English Language Arts 2017-2018                                 

 Stafford Middle School


Ms. Hill 

Rm 721                                                                                        

School Phone: 281-261-9215

Course Objective

The objective of this course is to explore fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and various media formats while enhancing the student’s abilities as specified in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. Specifically, we will focus on improving the student’s abilities in reading, writing, listening and speaking. Additionally, the course will prepare students to acquire the necessary skills to succeed in upper grade levels and beyond.


Supplies Needed

4 Composition notebooks for ELAR (No spirals) Required  

6 blue pens

6 black pens

6 red pens

48 #2 pencils

24 pencil top erasers

10 glue sticks

1 pack of construction paper

1 pack of multi-colored highlighters

1 pack of multi-colored markers

1 pack of colored pencils

1 roll of duct tape (any color)

1 pair of earbuds

1 40 oz. hand sanitizer

2 containers of disinfectant wipes

6 boxes of tissue

1 pocket dictionary

1 pocket thesaurus


Class Policies


  1. Be on time. SPARTANS are punctual.
  2. Be prepared with all classroom materials. SPARTANS are resourceful.
  3. Be problem solver. SPARTANS are independent and active learners.
  4. Be respectful. SPARTANS respect teachers, peers, school property, and self.
  5. Be goal oriented. SPARTANS know their purpose for being here.


Classroom Expectations

  1. Follow directions the first time they are given.
  2. Stay seated unless you have permission to get up.
  3. Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself.
  4. Refrain from using profanity, bullying, or insulting others.



The first time a student fails to meet a classroom expectation he/she will be given a verbal redirection. The second time a student fails to meet a classroom expectation he/she will receive a written referral to the office, and a phone call to their parent or guardian.



The six weeks and semester grades will be determined based on these percentages:

                                    60% Major Grades Tests, projects, Writing, Independent Reading AR

                                    40% Minor Grades Class Work, Homework, Compass Learning, Reading Log

                                    Extra Credit will not replace a missing assignment


Students should expect at least one major assessment, a formal essay, and a project or presentation each six weeks. Students will also need computer access from home to complete online assignments. No late work will be accepted for full credit. Major assignments are due on the assigned date even when you are absent. You may either turn in the assignment early or have a friend or parent deliver the assignment in your absence. Ten points will be deducted from major assignments up to five days, with a maximum grade of 50.


Academic Integrity

Students are expected to maintain the highest level of academic integrity. Any student who chooses to engage in activities such as cheating, plagiarizing, copying the work of another student, or unauthorized communication during an exam, shall be subject to disciplinary action as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct and denied credit for the assignment.


Daily Requirements

All students must bring their novel (excluding the novels in our classroom libraries), assignments, handouts, and supplies unless otherwise instructed to class daily. Students may not share books or other materials with another student. If a student is tardy, he/she will be subject to the tardy policy specified in the Student Code of Conduct.



Students will have multiple opportunities to visit our school library to check out books. However, we strongly encourage students to visit their local library for more exposure and variety. Students are responsible for turning their library books in by their due date to avoid being prohibited from checking out additional books. Students may not return or check out books during instructional time unless a


library day has been scheduled by Ms. Hill. However, they are encouraged to return books before school, during lunch, or after school.


AR Quizzes

All students are expected to read for a minimum of 60 minutes each night. Reading logs should be completed and submitted every Monday. Once a student finishes a book, they should notify Ms. Hill, and take an AR quiz over their book in class. Students will not be allowed to use the book while taking the AR quiz, and their quiz grade must be 80% or higher to receive credit.



It is essential for students to attend class daily. If a student is unable to attend class, he/she is responsible for any work that is completed during his/her absence. It is the responsibility of the student to inquire with Ms. Hill about what work they missed while they were absent.


Tutorials, Make-Up Work, and Re-Testing

Students can schedule a time to attend tutorials and complete make-up work. If a student is not able to attend tutorials after school, he/she should schedule a different time to meet with Ms. Hill. Tutorial times are from 7:00- 7:20 Tuesday and Thursday morning.


Re-Test Policy

If a student scores below 70% on select assessments, he/she will have the opportunity to re-test. However, it is the responsibility of the student to communicate to Ms. Hill that they wish to do so within 5 days from the date the assessment was given.


Questions and Concerns:

If you wish to speak with Ms. Hill regarding your child, please e-mail her to schedule a phone call or conference. Please refrain from calling during instructional time to maintain the privacy and confidentiality of your child.


Class observation:

If you wish to observe class for any reason, please communicate your request to Ms. Hill via e-mail. To visit the classroom, you must clear the background check, and receive a visitor pass from the main office.













Student and Parent/Guardian Acknowledgment of Understanding


Student’s Name: ________________________________________


I have read and understand the procedures and expectations addressed in the attached document, and I agree to follow these procedures and expectations during my time as Ms.Hill student.


Student Signature: _________________________________________________


Parent’s or Guardian’s Name: ____________________________________________________


I have read and understand the procedures and expectations addressed in the attached document. I agree to help my child follow these procedures and expectations during his/her time as one of Ms. Hill’s students.


Parent or Guardian Signature: ___________________________________________



Parent or Guardian Contact Information: ________________________________________