Class Syllabus

  •  Mrs. Murrieta's 2020-2021 Course Syllabus

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    Phone/Text: (714) 594-9863

    Tutoring: I am available  for tutoring during office hours Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 1:40-2:30. 

    Zoom link for tutoring is available in the following places:
    -Teacher Webpage under “Contact Me”

    -Student Canvas Course homepage

    Link also available here: CLICK HERE

    Class Overview:

      • Throughout the year you will be increasing your skills in speaking, listening, reading, writing, grammar, spelling, and vocabulary. We will use technology, literature and expository texts as a base, incorporating critical reading and writing skills.  We will experience literature in various genres through classroom and independent reading. We will also be using Google Classroom as our classroom management systems. Curriculum is aligned with the Common Core State Standards.

        Curriculum: The curriculum for this course aligns with the Common Core State Standards for Language Arts and the College and Career Readiness Standards, which may be viewed on the California Board of Education website,

        Sustained Silent Reading: In addition to classroom reading, students will be responsible for setting a reading goal for self-selected, level appropriate novels throughout the year. The novel should be in class every day. Students will track reading on a weekly digital reading log.

        Chromebook Usage:  All students will have the privilege to use a chromebook during class. Students are expected to follow the school-wide guidelines for proper electronics usage and show excellent digital citizenship. Failure to comply with the classroom chromebook usage rules may result in the confiscation of the chromebook and loss of electronic privileges.


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        Plagiarism/Academic Integrity:  Academic integrity is expected on all assignments. Plagiarism is defined as presenting the work of another as one’s own. Cheating on an assignment or assessment is another activity that violates ethics and school rules.  Any work that exhibits cheating/plagiarism will result in a zero, parental notification, and disciplinary action may be taken. 

        Absences:  It is the student’s responsibility to retrieve missed handouts/assignments if an absence occurs. Assignments for the week are posted on the white board and are accessible through the teacher’s webpage. Students have one day for each excused absence to turn in missing work. In the event of an extended absence, personal arrangements will be made. During digital learning, if a student is absent/not present online, I will be contacting home. 

        Grading Policy:

        A (90% and higher)        B (80-89%)         C (70-79%)        D (60-69%)         F (50-59%).          Bitmoji Image

                       Grades are determined by the following categories:

                            Classwork = 50% of grade

                            Assessments = 30 % of grade  

                            Homework = 10% of grade 

                            Class Participation = 10% of grade                                         


        Homework assignments must be completed and ready to turn in the day it is due to receive full credit.

        -Any work that is turned in late will be given partial credit. 

        -Work that has been copied from another student will receive a ZERO.


        Make-up  Work Criteria:

        Assessments: by appt. with teacher, one retake opportunity for failing grades

        Classwork: make-ups only in the case of absences, one day absence= one day to make up work

        Homework: make-ups only in the case of absences, one day absence= one day to make up work. 

        Late Work: Is accepted for partial credit. 

            *Late work WILL NOT be accepted after the 6 week grading period.


        Classroom Management: Students are expected to follow Lathrop’s motto: Be Respectful, Responsible, and Safe.  Classroom expectations also include the following: 

            • Be an active listener
            • Be prepared
            • Have a book every single day (chapter book or novel) 
            • Keep your chromebook charged 
            • Be nice!
            • THINK before you speak! (Is it thoughtful and true, helpful, inspiring, necessary, kind?)
            • Have a positive attitude!

        If students are not adhering to school-wide and classroom expectations, the following consequences may occur: 

        • Teacher speaks with student (verbal warning)
        • Teacher will contact home
        • Request for parent conference
        • Admin. referral

        Helpful Hints for a Successful Year:

        • Write down/record all assignments to be completed at home.

        • Complete assignments promptly and place them in your work folder.

        • Save and organize all papers until the end of each marking period or as otherwise instructed.

        • Submit QUALITY work.

        • Read for a minimum of 20 minutes every night.

        • Come to class on time and prepared to work.

        • Keep absences to a minimum.

        • Be accountable for your own work, speech, and actions.

        • Have a positive attitude and ask for help if you are struggling with an assignment