H.J.

​ ​MacDonald​ ​Middle​ ​School 
Ms.​ ​Nentrup’s​ ​8th​
​ ​ ​Grade​ ​English​ ​Language​ ​Arts​ ​Class 
2017​ ​-​ ​2018 

 
Hello!​ ​My​ ​name​ ​is​ ​Ms.​ ​Lura​ ​Nentrup,​ ​and​ ​I​ ​will​ ​be​ ​your​ ​English​ ​Language​ ​Arts​ ​teacher​ ​for​ ​the
2016-2017​ ​school​ ​year.​ ​I​ ​am​ ​looking​ ​forward​ ​to​ ​learning​ ​and​ ​growing​ ​together​ ​as​ ​a​ ​class​ ​during​ ​this
school​ ​year.​ ​I​ ​have​ ​high​ ​expectations​ ​for​ ​students​ ​in​ ​my​ ​class,​ ​and​ ​I​ ​have​ ​no​ ​doubt​ ​that​ ​everyone​ ​will
successfully​ ​meet​ ​them.​ ​During​ ​the​ ​school​ ​year,​ ​we​ ​will​ ​be​ ​one​ ​squad​ ​working​ ​toward​ ​one​ ​collective
goal;​ ​academic​ ​and​ ​behavioral​ ​success.​ ​I​ ​plan​ ​to​ ​create​ ​a​ ​positive,​ ​inclusive​ ​learning​ ​environment
where​ ​all​ ​students​ ​feel​ ​comfortable​ ​sharing​ ​ideas,​ ​responding​ ​to​ ​others,​ ​and​ ​contributing​ ​to​ ​classroom
experiences.

Grading​ ​for​ ​ELA ​ ​​ ​Semester​ ​Daily​ ​Schedule
1st
Tests/Project:​ ​30% 8:30-9:35 Block​ ​1
Quizzes:​ ​20% 9:38-10:18 Exploratory​ ​A
Classwork/Notebook:​ ​40% 10:21-11:01 Exploratory​ ​B
Homework:​ ​10% 11:05-12:10 Block​ ​2
12:15-12:45 Lunch
8th​ ​Grade​ ​ELA​ ​Curriculum: 12:50-1:15 PIE
Students​ ​will​ ​be​ ​learning​ ​about: 1:20-2:25 Block​ ​3
2:27-3:30 Block​ ​4 ​ ​
● Analyses​ ​of​ ​various​ ​genres​ ​of​ ​fiction
● Nonfiction​ t​ ext​ ​structures
● Theme,​ ​plot,​ ​setting,​ ​characterization, Progress​ ​Reports
etc. We​ ​will​ ​send​ ​home​ ​a​ ​progress​ ​report​ ​for​ ​every
● MLA​ ​Citation subject​ ​on​ ​the​ ​following​ ​dates:
● Determining​ ​central​ ​idea​ ​of​ ​texts​ ​and 1​st​​ ​Quarter:​ ​ ​September​ ​28
author's​ ​intent 2​nd​​ ​Quarter:​ ​ ​December​ ​7
● Writing​ ​argumentative,​ ​informative,​ ​and 3​rd​​ ​Quarter:​ ​ ​February​ ​26
narrative​ ​pieces 4​th​​ ​Quarter:​ ​ ​May​ ​8
● Utilizing​ ​appropriate​ ​grammar​ ​and
vocabulary Absences:
● Media/​ ​digital​ ​literacy If​ ​you​ ​are​ ​absent​ ​YOU​ ​will​ ​be​ ​responsible​ ​for
● Presentation​ ​skills picking​ ​up​ ​your​ ​absent​ ​work.​ ​You​ ​will​ ​find
● Critical​ ​thinking​ ​and​ ​analytical​ ​skills absent​ ​work​ ​in​ ​the​ ​folders​ ​on​ ​the​ ​ABSENT​ ​wall
● Teamwork​ ​and​ ​collaboration next​ ​to​ ​the​ ​classroom​ ​door.​ ​You​ ​will​ ​have​ ​the
same​ ​amount​ ​of​ ​days​ ​you​ ​were​ ​absent​ ​to Not​ ​Following​ ​Expectations​ ​Will
complete​ ​absent​ ​work.​ ​I​ ​will​ ​not​ ​hunt​ ​you​ ​down Result​ ​In:
for​ ​your​ ​work.​ ​ ​There​ ​will​ ​be​ ​a​ ​zero​ ​(0)​ ​ ​in​ ​the 1​st​​ ​Strike
grade​ ​book​ ​for​ ​the​ ​assignment​ ​until​ ​it​ ​is Verbal​ ​warning
turned​ ​in. 2nd​ ​Strike
Silent​ ​lunch​ ​and​ ​time​ ​out​ ​in​ ​a​ ​separate​ ​desk​ ​or
Late​ ​Work/Fixing​ ​a​ ​Test​ ​or​ ​Quiz: another​ ​teacher’s​ ​room
In​ ​order​ ​to​ ​get​ ​full-credit​ ​on​ ​assignments,​ ​all 3​rd​​ ​Strike
assignments​ ​must​ ​be​ ​turned​ ​in​ ​on​ ​time.​ ​Ten Parental​ ​contact
(10)​ ​points​ ​will​ ​be​ ​deducted​ ​each​ ​day​ ​an 4th​ ​Strike​​ ​Administrator​ ​referral​ ​and​ ​removal
assignment​ ​is​ ​late​ ​until​ ​after​ ​three​ ​(3)​ ​school from​ ​the​ ​classroom
days.​ ​I​ ​will​ ​NOT​ ​accept​ ​late​ ​work​ ​after​ ​three​ ​(3)
school​ ​days,​ ​unless​ ​discussed​ ​beforehand.​ ​ ​All Severe​ ​Clause​:​ ​ ​Any​ ​student​ ​who​ ​uses
assignments​ ​turned​ ​in​ ​must​ ​have​ ​name​​ ​(no profanity,​ ​fights,​ ​damages​ ​school​ ​property
name​ ​will​ ​be​ ​deducted​ ​20​ ​points)​,​ ​date, (this​ ​includes​ ​the​ ​property​ ​of​ ​the​ ​teacher
assignment​ ​title,​ ​and​ ​class​ ​period.​ ​If​ ​the​ ​late and​ ​other​ ​students),​ ​or​ ​is​ ​disrespectful​ ​(as
work​ ​has​ ​been​ ​previously​ ​discussed​ ​with​ ​Mrs. defined​ ​by​ ​the​ ​teacher)​ ​will​ ​be​ ​removed
Kievit,​ ​20%​ ​will​ ​be​ ​taken​ ​off​ ​the​ ​grade​ ​you from​ ​the​ ​classroom​ ​by​ ​administration
earned. IMMEDIATELY.

You​ ​will​ ​NOT​ ​be​ ​allowed​ ​to​ ​“fix”​ ​or​ ​“make-up” OTS:
any​ ​test​ ​or​ ​quiz​ ​you​ ​take​ ​in​ ​this​ ​class.​ ​The OTS​ ​will​ ​still​ ​be​ ​on​​ ​_______________
grade​ ​you​ ​earned​ ​is​ ​the​ ​grade​ ​you​ ​keep.​ ​You Students​ ​may​ ​not​ ​arrive​ ​any​ ​earlier​ ​than
will​ ​need​ ​to​ ​study​ ​in​ ​order​ ​to​ ​do​ ​well! 7:45am.​ ​Students​ ​may​ ​come​ ​to​ ​OTS​ ​for
tutoring,​ ​make​ ​up​ ​work/tests,​ ​etc.​ ​OTS​ ​is​ ​to​ ​be
Behavior​ ​Policy: taken​ ​seriously,​ ​therefore,​ ​if​ ​a​ ​student​ ​is​ ​not
Each​ ​child​ ​entering​ ​the​ ​classroom​ ​is​ ​expected behaving,​ ​he/she​ ​will​ ​be​ ​asked​ ​to​ ​leave.
to​ ​behave​ ​and​ ​perform​ ​in​ ​a​ ​positive​ ​and Students​ ​are​ ​responsible​ ​for​ ​taking​ ​an​ ​OTS
productive​ ​manner.​ ​ ​To​ ​ensure​ ​that​ ​this​ ​occurs, permission​ ​slip​ ​home​ ​to​ ​be​ ​signed​ ​by​ ​the
I​ ​have​ ​set​ ​in​ ​place​ ​a​ ​discipline​ ​policy​ ​that​ ​each parent/guardian​ ​in​ ​order​ ​to​ ​attend​ ​OTS.​ ​No
student​ ​will​ ​be​ ​aware​ ​of​ ​and​ ​is​ ​expected​ ​to slip,​ ​no​ ​OTS.
follow.
Communication:
Expectations: I​ ​have​ ​a​ ​class​ ​website:
1.​ ​ ​Follow​ ​all​ ​directions​ ​the​ ​first​ ​time​ ​they​ ​are nentruphjm.weebly.com​​ ​where​ ​I​ ​post
given. homework​ ​assignments,​ ​class​ ​info,​ ​resources,
2.​ ​ ​Be​ ​on​ ​time​ ​and​ ​prepared​ ​for​ ​each​ ​class. etc.​ ​If​ ​you​ ​have​ ​any​ ​questions​ ​about​ ​this​ ​class,
3.​ ​ ​Treat​ ​each​ ​person​ ​in​ ​this​ ​room​ ​with​ ​respect this​ ​would​ ​be​ ​a​ ​good​ ​place​ ​to​ ​start​ ​to​ ​find​ ​the
and​ ​dignity. answer.
4.​ ​ ​Keep​ ​all​ ​hands,​ ​feet,​ ​and​ ​objects​ ​to
yourself. I​ ​also​ ​use​ ​the​ ​Remind​ ​App​.​ ​Please​ ​sign​ ​up​ ​to
5.​ ​ ​Keep​ ​work​ ​area​ ​and​ ​floor​ ​space​ ​clean​ ​at​ ​all receive​ ​messages​ ​from​ ​me.​ ​These​ ​will​ ​be​ ​vital
times. messages​ ​about​ ​homework,​ ​tests,​ ​etc.​ ​This
service​ ​is​ ​a​ ​great​ ​way​ ​to​ ​stay​ ​in​ ​touch​ ​with
what​ ​is​ ​going​ ​on​ ​in​ ​the​ ​classroom.​ ​If​ ​you
download​ ​the​ ​app,​ ​you​ ​will​ ​have​ ​the​ ​ability​ ​to
send​ ​a​ ​message​ ​right​ ​to​ ​my​ ​phone​ ​if​ ​you​ ​have
a​ ​question​ ​regarding​ ​homework​ ​or​ ​studying.​ ​I
encourage​ ​both​ ​parents​ ​and​ ​students​ ​to​ ​sign my​ ​classroom​ ​website.​ ​Please​ ​do​ ​not​ ​hesitate
up​ ​for​ ​this​ ​service. to​ ​contact​ ​me.

To​ ​sign​ ​up,​ ​download​ ​the​ ​app​ ​and​ ​join​ ​my
class​ ​or​ ​text​ ​the​ ​message​ ​@mslnen​​ ​to​ ​the School​ ​phone:​​ ​(252)​ ​514-6450
number​ ​81010.
Email:
Email​ ​or​ ​the​ ​Remind​ ​App​ ​is​ ​the​ ​easiest​ ​and lura.nentrup​@cravenk12.org
fastest​ ​way​ ​to​ ​communicate​ ​with​ ​me,​ ​however, Website:​​ ​ ​nentruphjm.weebly.com
communication​ ​may​ ​be​ ​done​ ​by​ ​phone​ ​calls,
emails,​ ​notes/letters​ ​and/or​ ​conferences,​ ​and

Please​ ​sign​ ​and​ ​return​ ​this​ ​slip​ ​to​ ​Ms.​ ​Nentrup​ ​no​ ​later
than​ ​Thursday,​​ ​August​ ​31​st​,​ ​2017.​ ​This​ ​states​ ​you
have​ ​read​ ​and​ ​understand​ ​Ms.​ ​Nentrup’s​ ​classroom
policies​ ​and​ ​procedures​ ​and​ ​you​ ​know​ ​how​ ​to​ ​contact
her​ ​if​ ​needed.

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