Phone: (559) 595-7220 x 2539
Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelors of Arts in Psychology Single Subject Preliminary Credential in Biological Sciences (pending August 2016)
Class Routines and Expectations
Start of Class / Bellwork Assignment
- Students are expected to be on time (fully inside the classroom before the bell rings)
- Every day, a bellwork assignment will be uploaded onto Google Classroom
- Along with the assigned task, the bellwork assignment will brief you about the day’s lesson and provide instructions related to any materials you will need to prepare
- During the first five minutes of class, you are expected to complete this daily assignment and gather/prepare any required materials
- Please note: Students who arrive late to class will lose some of their designated bellwork time, but are still expected to be prepared when the regular class session begins
- If you do not complete your tasks within the designated bellwork time, it can cause a disruption (ie, not hearing directions and needing the teacher or another student to explain especially for you).
- Students who routinely fail to complete their bellwork or gather their materials on time may face action on the classroom step form
- Taking notes is required, NOT optional!
- Notes will be turned in for grading
- Each notetaking assignment is worth five points:
- 1 point - Heading/title
- 2 points - Completeness
- 2 points - Summary
- A note summary will always be assigned for homework the day the notes are completed
- Summaries must be a full paragraph, at least five sentences long
- To be considered “complete,” summaries should address and connect all the concepts covered by the lecture/reading (ie, you can’t just list five random facts from the notes)
Submitting Notes for Grading
- Students must keep all their notes for the term in a hard copy or digital notebook
- You must choose one method to present your notes - hard copy or digital. Notes that are not presented in your chosen format will not be graded.
- It is your responsibility to keep your notes organized and ready to present for grading when due
- No blank headings - untitled notes will not be graded!
- Note summaries are an “automatic” homework expectation - this means no designated class time will be given for the note summary.
- Please note: Early in the year, reminders will be given to help establish the routine; however, the summary will be a task you are expected to complete on your own automatically, without prompting
- Homework will often include extra practice work or the completion of in-class assignments
- Students may also need to work on long-term projects at home, outside of class time
- Grade reports will be passed out to students every two weeks (approximately)
- Students who have below a 70% will be required to have a parent/guardian sign the grade report and return it to the teacher - no more than three days after being sent home
- Should the student fail to return a signed grade report, the teacher will make direct contact and the student may move up a step on the classroom step form
- Should teacher suspect the student is falsifying the signature, the teacher will call home to speak to the parent/guardian directly. If the suspicion is confirmed, administration will be made aware of the incident through a disciplinary referral.
- On the third occasion a student’s grade report requires a signature, the teacher will call or email the parent/guardian to conference
- The purpose of behavior expectations is to create an environment of mutual respect in the classroom. Consistent enforcement is necessary to protect each student’s right to learn.
- Appropriate language, dress, and conduct are expected at all times
- No disrespectful speech, rough-housing, vulgarity or dress-code violations
- Respect other people’s property and person
- Cell phone use is not permitted at any time during class
- Cell phones that are out during class time will be confiscated. NO WARNINGS!
- Disruptive behavior is always unacceptable. It is the most important behavior issue to manage because it can affect everyone. So, what is disruptive behavior?
- shouting out answers / outbursts
- arguing with the teacher or another student
- excessive talking or socializing
- talking when another person is speaking to the class
- asking irrelevant or off-topic questions
- disrespect toward another student or the teacher
- ignoring class routines
- not listening to instructions
- intentionally giving the wrong answer when called upon
- failure to follow the teacher’s instructions
- To sum up, disruptive behavior is any kind of action that interferes with a student’s ability to learn, or the teacher’s ability to teach. It is never acceptable, and will be addressed swiftly via the classroom step form.
- The teacher will follow the behavior plan outlined by Dinuba High School policy
- Positive behavior will be rewarded with PBIS tickets
- Minor negative incidents will be addressed with the classroom step form
- Major negative incidents will bypass the step plan. An office disciplinary referral will be sent directly to DHS administration
- In Room 539, students will always have the opportunity to complete a behavior reflection and provide this to the teacher for consideration and documentation
- I believe most behavior incidents can be resolved with respect, understanding and honest reflection. Mutual respect is the key to productive, meaningful educational opportunities.