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Intensive Reading Course Syllabus

2016-2017

Vanessa M. Valle
E-mail: mrsvalle@dadeschools.net

Class Website
http://vallereads.weebly.com/

Objective
The purpose of this course is to build on students' reading skills and further develop their ability to read and
write. In doing so, students will be challenged and actively engaged in lessons that will develop their ability to
successfully read and write grade level text independently. Instruction emphasizes reading comprehension,
writing fluency, and vocabulary study through the use of a variety of literary and informational texts
encompassing a broad range of text structures, genres, and levels of complexity.
Texts used for instruction focus on a wide range of topics, including content-area information, in order to
support students in meeting the knowledge demands of increasingly complex text. Students enrolled in the
course will engage in interactive text-based discussion, question generation, and research opportunities. They
will write in response to reading and cite evidence when answering text dependent questions orally and in
writing. The course provides extensive opportunities for students to collaborate with their peers. Scaffolding is
provided as necessary as students engage in reading and writing increasingly complex text and is removed as
the reading and writing abilities of students improve over time.
Grades, Attendance, & Make up Work
All work is expected to be submitted on the date that it is due at the beginning of class. Late work will ONLY
be accepted accompanied by an excused admit. Students with an excused admit will have the number of
excused days (not blocks) to submit make-up work.
One Exception: Since you know about major long-term projects in advance, you are expected to send your
work to school even if you are absent. If that is impossible, contact me and I will come by and pick up your
project. Additionally, if you are required to present as a group and you are absent on the day of the presentation,
you will not obtain credit due to insufficient evidence of participation.
Tardiness is disrespectful. Be on time. Please remember that you can never make up discussion we had when
you weren't here. Additionally, students will not be admitted unless they have a legitimate and official pass with
your name, date, time, signature, and reason for tardiness. Passes will not be returned; they will be filed and
documented.
Grading Scale:
4.0-3.5
3.4-2.5
2.4-1.5
1.4-1.0
0.9 and below

90%-100%
80%-89%
70%-79%
60%-69%
59% and below

A
B
C
D
F

Plagiarism or cheating of any kind will result in a zero.


Plagiarism Defined

Deliberate plagiarism is claiming, indicating, or implying that the ideas, sentences, or words of another
are ones own. It includes copying the work of another, or following the work of another as a guide to
ideas and expression that are then presented as ones own.
Accidental plagiarism is the improper handling of quotations and paraphrases without a deliberate
attempt to deceive. If the plagiarism is accidental, the student may correct and rewrite the paper, but will
be penalized a letter grade.

Hall Passes
No one will be issued a pass unless ABSOLUTELY necessary. Our instructional time is of utmost importance
and should be respected by all.
Classroom Rules
1. Respect All (NO profanity, touching of any kind, demeaning behavior, etc.)
2. Be on time and in your seat at the ringing of the bell.
3. Have a positive attitude!
4. Remain in your seats, unless indicated otherwise.
5. Have an open mind and be willing to learn new things.
Penalties
If you choose to break a rule, these steps will be followed:
1st offense
2nd offense
3rd offence
4th offense

Verbal Warning
Call Home
Parent-Teacher Conference
Referral

Extra Credit
If you complete the work assigned, you won't need extra credit. To provide a safety net -- just in case -- I will
post a list of approved extra credit works throughout the year. Extension activities, such as attending and
reviewing an approved play or movie, presenting a topic relevant to a class discussion, or attending enrichment
classes provided by the school are some of the extra credit opportunities that may be offered throughout the
year.
Supplies Needed
Jump or flash drive (may be used for other classes)
Highlighters (various colors)
Two blue or black ink pens
College Ruled Loose Leaf Paper
One two-pocket folder
One composition notebook
Mobile Device (district issued or personal)
Preparation of Assignments
Head your papers correctly (first and last name, period, date,
and assignment name in the upper right corner (if on loose
leaf).
Rough drafts may be in pencil, any color ink, front and back.
Regular assignments should be in blue or black ink, on the
front side of fresh white unfringed notebook paper.
All final drafts must be typed and formatted according to
MLA style.
Avoid receiving a zero because you violated a Taboo. If in
doubt, ask.

HIALEAH GARDENS HIGH SCHOOL NETIQUETTE POLICY


BE SAFE
Never unveil personal information, as such information should be kept private and unshared. Keep all
information such as name, passwords, contact information, school, city,
relatives, etc. to yourself and follow all netiquette policies. Note that all
information posted on the internet may be accessible even after having deleted
it.

BE KIND
Refrain from negativity and any sort of demeaning conversation. Always
maintain all communication positive and respectful. There should be absolutely
no use of profanity, sarcasm, or unkind comments that may lead to
misunderstandings.

BE RESPECTFUL
Because internet use in the school is for the sole purpose of school related assignments, all are expected
to follow the rules and expectations outlines in the Hialeah Gardens High School Student Handbook.
Please work on your files only and refrain from making any changes to any work that is not yours. In
being respectful, it is also asked that if the person using the computer prior to you has forgotten to log
off or left work open, you save the file and log them off.

BE PRODUCTIVE
Please keep in mind that all materials posted for the purpose of the class should be completed using
academic language. Acronyms and shortcuts used when text messaging are considered inappropriate and
unprofessional when completing assignments for school. Be mindful of your audience and purpose and
think twice prior to posting anything online.

HIALEAH GARDENS HIGH SCHOOL ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY


In complying with the Acceptable Use Policy for the Exploration and Utilization of the Internet as a Tool for
Learning, students of Hialeah Gardens High School are expected to familiarize themselves with the policy that
can be obtained at http://www.dadeschools.net/aup.htm and that of our school.
At Hialeah Gardens High School, every student will be issued a unique login and password. Students are to
abide by the following policies in order to maintain computer and internet privileges:

Students are not to share login information or allow others to sign in under their assigned username.
Login information is to be kept confidential at all times.
Students are not to sign in under anyone elses credentials.
Students are not to post or share materials that violate local, state, or federal laws. This includes, but is
not limited to copyright materials, threatening or obscene materials or materials protected by trade
secret.
Students are not to download programs, browsers, games, or materials not already installed on computer.
Students are not to download threatening or obscene materials, including but not limited to images,
videos, or any other inappropriate content.
Students are not to engage in internet chats.
Students may not utilize school computers to transmit messages from one computer to another or to any
other source.
Students are not to use a teacher work station or office computer at any time.
Any students who violates Miami-Dade County Public Schools Acceptable Use Policy or that of Hialeah
Gardens High School may be faced with the following consequences:
Loss of network privileges
Administrative consequences (Saturday detention, referral for suspension)
Legal Action
In addition to the aforementioned policies, any students found vandalizing any property of Miami-Dade County
Public Schools or that of Hialeah Gardens High School, including computers and any other equipment will be
held to the consequences listed above.

The above policies are governed by School Board Rule 6Gx13-6A-1.26; 6Gx13-1c-1.06; and the Code of
Student Conduct.

HIALEAH GARDENS HIGH SCHOOL TECHNOLOGY CODE OF CONDUCT


Hialeah Gardens High School fully encourages the use of computer technology to enhance daily classroom
instruction and to facilitate knowledge acquisition. All students are provided the option to either check out a
student tablet or bring their own device.
In the case that students choose to use a district provides a device, the device is and remains property of MiamiDade County Public Schools, as does any information stored on the device. Hialeah Gardens High School,
along with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, maintain full rights the device and network resources and grant
permission to __________________________ to use the technology according to the guidelines set forth in this
document.
PLEASE READ AND SIGN THE CODE OF CONDUCT BELOW:
I understand that during school hours (7:00 am to 2:30 pm), district- issued and personal devices are to be used
for educational purposes only. In accepting my privileges, I agree to the following conditions and understand
that violation of these rules will result in disciplinary measures:
Initials
_____ Electronic communication should be limited to activities that engage in academic acquisition and the
lessons presented, throughout instructional time. My personal use of electronic communication should
be limited to non-instructional time.
_____ Free time, during school hours, is to be used on productive school-related activities. The use of
electronics to watch videos or play games during school hours is forbidden, unless instructed to do so by
a teacher.
_____ I understand that for my safety and the safety of all I will respect the schools computer security settings
or visit blocked sites.
_____ If I happen to open a website that has no instructional value to the course content or assignments, I must
notify school personnel immediately.
_____ When not asked to use the computer for the purpose of the class, I will make sure the computer remains
off and stored in a safe location.
_____ I understand and respect the value of intellectual property rights and will refrain from downloading or
copying unauthorized copyright materials. In further respecting the integrity of the class, I will not
install or use programs from which I can share files with others in the class.
_____ I will afford my teachers and those presenting instructional materials my undivided attention by not
using technology to listen to music during the school day.
_____ I will focus on making the best of the work at hand to make the best of my learning experience and
knowledge acquisition.
_____ I accept and understand the rules and regulations of Hialeah Gardens High School, as outlined in the
Student Handbook, and those of Miami-Dade County Public School and recognize that they are
applicable to the use of technology.
In addition to the rules outlined, it is necessary that upon accepting the code of conduct all students are fully aware
that they are expected to return all electronic equipment in the same conditions in which they were issued. While
normal wear and tear will be considered, damages to checked out equipment will be subject to fines. Students
will be issued financial obligations for any items that require repairs or replacement.

All students should be granted the use of the mobile device while enrolled in Miami-Dade County Public
Schools.
The use of the mobile device shall be governed by the Acceptable Use Policy.
Mobile devices are to be utilized for educational purposes only.
Student and Parent shall be responsible for and furnish supplies required in connection with the mobile
devices. All supplies, including disks, and other storage media, shall meet the mobile device
manufactures applicable specifications.
Student and Parent may not make any alterations in or add attachments, hardware or software to the
mobile device without the express written permission from M-DCPS.
Student and Parent agree to immediately notify M-DCPS upon occurrence of any loss to, damage to, or
malfunctioning of any part of the mobile device for any reason.
The mobile device is and shall remain M-DCPS property.
Students right to use the mobile device will terminate and Student must return the mobile device to MDCPS if Student fails to perform any of his/her obligations under the Mobile Device Agreement.
No stickers or markings may be placed directly on the equipment.
Adapted from M-DCPS Digital Convergence Website located at
http://digital.dadeschools.net/pdfs/2015-16%20Mobile%20Device%20Agreement%20-%20English.pdf
Acknowledgment
STUDENT AND PARENT/GUARDIAN ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THEY HAVE READ THIS AGREEMENT, UNDERSTAND IT, AND AGREE TO BE BOUND
BY ITS TERMS AND CONDITIONS. STUDENT AND PARENT FURTHER AKNOWLEDGE THAT THIS AGREEMENT REPRESENTS THE COMPLETE
UNDERSTANDING AND AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE SCHOOL BOARD (M-DCPS) AND THE PARENT AND STUDENT WITH RESPECT TO THE
SUBJECT MATTER HEREOF. NO OTHER REPRESENTATIONS, STIPULATIONS, AGREEMENT, OR UNDERSTANDING, WHETHER ORAL OR IN
WRITING SHALL BE VALID OR UNFORCEABLE OR HAVE ANY BINDING EFFECT UNLESS CONTAINED IN THIS AGREEMENT. THIS AGREEMENT
MAY NOT BE CHANGED, AMENDED, OR MODIFIED WITHOUT THE EXPRESS WRITTEN APPROVAL OF THE SCHOOL BOARD (M-DCPS). ANY
CHANGE, MODIFICATION, OR AMENDMENT TO THIS AGREEMENT APPROVED BY THE SCHOOL BOARD MUST BE IN WRITING.

I have read and understand the terms and conditions of the foregoing Agreement, and agree to all of its terms and
conditions.
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Agreement End Date
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Students Signature

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Date

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Parent/Guardian Signature

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Date

Teacher Signature confirms receipt of properly signed documentation.

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Teacher Acceptance Signature

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Date