Students will come to class prepared to work every
day with no exceptions. Cell phones, pagers, CD players, and other
similar electronic devices will not be permitted in class. If a device is
visible or audible, it will be confiscated and turned over to a dean.
Soda and candy will not be permitted in class; however, bottled water will
be allowed in areas away from the computers. All South High School
polices will be followed in class, and each student will be respectful to
his or her self and others in the classroom.
Attendance and Tardy policy
Regular classroom attendance is required to be successful in this course. On the third unexcused absence a parent/guardian conference will be required with the Counselor and the Academic Dean. Students may be assigned to the Academic Success Room to complete missing course work and obtain tutoring assistance. Students with habitual attendance issues may be placed on an attendance contract, face legal intervention through State attendance laws or may be referred to an alternative school. Students who fail courses and do not obtain credits will be required to attend after-school credit recovery courses. A habitually truant student over the age of 16 may be withdrawn from school by an administrator.
will be granted three tardies in each class per grading period. On the
second tardy, I will inform parents of the current tardy status and the
next consequence. On the fourth tardy, a referral will be given to the
Dean of Students listing the dates of the tardies and the date of parent
contact. The student will then receive an assignment to Saturday School.
On the fifth tardy, the student will receive an in-school suspension and a
parent conference for re-entry into school.
Course Requirements and Grading
Grades are based on the quality of the issue produced for that month. Class participation, teamwork, and enthusiasm are also considered when assigning grades. If a deadline is missed for stories, corrections, or ads, the studentís score will drop one letter grade. If all deadlines are met then the quality of the writing, layout, etc. will be taken into account. Each student will be responsible for the following outcomes:
The following is the grading scale adopted by DPS for the 2008-2009 school year:
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