Basic English 11/12 Syllabus
English CORE Standards--NEW!
Basic English 11/12 Syllabus Mrs. Joni Micals
Telephone: (661) 222-1220 x 425
Web Site: http://staff.hartdistrict.org/jmicals/
West Ranch High School Web Site: www.WestRanchHighSchool.com
Infinite Campus: https://campus.hartdistrict.org/campus/portal/hart.jsp
Welcome to West Ranch High School. This Basic English class is a four semester course (11th and 12th grades) open to RS and SC students. In this course we will cover various topics necessary to mastering the California State Standards in English (please see my web site for more information on the California State Standards).
This course outline has been prepared to inform you of all expectations, contents, class requirements, policies, and any other items that will give you the opportunity to achieve and have a positive learning experience. Please consider its framework carefully and share it with your parents/guardians. If you do not understand any part of this outline or have specific questions about this class, please see me.
“West Ranch High School is committed to challenging and motivating each student to achieve excellence and become a responsible and valuable member of society. Through relationships, rigor, and relevance, West Ranch High School promotes integrity, distinction, and vision.”
West Ranch High School instills students with a vision and expects its graduates to…
…take initiative in pursuing noble post-secondary goals
…find ways to make their high school experience meaningful
…see the connections between different academic disciplines
West Ranch High School is committed to challenging and motivating each student to achieve excellence and become responsible and valuable member of society. Through relationships, rigor, and relevance, West Ranch High School promotes integrity, distinction, and vision.
My schedule at school is as follows:
Everyday: I will be in my room (425) for tutorial at approximately 8:10 A.M.
Even Days: Periods 2 and 4 Basic English 11/12
Odd Days: Periods 3 and 7 Basic English 9/10
As your teacher, I want you to be successful, so:
1. I will be prepared to teach each day.
2. The content standards, daily objectives, and agenda will be posted each day.
3. I will teach the district-approved curriculum.
4. I will be available every day for tutorial in my class at 8:10 A.M.
As a student, you want to be successful, so:
1. Come to class on time, prepared to learn each day.
2. Complete your homework on time.
3. Identify a study buddy that you can contact if you are absent from class to get assignments or extra help.
4. Use the student planner/calendar that was given to you at summer check-in to organize your learning and keep track of your assignments.
5. Come to tutorial (8:10 – 8:25 every morning, in EVERY teacher’s classroom).
6. Take responsibility for your learning.
As parents/guardians, you can help your student achieve success in my class by:
1. Taking an interest in your child’s studies.
2. Checking Infinite Campus to see the updated agenda, your child’s grades, and information.
3. Talking with your child each night about what he/she has learned in school and ask to see/sign the planner and notebooks.
4. Helping your child develop good time management strategies.
5. Working with your child to set realistic goals for success.
6. If you are seeing that your child is having difficulties in a class, please intervene immediately. Contact the teacher and encourage your child to attend tutorial each morning.
7. Attending Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) meetings and other school events.
West Ranch High School promotes responsibility and expects its graduates to…
…take ownership of their own learning and advancement
…demonstrate a commitment to civic and environmental activism
…honor and take pride in themselves, their campus, their community, their nation
This is a Basic English course open to students with an IEP (Individual Education Plan), and is designed to meet the English-Language Arts Essential Standards for high school. It focuses on reading, vocabulary, comprehension, reading fluency (speed), discussion, and writing. The goals of this class are for the students to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and to improve oral and written communication skills. Students will write daily, increasing from one to five paragraph essays.
Be fully prepared with all materials in class daily, including pencils with erasers, black or blue pens, and completed homework assignments. The Basic English Composition textbook is to be left at home. Preview the next lesson to get ahead; review the day’s lesson; do the lesson review if you received a grade of D or F on the previous homework. Replacement for this book will be approx. $45.
I cannot emphasize enough how important it is for us to communicate at the first sign of a problem (e.g. the student and/or parent is unable to understand the assignment, student does not have the resources required to complete the assignment, etc.). Please do not hesitate to contact me via phone or e-mail. Also please check Infinite Campus for details on the homework.
West Ranch offers a variety of extra help opportunities, including Open Library Nights. You can check the school web site for the most up-to-date list of dates and times. Please be sure to give your student permission to attend these helpful academic activities on my Course Outline Signature Page.
Attendance is important and directly related to success in this course. Students need to be on time to class each day. The school tardy and attendance policy will be followed. Following an absence, students should attend as many 8:10-8:25 morning tutorials as necessary to understand and complete the coursework and homework.
West Ranch High School inspires its students to excel in all areas of development and expects its graduates to…
…pursue worthy academic goals
…grow as a scholar, athlete, artist, and person
…strive for improvement in all areas of development regardless of current achievement
Work and materials in class will be presented in a variety of forms including lecture, discussion, small group work, and individual seatwork. I believe students learn more through active learning. Students are expected to complete all assignments to the best of their ability.
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