Born and raised on a ranch in Indian Valley, ID
Have 2 older brothers: Harmon - Mechanical Engineer for INL and Charles - Soil Conservationist for USDA
Have 4 older sisters: Maggie, Helen, and Jane - Stay-at-home-moms and Sarah - Hobby Lobby Fabric Dept.
Have 7 Nephews: Jaxson, Rylan, Mckade, Noah, Hank, Sam, and Tyree
Have 5 Neices: Macie, Grace, Maddie, Lilly, and Kadence
Birthday : October 29
Love Cooking, Reading, Writing, Music, Road Trips, etc.
Graduated from Council High School, in Council, ID
Graduated from Brigham Young University - Idaho in Rexburg, ID with a Bachelor's of Science in English and History Education
Student taught at Skyview High School in Nampa, ID
Currently teach at Twin Falls High School in Twin Falls, ID
Class Description: We will be reading a variety or literary texts, analyzing literary elements, completing projects, and writing assignments in various formats. We will also be doing daily grammar. Students are expected to come to class prepared with completed homework assignments and the required materials (notebook, pens/pencils, and highlighters) and work hard.
Grading: 70% of the grade will be major assignments (essays, tests, and projects). 30% of the grade will be daily assignments (class activities, reading, daily grammar, journals, and quizzes).
*Scale – A– 100% - 90%, B- 89% - 80%, C- 79% - 70%, D- 69% - 60%, F- below 60%
Assignments: Students will be assigned the following assignments:
Quarter 1: Grammar, personal paragraphs, literary elements, short stories,and a narrative essay.
Quarter 2: Grammar, mythology notes, epic hero/archetype cycle, mythology, and hero project.
Quarter 3: Grammar, novel background, novel reading/journal, quizzes, test, film, and research paper.
Quarter 4: Grammar, medieval times background, Shakespeare background, play reading/journal/quizzes, test, project.
*The teacher reserves the right to change any assignment.
Late Work Policy: Students are expected to complete and turn in their assignments ON TIME. Penalties for late work will vary depending on the assignment. If assignments are turned in without names they will go on the “Lost and Found” board for one week and will be thrown away if still unclaimed. Nameless assignments can be claimed, labeled and turned into the basket at any time. Redo’s and time extensions on assignments are available at the teacher’s prerogative.
Tardy Policy: Students who come to class late will be marked tardy unless they have a note/email excusing them.
Bathroom/Drink Policy: If a student exits the classroom to use the bathroom or get a drink and are gone longer than 3 – 5 minutes they will lose their bathroom/drink privileges at the teacher’s prerogative.
Cell Phone Policy: All electronic devices are to be turned off or put on silent and are to be kept in the students pocket or book bag. The first time it goes off in class, the student will get a warning. If they student keeps leaving it out/on the teacher will keep the cell phone until the end of class. If this occurs more than twice a week, the student’s parents must come to the front office to pick up the cell phone.
Classroom Behavior: Students are expected to show respect for themselves, their fellow classmates, and the teacher. Inappropriate language and actions will not be tolerated. Hats and hoods are not to be worn in the class room.
Course Description: This course is required for all incoming freshmen and focused on helping students prepare for high school and post-high school experiences. Students will examine learning styles, personal and social development, and career/life skills. This course will also set a foundation for doing research and preparing for the senior project.
Instructional Philosophy: Regular and punctual attendance is very important in this class. Absences, lack of participation, and/or preparedness may affect your final grade. Good conduct is expected, and each person is to be treated with respect.
Classroom Policy: My classroom will be governed by respect. Any behavior which disrupts the learning environment is NOT acceptable. Students will show respect for themselves, their fellow classmates, and the teacher. Inappropriate language and actions will not be tolerated.
Other: Students are expected to be seated in their assigned seats when the bell rings, with all necessary supplies, prepared to work (notebook and pens/pencils), Students will be productive at ALL times in class whether working individually or in groups, Students will respect one another’s ideas, feelings, and property, Cheating will NOT be tolerated. If a student is caught cheating, they will receive a zero on the assignment without an opportunity to redo it and referred to an administrator.
Major Course Projects and Assignments: Career Exploration Assessments, Electronic Portfolio of Major Components, Developing personal, social and life skills to investigate career options, High School Literacy Skills, Applying technical reading and writing skills while producing a research paper,
*All class components and skills are incorporated throughout the year.
Homework: Students are expected to complete and turn in their assignments ON TIME. Penalties for late work will vary depending on the assignment. If assignments are turned in without names they will go on the “wailing wall” for one week and will be thrown away if unclaimed. Nameless assignments can be claimed, labeled and turned into the basket at any time. Redo’s and time extensions on assignments are available at the teacher’s prerogative.
Required Materials: Notebook/binder, Pens (Not Highlighter Yellow) or pencils,
Components of the Grade:
- Tests and Project - 70%: 7 Habits Study, Research Paper, CIS 4-Year Plan and E-Portfolio, Achieve 3000 Level Set/Interim/Summative Assessments,
- Daily Work- 30% : Achieve 3000 Article Activities, Daily Reading, Daily Writing
Grading Rubrics: A = 100 - 90 complete assignments on time / demonstrate exceptional effort and attention to detail, B = 89 - 80 complete assignments on time / follow instructions with acceptable effort and detail, C = 79 - 70 complete assignments on time / demonstrate moderate effort, D = 69 - 60 assignments are below quality, F = 59 – and below / assignments are not completed / well below quality
Opportunities for Extra Help: My door is always open for any student needing or wanting additional help. I am available before school around 7:15 and after school Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Students can also come in for help during lunch and advisory. Due to meetings and other obligations, it is always advisable to make prior arrangements for the convenience of both student and teacher.
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