Letter to Parents/Guardians
Welcome to Topeka High School! We have so much planned for your teenager this school year. As aligned with the state and local curriculum guides, your child has been enrolled in English 10 with me, Mrs. Thompson.
Your involvement is essential in order for students to gain the most from this class. Please, do not hesitate to e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call (785-295-3302) before or after school or during my plan time, which is 3rd hour. If I am unavailable, please leave a message, and I will try to return your call within 24 hours.
Classroom and Progress
Most of the school work will be done online. I will be using Google Classroom, which is a tool for teachers to administer, monitor, upload, and assess assignments. Only students enrolled in the coursework are eligible to see the work. It is also a way for you to oversee assignments online. If you wish to be added as a parent to Google Classroom, please send me an e-mail address. Powerschool will also be available to you in order to check your teenager’s progress.
If for some reason, you have any questions about your teenager’s progress, please contact me as soon as possible!
Textbooks and Novels
Class sets of textbooks are in my classroom and will stay in the classroom unless a student needs to sign one out to use for homework. If this happens, please make sure that the textbook stays clean and dry and returned within a three day period. If the student needs the textbook longer than three days, please contact me.
In Topeka Public Schools, we have what is called Book Club. Students will be given a choice each quarter, beginning with second quarter, for which book to read at their leisure. Book Clubs will be meeting up periodically.
There will also be novel studies each quarter. Students will need to keep up with readings during these times. If for some reason a novel is lost or has been damaged, contact me immediately. The novels are checked out for only a certain amount of time. Sometimes electronic copies are available for students. For each electronic copy for most novels, there is a fee of one dollar. Students are always welcome to purchase their own copies.
Late Work/Missing Work Policy
Please note on the syllabus under Late Work and Missing Work the following information:
1. Late work is accepted. However, each day the work is late, 10% of the total amount the assignment is worth will be deducted from the assignment grade. I do this because I want students to finish work with accuracy, but if not completed on time, just like if bills aren't paid on time, there will be a penalty. If an assignment is turned in after ten days, I will count it as collected, but that assignment will remain a zero. At the end of the quarter, if a student has all work turned into me, I will drop the two lowest grades.
2. Missing work will be accepted late, but late work penalties may apply. If students have excused absences, I will give a grace period of the amount the time the students have missed to make up work (see make up work below). If students do not have excused absences, late work penalties will apply.
3. Make-up work will be given for those who were absent on a day the assignment was given or due. Sometimes I will ask students to redo an assignment, which falls under the category of makeup work. If students are excused for absences, more time will be given for students to make up work with no late work penalties. However, if students do not have an excused absence, late work penalties will apply the following day I say the assignment is due, which is usually the day after the student arrives to class.
Please encourage your child to come to class and to use class time efficiently.
Overall, it is extremely important for students to attend class and turn work in on time. The student is responsible for seeing me about anything missed. I encourage students to check PowerSchool daily.
In closing, I am so excited to have your teenager as my student this year! I am looking forward to new thoughts, interpretations, perspectives, and ideas.
I look forward to working with you this year!
Ms. Shauna Thompson