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    MRS. VERONICA BOYD-JONES

     

    vboyd-jones@madison-schools.com 

    601-607-7963

    ABOUT THE TEACHER

    Mrs. Boyd-Jones, “Ms. Boyd”, teaches English I-IV as well as related electives at the AOC. This is her 17th year teaching in the Madison County School District. She has been teaching at the Academic Options Center 16 years now. She is a product of the Madison County School District as a graduate of Velma Jackson High School. She earned her B.A. in English from Mississippi Valley State University, and a Masters of Education Degree from University of Phoenix.  She is married and have (2) sons her oldest is a freshman at Germantown High and her youngest is an 8th grader at Germantown Middle School, both are members of their respective bands. I am a very PROUD band mom.  I look forward to a great school year. 

     CLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS

    MOVING ABOUT THE CLASSROOM
    You are to ask permission to leave your seat for ANY reason.
    o  Do NOT ask for permission during discussion or reading unless it is an emergency.
    SEATING
    You are to sit in your assigned seat at all times. No one should sit in another seat unless I have instructed him/her to do so.
    CLASSROOM BEHAVIOR
    o Raise your hand if you wish to speak and wait to be called on.

    o Do not call out to be recognized or call out an answer.
    o Do not leave your seat without permission.
    o Begin on Bell ringer immediately. Do not wait until told to do so.
    o Do not leave paper under the desk or on the floor.
    o Do not come behind my desk.
    THREE B’s
    o  Be Respectful -respect others, use manners, follow directions

    o  Be Responsible-turn in assignments on time, use class time wisely, clean after yourself
    o Be Ready-have supplies, be on time, be ready to learn
    INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN
    The design of the units is based on the Common Core Curriculum. The resulting lessons exemplify the following ideas:

    Close reading is a central component of most of the reading selections.
    Rereading is a fundamental part of the way good readers deal with challenging texts.
    Reading, writing, thinking, and talking are interrelated processes that support students’ understanding of texts, development of complex ideas, and creation of original texts.
    Language use and language choices, including grammatical choices, need to be explicitly highlighted and discussed so that all learners can understand the choices they have when they and others are making meaning in writing.
    Oral language and proficiency for English learners develop faster than their academic literacy skills and need to be taken into account at all stages of their learning.
    Discussion is an essential part of rigorous and effective intellectual work. For discussion to work well, participants must stay anchored to the texts under consideration, and must have the opportunity to try out ideas in a setting that values community and that demands rigor and good thinking.
    Learning as apprenticeship to read, write, think, and talk invites students to act and be treated as members of a community of practice and learning.
    GENERAL COURSE INFORMATION
    Word of the Day—Each day when you enter the classroom, you must write down the word of the day and write an 80-word paragraph using the word. You will be responsible for knowing these words on 9 week tests.

    Writing Process—For each essay, you will go through the process of planning, drafting, peer-reviewing, revising, editing, and submitting your work to Canvas by a given deadline.
    Timed Writes—You will also learn to how to take timed essays in class with an unfamiliar prompt and a time limit.  These timed writes will prepare you for assessments such as the ACT.
    Reading Quizzes—When a piece of literature is assigned it is to be completed, you may be quizzed on the assigned pages.
    Term Papers— Over the course of the year two research papers will be assigned one per semester.
    Nine-week /Final Exams—At the end of each term, you will be tested on the material that we have covered that term. A comprehensive exam will be given during the final term that covers the material for the entire year.
    Graded Class Discussions—You must engage in discussions or you will receive a grade of 0 for that assignment. 
    Independent Reading—You will read four Independent Reading Books throughout the year, one per term.
    REWARDS
     *Praise   *Positive parent contact     *Homework pass        *Star Student Recognition

    CONSEQUENCES
    ·     First offense:       Documented Warning.

    ·     Second offense:  Behavioral Writing.
    ·     Third offense:     Contact Parents.
    ·     Fourth offense:  Referral to office. Contact parents.
    *Severe disruptions will be sent directly to the office for discipline
    REQUIRED MATERIAL
    Pen (blue or black ink only)

    Notebook paper
    1 and a half inch binder
    2 spiral notebooks 70 pages (1 for vocabulary and 1 for daily writing)
    Jump/flash drive (to save and submit research papers electronically
    Grading Weight:
    Tests, Papers, Projects 60%-Daily 40% 

    Grading Scale
    A = 90-100       B = 80-89      C = 70-79       D = 65-69       F = Below 65