21st Century Skills

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What Supplies are needed? 

    Supplies: Students need a binder for keeping all class handouts & a pair of headphones or earbuds. They will need a charged Chromebook for class every day. Nearly all of our work will be on Polaris.

  • What is the policy for Homework & late work?

    Assignments: I understand that students have active lives outside of class & free time is precious. This is why I give class time for nearly every assignment and rarely assign homework. However, occasionally students might have to finish up an assignment in their own time. If students have a lot of homework for this class, this likely means that they are not budgeting their class time wisely & may have some habits that are getting in the way of their success. If a student is absent, they will have to make up class work in their own time.

      • Students who are missing 3 or more assignment may be issued a detention for mismanaging class time.  Students will then be given an opportunity to make up the missing assignments for full possible credit. This work will be graded after the detention is served.  
      • A student with a growth mindset will view this not a punishment, but an opportunity to develop their skills and talents through effort and persistence.

    **During E-learning & the Pandemic-altered learning experience, students will have a one day grace period for late assignments and after that there will be a 10% grade reduction per dayfor 5 school days. Any completed work turned in that is late more than 5 school days will receive an automatic 50% grade & will not receive grading feedback on the assignment. Also, there will be no detentions issued for missing work

     

  • What are Citizenship Points?

    Citizenship Points: Students will earn 5 process points per day for following class rules, staying on task, being prepared for class, being respectful, and practicing a growth mindset. These points will be in the grade book at the end of every week. This is used as a tool for communicating students’ classroom habits with parents. If students are consistently missing these points, they are engaging in behavior that will likely get in the way of their success.

    **During E-learning & the Pandemic-altered learning experience, students will not be getting citizenship points

  • How do I know when something is due?

    The due dates are always posted in the classroom on the whiteboard.

    They can also be seen in Polaris on the calender on the right side of the screen. They are called "upcoming assignments".

    They can also be found on the "Daily Agenda" that is linked in this website & located in Polaris in the "Classroom information" folder.

    • Assignments are ALWAYS due @ the beginning of class unless otherwise posted - During the Pandemic-altered learning experience, assignments will be due at the end of the school day @ 2:45

    Students who are missing 3 or more assignment may be issued a detention for mismanaging class time.  Students will then be given an opportunity to make up the missing assignments for full possible credit. This work will be graded after the detention is served.  A student with a growth mindset will view this not a punishment, but an opportunity to develop their skills and talents through effort and persistence.

    **During E-learning & the Pandemic-altered learning experience, students will have a one day grace period for late assignments and after that there will be a 10% grade reduction per day for 5 school days. Any completed work turned in that is late more than 5 school days will receive an automatic 50% grade & will not receive grading feedback on the assignment.