Mrs. Barnett

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Torrington Middle School


Mrs. Barnett      8th Grade Language Arts      pbarnett@torrington.org     


 

Welcome to Eighth-Grade Language Arts!


Responsibilities as a Student:

  • Be respectful of yourself and others.
  • Be in your seat ready to work when the bell rings.
  • Complete all assignments on time according to the directions.
  • Do your best in class and on all assignments.
  • Ask for help if you need it.
The Distinctions:  

These concepts guide our classroom work:  Acknowledgment     Commitment     Communication    Cooperation     Individuality     Respect     Responsibility     Risk     Support     Trust    

Materials for Class:
Blue or black ballpoint pens (2)     Spiral notebook for English only     English folder for handouts                Reading book (as requested)

Homework:
Homework includes reading, writing, taking notes, and studying as well as responsibility for maintaining progress on long-term projects.Homework will be assigned almost every night and will be checked daily. A zero will be recorded for work not completed.  In cases of illness or family crisis, please just send me a quick note or e-mail.  Please remember completing homework on time will help your student master the material and contribute to their success in class.

Grading:     
10% Participation     10% Homework     40% Writing Assignments & Projects     40% Tests & Quizzes

Late/Missing Assignments:
 Handing in assignments on time is critical to your personal and academic success.  Students will be asked to call home if material is not turned in on time, or I may phone/send a note to the parent directly.  If missing/late work becomes an issue, parents and student will be asked to come in for a conference.  In addition, the grade for late writing assignments/projects may be reduced by one letter step (e.g., B to B-) each day. If you have printer issues the night the assignment is due, please e-mail the paper to me at pbarnett@torrington.org or submit the paper before class on Google Docs.  You can then print a copy in study hall to turn in.

 Extra Help:  I am always available to provide extra help during Study Hall or after school by appointment.  The critical thing is to ASK for help if you need it!