August 6, 2020
Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,
Welcome to the English I Honors journey at Destrehan High School where the 2020-2021 mantra “Unlimited Possibilities” will constantly resonate in our minds until we accomplish or surpass each and every goal we set.
The honors curriculum is designed to be challenging, rigorous, and thought-provoking. The curriculum is comprised of several components: regular daily instruction from two Louisiana Department of Education Guidebook units, summative tests, essays which will utilize the full writing and revising processes, extension tasks for advanced learners, independent reading, vocabulary instruction, and ACT preparation. The Guidebooks are aligned with LEAP 2025, which students will take in December. Because we will be covering an extensive amount of material in class, students will be expected to complete daily reading and writing assignments for homework and for their at-home assignments on days not in the classroom.
Because students who are enrolled in the honors program are held to more demanding expectations, bonus points are awarded to honors students to compensate for the increased workload. Students who earn a C or better during a grading period will receive honors bonus points according to the following criteria: 7 points for an A, 5 points for a B, and 3 points for a C.
The final course grade is an average of the four quarters’ grades and the LEAP test score, each representing 20% of the final grade.
What are our goals?
The in-depth analysis of advanced and college-bound literature, a more comprehensive study of vocabulary, and self-directed learning and assessment will ultimately better prepare students for postsecondary education.
Google Classroom and At-Home Learning:
All assignments, whether in-class or at-home, will be posted into Google Classroom. On the at-home learning days, students are expected to log-in during their specified class time. Upon log-in, students should fill out the daily attendance form and complete their classwork. If students have questions, they can reach out during my office hours, which are posted on my webpage, via email, or on Google Classroom.
LEAP 360: This is an assessment program for English I students. An interim assessment will be administered before the LEAP 2025. The multiple choice sections will count as a formative assessment and the writing will count as summative grade.
Remember: LEAP 2025 will be 20% of final course average.
Class Supplies: (NO SHARING OF SUPPLIES DUE TO COVID!)
In order to be successful, students must have necessary materials in class EVERY DAY. (Due to Co-Vid, students cannot use my supplies.) I will not hold up instruction for students who are not prepared with supplies but will contact parents if supplies are continually missing.)
- 5 - 2 INCH BINDER
- section dividers (at least 4)
- USB or jump drive (carried at all times)
- loose leaf
- pens and pencils (Red and blue pens are a must.)
- 3 highlighters of different colors
- Sticky notes
Make-Up and Late Work Policy:
The policy for making up work due to missing class will be STRICTLY enforced. Assignments, projects, and essays are due on the day of returning to class. Students who miss quizzes or tests have only three (3) school days to make those up. Failure to make up work in three days will result in a grade of 0. All make-up tests and quizzes must be taken after school in my class room or TLC, and arrangements must first be made with me on the day of return. This is the responsibility of students. Deadlines count and late work is not accepted.
The Learning Center (TLC) is temporarily closed due to COVID.
TLC provides extended learning opportunities for all students. Students may voluntarily chose to attend TLC or attendance may be required by a teacher or requested by a parent. Teachers and student tutors are available
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Fall 2020 Schedule: Spring 2021 Schedule:
Block 1 – English I Honors Block 1 – English I Honors
Block 2 – English I Honors Block 2 – English III Dual Enrollment
Block 3 – Planning Block 3 -- English I Honors
Block 4 – English III Dual Enrollment Block 4 -- Planning
English I Honors and English III Dual Enrollment
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