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Mrs. Lauren Toll
Phone: 215-949-1700 ext. 2505
Welcome to the new school year! I will be teaching your child’s English class and am looking forward to a productive and enjoyable school year. The following is information that will help your child be successful in class.
This year, in accordance with Common Core Standards, we will be focusing on reading strategies, vocabulary development, literary analysis, the writing process, critical thinking skills, group discussions, and presentations. Reading selections will include short stories, poetry, novels, drama and non-fiction pieces.
1.5 inch 3-ring binder with three dividers
Lined notebook paper
USB drive (which will be used for all classes)
Flashcards (optional; used for extra credit assignments)
Pens, Pencils and Highligters
Students’ quarterly grades are comprised of three categories: Tests (40%), Classwork (30%), and Homework (30%). Grades will include a variety of assessments such as tests and quizzes, class participation and group discussions, writing assignments, projects, and presentations.
Homework is an opportunity to practice and apply what students are learning in class. At the beginning of each rotation, students will receive a handout that lists all of the homework assignments for the current rotation and any work to be completed over the technical rotation.
All homework for the current rotation will be collected on “Day 5” for 9th grade students and “Day 11” for 10th grade students. Assignments must be done neatly and accurately and must be the student’s own work. It is mandatory that all essays be typed. If a student needs access to a computer, resources are available after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Busing is provided for most home districts.
Parents play a significant role in the academic success of their children. You can help your child by providing a quiet study environment, looking over assignments, and helping him/her stay organized.
Regular attendance is necessary in order to receive the full benefits of instruction; therefore, every effort should be made for students to be in class and on time. If your child is absent, it is his/her responsibility to find out what work needs to be completed. Tests must be made up on the day the student returns to the academic rotation. Failure to do so will result in a zero for that test. Late homework can be handed in one day late for half credit.
Important Days to Remember
The following are important days to know.
Day1 (9th Grade) and Day 7(10th Grade) homework assignments handed out
Day 5 (9th Grade) Day 11 (10th grade) homework due from current rotation
Day 6 (9th Grade) Day 12 (10th grade) test or other formal assessment
All rules and regulations for the class will be the same as in the student handbook (found on www.bcths.com).
Please remember, electronic devices are not to be used at any time during class. To avoid distractions during class, students will turn their cell phones off and put them away for the duration of the block. If a student does not put his/her phone away and is seen using it during class, it will be confiscated immediately and sent to the main office by the end of the school day. Parents will then be notified and must come to school to pick the phone up. Students will also be formally written up for the violation and sent to the discipline office.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me .
Thank you in advance for your cooperation. I look forward to a great year!
Mrs. Lauren Toll