Disclosure Document

This disclosure  includes both the information for our seventh grade team, and additional information specific to my classroom.  Please read both.  
AFJH English 7 Disclosure Document -- 2019-2020
Phone Ext.
Ms. Dorsey
cavemanenglish.blogspot.com and alpineschools.org/canvas
Mrs. Fugal
Mrs. Monson
Mr. Visker

GRADES: Grades will be calculated in the following weighted categories: Essential Standards, Assignments,  and Other.
Essential Standards (55%): Essential standards are directly correlated to the state standards. These are the standards that are the most essential for your student to learn this year. We believe students must be proficient in the core concepts in order to be successful in future years. Essential standards will be measured through tests, essays, and/or final projects.
Assignments (35%): Assignments are related standards. They are connected with and support the essential standards. Assignments can be in the form of in-class-work, homework, projects, presentations, etc.
Other (10%)Other is for assignments that aren't necessarily related to any core standards, but they are important for other reasons. This could include participation, note-taking, warm ups, exit slips, citizenship, etc.
Overall Rubric for Your Work 
4 – The student is consistent and confident with
the concept; able to work independently
and/or apply the concept in new situations
3 – The student shows overall understanding of
the concept
2 – The student is approaching understanding
but still struggles
1 – The student tries but is not grasping the
0 – The student does not provide evidence of
School-Wide Grading Scale
A     90% - 100%
A-    85% - 89.99%
B+   80% - 84.99%
B     70% - 79.99%
B-    65% - 69.99%
C+   60% - 64.99%
C     50% - 59.99%
C-    45% - 49.99%
D+   40% - 44.99%
D     30% - 39.99%
D-    25% - 29.99%
F       0% - 24.99%
Students with a failing grade will be provided multiple opportunities to demonstrate proficiency of the  learning goals in order to receive a passing grade. If they allow the “F” to go past the end of the current  term, completion of work for the term may be done upon prior approval of the teacher and according to  given deadlines. Choosing this option may result in a grade no higher than a “D”. The student is responsible to come with a plan of action and be proactive in seeking to qualify for credit.

The Alpine School District Discipline Policy and school rules will be followed in the classroom. Students are expected to discipline themselves in order to allow everyone a chance to succeed. There will be consequences for students who are unable to follow classroom rules and procedures.
Cell Phones:  You will be provided with a Chromebook to use in this class.  Therefore, you will not need to bring your own technology.  Cell phones are not allowed.

Parents, if you haven’t already given permission (when you registered) for your student to use the Internet at school, please look for the AUP form on Skyward.  It is also available to download from the district site.
Addendum to the Disclosure Document
Specific to Ms. Dorsey:  
Materials:  It is your responsibility to come to class each time with pencilsblue or black pens,  a set of colored pencils,  and lined paperDon’t forget to bring your book to read. I recommend that you also prepare a binder with dividers to organize assignments.  This binder could be used for more than one class.   Keep all assignments until after you have received your final grade for a term. 
 *As we begin the year, bring a composition book to leave in class for Writing and Reading Workshop. 

      Class Rules: OWN IT!
See your handbook online for our school rules,   and. . . .
1.    Be where you’re supposed to be when you’re supposed to be there, doing what you’re supposed to be doing.
2.    Be kind.
3.    Be attentive and responsive. (No fidget spinners, slime, or other nuisance items!) 
4.    Be good to the stuff.
5.    Don’t do damage.
6.    Put it back where it belongs.
           [Especially for this classroom:  WE ARE A SCENT-FREE ZONE. 
       Please avoid using perfume, cologne, and other scented products.] 

       We are also trying to be nut-free.

You can find the School Handbook on our school website.  Look under  “Information,” “School Information,” and click on “School Handbook.”
Bullying     (Parents, please discuss the following with your students)
The National Bullying Prevention Center defines bullying as follows.
·  “The behavior hurts, humiliates, or harms another person physically or emotionally.
·  “Those targeted by the behavior have difficulty stopping the action directed at them, and struggle to defend themselves.
·  “There is also a real or perceived “imbalance of power,” which is described as when the student with the bullying behavior has more “power,” either physically, socially, or emotionally, such as a higher social status, or is physically larger or emotionally intimidating.”
Bullying is against the law and will not be tolerated. Please inform a parent, teacher, administrator, or another trusted adult if you feel bullied or wonder if you are bullying others.   We want our classroom and school to be a safe place for all students.

Contacting Me:  School telephone: 801.610.8750 , extension 200.  Classroom:  200
Before school by appointment-- 7:30-8:10 a.m.; After school -- 2:45-3:30 p.m.; or otherwise by appointment.
English class blog: cavemanenglish.blogspot.com.   Links for my web pages are on our school site.    I am gradually moving to Canvas from the class blog, so, for now, we may be using both. 

š Note to Parents:  Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.  My favorite method of communication with parents is e-mail, so please make sure your contact information on Skyward is correct.
    Your seventh grade student should be taking on more responsibility for schoolwork, but he or she still needs your guidance and encouragement to keep backpack and binder(s) organized, to use a planner, to keep up on schoolwork, and to value the learning that’s available.   Use our school website and Skyward to stay current with what’s going on at the school and with your individual child.   Please DO NOT call or text your student on his or her cell phone during class time.
    I’m looking forward to working with you to help your child have a successful and enjoyable seventh-grade year.

Parent/Teacher Conferences:  September 26  and February 20  -- 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

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