As we start this new school year, I would like to welcome you to our English classroom. I am looking forward to a very exciting year in 9th grade English. You will find there are many changes from 8th grade to 9th grade English as you begin a high school level curriculum. I expect your enthusiasm and hard work to go into all we do this year. I expect you to work to your highest potential and I will be available to help you achieve your personal success in English. English 9 is where you will begin to prepare for the New York State Common Core Assessment in English, which you will take in 11th grade. The focus of our study will be argumentation writing and text analysis, featuring literary fiction as well as non-fiction texts.
*I believe that RESPECT for one another is extremely important.
Everyone is here to learn and has the right to feel safe and comfortable.
àHomework is assigned for the specific purpose of practicing skills, or addressing standards that are utilized during the class period. As such, homework completion is essential in order to demonstrate mastery of standards, and participate in class activities which are centered on the homework previously assigned.
àYou will have a monthly calendar that will give you a brief outline of what will be covered each day, as well as when tests, quizzes, projects and assignments are due.
àAssignments are expected on time in this classroom. If an assignment is not turned in at the beginning of the class period, students will be able to turn in their work by the end of the day but will lose points on the assignment. No assignment will be accepted past the due date for full credit. The only exception is in the case of an absence or extenuating circumstances. I do understand that there are circumstances that come up but you must see me before or after class to discuss your specific situation. It is YOUR responsibility to turn in assignments on time. You have a calendar and I post assignments on my website.
If you are absent you need to see me to get any materials you have missed. My policy states that if you are absent one day, you will have one day to make up the work.
My website can be found on www.cgcsd.org under teacher websites. Click on the link and it will take you to the correct site. You will find homework and monthly calendars listed there.
If you have any questions or concerns, you may email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I can also be reached by phone at 1-607-698-4225 ex 2309.
I look forward to a positive and successful school year with all of you!
Mrs. Sarah J. Bittel