.

     

    We know this is quite a lot to take in at once.  Luckily, we are ALWAYS available for extra help or guidance. Please do not hesitate to contact us and voice your questions or concerns. We encourage all of you, as 10th graders, to advocate for yourself when you feel you need further guidance with an assignment, have a concern with testing modifications, or just generally feel worried about anything regarding your well-being in our room.  We are here to help. We are truly looking forward to an exciting and challenging year!

     

    All the best!




    Ms. Carmelita Seufert and Mrs. Deanne Archibald

    _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

     

    CLASS EXPECTATIONS AND GUIDELINES ENGLISH 9ENL

     

    John Jay High School~English 9/9 ENL~ Ms. Seufert/Mrs. Cristiano

    Class Expectations and Guidelines

    September 2019

                                        

    Welcome to English 9/9 ENL and welcome to John Jay High School! In order to be successful in our class you’ll need TWO things: Self-Motivation and a Positive Attitude. We will meet you halfway on everything we do in here, and that’s a promise!  You should know that we come into class each day ready to have a happy, fun, and positive learning experience. Whether or not you choose to be a part of that is entirely up to you. This class is designed to be a place where all of our students learn something new each day, and above all things, feel safe and happy.

     

    Essential Materials (please bring with you every single day!):

    1. ONE 3-ring binder filled with plenty of looseleaf (that must be replenished       often)
    2. TWO working blue or black pens                    
    3.       ONE colored pen or pencil 

    ****A neatly-kept binder is expected****

     

    General Classroom Procedures and Conduct:

    We have lots to do, so BEFORE the bell rings, we are at our desks and ready to learn.  DURING class, we are attentive, helpful, and kind. AFTER we are given permission to pack up, we wait at our desks for the bell, and we always push in chairs and clean up after ourselves (we never leave water bottles or wrappers around. Please throw out all trash to keep a neat, bug-free room).

     

    CELL PHONES (and earbuds): It is expected that your phone will be used only for academic purposes. They should not be on your desk, lap, or pocket, buzzing away all period. It is simply too distracting to everyone. Earbuds must be out of your ears. If appropriate phone usage is hard for you, we will help you focus by finding a new place for your phone during the class. Self-control is a skill we will work on this year.

     

    Consequences:

    There are  both positive and negative consequences for all of your actions in our class. Some positive consequences are:  earning grades to be proud of, making new friends, building good relationships with teachers and administrators, expanding your vocabulary,  “good news” notes and calls home. Some negative consequences are:  grades below your potential, feeling like you’re always behind, establishing difficult peer and teacher relationships, disappointing notes and calls home. Our hope is that you always choose actions with positive consequences!

     

    Homework:

    Homework will vary throughout the year, but will mainly be reading, and can include anything from reading a news article, reading an assigned chapter in a class book, reading in your own chosen book, or working on writing assignments and projects.

    It is expected that you always complete your assigned homework.

     

    Attendance:

    To fully participate and do well in this class you must be here on a consistent basis. Failure to attend class regularly will result in a lower class work grade.  

    Cutting class is not considered a legitimate absence, thus you will not be permitted to make up any assignments, tests, or quizzes that you miss because you decide to cut. 

    If you are absent, any homework or assignments due the day of your absence are due the day you return.  All work must be made up in a timely fashion (which we can arrange together). Any work that is never made up will ultimately receive a zero.  We cannot grade what we never receive. 

     

    Plagiarism: From the WCSD Code of Conduct: “Plagiarism is defined as the act of stealing and passing off as one’s own the ideas or words of another, or using a created production without giving credit to the source.  This includes ideas or words from any printed text and/or the Internet. Students must use proper citations and references when using another’s work or ideas. Any student who plagiarizes will receive a zero on the plagiarized work.”

    ALL of your work is expected to be YOUR OWN WORK. Plagiarism will result in a lowered grade on the assignment.

     

    Curriculum:

    Please refer to the additional handout for information on the 9th grade curriculum and grading procedures.

     

    We know this is quite a lot to take in at once.  Luckily, we are ALWAYS available for extra help or guidance. Please do not hesitate to contact us and voice your questions or concerns. We encourage all of you, as 9th graders, to advocate for yourself when you feel you need further guidance with an assignment, have a concern with testing modifications, or just generally feel worried about anything regarding your well-being in our room.  We are here to help. We are truly looking forward to an exciting and challenging year!

     

    All the best!




    Ms. Carmelita Seufert and Mrs. Carrie Tighe Cristiano

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