Monthly Archives: October 2013

First Quarter

The first quarter of the school year is completed, in the bag, done.  We had a staff meeting last week and were told that we only had a few weeks until our Thanksgiving holiday. It was nice to hear; however, we will have work to accomplish before some time with family.  I find that some of my clients’ true colors and personalities have surfaced. I redirect those who need redirection, and I praise those who need praise.  Last week, I put a sticker on the workbooks of students who were reading quietly after finishing their assignment as asked.  It was lovely.  I did not have to say anything to any of my students who prefer to “rock the boat” in class. They conformed to my simple request; we all left class that day in good spirits.

We have an anti-bullying initiative in place called Olweus (it’s Norwegian and the “w” has a “v” sound).  Our students are divided into randomly-selected groups, and we hold class meetings once a month to discuss bullying situations and how to respond when they occur.  I remember that feeling of being picked on all too well.  It made me angry that other people could talk to me rudely and treat me poorly.  As a result, I react strongly when a student puts another student down in my presence. I guess I am defending myself to my tormentors after all of these years.  When you criticize someone or laugh at his answer (given sincerely but wrong and NOT for a laugh), expect the “evil eye” and do not dare make a disparaging remark under your breath. I hear those cutting, mocking words, and the claws of Mama Tiger become unsheathed. It is a righteous anger and not easily abated once unleashed. You have been warned.

More anon.

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ABCs of Mrs. J’s Classroom (S-T) Sorry, no Zs.

Strikes Policy

(This is the name given to infractions committed by students)

  • You will accrue strikes for the grading period.
  • First strike- warning from teacher, sign the log
  • Second strike- parent contact from teacher, sign the log
  • Third and subsequent strike – C-hall assignment, parent contact, and office discipline

Substitute Policy

  • If I am ever absent, I expect you to treat the substitute as a guest in our home.
  • You will use your name placards to help the substitute learn your names.
  • If your name is given for anything other than absence, excused tardy, illness, or early dismissal note from front office, then you will receive an automatic C-hall.

Supplies Policy

  • Mrs. Johnson does not supply students with writing instruments, paper, or books.  When you run out of notebook paper, please buy a new package.  This also applies to pens and pencils.
  • Students are to check the “Supplies Needed” posted each day and bring daily supplies.
  • Students are to bring incidental supplies to class. (Ruled note cards, highlighters, map pencils, and/or markers as requested by teacher)

Tardy Policy

  • To be counted on time, you must have your backside connected to your assigned seat.
  • You are not sharpening a pencil, getting a drink at the fountain, or in the bathroom.
  • You must have your supplies with you in class.
  • You are completing the initial assignment.
  • You have a note excusing your tardiness from the front office, school nurse, counselor, librarian, or teacher.

Tutoring Policy

  • Mrs. Johnson is available each morning at 7:55 A.M. unless she is attending a meeting.  She is available after school daily until 4:05 P.M. unless she is attending a meeting.
  • Please let Mrs. Johnson know in advance during school hours between classes if you will be attending.
  • Make prior arrangements with your parents regarding your ride home from school.
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ABCs of Mrs. J’s Classroom (M-R)

Mandatory Tutoring Policy

  • If you receive a notice about mandatory tutoring for my class, you must attend each session until the end of the grading period or teacher dismissal.
  • Be here at 7:55 A.M. on your assigned morning, or it will become a C-hall.


Novels Policy

  • Pre -AP students are expected to have a copy of the novels we read during the school year.
  • It is recommended that on-level students have a personal copy for annotation.


Papers Policy

  •  Papers must follow heading guidelines given by Mrs. Johnson.
  • Writing must be original.
  • Essays will be either typed or handwritten for final copies.
  • Final copies are printed before due date.  Use the computer integration lab or the library computer lab to print.  There are no eleventh-hour jump drive rescues.


Personal Emergency Policy

  • I handle each emergency on a case-by-case basis.
  • Raise your hand to get my attention.
  • Please tell me the nature of your emergency.  I cannot evaluate a problem if you do not let me know what is happening.

Retake Policy

  • If you score below eighty-five percent on a major test, you are eligible for a retake.
  • Attend correction tutorial for retake test.  Have your original test signed by your parent.
  • Attend retake tutorial with Mrs. Johnson or another ILA teacher if Mrs. Johnson is unavailable due to duty assignment, illness, or a prior appointment.
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ABCs of Mrs. J’s Classroom (E-H)


  • I handle each emergency on a case-by-case basis.
  • Raise your hand to get my attention.
  • Please tell me the nature of your emergency.  I cannot evaluate a problem if you do not let me know what is happening.

Grade Policy

  • Mrs. Johnson posts your grades to Home Access Center (HAC) at least once per week.
  • Mrs. Johnson grades and returns papers in a timely manner.
  • During class is not the appropriate time to discuss a grade.
  • Please speak to me after class ends or after school.
  • Major grades are fifty percent, minor grades are thirty percent, and daily grades are twenty percent in the grading system.

Homework Policy

  •  You will have homework at least twice a week for my class.
  • Your homework is due the next class day in most cases.
  • Failure to turn in your homework and/or have it in class will result in a late grade.
  • Check the homework folder when you are absent so that you can keep up with your studies.
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