• Higley HS English 9

    Mr. Jeff Benné

    VM #: 480.279.7431

    Email: jeffrey.benne@husd.org

     

    Syllabus for the 2020-2021 School Year

    Syllabus Acknowledgment - Due Monday, August 3, 2020 

     

    Parents, after you and your teen have reviewed the course syllabus and, if you understand and agree to the expectations therein, please click this link and fill out the form with the necessary information: 

     

    https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=5uv3RW8p2U-2amTeoBgwqSMgAY_4-MBDtxIxVwO2XH9UQzExWjNIWVdQM1czNEtGSjlOSDZZMDUwVy4u (Links to an external site.)

     

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    Teacher Contact Information

    Jeff Benné
    Phone: 480.279.7300

    Google Voice: 480-382-4795
    E-Mail: jeffrey.benne@husd.org
    Office Hours: Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. (via Teams)

     

    Things for PARENTS to Do ASAP

    • Double-check that your contact e-mail and phone number are correct at the school. Reliable lines of communication are critical at this time. 
    • Create a contact sheet to post in your student’s learning area that contains: Teacher contact information, and the technical assistance phone number.

     

    HUSD Software Training Videos

    Parents and students are strongly encouraged to view the following 2- to 5-minute tutorial videos, located at https://www.husd.org/Page/47100 (Links to an external site.).  

    • Canvas for HUSD Secondary Students 
    • How to Operate a Observer Account in Canvas
    • Downloading & Opening a Document 
    • How to Log in to Office 365 and Access Student Email 
    • How to Log in to My Math Redbird & Aleks
    • How to Log in to HMH ELA Curriculum 
    • Troubleshooting Logins for Multiple Students

     

    Required Supplies

    By Monday, 7/27/2020, all students need to have the following supplies to use while learning at home:

    • Laptop with Internet connection.
    • Microphone for virtual meetings (many PCs are equipped with microphones)
    • Webcam for virtual meetings (many PCs are equipped with webcams)
    • Dedicated comfortable place to work for approximately 3-6 hours per day

     

    Upon returning to campus, all students need to have the following supplies:

    • 3” x 5” index cards
    • Blue or black pens/pencils
    • Colored ink/pencils for annotating
    • Sticky notes/note squares
    • Highlighters
    • Binder Pencil Pouch for above items
    • Notebook Paper
    • Class novel (when assigned)
    • Designated English notebook

     

    Online Access

    School Computer Login

    • Username: First.Last@students.husd.org
    • Password: S.00##### (school ID/lunch number)

    Microsoft Office (provides access to Outlook, Teams, Word, PowerPoint, etc.)

    • Website: office.com
    • Username - Same as school computer login.
    • Password - Same as school computer login.

    Canvas Classroom

    • Website: husd.instructure.com
    • Username - Same as school computer login.
    • Password - Same as school computer login.

     

    Online Textbook: https://my.hrw.com/dashboard/home (Links to an external site.)

     

    Course Description: This course builds on students’ prior knowledge of language arts skills. Emphasis is placed on grammar and usage, academic vocabulary, speaking and listening skills, as well as reading literary and informational texts. Writing activities will give students practice in organizing and developing various styles of composition, such as: narrative, argument, expository, research, and response to literature. 

     

    Textbook (provided by HUSD): Collections by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is our district required curriculum. 

     

    Grading

    • Two grades will be posted in the Synergy grade book each week. 
    • The following letter-grade system will be used to grade student work:
      • 100%-90%    A (Proficient to Highly Proficient)
      • 89%-80%      B (Partially Proficient to Proficient)
      • 79%-70%      C (Partially Proficient)
      • 69%-60%      D (Minimally Proficient to Partially Proficient)
      • 0%-59%        F (Minimally Proficient or Missing)
    • Grades will reflect what students know and are able to do as defined by academic standards. 

    Grade weighting: 80% coursework; 20% final exam

     

    Late Work

    If a student is absent with an excused absence through the attendance office, they will have as many days absent to make up the work without penalty.

    If a student is absent and it is unexcused or if work is not submitted on time, work will be accepted up through the end of the unit. However, a penalty up to and including no credit for the work missed may be applied.

    It is up to the teacher’s discretion to accept any late work that is turned in after the end of a unit, and a penalty up to and including no credit for the work missed may be applied, also per teacher discretion.

     

    Plagiarism 

    Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Students are expected to do their own work unless otherwise instructed and are expected to cite material where appropriate. 

    Plagiarism can be described as, but is not limited to:

    • Copying another’s work with or without permission.
    • Working in a group unless explicitly told to do so.
    • Using “crib notes” on tests, quizzes or other assessments. 
    • Securing answers for tests from others who have already taken a test.
    • Using notes or a book when they have not been permitted.
    • Passing off another’s work as your own.
    • Using the cell phone, earbuds, or smart watch or other tool to access information or communicate with others during the test.
    • Resubmitting your own work from a previous class or assignment for a new score (does not include assigned revisions).

     

    Diversity

    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.

     

    Classroom Environment

    To maintain an academic environment, the following rules will be enforced in the online classroom:

    • Students are expected to demonstrate sensitivity to the beliefs and experiences of others. Sarcasm or other "put-downs" will not be tolerated and are subject to disciplinary action.
    • Cell phones and earbuds are to be turned off and put away unless students are asked to use them for educational purposes.
    • Students are expected to be punctual whenever possible.
    • When entering a virtual meeting, students should mute the microphone and turn the video on or off (student's preference). 
    • Students should try to find a quiet workspace to be while engaging in virtual discussions and class meetings.
    • During virtual discussions and class meetings, students must adhere to school dress code and behavior expectations.

     

    To maintain cleanliness and an academic environment, the following rules will be enforced in the on-campus classroom:

    • Students are expected to demonstrate sensitivity to the beliefs and experiences of others. Sarcasm or other "put-downs" will not be tolerated.
    • Cell phones and earbuds are to be turned off and put away unless students are asked to use them for educational purposes.
    • Students may not leave the on-campus classroom during the first and last ten minutes of the class period.
    • Students who need to leave the classroom must sign out/in on the classroom log.
    • While out of a classroom, students may not leave the classroom building unless given a written pass to do so.
    • Absolutely no food, gum, candy, or drink, except for clear water, is allowed in the campus classroom.
    • All students will be asked to remove hats while in the classroom.

     

    Online Attendance Policy

    All students who attend classes online must post a minimum of two substantive posts each week, which may include but are not limited to the following:

    • Graded assignments  
    • Practice activities  
    • Responses to online discussions  
    • Emails to teacher for assistance

     

    On-Campus Tardy Policy

    All students who attend classes on campus are expected to report to class on time every day. Otherwise, the following consequences may apply:

    • 1st tardy - reminder
    • 2nd tardy - phone call home
    • 3rd tardy - after school detention (ASD) 
    • 4th tardy - office referral

     

    Disciplinary Action

    All policies outlined in the HUSD 2020-2021 Student Code of Conduct (Links to an external site.) are part of this syllabus and will be followed.

    In the case of a behavioral or academic concern, the following steps will be taken:

    1. Conference with student (possible parent communication)
    2. Parent communication
    3. After school detention (ASD)
    4. Parent conference (may involve counselor/administrator)
    5. Referral to administration

     

    Syllabus Acknowledgment - Due Monday, August 3, 2020 

    Parents, after you and your teen have reviewed the course syllabus and, if you understand and agree to the expectations therein, please click this link and fill out the form with the necessary information: 

    https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=5uv3RW8p2U-2amTeoBgwqSMgAY_4-MBDtxIxVwO2XH9UQzExWjNIWVdQM1czNEtGSjlOSDZZMDUwVy4u (Links to an external site.)

      

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