Welcome Back! (Language Arts)

Dear Parents and Students,

Welcome back! We are looking forward to another great year at Discovery School! I am Mr. Gregory Pappas and I teach high school Language Arts. This is my second year teaching at Discovery and I am excited to continue working with the wonderful students we have here at our school.

This year, I will be teaching 9th and 10th grade Language Arts, British Literature, Communications and ESL to new English speakers. Courses will focus on the common core standards associated with each grade level, and will also have a strong integration of skills necessary to prepare students for special events this year such as the PSAT exams, ABSH Language Arts competitions and pre-AP coursework. It will be a busy but fruitful year!

As we begin to get back into the swing of things for this school year, please take note of the following information regarding grading policies, homework policies and general class information. Please read the following information closely. For further clarification, please consult the Discovery School Student Handbook for a full list of school policies.

HOMEWORK (15%)

Homework is due at the beginning of the class period. Late homework is subject to a points deduction: -10% for the first day, -20% for the second day. Homework that is more than two days late will receive a score of zero and will additionally generate a written detention in order to provide the student the time to make up the work. The completed assignment will not be given any credit.

 PROJECTS AND ESSAYS (30%)

Students will be required to complete both short-term and long-term projects throughout the year. This category follows similar guidelines as the aforementioned homework policy. Assignments that are 1 day late will lose 10% credit and 20% if submitted two days late. Assignments that are 3 days late will not receive any credit, but are expected to be completed. Students will receive a written detention, daily, until the missing work is completed. The completed assignment will not receive any credit.

EXAMS/TESTS/QUIZZES (30%)

*Students that miss an exam or quiz due to illness MUST take the exam on the day that they return to school. Students may take the exam during their lunch hour, but I strongly suggest that students contact me prior to returning to school to schedule taking their exam before or after school on the returning day. Students generally perform poorly when they hurriedly make up exams during their lunch hour.

CLASSWORK/ENGAGEMENT (25%)

Classwork is generally due on the day that it is assigned. Occasionally, I may ask that it be completed as homework.

Students may take notes on a laptop computer with prior permission from me, and this permission is reserved for students who have demonstrated the maturity necessary to not use their devices as a distraction.

Students are expected to participate in class debate/discussion when appropriate. Perfect scores for classwork/engagement can only be earned by students who are consistently making contributions to the class. Being present and doing the work is a big part of this grade, but perfect scores are reserved for students who consistently lead through their example.

**Classwork missed due to an excused absence can be made up for full credit. It is the STUDENT’S responsibility to ask me about any assignments missed due to an absence.

  • If a student is absent for 1 or 2 days, he/she MUST bring an excuse from home in order to be able to make up the missing work.
  • If a student is absent for 3 or more days, he/she MUST bring an excuse from the doctor in order to be able to make up the work.
  • If the student brings an appropriate excuse, he/she will have 1 day per day missed to make up his/her work.
  • If the student fails to present his/her work when it is due, he/she will receive no points for the work.
  • If the absence is due to a pre-planned activity, work that is due on the day of departure should be turned in prior leaving.

If there are any questions or concerns about the upcoming year, please do not hesitate to reach out via email or contact the school directly to arrange an appointment. I can be reached at gpappas@discoveryschool.edu.hn.

 

Welcome back! We are going to have a great year!

Sincerely,

Mr. Pappas

 

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