Ms. Jennifer Smith
Phone: 352-671-4725 Available Hours: 8:15-9AM (M-F) and scheduled appointment
Honors English and Language Arts 8th Grade COURSE DESCRIPTION: Welcome! The purpose of this course is to provide grade 8 students, using texts of high complexity, advanced integrated language arts study in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language for college and career preparation and readiness.
Note for English Honors: Academic rigor is found through the application, analysis, evaluation and creation of complex ideas that are often abstract and multi-faceted, students will be challenged to think and collaborate critically on the content they are learning.
Journalism Course Description: The purpose of this course is to enable students to develop skills in the production of journalism across print, multimedia, web, and broadcast/radio platforms and to become aware of journalism history, careers, ethics use, and management techniques related to the production of journalistic media. Some activities may be required outside of the school day.
RESPECT! Show respect to yourself, others around you and to this school!
- Planner/Agenda notebook
- One small spiral notebooks for Journalism
- One Composition Notebook for English and Honors
- Three prong folder with pockets (with notebook paper)
- Digital Cameras (if possible. We have cameras, however, it is recommended that when you on a photography location you use your own)-For Journalism
- You will need internet access to work on yearbook and newspaper pages at home in order to meet deadlines-For Journalism
* Please have all your materials with you for every class.
Lab Fee (For Journalism Students Only): $15 will cover DVD copies of your projects throughout the year and print quality photographs as applicable
Grades are determined according to categories with different percentages which are subject to change. If there is a change we will notify everyone in writing.
- Summative Assessment (Tests, Projects, Presentations) – 40%
- Formative Assessments (Class/Daily Assignments, Quizzes, Learning Checks) – 50%
- Homework – 10%
Classroom Procedures/ Citizenship:
- Put away all electronic equipment and food/drinks prior to entering the classroom.
- Enter quietly (sign into your computer on days of computer time).
- Remain in your seat for the entire period unless given permission from the teacher.
- No food or drink is permitted in class.
- Test and quizzes must be made up before or after school unless prearranged by parent contact.
- Bathroom passes are only issued on emergency basis! You must go the bathroom while moving between classes
- No student laptops, cell phone or MP3 players are authorized in class without teacher permission.
- Tardy policy will be in accordance with Code of Student Conduct. When entering tardy, you must sign in and place your pass in the box next to sign in sheet, do not disrupt class.
- You are to remain in your seat until I dismiss you, the Bell does NOT dismiss you!
CHEATING AND PLAGIARISM: WILL NOT BE TOLERATED!! This is a level 2 infraction and you will be sent directly to the Dean!
Disciplinary action: As you already know, some offenses result in an instant referral (ie: cursing directly or indirectly at me, leaving class without a pass, skipping, fighting, etc) For all others:
- Verbal warning
- Conference with you (and coach when applicable) and parent
- Alternative assignment/change of seating arrangement