Please come see me as soon as possible if you are struggling. You can find all of our digital resources and turn in digital assignments to Schoology.
Honors English 1 Syllabus
Welcome to freshman English. This class is designed to help all students improve their skills in reading and writing. Think of this course as an introduction to literature and academic writing. It is my goal that all students, parents, and myself will work together towards a successful year. Throughout the school year the students will be exposed to and interact with a variety of literary genres.
I was born in Boulder, Colorado, but I grew up down the street in Englewood, CO. I graduated from Englewood High School in 2009 and have been dedicated to the English Language Arts and Education ever since. I attended the University of Denver for one year where I was involved in Slam Poetry and had two poems published in the Foothills Literary Journal. I then transferred to Metropolitan State University of Denver where I majored in English and Secondary Education. This summer I graduated from Regis University with an MFA in Creative writing. I have published work in The Colorado Sun and The Compulsive Reader, and I am nearly finished writing my first novel. This is my seventh year at TJ and I am incredibly excited to call myself a Spartan! In my off time, I love to read, write, hike, camp, go to concerts and hang out with my animals! Welcome to TJ!
You will submit electronic assignments here and receive your grades here.
https://www.activelylearn.com/ (use school Google/Gmail account to sign in)
Grading is on a points based system
90-100 A, 80-90 B, 70-80 C, 60-70 D, 0-59 F
Failure to turn in work will result in a 0 until the work is submitted.
75% Standards (tests, quizzes, essays, projects, etc), 25% Practice (assignments, warmups, exit tickets, etc.) as the two categories.
Semester grades are formulated using a continuous point model for the whole semester.
Follow the 5 P’s:
Please refer to the student handbook for specifics on attendance, dress code and electronics.
- Prompt. Being prompt means you are in the room ready for class when the bell rings.
- Polite. Polite means you treat everyone with dignity, manners, and compassion. Rudeness will not be tolerated.
- Positive. Anyone can learn if they try. No points are awarded for not doing anything; some points can be awarded for doing something
- Prepared. Prepared means you are on time, you have any/all necessary materials, and you have completed any assignments for the day.
- Productive. Being productive is taking ownership of your education.
Recovery Work, and Make-Up Work Policy
Departmental Late-Work Policy:
Process Assignments: The weekly expectation is that all assignments are turned in by 5PM on Sunday. After that, process assignments are not accepted.
“Students are expected to follow given due dates but Sunday is the last possible day to turn process assignments in…”
Product Assignments Full completion will result in a minimum 60% passing grade. Sunday due dates are encouraged for consistency, yet late work may be accepted if a student advocates for extra time and seeks one-on-one help during office hours.
NOTE: incomplete assignments or assignments that would not normally receive a passing grade will not be given an automatic 60%.
Departmental COVID/Recovery-Work Policy: For students directly impacted by COVID teachers will communicate with their counselor for support, and work with individual students to plan out how to make up product assignments, and excuse process assignments.
Departmental Make-Up Work Policy: For students with non-COVID related, excused absences we will follow the DPS Policy outlined in the student handbook: for every one day absent students have two days to make up the work.
Teachers and students are expected to maintain Digital Citizenship. Digital Citizenship is defined as, “the responsible use of technology by anyone who uses computers, the Internet, and digital devices to engage with society on any level.” We must act responsibly when using Chromebooks, other digital tools, and when interacting with others online. No cyberbullying or other inappropriate online conduct will be tolerated.
- Uphold all Spartan Values at all times
- Maintain strong Digital Citizenship
- Participate in restorative conversations, as needed
- Be school appropriate and respectful when engaging in interactive groups, breakout sessions, and chats when assigned by the teacher
- Advocate for their success in every class
- Follow all regular TJ classroom expectations and school rules. See the Conduct/Discipline section in our Student Handbook
- Acknowledge and encourage student behavior through our school-wide positive interventions
- Utilize Schoology features to help maximize the learning environment
- Refer to the Learning Behavior Intervention Flowchart to address Type 1 behaviors
- Communicate to the SET if learning behavioral issues arise
- Participate in restorative conversations, as needed
- Continue to demonstrate flexibility, understanding the unique context of our situation
Plagiarism is attempting to pass off someone else’s work or ideas as your own. Plagiarism will result in a zero for the assignment with
the potential for other disciplinary consequences.
- The simplest way to access your Gmail account is through the following url: googlemail.dpsk12.net
- Once there, you will be prompted to enter your DPS Student ID Number and your password.
- This is the same login you use to access Infinite Campus.
- Passwords are defaulted to your birthday (mmddyyyy).
- Once logged in, you have access to your Gmail Account which functions as any other Gmail Account.
- Signing into your DPS Gmail Account is the first step to accessing any of the other Google Applications.
- Check your email frequently! Classroom updates and announcements will be delivered straight to your inbox
All your files accessible from anywhere!
- Your DPS Gmail Account gives you access to Google Drive, online file storage (i.e. cloud-based)
- Access drive at: drive.google.com
- All of your digital work for English class will be stored on the Drive so that it is easily accessible to you from home, school, or mobile device.
- The Drive will store any type of file, although using Google Docs is recommended
PLEASE SIGN THIS SHEET OF PAPER ACKNOWLEDGING THAT YOU HAVE READ AND AGREE TO ALL THE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES OUTLINED IN THE SYLLABUS. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING THE INFORMATION PROVIDED PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME AT ANY TIME THROUGHOUT THE SCHOOL YEAR WITH YOUR COMMENTS AND OR CONCERNS. THE BEST WAY TO CONTACT ME IS VIA EMAIL AT Jennifer_Stephenson@dpsk12.org OR YOU CAN CALL AND LEAVE A MESSAGE AT (720) 423-7119. THANK YOU FOR YOU SUPPORT.
I have read and understand the policies and procedures outlined in the course syllabus provided by Ms. Stephenson for her English course at Thomas Jefferson High School. I understand that if I need to contact Ms. Stephenson at any time with comments or concerns she can be reached at:
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