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Mr. Germanis or any other teacher (including guest teachers) will
dismiss students from class. The bell does not dismiss
students. Upon leaving class, students will return any
borrowed materials. All books or class supplies should be stacked
or organized better than the way they were found.
No! During class time, students may not consume ANY food or drink
in the class with the exception of water. This includes gum, soda
and coffee. Students found consuming any edible product in class
will be complete the appropriate discipline task.
There are three exceptions to this rule:
Mobile phones are very useful tools, but are often distracting
when used during learning times. Research suggests each moment you
look at your phone it takes 10 additional seconds to refocus on
the learning task. As a result, phones should be silenced and away
during class time to preserve the learning environment. On the
first violation, students will be asked to silence and store their
cell phones, further infractions will result in more severe
consequences including confiscation and/or call to
Sometimes cell phones may be used during class as a learning
tool. Students will be instructed by Mr. Germanis (or other guest)
when it is okay to use a cell phone for educational purposes only
(calculator, timer, stop-watch, survey, etc.). Unless explicitly
stated, cell phones should be silent and away. Students will not
be required to have a cell phone to complete learning tasks, but
may volunteer to use of their own device.
Students (and staff) should bring electronic devices to school at
their own risk. Students are responsible for their own
electronics, the district, school, staff, teacher or other
students are not responsible for lost or stolen items,
even if they are confiscated from the student by a staff member.
The best way to keep your phone is to keep it silenced and away.
The use or ringing of a cell phone during a test/quiz is
considered cheating and the exam will receive a score of
"incomplete" or "zero". Cell phones may not be used in any way
during a test, quiz or exam, even to listen to music.
This class is designed so that each session concludes with a
"reflection" to be addressed in you journal. You may purchase a
hardbound theme book (no spiral notebooks) or one will be provided
to you. Please contact Mr. Germanis if you need a composition
notebook. Your responses connect, summarize and/or extend the
day's lesson. Journal Responses (JRs) contribute to your class
grade as a formative assessment and will be read several times
during the quarter. Obtain your journal at the beginning of class
and neatly deposit it in the appropriate space at the end of
Journal entries must conform to the following:
It is highly recommended and encouraged that you personalize the
cover of your journal by drawing coloring, using stickers,
stencils, etc. to easily identify your journal. However, please
don't deface your journal to make it unusable.
Under no circumstances will a paper with nothing but answers be
accepted. Homework should be organized in your notebook in the
Work is "late" if submitted for
scoring any time after papers have been checked or collected.
This includes journals not available when they are scored. Late
work will be reduced by 40% (for example, a project originally
worth 100 points will earn at most 60 points). It is to your benefit to
submit incomplete work rather than no work! The purpose for the
reduction is to reduce plagiarism by penalizing late work
without significantly impacting a student's homework grade.
late work must be submitted by the date of the in-class unit
test. No late work will be accepted during the last five (5)
school days of a grading period. Consult the "Attendance" section for
details concerning excused and pre-arranged absences.
Assignments will not be accepted from days you have an unexcused
For homework to be marked as "complete" all of the following
conditions must be met:
Scoring for a paper will be deferred and marked incomplete if it reveals conceptual misunderstanding. No substantial deduction will be assessed to papers that are completed in a timely manner. Errors are considered a normal part of extending one's knowledge. Remember if you are not making mistakes you aren't trying hard enough! All thoughts, calculations, ideas, solutions possibilities, etc. should remain (although crossed out) to provide the opportunity to see previous ideas. Who knows, you might even learn something!
Our class time is essential for learning new materials and
working with one another. Please adhere to the following
guidelines to optimize our class time together.
Hall passes will be given at the start of each semester to each
student with five "punches" each. At the end of the semester, you
may redeem each punch on your card for 2 extra credit "assignment
points" for each punch, maximum of 20 homework points.
Prior to all unit tests or final exams, Mr. Germanis will publish
a list of all of the topics and concepts that will appear on the
test. Students are encouraged to study these materials several
days before the summative assessment. To help student prepare, at
least one day of class will be dedicated for reviewing content on
the final exam. The teacher will not plan a lesson or instruction,
students should come prepared to ask specific questions from
classwork, homework, journal reflections or other related
questions. The teacher will demonstrate problems or help devise a
study plan for students to best prepare for the exam. This review
does not necessarily apply for regular quizzes.
Outside of class, students should be studying independently, with
partners, in the tutoring center or with a family member.
"Studying" involves review of materials without the express intent
of completing assigned work. Here are some suggestions that make
studying more meaningful:
There are four types of assessments to measure students progress
and provide regular feedback; Quizzes, Tests, Exams and Projects.
Quizzes will be administered no more than once per week and are
formative in nature. Since rapid feedback is essential for
improved learning, a quiz may be made up within ONE (1) day
of its administration. See missed
assessments section if you miss a quiz.
Chapter tests cover more course material and are meant to
incorporate knowledge required for long-term application. Tests
are administrated at the end of each chapter (or unit) and are
given approximately once per month. For missed tests, one day is
allowed for each day of excused absence up to three (3) days from
the test date. See missed assessments section if you miss a test.
Exams are comprehensive assessments, covering content taught over
the entire semester. These will be administered once at the end of
each semester. For exams, follow the same missed assessment
guidelines as chapter tests.
Projects will be announced periodically and will receive regular
feedback throughout. Students should submit projects as a final
product and expect for the assigned grade based on the guidelines
published for the specific design of the project. Projects are
long-term demonstrations of understanding and will NOT be allowed
to be redone or edited.
The use of music devices during assessments
Recent research suggests performance is often enhanced when the test-taker listens to (certain) music or in conditions similar to those those where tested information was learned. Students may listen to sound-reproducing devices during assessments only if the device: only plays music (no cell phones, computers, etc.); is kept in sign (e.g. on the table) during the assessment; cannot be heard by anyone else; allows the user to hear alerts & announcements; and, is put away when the assessment is finished. The test proctor has the right to listen to the headset to ensure the music does not violate any other testing policies.
make up an assessment, you MUST fill out the "Missed Assessment"
after agreeing upon a test date. You must keep this appointment.
submit missed assessment form on your return to class
nullifies your opportunity to make up the assessment. Assessment dates are posted
in advance on the class webpage, please prepare and make advanced
A quiz may be made up within ONE (1) day of its
administration, for tests and exams, one day is allowed for each
day of excused absence up to three (3) days from the test date.
Occasionally, student's scores
are not as high as expected. In this class, you can improve your
score by performing "test corrections" (available only on
chapter tests) at one of the posted sessions (at least one
will be before school, and one after. Class time may also be
used). From these sessions, you may gain up to 50% of the points
missed on the test. The procedure for corrections is:
There is only one opportunity to earn extra credit, and the
opportunities are extremely limited. You will be given two
bathroom passes each semester. At the end of the semester, you may
redeem each bathroom pass for 10 extra credit homework points
each. There will be one opportunity each quarter to receive only
one additional bathroom pass by appearing for an "EC Appointment"
within the first five (5) weeks of the quarter. See the
"EC appointment" form linked HERE for more
information about how to schedule an appointment.
A strict limit of 20 extra credit homework points will be awarded
each semester as not to heavily skew student's grades.
If you have received a note from the office or other teacher to
leave, please let Mr. Germanis know at the beginning of class.
When it is your designated time to leave, quietly pack up your
belongings, wave goodbye to Mr. Germanis so he knows you're
leaving and exit to the destination on your note. Be sure to keep
the note with you as you are passing through the halls, this is
At the beginning of the semester you will receive a hall pass
which is valid for five (5) trips to the restroom, drink of water
or to access your locker. To redeem this voucher, simply fill out
the time and date and give the slip to Mr. Germanis who will sign
it. You may not use this pass during the first or last ten (10)
minutes of class according to school policy. Using the pass at an
inappropriate time will invalidate your opportunity to use the
When using the bathroom or getting a drink of water, be sensible
about the time in which you choose to go. It is not appropriate to
leave in the middle of a lesson or while Mr. G is addressing the
Going to the nurses office is reserved strictly for emergencies
only, (i.e. blood, vomit, unconsciousness). Students needing to go
to the nurse will be allowed to go with a partner of Mr. G's
choosing who will escort the student to the nurse and return
promptly. Having a partner go to the nurse ensures student safety
while en route.
Make sure your absence is EXCUSED according to the school policy
within five days of return to school. An excused absence is
anything that is unexpected in nature and the student is unable to
plan for earlier arrangements. Excusable absences are defined by
district policy in the MTHS handbook. This means that your parent
or guardian has written a note including:
Without an excused note, your absence will be marked as unexcused
and you will be ineligible for credit on due homework, class
participation points and even tests and quizzes.
Prearranged absences are defined as days in which a student
misses class and knows about the absence before being gone.
Examples of expected or prearranged absences include but are not
limited to, vacation, dental appointments, field-trips, school
related events (i.e. assemblies, club events), and religious
It is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to make arrangements before you leave.
For prearranged absences, all quizzes, tests, exams, homework,
assignments and projects are due on the originally assigned due
date. You may take a clear photograph of your homework and email
it to firstname.lastname@example.org
prior to the due date.
For longer-term absences, please communicate with Mr. Germanis,
reasonable arrangements will be made in extenuating circumstances.
Circumstances may alter the arrangement of these policies.
Please allow at least two weeks from the first request to write a letter for you. These take a lot of time to write, please be respectful of my time when requesting a letter. I will be honest about my experiences with you. There are other requirements, see the Letters of Recommendation document for specific requirements needed to complete a letter of recommendation.