Hello Students!


    Welcome to your 6th/7th grade Language Arts class at MacArthur Fundamental Intermediate. The requirements and information on this syllabus are all designed with a successful year in mind. I am confident all of you can, and will, succeed this school year. This year will challenging at times, but your hard work and commitment will be rewarded in several ways. Next year will begin many changes in your academic life and it is my goal to prepare you for the road ahead, which for many of you means college and/or a career. I am excited to teach you all, and I hope to learn just as much from you as you do from me. I look forward to learning from all of you, along with teaching and guiding you.



    1.    Follow my directions.

    2.    Keep hands, feet, objects, and unkind thoughts to yourself.

    3.    Raise your hand and wait to be recognized before speaking or getting out of your seat, but be prepared to participate!

    4.   You must be in your seat when the bell rings. Failure to do so will result in you being marked tardy.

    5.    Have all materials and supplies at your desk, prepared to work, when the bell rings.

    6.    All electronic devices (cell phones, ipod/mp3 players, etc.) should be put away (in your backpack), and not brought out unless instructed to do so.

    7.    Be good to yourself, your classmates, and your teachers by showing courtesy, dignity and respect.

    Assertive Discipline Plan

    1.    Verbal warning from teacher

    2.    Teacher/student conference (detention)

    3.    Parent phone call at next occurrence

    4.    Referral to office


    Grades and Grading

    Grades are calculated according to points earned on assignments, including Reading Counts!, SSR, packets, projects, quizzes, exams, oral presentations, homework, and other written assignments.

    ·      Weekly parent grade notifications may be sent out for those students who have a grade of a D or an F.

    Late Assignments

    Assignments are designed to build upon prior work.  Therefore, any late assignments will be graded down for each day they are late – NO EXCEPTIONS! You will be informed of all assignment due dates, and it is your responsibility to plan accordingly so they are turned in on time.



    You are responsible for making up all missed work if you are absent.  If you know you are going to be absent, it is your responsibility to get the assignments ahead of time.  If you don’t know ahead of time, it is your responsibility to call a classmate (or the teacher) to find out what the assignments are.  Class time is not to be used for finding out about missed work; you can do so before or after school, or during passing period.


    If you are absent the day an assignment is due, that assignment is now due the day you return to school.  It is your responsibility to remember to turn it in.  For all work that is missed during an excused absence, you have the number of days you were absent in which to complete the required work.  However, any assignments that were given before the absence are due upon your return to school.


    Citizenship Points

    Each quarter’s grade will be based upon the following point system:

    Points may be added for various positive behaviors such as:

    ·      Participation

    ·      Kindness to others

    ·      Cooperative work style

    ·      Coming to class prepared (this means bringing pencils, paper, necessary books, etc.)


    Points may be subtracted for reasons such as, but not limited to:

    ·      Tardiness

    ·      Cheating or forging of work

    ·      Misbehaving for a substitute

    ·      Being unprepared for class

    ·      Office Referral

    ·      Talking out of turn

    •   Disrespect of self or others

    With the support and assistance of myself and your families, and a commitment from you, I know that we will have a successful year. I believe that you are an intelligent, brilliant, eager student and I look forward to working with you this year! GO TIGERS!