ACCELERATING YOUR PROGRAM ALL ACCELERATION MUST BE APPROVED BY THE PRINCIPAL.
How do I accelerate my program, graduate early or make up credits?
Take an ROP classes. (10 credits per semester)
Take concurrent high school classes (up to 10 credits per semester)
Take community college classes (up to 6 credits per semester)
Take online college courses (up to 6 credits per semester)
Complete additional PE hours (up to 10 credits per semester)
Complete additional Community Service (up to 10 credits in 4 years)
Can I double-up on my weekly work to speed things up?
No. In order to receive the full benefit of La Entrada’s courses, students should be spending 30 hours per week reading, completing the required work, and studying for the test. This rigorous schedule does not allow time for two courses.
CODE OF CONDUCT
Students should be well-skilled, on grade level, self motivated and have circumstances that make an alternative, independent study format an appropriate program to make progress toward earning a high school diploma.
My enrollment at La Entrada is continuously voluntary on my part and must be continuously approved by the principal.
I understand that I must complete and turn in my coursework each week and meet with my teacher.
I understand that I must meet with my teacher once per week at a scheduled time.
I understand that there is no such thing as an “excused” absence in the independent study format. If I miss my weekly appointment, my grade may be reduced by 20%, and I will be required to meet with my teacher by Friday at 9:00 am to grade my work and take tests.
CODE OF CONDUCT
I understand that in the event I will miss class due to illness, my parent must call the office. Parents are required to meet with my teacher and pick up my assignments during the time of my appointment.
If I miss my appointment two times in a semester, or do not have completed and acceptable work to turn in, or am not making adequate progress toward graduation, a conference will be held, and I may be dropped from La Entrada and returned to my school of residence.
I understand I must attend the required direct instruction classes.
I may, with approval, take 1 or 2 concurrent classes per semester at my resident school.
I may earn up to 10 credits per semester through the ROP program.
I may enroll in up to 6 college units per semester at a Community College.
CODE OF CONDUCT
I realize I will need to earn 5 credits (60 hours) in Community Service and cannot accumulate more than 10 credits during my 4 years.
I realize I must get the principal’s prior approval before each semester and summer school for Community Service, Online Classes, Independent Study PE, and Independent Study Electives.
I understand that 60 hours of PE is required each semester.
I realize that I will need to schedule at least four hours per school day for studying and completing my work.
I realize my dress and conduct must be appropriate for school.
I understand that this is a tobacco free campus. Smoking is not allowed anywhere on campus, including the parking lot.
CODE OF CONDUCT
I realize that I may have a cell phone on campus, but it must be turned off at all times.
I understand the initial credit-check is unofficial and will be updated as needed. Any errors on the credit check will not relieve me of any graduation requirements.
As the parent of the student, I understand it is my responsibility to check my child’s work on a daily basis and provide transportation for my child to La Entrada for his/her weekly appointment.
I understand there are no allowances in independent study for absences due to illness. All work is due on the assigned weekly appointment date. It is my responsibility to meet with the teacher during the scheduled appointment if the student is absent.
All components of the assignment are necessary for a passing grade. Work submitted that is missing the notes, test, essay, project, etc. = an F and ZERO credits for the week.
All components of the assignment are due at your appointment including projects and essays submitted electronically. Anything turned in after your appointment is subject to the late penalty.
All answers must be in complete sentences.
Notes and answers to textbook questions must be handwritten.
Students will follow rubrics for writing assignments, all projects, summaries, note taking, and art work. If required, rubrics will be provided by your teacher.
A Completed Weekly Contract Work cover sheet is required when students turn in work each week. This cover sheet is available from your teacher.
Develop respect for the ideas and values of others
Utilize traditional and evolving technology
LA ENTRADA’S MANDATORY ELECTIVE COURSE
Required for all students
Students will earn 1 credits each semester for Guidance
Students must earn a “C” or better to remain at La Entrada.
Attend all required classes each semester (KNAV, Test Preparation, Core Workshops, etc.)
Attend your weekly appointment.
Be prepared for your weekly appointment by having all work completed before you arrive at school.
All work is due on appointment day at your designated time.
It must be complete.
If you are unable to make your appointment due to illness, a PARENT (not student) must notify the SECRETARY (not teacher).
Work must be dropped off at the school on appointment day and a makeup appointment must be scheduled to occur before Friday at 9 am.
If work is not submitted on time, not complete, or appointment time is missed without prior office notification, the assignment will be marked down 20% and a new appointment must be scheduled with the teacher.
All incomplete work from the 4-week assignment period must be complete by Week 4. Incomplete work will result in a failing grade and/or loss of credits.
WHY TAKE NOTES?
Second most effective educational strategy
A written record of the ideas you thought were important while reading or watching the videos
Must be typed using MLA format. Instructions will be provided by your teacher.
500 word minimum (1 and ½ pages), double-spaced with font size no larger than 12.
Essay must include an introduction, body and conclusion if it applies to the directions. Your essay should have four to five paragraphs.
Writer must include specific examples from his/her reading or research to clarify and support the ideas that are presented in the essay.
Any sources need to be cited using the MLA works cited format (www.citationmachine.net or www.easybib.com)
Use spell and grammar check before final copy is submitted.
TurnItIn.com is an interactive online tool to provide feedback and recommendations for improving your essays. This will help you become a better writer. Writing assignments will be graded online, and you will be able to see your grades and feedback from your teacher when you log in.
All writing assignments will be submitted through TurnItIn.com.
You will be creating a free TurnItIn.com account as part of your Orientation assignment. Instructions are located in the packet provided by your teacher.
La Entrada High School expects a full commitment to academic integrity from each student. In the following slides you will learn more about plagiarism and the standards for our school.
What is plagiarism?
What can I do to make sure I am not plagiarizing?
What happens if I do plagiarize?
Copying a source exactly word for word and calling it my own work.
Copying another student’s work.
Asking other students to do all or part of your work for you.
Taking someone else’s work, rewriting it, and calling it my own.
Letting another student copy your work.
Cut and pasting from the Internet.
PLAGIARIZING IS NOT:
Citing your source and giving credit to the person who said it originally!
Using “quotation marks” when you cannot possibly rewrite the idea in your own words.
Using facts that belong to general knowledge.
PLAGIARISM AT LA ENTRADA
Copying answers from the answer key while correcting work
Changing your answers in your work to match the answer key
Copying another students work
Having someone do your work or project for you
Copying large amounts of text from the internet (Wikipedia, etc.)
Purchasing an essay from an essays-for-sale website
A LITTLE LESSON ON PLAGIARISM
The original text from Elaine Tyler May's "Myths and Realities of the American Family" reads as follows:
Because women's wages often continue to reflect the fiction that men earn the family wage, single mothers rarely earn enough to support themselves and their children adequately. And because work is still organized around the assumption that mothers stay home with children, even though few mothers can afford to do so, child-care facilities in the United States remain woefully inadequate.
HERE ARE SOME POSSIBLE USES OF THIS TEXT. AS YOU READ THROUGH EACH VERSION, TRY TO DECIDE IF IT IS A LEGITIMATE USE OF MAY'S TEXT OR IS IT PLAGIARISM.
Since women's wages often continue to reflect the mistaken notion that men are the main wage earners in the family, single mothers rarely make enough to support themselves and their children very well. Also, because work is still based on the assumption that mothers stay home with children, facilities for child care remain woefully inadequate in the United States.
In Version A there is too much direct borrowing of sentence structure and wording. The writer changes some words, drops one phrase, and adds some new language, but the overall text closely resembles May's. Even with a citation, the writer is still plagiarizing because the lack of quotation marks indicates that Version A is a paraphrase, and should thus be in the writer's own language.
As Elaine Tyler May points out, "women's wages often continue to reflect the fiction that men earn the family wage" (588). Thus many single mothers cannot support themselves and their children adequately. Furthermore, since work is based on the assumption that mothers stay home with children, facilities for day care in this country are still "woefully inadequate." (May 589).
The writer now cites May, so we're closer to telling the truth about the relationship of our text to the source, but this text continues to borrow too much language.
By and large, our economy still operates on the mistaken notion that men are the main breadwinners in the family. Thus, women continue to earn lower wages than men. This means, in effect, that many single mothers cannot earn a decent living. Furthermore, adequate day care is not available in the United States because of the mistaken assumption that mothers remain at home with their children.
Version C shows good paraphrasing of wording and sentence structure, but May's original ideas are not acknowledged. Some of May's points are common knowledge (women earn less than men, many single mothers live in poverty), but May uses this common knowledge to make a specific and original point and her original conception of this idea is not acknowledged.
Women today still earn less than men — so much less that many single mothers and their children live near or below the poverty line. Elaine Tyler May argues that this situation stems in part from "the fiction that men earn the family wage" (588). May further suggests that the American workplace still operates on the assumption that mothers with children stay home to care for them (589).
This assumption, in my opinion, does not have the force it once did. More and more businesses offer in-house day-care facilities…
The writer makes use of the common knowledge in May's work, but acknowledges May's original conclusion and does not try to pass it off as his or her own. The quotation is properly cited, as is a later paraphrase of another of May's ideas.
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU GET CAUGHT CHEATING OR PLAGIARIZING?