Oliver Wendell Holmes Middle School

Welcome to Mrs. Green's Classroom

Welcome to Mrs. Green's home web page!   Students, welcome back to school!  I look forward to working with each and every one of you this year. 
 
ENGLISH CLASSES: Please refer to individual class pages (scroll all the way down, then click on class) to find a printable course syllabus and my letter explaining the Accelerated Reader program.   Check the web page for your class weekly for long-term homework assignments and other updates.
 
SINGING WORKSHOP/GENERAL MUSIC CLASS:  Please refer to your class web page to find a printable course syllabus.  (Scroll all the way down, then click on the class.)  Please check this web page regularly for updates and assignments.  SINGERS SHOWCASE CONCERT for SINGING WORKSHOP CLASS WILL BE THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 6:00-7:30 IN MACKENZIE HALL.
 
**TO FIND CLASSES, SCROLL ALL THE WAY DOWN, THEN CLICK ON DESIRED CLASS.
 
Course Syllabuses:
 

ENGLISH 8 & HONORS ENGLISH 8 COURSE SYLLABUS                 2017-2018

 

Instructor:            Mrs. Green, Room 216, e-mail dag3545@lausd.net, web pages at www.holmesms.org

 

I am pleased to have each one of you in my class and look forward to working with you this year.  This course will provide you an opportunity to sharpen your reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills while exploring literary non-fiction and fiction texts.

 

MRS. GREEN’S WEB PAGES

 

Please subscribe to my web pages on the Holmes website, www.holmesms.org.   Please check my web pages weekly for updates and assignments.

 

CALIFORNIA STANDARDS

 

Specific Common Core Standards for reading, writing, listening and speaking in English will be addressed and incorporated in this course.

 

COURSE CONTENT

 

This course incorporates Common Core State Standards for reading, writing, listening and speaking in English.  Students will develop skills in reading comprehension and literary analysis through the study of non-fiction, short stories, poetry, and drama.  Students will develop research skills and write persuasive, expository, and analytical compositions.  Additionally, students will complete various creative, literature-  and research-based projects.  Students will participate in the Accelerated Reader technology-supported, independent reading program.    This course will also focus on building vocabulary and refining language skills.

TEXT:      California Collections Grade 8

 

HOW STUDENTS WILL BE EVALUATED.  (Please refer to LAUSD Criteria for Marks in the Student Handbook.)

 

Grades will be calculated on a point system

A     90-100%                                                C     70-79%                           F     59% and below

B      80-89%                                                 D     60-69%

 

Assessments will be in the form of special projects, writing assignments, exams, quizzes, exit tickets, and oral presentations. All assessments will receive points and count toward the academic grade.

 

Completion of all in-class assignments, homework, projects, and assessments will count toward the Work Habits grade. Some in-class assignments and homework will count toward the academic grade.  However, some assignments will count only toward the Work Habits grade. Both the number of missing assignments and the point value of any missing assignments will be considered when calculating the Work Habits grade.

 

HOMEWORK

 

Students should read their “AR” outside reading books every night for homework.  Students must read for at least 30 minutes, Monday through Friday.  Students will need to take one “AR” test before the end of each five-week grading period.  In addition, please subscribe to my web pages at www.holmesms.org and check my we bpages often for postings of long-term homework assignments.  Additional daily homework may be assigned.

 

MAKE-UP WORK

 1.  After an excused absence, it is very important that you make up work done in class while you were absent.

 2.  You will have 1 day for each day absent to turn in missed assignments.

 3.  Write “ABSENT” on top of work you are turning in late due to absence.

 4.  You are responsible for arranging to make up tests and quizzes after an absence. Arrange to make these up within one week’s time.

 5.   There will be no make-up tests or assignments for unexcused absences.

 

LATE WORK

 

NO late assignments will be accepted unless due to an excused absence or emergency.

 

EXTRA-CREDIT TICKETS

You will receive extra-credit tickets at the beginning of the semester.  When you leave the classroom in order to visit the restroom or go to your locker, you will present a ticket.  Every time you are tardy, you will lose a ticket.  Turn your tickets in at the end of the semester for extra-credit points.

 

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

 1.  Be RESPECTFUL of your classmates, your teacher, and yourself. Be respectful of school property.

 2.  Come PREPARED for success. Bring necessary materials to class:

     * Textbook (when requested)

* Outside reading book

* Lined notebook paper

* Pencil

* Pen (blue or black ink only)

*Highlighter(s)

 

  1.  Be PROMPT.  Come to class on time, ready to learn, with homework assignments completed.  Students must be in their assigned seats when the bell rings; otherwise, they are considered tardy.  Three (3)  tardies in a 5-week grading period will result in a “U” in Work Habits.  Students will lose an extra-credit ticket for each tardy.
  2. Be FULLY PRESENT. During class, focus on the activities and learning involved in this class.  Avoid doing homework for other classes.  Remain alert and attentive.
  3. Maintain academic integrity at all times. Students are expected to do their own work on all assignments. Some examples of academic honesty violations are:  talking during an exam, using unauthorized notes or electronic devices during an exam, “wandering eyes” during an exam, and plagiarizing.  Plagiarism involves utilizing material from a book, Internet source, or other writer and presenting it as one’s own, without properly citing sources.  Students who copy another’s work, allow another person to do their work for them, allow someone to copy their work, or use ideas from another source without acknowledging the source will receive a zero on the assignment and a “U” in Work Habits on their next report card.
  4. Use respectful, clean language. 
  5. No food, gum, or drinks (except water) are allowed in class. Eating or chewing gum in class will result in an automatic “U” in Cooperation on the next report card.
  6. No use of electronic devices is allowed in class.  Electronic devices should be turned off and kept out of sight at all times.  Devices being used or displayed inappropriately will be subject to confiscation.
  7. You should bring your Accelerated Reader “AR” outside reading book to class every day so that you may read if you finish your work early.

PROPER HEADING FOR CLASS ASSIGNMENTS

 

Students are required to write the following heading in the upper left-hand corner of their assignments:

                                                                                                First name and last name   

                                                                                                Period

                                                                                                Date

 

Students will lose points on any assignments with a missing or incorrect heading.  Students who turn in papers with no name or an illegible name will not receive credit for the assignment.

 

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SINGING WORKSHOP (GENERAL MUSIC) COURSE SYLLABUS        2017-2018


Instructor:    Mrs. Green, Room 216, e-mail dag3545@lausd.net, web pages at www.holmesms.org


I am pleased to have each one of you in my class and look forward to working with you this year.  I have a deep passion for music and education, and I am enthusiastic about guiding my music students on the path towards realizing their musical potential.


COURSE DESCRIPTION


Singing Workshop is a very special year-long class where students will learn how to sing to their full potential.  Every human being has a voice, which is a built-in instrument.  In Singing Workshop you will learn how to use your WHOLE BODY as your instrument.  Students will develop their talent as singers through strengthening their voice and developing techniques to improve breath control, pitch accuracy, tone, and resonance.  In Singing Workshop, students will perform solos, duets, and group numbers in a concert  setting.  Students will increase their confidence, develop stage presence, and learn proper microphone technique.


STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES


  1. Be RESPECTFUL of your classmates, your teacher, and yourself.  Be respectful of school property.

  1. Come PREPARED for success.  Bring necessary materials to class:  sheet music, lyrics sheets, instrumental and vocal tracks, pencil, pen.

  1.    Be PROMPT.  Come to class on time, ready to learn, with homework assignments completed.  Students must be in their assigned seats when the bell rings; otherwise, they are considered tardy.  Three (3) tardies in a 5-week grading period will result in a “U” in Work Habits.  Students will lose an extra-credit ticket for each tardy.

  1. Be FULLY PRESENT.  During class, focus on the activities and learning involved in this class.  Avoid doing homework for other classes.  Remain alert and attentive.  

 

  1. Use respectful, clean language.  

  1. No food, gum, or drinks (except water) are allowed in class.  Eating or chewing gum in class will result in an automatic “U” in Cooperation on the next report card.

  1.    Electronic devices may be used for class purposes only.

HOMEWORK


Students are expected to practice vocal exercises and songs they are working on for at least 20 minutes a day.  Students will complete weekly practice logs and have parents sign them.  Practicing does wonders to help us grow as artists!


PERFORMANCES


Singing Workshop members are required to perform in the Fall and Spring Singers Showcase concerts held at Holmes Middle School.   These performances are like final exams and CANNOT BE MADE UP.  Concerts provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate their talent and performance skills while interacting positively with others.  Students are also expected to participate in other scheduled performances.

 
PERFORMANCE ATTIRE

    LADIES may wear:

  • Dressy blouses.  No strapless tops, spaghetti straps, backless tops, revealing necklines, halter tops, crop tops or logos.
  • Dressy pants (no jeans, shorts or tights of any kind).
  • Dresses or skirts.  The hemline may not be higher than 2 inches above the knee.  No strapless, spaghetti-strap, backless, halter, crop-top, revealing or sheer dresses.  No logos.
  • Closed toe shoes: heels no higher than 3 inches

    GENTLEMEN may wear:

  • Slacks (no jeans of any kind; no baggy/oversized pants; no frayed hems or holes).
  • Collared shirts (no T-shirts or shirts with logos). Shirts should be tucked into pants.

STUDENTS MAY NOT WEAR HATS, CHAINS, OR LARGE ITEMS OVER THEIR CLOTHES, i.e., large pieces of jewelry, leis, sashes, buttons, etc.

HOW STUDENTS WILL BE EVALUATED  (Please refer to LAUSD Criteria for Marks in the Student Handbook.)


Grades will be calculated on a point system, according to the following scale:

A    90-100%            C     70-79%        F     59% and below

B    80-89%              D     60-69%


CRITERIA FOR EVALUATION:

 Daily in-class participation:
  1. listening and remaining quiet during instruction or performances of others
  2. preparedness
  3. positive and supportive attitude; conduct appropriate to a learning/working artists’ environment
  4. singing with your group(s)

  1.  Knowledge (memorization) of lyrics and music for selected songs

  1.  Consistent and continuous effort in class and in the development of one’s voice

  1.  Attendance and participation in Fall and Spring Singers Showcase concerts and other performances associated    with this class; arriving at call time; staying at the concerts throughout their duration

  1.  Concert Showmanship

  1.  Satisfactory progress in musical and vocal ability

  1.  Completion of practice logs

PARENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO:


  1.  Encourage their student to do his/her best.
  2.  Monitor practicing.  Students do not improve by avoiding skills and concepts that are challenging.
  3.  Keep interruptions, such as siblings, and distractions, such as the phone, to a minimum during practice time.
  4.  Praise your student.  Live music is not, and never will be, perfect.
  5.  Attend Singer Showcase performances.  This lets your child know that what he/she is doing is important.


 

PLEASE COMPLETE AND RETURN THIS PAGE.  THANK YOU.  

 

 


         

I have read this syllabus and understand the expectations and responsibilities which it outlines.  I will do my best to contribute to a positive learning environment in this class.

 



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Student’s Name                                                  Student’s Signature                                         Period


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Parent’s Name                                                      Parent’s Signature


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Daytime Phone Number           Parent’s E-mail                         Best way to contact (phone/e-mail)   







 

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