Expectations and Guidelines for Mrs. Kenjalo's Classes
Over the course of the year, my goals are to help you become more well-rounded individuals and to prepare you for your high school years and beyond. Throughout the year, you will develop your reading and writing skills. You will be challenged to think critically and to reflect on your thought processes as well as the thoughts and ideas of others. Though this course is framed around your textbook and the MN State Language Arts Standards, you will hopefully learn a few things about life, too.
General Guidelines and Expectations:
1. Come prepared for class every single day. This means that you must bring a pen or pencil, binder with paper, books, charged iPad, homework, etc. This also means that you are in your seat, quiet, and ready to start class when the bell rings, or you may be marked tardy.
2. The first 10-15 minutes of each class period will be structured differently each day. It is your responsibility to look at the board and determine/start the activity for the day when the bell rings. If you finish early, you may read a book or do other homework quietly. This is also an ideal time to see me if you have questions or were absent.
3. Please be respectful of others. In this class, there will be a lot of sharing and discussion. Please strive every day to be mindful of your words; if you feel that something may not be appropriate or could hurt someone’s feelings, please keep it to yourself. No one should be afraid to speak up in this class.
4. I expect that you to put forth your best efforts, and I will reward you with a fitting grade. You are in charge of your education. This means that you need to participate when you can, ask questions in class if there is something you do not understand, know how to check your grades and missing assignments, and follow up with someone when you are absent. Any questions… just ask :)
5. This is an English class, so you are expected to follow the “rules” on your assignments (grammar, mechanics, spelling). *Exception: rough drafts.
6. Cell phones, hats, backpacks, and food are all things that I should not see in class. They may be confiscated- consider this your warning. Multiple offenses may result in a visit to the office.
7. Most importantly… It doesn’t matter who you were before you came to my room- what matters to me is what you do from this point forward. You have a clean slate… what you do with it is your choice.
Hall Passes: Students should plan to use the facilities before or after class and should come prepared each and every day. You cannot learn if you are in the bathroom or hallway, so passes will be granted sparingly.
Grading: Please do yourself a favor and check your grades at least weekly. If there is a discrepancy with my grade book, take care of it right away.