• Welcome to English 12, 2019-20

    Mrs. Yvonne Warner



    Office Hours/Tutoring: 

    Tues. and Wed. 2:20 – 3:00 pm or by appointment

    Introduction & Personal Philosophy

    Welcome to my class!  I am a native Arizonan who has been teaching here at Higley since August, 2002.  I moved to Williams Field for 3 years, but came back because Higley is HOME!  I work tirelessly to create a positive and challenging environment in my classroom, in which all students feel welcome, safe, and inspired to do great things.  I am energized and excited to teach seniors (as I have for 13 years) at Higley High School and look forward to an amazing school year.

    “You WISH you were a Higley Knight – What?! What?!”  (Coach Lujan)


    Course Description – (from the HHS Course Catalog)



    This is a British and world literature-based course with an emphasis on analytical and evaluative composition skills. Several novels will be read and analyzed along with short stories, plays, essays, and poems. Students will present speeches, prepare a research paper, continue to develop vocabulary, grammar, and listening skills, and complete an extensive college/career project and senior reflection project.


    Course Length: 1 year                         Credits: 1                             Prerequisite: 3 English credits      

    Fees: None                                                 Grade Level: 12                 Location: HHS, WFHS


    Additional Course Information:  Because this course focuses on British and World Literature, the coursework is rigorous, yet grade level appropriate, relevant, and will utilize the following resources:



    • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Collections, grade 12 and additional resources from HMH
    • The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway
    • The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde 
    • Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
    • Video clips and other media that are curriculum appropriate will also be used for support.


    NOTE: This syllabus has been created in conjunction with HHS Site and District Administration.  By signing the syllabus acknowledgment, you are permitting your teen to read the texts listed herein, as well as other supplemental reading selections, all of which have been reviewed/approved by the HHS Administration.  Parents, you are encouraged to review and research these and other titles as they are assigned.  If, at any time you prefer an alternate text or reading assignment for your senior, please email me directly at yvonne.warner@husd.org with your request and an alternate assignment will be created for independent study for your senior.


    Because this is a senior level class, I expect exceptionally focused and dedicated effort from students that starts the first day of school, and ends in May at graduation! There is no room for senioritis because student grades  reflect the effort put into this class.


    Grading Scale:


    100-90    A                             89-80    B                           79-70   C                                69-60    D                        59-0    F

    Student performance, in connection with important course components, contributes to each student’s final grade for the course in the following manner:


    • Reading Assignments - 30% of Class Grade
    • Writing Assignments - 30% of Class Grade
    • Speaking and Listening Assignments – 20% of Class Grade
    • Final Exam - 20% of Class Grade


    Materials Needed:

    • Single-subject spiral notebook, college-ruled
    • A binder or folder to keep handouts and other course documents
    • Loose-leaf paper package, college-ruled (1-2) 
    • Pens – ONLY black and blue (I will NOT grade assignments handed in in red, pink, green, orange, or other inks.  Also, lightly penciled work may have to be re-done)
    • Pencils
    • Highlighters (pink, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple) – I have lots in class students can use, but some like to have their own.


    Tardy/Attendance Policy: A tardy is defined as a student’s late arrival to class.  Students are expected to be in their assigned seats by the time the final bell rings for class to begin.  Students who are running in at the ringing of the bell will be considered tardy.  When three tardies have been accrued in my class, ASD will be assigned.  If the behavior does not change (or after ASD referrals have not been served), students will be dealt with on an administrative level.  Tardies are a disruption to student learning for you, your peers, and Mrs. Warner.


    A student will be considered absent from class if they enter the classroom more than ten minutes after the designated class start time.  If the student has a valid reason for being late to class, it should be excused. The absence will be considered unexcused if the student is late without being excused by the school administration or the parent signing the student in late.  If you would like to receive attendance updates throughout the day, you have the option to sign up in ParentVUE.


    Higley Unified School District has implemented a limit of ten absences per semester.  If the student accrues ten or more absences during a semester, the student will risk losing credit in those classes and will be placed on audit status.  To earn credit while auditing a class, the student must submit an appeal to administration, attend all classes after the appeal is presented, and pass the semester final exam with a minimum of 75%.  Subsequent appeals can be made to the School Board.


    Late/Make-Up Work:

    • Missed assignments can be made up, but will NOT receive full credit.
    • Missing assignments will NOT be accepted after each unit has ended, so it is imperative that students turn in work on time and within the unit in which it is assigned.
      • Though most assignments can be made up, some will be at the teacher’s discretion
      • Students have one day for every day of an excused absence to make up any missed work (in other words, if you are absent for three days, you have three days to make up the work)
      • Not all make-up assignments will be the same as those assigned in class (and they may have added rigor), but they will carry the same grade weight.


    • Grades are updated weekly in Synergy. Students AND parents are strongly encouraged to check grades regularly to stay on top class progress. There is a link to the gradebook on my teacher page, or you may go to the HUSD website and click on the Parents or Students tab at the top of the screen. Then scroll down and click on the ParentVue or StudentVue link.


    Please know that I realize that things happen; therefore, when students are absent, they must make the effort to find out what’s been missed. Checking on my website/Canvas, talking to a classmate, or making an appointment to come in to see me during office hours are perfect ways to catch up.  In addition, it is the student’s responsibility to make arrangements for missed quizzes or tests.  Because I post a daily calendar on my website, please do not come ask me what you missed before class starts (See above options/directions).  If a major project or paper (i.e. Senior Capstone) is not turned in on or before a due date, regardless of your attendance in the class, the assignment WILL BE LATE and LATE POINTS will assessed.  Most of all, communication is key - I do understand if there are extenuating circumstances, but these DO NOT include running out of printer ink, “suddenly” discovering a faulty printer, having computer disc/flash drive/saving issues, the Internet going down at your home, or staying up until 2:00 a.m. only to have a computer crash.  You, the senior who has figured it out by now, are responsible for timely submission of your work.  In some instances, an emailed assignment may be accepted, but it must be submitted on or before the due date and time. E-mail failure does not equate an extension on an assignment. Allow yourself plenty of time to be sure that the assignment has been properly sent. You will know due dates for major assignments well in advance, so late work shouldn’t be a problem.


    Rules and Procedures:


    • Always be respectful of your peers, Mrs. Warner, and any guests to include substitute teachers and others (This includes words, gestures, and actions!).
    • Come to class with a positive attitude, prepared with materials, and ready to learn.
    • Be inside of the classroom, with your hat off, and in your seat when the bell rings in order to be counted present (and not tardy).
    • Hand in all assignments on time; late work will only be accepted for full credit in cases of excused absences and/or communicated, approved extenuating circumstances.
    • Use MLA format and heading for all work. (See below)
    • Type, double-space, and cite using MLA format for final draft assignments
    • Be prepared to EXCEL AS A SCHOLAR and develop amazing COLLEGE skills!


    DO NOT:

    • Get Senioritis
    • Bring food, drinks, or gum to class (water is okay).
    • Expect to use the restroom during class. You must go during your passing period.
    • Sleep in class (it’s a respect thing).
    • Wear a hat in class.
    • Plagiarize for any assignment. Plagiarism or copying of any kind will result in a zero for the assignment (this cannot be made up).
    • Have your phone or earbuds out during class unless teacher approved/sanctioned.
    • Pack up and intend to leave until I dismiss the class. Even if it’s after the bell.



    MLA Formatting:



    Student Name                                                                                                                                                                  Last Name 1


    Mrs. Warner


    Senior English –  Period ___


    Date of Assignment


    Title of Assignment


                      Tab in and start writing. You will continue writing to the end of the page and when you start on the second


    page of  the assignment, you’ll only put the top right heading which is your last name and then number 2.  Continue your


    assignment  and pagination as instructed until your assignment is complete.





    All individuals have a right to an educational environment free from bias, prejudice, and bigotry.  As members of the Higley High School educational community, students are expected to refrain from participating in acts of harassment that are designed to demean another student’s race, gender, ethnicity, religious preference, disability, or sexual orientation.


     Syllabus Acknowledgement

    Warner’s Senior English, 2019-20



    I acknowledge that I have received, read, and understand Mrs. Warner’s HHS English 12 syllabus in its entirety as evidenced by my signature below. I understand that in an effort to conserve paper, this syllabus is available on Mrs. Warner’s website.  If need be, I will print off a copy for continued use as our class continues.  I acknowledge that I have shared this syllabus with my parent(s) as evidenced by his/her/their signature(s) below.



    ______________________________________                                _________________________________________

    Printed Student Name                                                                                    Student Signature



    Student Address                                                                                              Student Cell Phone





    I have read the syllabus for English 12 as evidenced by my signature(s) below.


    ______________________________________                                _________________________________________

    Printed Parent Name                                                                                      Parent Signature



    Parent Email and/or Additional Contact Information






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Last Modified on December 3, 2019