Procedures and Information

The procedures and information presented here apply generally to all classes as I try to be consistent in all of my courses. However, by the very nature of some of the curricula, some differences do exist. Those caveats to the below procedures and information will be specified on the Course Information Page for that class or that category of classes.

Guiding Procedures:

  1. Follow all rules of Sterling High School as prescribed in the Handbook.
  2. Be on time to class every day. Any absence may result in loss of participation points. Being tardy can result in detention.
  3. Follow the Golden Rule. Treat others as you want to be treated. Any form of disrespect can result in time spent in detention and/or other punishments.
    1. All detentions are served at the convenience of the instructor.
  4. Use equipment (computers, cameras, etc) appropriately. Do not damage them. If a student is found to not be using the equipment in a proper manner, use of the equipment will be taken away for anywhere from a day or longer, which will make the completion of assignments difficult and could affect the student’s grade. If a student is assigned the use of equipment, he or she is solely responsible for it. If something is damaged, the assigned student may be fiscally responsible for its repair or replacement. Furthermore, no food or drink will be allowed near or around computers or other electronic equipment.
  5. BYOD Rules: BYOD stands for Bring Your Own Device. If you do so, such as a cellphone, iPod, iPad, et cetera, you are expected to know when it is appropriate to use it. If you aren’t sure, ask. I’m willing to give leeway with such devices, but if you abuse this, I will ban them all. And remember, I know when you are texting in class without permission. No one looks down at their crotch that much unless they are texting.
    1. First Offense:
      1. I take it and you get it back at the end of the hour.
    2. Second Offense:
      1. I take it and you get it back at the end of the day.
    3. Third Offense:
      1. I take it and your mommy (or daddy or parental guardian) can come get it from me.
  6. Submit assignments, including but not limited to writing pieces, tests, and other work that represent the students’ best efforts without cheating, plagiarizing, or misrepresenting. Refrain from participating in the academic dishonesty of any person.
  7. Homework is generally NOT assigned. Typically, it is earned by not using the time provided to complete it in class.
  8. Be honest, positive and excited. No negativity allowed. If you have questions, ask them. Don’t guess. Give everything your best effort.

General Information:

1.  Being Prepared/What to Bring

  • Textbooks (when applicable)
  • Writing Utensil: pencil or pen (blue or black ink only)
  • Dedicated notebook: a notebook you only use for this class
  • Something to read: a book, a magazine, et cetera

*Additional materials will be announced in advance

*Failure to bring proper materials will result in being sent back to your locker, and a tardy will be issued.

2. Assignment Maintenance

You are responsible and will be held accountable for keeping track of any assignments or readings each day.  I am not your homework angel.  Write stuff down.

For your convenience, I do post all homework online. Most of the assignments are assigned and completed via Google Classroom, so that’s a resource you should familiarize yourself with. Also, all assignments can be found on the “Blog” tab of this website. This automatically gets posted on my Google+ and Twitter accounts. I use the hashtag #teamvogts. Basically, there is no excuse for not knowing what and when something is due.

3.  Finding Directions for Assignments

First, read the provided details with the assignments as posted on Google Classroom. Then, if necessary, ask a friend first.

Clarify with me if you need to do so.

In short, I will always provide you with detailed directions in either a physical or digital format. It usually helps if you listen to my verbal instructions and lectures. Those will go a long way in helping you, so don’t interrupt me constantly.

4.  Handing In Assignments

All assignments are not only posted on Google Classroom, with detailed instructions, but assignments are also to be submitted via Google Classroom.

On the rare occasion a physical assignment is required, it is to be turned in while entering the room, before the bell rings, unless you are told otherwise.  Do not hand in work in the middle of class unless it is being collected. There is an in-box on my desk. Put work in the appropriate slot. CUT OFF THE FRINGES.  I will provide scissors.  I will not take work that makes my files messy or difficult to arrange neatly.

And always put your name on any assignment, whether digital or physical in nature.

According to school policy, students who were absent on the day the work was assigned must hand it in within two class days of their return for full credit. If the instructor assigned the work prior to the absence, it is due within 24 hours of the student’s return. A student whose absence was not excused or due to suspension must hand in the work on the day of his/her return for any credit. Furthermore, athletics, extracurricular activities (field trips), and planned absences require submission of assignments prior to the scheduled absence for full credit.

5.  Grading and Grades

The grading scale used can be found here.

The grading policies enforced can be found here.

Assignments will be graded as quickly as possible following the due date. Do not ask if something has been graded. You will receive the assignment back, along with a grade, when it is done. In Google Classroom, assignments will be “returned” to you with a grade. In most cases, there will also be comments provided explaining your score.

Furthermore, assignments will not necessarily be graded early, so do not count on that happening should your grade and eligibility be in question.

6.  When a Visitor is in the Room

If I am taking care of something during class, you are to remain on task.

If someone is presenting to the class, give even more respect to him/her as you would to me.  I will kick you out of class for disrupting a visitor.

7.  When the Teacher is Gone

I will leave instructions for all substitute teachers.  I will also tell subs that if anyone gives ANY grief to simply write down his/her name and the individual will be referred to the office without question and regardless of what the student claims happened.  Treat subs as ROYALTY.  You can’t even fathom how hard it is to substitute teach.

Business is to be conducted AS USUAL.  Sub days are not free days.

8.  Cleaning Up After Yourself

Pick up and throw away all of your trash.

If my room is messy when you leave, I will ask the administrator to arrange for you to help the custodial staff clean (the building, not just my room) after hours.

9.  When a School Wide Announcement is Made

Stop whatever you are doing and listen quietly.

Do not shuffle papers, continue writing, chat with a friend, or ANYTHING except listen politely.

10.  Responding to Fire/Tornado Drills

Leave all materials in the room.

Stand and exit in an orderly fashion.

Stay in a group.  Even when we get where we are going.

Upon return, get back to work immediately.

11.  Other Necessary Information

  • Enter the classroom quietly, without touching people or things and without conflicts/bad attitudes
    • Begin working immediately upon entering the classroom
  • If you forgot needed materials, ask to go get what you need
    • A tardy could be issued if you go back to your locker
    • A deposit could be required if the item is borrowed from the instructor
  • When you hear things such as “Welcome Back” or “Ready to Go” or “OK,” it is time to focus on the instructor and listen
    • There will be no competition for the floor; detentions will be issued for failures
    • Be self-monitoring
  • Listening, Responding & Participating
    • Pay attention to what the instructor or fellow students are saying
    • Answer questions when asked of you
      • Even if you don’t know the answer, you must try
      • Don’t say, “I don’t know;” say, “I don’t know because I think it might be ____ or ____” or something of that nature
    • Participate voluntarily or when called upon
    • Class is a free environment; all sincere ideas are valid
    • Raising your hand is the best way to be recognized with a question or comment
    • Do not disrupt or interrupt the class
    • Don’t speak over someone else, regardless of who it is
  • Getting Attention and/or Help
    • Raise your hand, leave a note or send an email to the instructor if you need help
    • Do not disrupt and interrupt the class
    • Don’t speak over someone else, regardless of who it is
    • Make appointments with the instructor to deal with larger questions/issues
  • Working with Others
    • Play nice
    • Resolve conflicts on your own
      • Unless it gets really bad, then seek the assistance of the instructor
    • Encourage each other
  • Moving Around and Leaving the Room
    • Always ask permission first
    • If it can wait until after class, wait
    • Make any movements quietly and discreetly
    • Go directly to your destination and come directly back
    • If going as a class, we go as a class and return as a class