Fort Couch Middle School
Teacher: Mr. Magliocca
Class: 8th Grade Language Arts
Phone: 412-833-1600 EXT: 3308
8th GRADE LANGUAGE ARTS:
-The goal of the language arts program is to prepare students to become effective communicators. In this practice students will be expected to participate in activities that will enhance their ability to read, listen, speak, and write. To aid in achieving these objectives, students will become immersed in a collection of novels, poems, and short stories ranging from classical to contemporary. Novels and dramas read during the year may include some of the following: The Hunger Games, A Separate Peace, The Diary of Anne Frank, Fahrenheit 451, and Rebecca. Integrated with such literature will be practice in thinking skills, vocabulary, composition, and grammar. Because I hold high academic expectations for my students, I intend to work intensely with them in language arts to prepare them for high school, the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA), and the future.
STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO BRING THE FOLLOWING ITEMS EACH DAY:
-Pencils/Pens (iPads are optional)
-Three-ring binder and a notebook
-Textbook/novel on reading days
WHAT TO DO EACH DAY:
-Use the restroom and/or take a drink of water BEFORE class.
-Be on time and have all required materials.
-RESPECT everyone in the class at all times.
-Enter class, find your seat, and immediately copy the learning target in your Time Tracker.
-Put the date at the top of your next notebook page and recopy the learning target below.
-Be prepared to accomplish something.
-Make sure you are following all rules indicated in the handbook when you arrive to my class.
-Do NOT bring food, drinks, and electronic devices (exception of iPad) to class. If you do, I have the right to confiscate them.
-Dress appropriately. Follow the school dress code for appropriate school attire.
* If needed, I reserve the right to add additional items to this list as the year progresses.
THREE-RING BINDER AND NOTEBOOK:
For my class, students should bring with them a three-ring binder that houses four compartments: reading, writing, grammar, and vocabulary. These compartments should be separated by dividers. Throughout the year students will be given handouts for each compartment. They are to store the handouts in this binder. All handouts will be color-coded and the binder will be purged at the end of each nine weeks. In addition to the binder, students should have with them a notebook for which to take notes. Note taking will occur frequently in class, and students should collect these notes in their notebook consistently.
CARE OF MATERIALS:
-Students are expected to treat all classroom materials with care. They must return all materials at the appropriate time in good condition. Textbooks must be covered at all times.
QUALITY OF WORK:
-Only the best work will be accepted. Work that is messy, carelessly completed, or without a name will be returned for a “redo” with loss of points.
-Students are expected to bring homework to class on the day it is due. All work must be completed by the start of class. If students miss class because of another school activity, homework is still due and must be turned in BEFORE the activity. If a student is absent the day of an assignment, that student will have as many days to turn his or her homework in as he or she missed. Unexcused Late homework will NOT be accepted.
TIME TRACKER AND EDLINE:
-Students are expected to bring their Time Trackers to class each day. They will be provided time at the beginning of each week to record homework for that week. The Time Tracker is an excellent way to keep track of homework and other pertinent information. Students can also access each week’s lesson plans on my website, along with other pertinent information.
POLICY ON FORMAL PAPERS:
-All paper assignments, with the exception of timed, in-class essays, should be typed and in MLA. I will not accept a paper that is not typed or in MLA, and it will be considered late. Furthermore, No paper will be accepted via email (unless requested). The infamous excuse, my printer broke, is not valid. There are many ways to print a document and place it in my hand on the day it is due. If a student decides to ignore this policy and emails the paper anyways, it will be treated as late and penalized as so.
-Students are provided the opportunity to use the restrooms between classes and during lunch break. Students who need to use the restroom during class may do so after receiving permission. I expect students to use this privilege responsibly – if there is an abuse of this right, a student may lose his/her pass privileges indefinitely. A restroom pass does not entitle students to go to their lockers, to visit friends in the hallway, etc.
-There are only three reasons you should not be in my class on any given day:
1.) You are absent or tardy from school during the timeframe in which you have my class.
2.) You are attending a prearranged field trip about which you have informed me.
3.) Some event has occurred that you have discussed with me that will keep you from my class.
-If you are not in my class, and none of these situations apply, then you will receive a zero for any work due or accomplished that day, you will be reported to the office, and I will call home.
PROCEDURES FOR MAKE-UP WORK:
-You need to check with me to obtain the work missed after an absence.
-You need to check with me prior to going on any field trip to turn in/pick up work.
PLEASE SIGN AND RETURN THIS PAGE ONLY. THE REST OF THIS HANDOUT IS YOURS TO KEEP FOR REFERENCE.
I have read and understand the following sections of the Classroom Expectations of Mr. Magliocca.
- COURSE DESCRIPTION (8th GRADE LANGUAGE ARTS)
- STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO BRING THE FOLLOWING ITEMS EACH DAY
- WHAT TO DO EACH DAY
- THREE-RING BINDER
- CARE OF MATERIALS
- QUALITY OF WORK
- TIME TRACKER AND EDLINE
- POLICY ON FORMAL PAPERS
- HALL PASSES
- PROCEDURES FOR MAKE-UP WORK
Parent or Guardian Signature Student Signature
*I would like to provide periodic updates on what is happening in language arts, including due dates and other important information. So that I may do this, I ask that you include an email address.