I expect all of my students to work to their maximum potential, and I will not accept anything less. This year will bring new challenges as we read novels, short stories, and poems through a variety of literary genres.
We will also be writing persuasive, expository, narrative, and informative essays. Students will have exciting and rigorous projects to coincide with the novels we are reading. Together, we will strengthen our reading and writing skills to achieve learning gains on the FSA.
When a student has an excused absence, he or she is responsible for any missed work. The missed work must be completed and turned in within the same amount of time frame the student was absent. Absences and tardies will seriously affect your academic progress. It is difficult to makeup valuable class discussions, which can lead to a student falling behind.
Home learning assignments must be completed. Home learning assignments may be graded for completeness or correctness.
Students will be required to read an additional 30 minutes every night. Parents must sign a reading log which will be collected each week.
Consequences for Inappropriate Behavior
Lowered Conduct Grade
Lunch detention or Before School Detention
Parent contact via phone or e-mail
Referral to Administrator
In addition to regular class work, each marking period will contain tests, pop quizzes and projects based on the assigned novels.
Students will also be graded on group work and assignments completed in rotating centers.
As we finish each novel, we will have a cumulative exam.
Students will also be required to complete essays which will be graded according to the Florida Standard Assessment Rubric
Students will be required to independently read novels each nine week period as well as complete projects from an approved list. Projects will be due at the end of each nine week period.
A homework grade will be given at the end of each nine week period. Each students starts with an A and drops to a lower grade for every two assignments that are not completed.
Students must complete two lessons of I-Ready weekly.
The following Miami-Dade Grading Scale will be used:
Less than 60% F
Extra credit opportunities will be awarded throughout the nine-week period and all students will be notified of these assignments.
All grades on the report card are final. Each student should take full advantage of each extra credit opportunity as they arise, and should not ask after the grades have been awarded for extra credit opportunities.
On grade level in reading=45 minutes recommended per week
One grade level below=60 minutes recommended per week
Two or more grade levels below=75 minutes recommended per week
Students will get a weekly grade if they complete their recommended minutes each week. This will help their grade; not hurt them.
E-mail is the best and fastest way to contact me. LGranja@dadeschools.net
Parents can contact me with any questions or concerns on grades and assignments.
It is very important to have parental involvement for you to succeed, and I am always willing to meet and discuss your progress with parents to offer ideas on how we can strengthen your reading and writing skills at home, as well as in the classroom.