Class Policies

Class Expectations
  • All students should show respect for others and contribute positively to the classroom environment.

Missing Work from Absences
  • When a student is absent from school, all homework must be made up within the same number of days as the days missed.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to contact his/her teachers on the day he/she returns, regardless of what color day. Students are strongly encouraged to email teachers to get missed work when out sick.

  • The Modern Language Association (MLA) format will be used when citing sources for formal assignments. The format is located on the Yarmouth High School website under Library/Media Website. Click on the “Citing Sources” link at the top.

Academic Honesty
  • All YHS students will adhere to the expectations outlined in the Academic Honesty Policy. Teachers will review this policy with students periodically throughout the year.

Computer Policies

  • Reminder:
    • Do a print preview before printing to double check the work.
    • Print double-sided if possible.
    • Print in black/white unless specified by the teacher.
    • Plan your time to avoid printing during advisor.

  • Laptops should be brought to class with a fully charged battery. Reminder, students need to come to school with a fully charged battery.
E-mail Etiquette
  • Students are expected to check their school email on a daily basis.
  • An e-mail to a teacher is a formal means of communication. Please use the following:
  • polite tone
  • appropriate subject line
  • correct grammar and mechanics
*If a student expects a response from an email, the email needs to be sent with an appropriate amount of time for the teacher to respond.

Cell Phones/Computers

Students are expected to store their phones (or other phone-like devices) in the designated area in the classroom at the beginning of class for the duration of the period (including breaks). If you are found using a phone during class, you will be sent to the office. We will use computers frequently in class, but there are times when computer use is not appropriate. These times will be determined by the teacher. Any student who is using a computer inappropriately will be given a warning followed by a more restrictive consequence if problems persist.

Refer to Clipper Computer Care Rules for all other rules.
Work Habits Rubric

Needs Improvement

  • Always follows directions and asks helpful clarifying questions if needed
  • Uses feedback constructively and demonstrates improvement
  • Always follows directions
  • Uses feedback constructively
  • Sometimes follows directions
  • Sometimes responds negatively to feedback or does not use it to improve
  • Frequently fails to follow directions
  • Often responds negatively to feedback or does not use it to improve

  • Self-starter: gets right to work
  • Politely asks questions or requests help if needed
  • Stays on task throughout time without needing any teacher intervention
  • Self-starter: gets right to work
  • Politely asks questions or requests help if needed
  • Stays on task most of time
  • Needs prompting to get started
  • Does not ask questions/seek help right away if needed
  • Is on task some of the time, but requires teacher interventions to get focused
  • Does not seek help when needed
  • Is often off-task and requires frequent teacher interventions

  • Always on time to class
  • Always brings required materials to class
  • Materials are organized for quick, easy access
  • Computer is always charged
  • On time to class most of the time
  • Brings required materials to class most of the time
  • Materials are mostly organized
  • Computer is charged most of the time
  • Sometimes late to class
  • Sometimes forgets required materials
  • Materials are sometimes disorganized such that time is wasted looking for things
  • Sometimes needs to get battery
  • Frequently late to class
  • Required materials are regularly missing
  • Materials are disorganized such that time is frequently wasted looking for things
  • Frequently needs to get battery

  • Often:
    • answers questions
    • asks relevant questions
    • actively contributes to class discussions
  • Always works cooperatively in groups and helps keep members on task
  • Most of the time:
    • answers questions
    • asks relevant questions
    • actively contributes to class discussions
  • Always works cooperatively in groups
  • Sometimes:
    • answers questions
    • asks relevant questions
    • contributes to class discussions
  • Works in groups but sometimes gets group off task or lets others do the work
  • Rarely:
    • answers questions
    • asks relevant questions
    • contributes to class discussions
  • Regularly impedes group progress by getting off task and not completing work do the work

  • Completes and hands in all assignments on time
  • All assignments completed and turned in, but one was late
  • All assignments completed and turned in, but two or more were late
  • Several assignments were not completed or were turned in late

Test Corrections Policy
If you write test corrections that meet the guidelines below, you will earn up to half the points you lost on a question. So, for example, if you you got a true/false wrong that was worth 1 point, a test correction could earn you up to 1/2 point back. You may do corrections on any test question you got wrong or for which you received partial credit. You do not have to do corrections for all questions, but you may if you choose. You must hand in your original test along with your corrections.

For each question you must:

  • Type out the question (number, question, correct answer)
  • Type out an explanation of the correct answer. (This is the hard part!) This should include specific, relevant elaboration - added detail to show thorough knowledge on the topic. For short answer type questions you should write a complete, correct response. If you got partial credit originally you may be able to use some or all of your original response and just add to it.
  • Cite the name of the class material (homework, reading, class notes, handouts, video notes, slideshow, etc.) as reference for where the correct information was found. It is not acceptable to cite online sources such as Wikipedia. The point is to use your texts and class notes to see how you could have read/studied more effectively the first time.
  • The corrections must be your own work, not a copy of someone else’s answers. (If two sets of revisions are the same, I won’t count either one.)

Example A - Multiple choice question - (would be same for true/false or matching)

1. __ Mummification in ancient Egypt was meant to:

A. preserve the body so it would not have to go on to the afterlife

B. prepare the body for its journey into the afterlife

C. preserve the body so the family could continue to spend time together even after one of its members was dead

D. keep bodies dry since they had no place to bury them

CORRECT ANSWER: B - prepare the body for its journey into the afterlife

  • The ancient Egyptians believed that when someone died, that person's soul left their body. They thought the soul would reunite with the body after it was buried, but in order to do so the body must be preserved. They developed a method of preserving bodies so they would remain lifelike. This process included embalming the bodies and wrapping them in strips of linen. Many Egyptians were buried with objects that would be needed in the afterlife, including every day and valuable objects.
  • SOURCE: Video notes, Ancient Egyptian burial practices

Example B (example of a short answer question)

5. In the chart at right, provide a brief explanation key individuals or group that were part of the social pyramid in ancient Egypt.

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  • Pharaoh should be at the top of the pyramid (I forgot to include this)
  • The most powerful person in ancient Egypt was a ruler known as a pharaoh. He or she was both the political and religious leader of the Egyptian people. As a political leader, the pharaoh was an all-powerful king or queen who owned land, collected taxes, and defended Egypt against attackers. As a religious leader, the pharaoh represented the gods on earth. He or she performed rituals and built temples to honor the many gods Egyptians worshipped.
  • SOURCE: Text reading, pp. 25-26 and lecture notes