• Grade 10 Intensive Reading Syllabus

    Vanguard High School


    Mrs Primrose Thurston (2020-2021)                                                                  


    Phone                   (352) 671-4900 ext. 59491

    E-mail:                  primrose.thurston@marion.k12.fl.us

    Office Hours:        Mon. - Fri. / 7:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

    Website:               https://www.marionschools.net/Page/38940

    Room:                   Building 1-225


    Course Description

    In this Intensive Reading class, will be concentrating on your reading and writing strengths (and weaknesses) while preparing for the various standardized tests mandated by both the district and state, including the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA). I am looking forward to a very successful year.  I will be available to you for help and support.  You are expected to learn the policies of the class and meet the academic and behavioral requirements as stated.  Organization and preparation are keys to success! 


    Class standards include the following:

    • Reading Literature
    • Reading Informational Text
    • Writing
    • Speaking and Listening

    Academic Expectations:


    Independent Reading:

    Student will choose a novel to read for each quarter. Student should take their novels to every class and in between assignments conduct “independent reading”.  Students should also read this book outside of class and needs be prepared to have regular conferences with teacher.  Also, at the end of each grading period, you will be required to do a specific project on one of the books you’ve read during the 9-week time period.  MAJOR PROJECT GRADE!!

    Microsoft Teams:

    This year we will be using a new learning platform-Microsoft Teams.

    Please follow these directions to get to my classes in the online platform Microsoft TEAMS.

    1. Login using your school credentials to the student desktop.
    2. Select the Office365 icon.
    3. At the top of your Office365 screen, select the TEAMS app.
    4. You are automatically registered for my class; select the appropriate class from your list of classes.

    Reading Plus:

    This is an electronic reading program that we be using to improve our reading skills. Comprehension passages are called See Readers (SRs) and vocabulary exercises are called Read Arounds (RAs). Students will be required to complete 4 SRs or more and 4 RAs each week as the minimum required assignments. It is the student’s best interest if they do more than the required number of assignments.


    Materials needed for class: 

    A one inch binder, earbud/earphone, pens, pencils, loose leaf, highlighters or markers for projects, but it is not necessary to carry these with you each day. 


    Quizzes and Tests:

     Quizzes will be given often.  They may or MAY NOT be announced, so be prepared!  Complete all of your classwork on time and you will be ready.   


    Grading Policy:

    The number of grades per report card period will average around 25-30 grades. 

    The weight of each assignment is as follows:


    Classwork ……… …………………………….40%

    Homework/Learning checks..............................10%

    Tests, Projects and Presentations……...............50%


    Grading Scale:

    A: 90-100  (3.5-4.0)

    B: 80-89    (2.5-3.49)

    C: 70-79    (1.5-2.49)

    D: 60-69    (1.0-1.49)

    F:  59 and below (0.0-.99)


    Late work:  

    If you do not hand in your work the day it is due, you have the opportunity to submit it late with a grade deduction of one letter grade per day it is late. 


    Make-up Work: 

    If you are absent for whatever reason, you are completely responsible for make-up work and tests.  Please check the makeup work station for missing work. Students who are present in class during an assignment and choose not to do an assignment will not be allowed to make-up that missed assignment. 


    Classroom Procedures and Rules:

    Attendance:  You cannot learn if you are absent, so be here.  If you are absent, take your note to the attendance office for processing.  If students are more than (10) minutes late to class they will be marked absent and must report to Attendance to check-in.  Please bring your tardy slip from the Kiosk to teacher. After the 3rd tardy, students will receive a Disciplinary Referral, and every time thereafter.


    Vanguard High School-wide Tardy Policy: 

    First Tardy: Teacher warning

    Second Tardy: Teacher warning

    Third Tardy: Teacher warning and call home to parents

    Fourth Tardy and beyond: Referral



    Cheating will NOT BE TOLERATED!  The result will be a double grade of “F” for the assignment, an “F” in conduct on the report card, parent contact/conference. GIVERS AND RECEIVERS ARE EQUALLY GUILTY!


    Electronic Devices:

     Marion County Public Schools Code of Conduct stipulates that cell phones are not to be visible or heard during the school day.  Laptops/iPods/iPads/portable gaming systems are not allowed, either. 

    Bathroom / Water Fountain Policy:

    Students are instructed to use the bathroom during their break between classes (this year it is 7 minutes long).  However, if a student needs to use the bathroom during class time, permission must be obtained.  Students are permitted only one bathroom break during class. Students are not allowed to use the bathroom during the first 10 minutes or the last 10 minutes of class (10/10 Rule), including when returning from lunch breaks. Students must sign-out /in for bathroom /water fountain breaks and take a VHS Hall-Pass with them. 


    Behavioural Expectations:

    I do not expect behavioral problems from any member of my classes; however, I do consider it appropriate to share my discipline plan with you. 

     Policies / Procedures

      1. Display a positive attitude.
      2. Mask must be worn at all times.
      3. Follow directions the first time they are given.
      4. Be in your assigned seat, ready to work, when the tardy bell rings.
      5. Remain in your seat unless you have permission to do otherwise.
      6. Raise your hand and wait to be recognized before speaking out.
      7. Check around your seat or work area and clean up before leaving the classroom for the day.
      8. Keep your hands, feet, objects, and all negative comments to yourself.
      9. Follow school rules, school dress code, and the Student Code of Conduct.
      10. Remember: the bell does not dismiss the class—I do.



    Please allow your parents to read and fill out the next page and return to Mrs. Thurston next class. All sections MUST be filled out.