Policies & Procedures

First Day of School Welcome Presentation:

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The supplies students are expected to have in class DAILY are: 2 blue or black ball point pens; 2 sharpened pencils; lined, 3-hole punched standard size white binder paper; student agenda; colored pencils; binder required by SKA (with folders) and a free reading book.  Inappropriate materials such as liquid white-out, permanent markers, nail polish, make-up, toys, inappropriate magazines, and electronic games will be confiscated.  Certain items may require a parent conference in order for their return. All books for class should be available as well. 


A letter grade or a checkmark and a number indicating points earned will appear at the top of properly completed work when it is returned. Work is expected to be completed ON TIME in an acceptable manner (neat, legible, directions followed, etc.). Work must be completed in blue or black ink, or typed.  No pencil is to be used unless specifically asked.  Students are to keep all work that has been returned to them in their portfolios. Graded/checked work can be used to study for tests, check for errors in grading & will be used during conferences.

Grading Policy:  Grades will be based exclusively upon the work (aligned with the Common Core State Standards) each student produces and their active participation in this class.  I do not give grades.  Students earn grades.  All work in this class is awarded on a point system. The more points a student earns, the higher the grade will be.  Points are cumulative from the beginning of the semester.  All work counts toward the final grade.  The following scale will be used:  




A   =  95% and above

A-  =  90  -  94%

B+ =  87  -  89%

B   =  84  -  86%

B-  =  80  -  83%

C+ =  77  -  79%

C   =  74  -  76%

C-  =  70  -  73%

F   =  69% and below

Participation     5%


Classwork     10%


Homework      10%


Assessments/Writing Assignments 75%



Assignment Heading

All work must have a properly completed heading when turned in. No abbreviations are used - first and last name must be used.  Work turned in with no name will be placed in the "no name" folder. It is considered LATE work and will earn no points.

Personal Achievement

Personal integrity is basic to all solid achievement. All students are expected to do their own work at all times. Be aware that any time a student is found copying work from another student or cheating, or has turned in work that has been copied/cheated on, BOTH the student who copied the work AND the student who provided the copied work will earn 0 points on the assignment, with no possibility of doing it over for credit.  Work copied directly from a reference book, computer source, or other media (without proper documentation) will also earn no credit. Consequences may include an after school detention and a lowered citizenship mark. 

Make-up Work from Absences & Turning in Work Late

MAKE-UP WORK is work turned in after the due date because of an excused absence.  Students should turn in assignment(s) as soon as possible when they return so that they do not get further behind.  Students have ONE (1) day for each day they were absent to makeup any missing work from when they were absent.  It is also each student’s responsibility to see me to schedule a test make-up.  Not making up a test could result in a failing grade.  A prolonged excused absence requires special arrangements regarding deadlines.  Students are responsible for seeing me about these arrangements.  Students who know they will be absent for other reasons should see Ms. Kaplan in advance of the absence in order to get and complete the work by the due date. Completion of make-up work is the responsibility of the student. MAKEUP WORK MUST BE COMPLETED WITHIN A GRADING PERIOD TO RECEIVE CREDIT. 

LATE WORK is never accepted. This includes work turned in after an unexcused absence and work that is in the "no-name" basket.

Communication Policy:

Parents/guardians and students are strongly encouraged to keep up-to-date on class assignments by reviewing their child's agenda every day.  Students should be writing down their homework every day and I will periodically review agendas when checking to see if assignments have been done.  Please make sure that your student completes all the assignments.   Email is the best way to contact Ms. Kaplan!  mkaplan@wearesynergy.org  You may also communicate with me through the Parent Portal!