• Course Syllabus

    Cooley Middle School

    Language Arts Syllabus

    Mrs. Stott

     Instructor Information:

    Mrs. Jody Stott, M.Ed.



    Office Hours: Virtual office hours are between 8 and 10 am on Wednesdays.  If you need to make another arrangements, we can schedule accordingly.

    I respond to emails and voice mails within 24 hours.  Please note, weekends may be the following business day.  If you need to speak with me in person, please contact me to schedule a time to talk.

    Remote Learning Expectations:

    Within class meetings, students are expected to:

    • Be Respectful
    • Use Appropriate Language
    • Be Attentive and Ready for Active Participation
    • Students must remain muted until called upon by teacher (use of hand raising in Teams is appropriate)
    • If you are having technology issues, please email me

    Remote Attendance:

    If you are going to be absent, please let me know asap via email. You will be responsible for watching the recorded lesson and following along with what was done during our meeting time. If you are late to the meeting, please enter without making a distraction and when appropriate message the teacher about why you missed at the start. Attendance will be counted based on participation in Canvas per online day.

    Virtual Expectations for Students & Parents/Guardians:

    Students at all levels are now engaging in virtual class sessions on Teams. To ensure a positive and productive learning environment during these sessions, it is important that all students adhere to the following behavior expectations:

    - Login credentials must not be shared. Sharing of login information violates other students’ and teachers’ rights to confidentiality and could allow class participation by unauthorized persons and/or lead to disruptive behaviors that detract from a productive and positive learning environment.

    - Students who are disruptive, displaying inappropriate behaviors, and/or “trespass” virtual sessions will receive appropriate consequences in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. Consequences may result in communication with parents/guardians, administrative consequences, and/or temporary or permanent loss of technology access, which would prevent the student from participating in virtual sessions. Students receiving this consequence would have assignments provided to the student’s parent/guardian.

    To assure confidentiality for students and teachers during distance learning, all parents/guardians are asked to follow the following privacy guidelines:

    - Virtual classes are designed for students. To prevent disruptions to the learning environment, parents/guardians may observe classes, however, they should not actively participate in sessions. Parents/guardians may assist their child with technology and/or remain nearby.

    - Do not video record, audio record, photograph, live stream, or transmit in any other way any part of a virtual class, including not posting on any social media platform.

    - Any confidential or personally identifiable information related to students participating during virtual classes should not be collected, discussed or shared.

    - Parents/guardians should not engage with students during virtual classes. If you need to speak with your child during a session, first mute your child’s microphone.

    Thank you for your support and cooperation in ensuring that distance learning is a positive, productive and enjoyable experience for all!

    Course Description:

    • Understanding grammar and its uses
    • Expanding vocabulary, sentence structure and spelling capabilities
    • Exploring the different genres of literature
    • Becoming familiar with literacy terms
    • Evaluating Informational Text
    • Evaluating Literature
    • Using composition to accurately express thoughts (identifying and practicing expository, persuasive, narrative, creative, and descriptive writing)


    • Various books, online, and literary materials
    • HMH Collections Curriculum

    Materials for Remote Learning:

    • Five Subject Notebook Specifically For Language Arts
    • Pencil or Pen


    90% - 100%  A

    80% - 89%    B

    70% - 79%    C

    60% - 69%    D

    0% - 50%       F

    Grades will be complied through assignments, projects and assessments

    To help ensure every student has an opportunity to master the material presented in class, students will be given the opportunity to retake quizzes and tests and resubmit assignments.  It is important to note that the retake police is not intended to be regular practice by students, but rather an opportunity for growth on a particular area of struggle.

    Any student can retake any quiz or test.  Arrangements must be made with the teacher before any retake; this includes turning in the CMS Retake Action Plan.  Retakes will not be given during class time; arrangements for before or after school drop off and pick will be made on the Retake Action Plan.  Retakes must be taken within TWO WEEKS of the date of the original quiz, test or assignment was posted to Parent/Student Vue.  Please note this is subject to change for remote learning.

    Canvas will be used to upload materials, directions and expectations for each week.  Microsoft Teams will be the virtual platform to engage in distance learning.  Please ask if you need help navigating these sites.

    It is the student’s responsibility to check with the teacher to see what was missed if the student was absent.  A recorded video of each virtual class will be available via email request for the absence.

    Practice:  Students will be asked to complete reading or class work that was not finished in class at home.  These items will be listed in Canvas when necessary.

    Academic Honesty:

    Academic Honesty is valued at CMS!  A student must always submit work that represents his or her original words or ideas.  If any words or ideas that are used do not represent the student’s original words or ideas, the student must cite all relevant sources.  Words or ideas that require citations include, but are not limited to, all hard copy or electronic publication, whether copyrighted or bot and all verbal or visual communication.

    Academic dishonesty includes, bit is not limited to:

    • Having a tutor, parent, sibling, friend complete any portion of your assignment
    • Having a reviewer make extensive revisions to an assignment
    • Copying work submitted by another student
    • Using information from any source without proper citation

    Classroom Expectations:

    • Be Respectful – To staff, to classmates, to school property
    • Be Prepared – Come to class ready to learn with completed work, materials, and a ready attitude
    • Be Involved – Engage in class activities and discussions

    Believe that you CAN!

    If students are not following class expectations, CMS has instituted the Pyramid of Expectations across campus.  In an online setting, respect is of the utmost importance.  I expect students to be present, visible and prepared to engage in distance learning.  

      Cooley Pyramid of Expectations.pdfPreview the document

                1st intervention – Visual/Verbal warning, private conversation

                2nd intervention – Call home, documentation

                3rd intervention –Office Referral – Administration involved

                **Additional interventions will be student, teacher, parent conference and plan of action for behavior modifications.

                **Any violation of the Student Code of Conduct will result in a Referral immediately and will be dealt with by Administration.


    Personal Information: 

    This is my 7th year teaching at CMS having taught both 7th and 8th grade ELA and special education.  I have 4 kids, Hayden, 9th grade, Tucker, 8th grade, Jacoby 5th grade, and Gianna 4th grade.  We also have 2 dogs, Moxie and Lola.  As a family we enjoy traveling, hockey, music, games, and being active!  I am looking forward to getting to know you all and growing together throughout the year!

    If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact me at jody.stott@husd.org

    Thank you!  I look forward to a positive year!