"GREAT EXPECTATIONS"

(An important message from your teacher)

Three is not a crowd! As we approach the new semester, I would like to be sure that there are three participants in the process of your education in my class: YOU, ME and YOUR PARENTS/GUARDIANS.

By working closely together we can make a great team. Let's communicate. Talk to me about any concerns connected with this class.

You can reach me:

1. . By email:c.jones@ecrchs.net

2. By calling the school and leaving a message. (818) 795-9500. My name is Caroline Jones

3. By appointment in person.

4. My website contains important information about the course and particularly the homework and assignments for the week. This will be listed cumulatively for the semester.

Parents, if students say they have no homework and you would like to be certain, go to the website. It also contains useful links for homework help. www.msjonesrules.com

Emphasis of the course: French 1

The course is arranged to include the students' multiple intelligences. It closely addresses the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the areas of Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons and Communities.

There will be an opportunity for the students to choose from activities which enhance their learning such as art work, musical or technological activities. Students will also use critical thinking skills on a daily basis as they put into effect the knowledge they are acquiring through the course.

Emphasis of the course: French 2

The course builds on the curriculum from French 1. The course is arranged to include the students' multiple intelligences. It closely addresses the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the areas of Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons and Communities.

There will be an opportunity for the students to choose from activities which enhance their learning such as art work, musical or technological activities. Students will also use critical thinking skills on a daily basis as they put into effect the knowledge they are acquiring through the course.

What I Expect. It's simple! Your very best!

Do all the work assigned, hand it in on time, prepare well for tests and you will succeed. All assignments and homework carry points. The points add up to give you your grade, therefore every piece of work you do is important to your grade. More important still is that every piece of work you do is intended to help you practice and learn. Many assignments carry points for simply doing the work as best you can, whether it is correct or not. This helps me to see if you are understanding. Late work is accepted for absence (the number of days you were absent). Otherwise it will not be accepted without a note from home.

To assess how you are doing I give weekly written tests and quizzes. I also give oral assignments and tests. Tests and quizzes are scored on how well you do. When you have notice of a test or quiz you need to spend time learning the work in order to do well. Parents, you can be a big help here. Help your child by pre-testing him/her at home so that weak spots will show up and can be strengthened before the test.

Grading system: 90-100%+ =A; 80-89% = B ; 70-79% = C; 60-69%= D; 0-59% = F

A word about behavior: You are now in High School, I expect you to be maturing in the area of behavior. In a foreign language class we all (yes, me too!) make mistakes. We have to be able to do that without ridicule. Therefore, I expect you to treat each other, and me, with respect. We have a multicultural community at El Camino, and we want to respect this diversity and show an openness to learn from others.

Cheating. I wish it were not necessary to bring this up, but I want you to know that I do enforce the school policy on this issue: if you cheat in a test you will score MINUS the number of points the test is worth. So if the test is worth 40, you will score -40. This also includes anyone providing answers to another student. I usually inform parents. The most distressing aspect about cheating is the breach of trust between us. I'm trying to assess your ability in a test so I can try to help you if you are struggling. The ultimate goal is to learn the language. If you cheat you are not reaching that goal. It's not worth it!

I expect, and enjoy, interaction between you in class. However, you must be committed to listening at the right times…..this means any time I am speaking! We only have 50 minutes together each day and it's too precious to waste.

Equipment which I expect you to have in class every day should include: the text book (which should be securely covered at all times), paper, a simple white board and dry erase marker (which I can supply for 85c or you can provide your own); and at least two colored pens. A section of your student folder should be devoted to this class and should provide space for vocabulary lists, grammar notes, the daily "pratique" or "práctica" and homework assignments.

I have discovered over time that poor attendance usually reflects on your grade. Please try hard to be in class every day and on time. Participation in class is an important part of your grade and is rewarded. You cannot participate if you are not there! Rewards! To encourage you to reach my expectations in behavior, I offer 20 extra credit points per semester. Everyone starts off with the 20 points. You will keep your points until the end of the semester unless I deduct points on a daily basis for any inappropriate behavior. This includes talking out of turn, chewing gum and not bringing materials to class. I also deduct points for bathroom visits, (unless I have word from the health office of a medical difficulty). In other words, you are free to use the hall pass, but you have to consider if it's worth losing 5 extra credit points per visit.

Each class is divided into "families" of about 4 people. Families earn points daily for homework being turned in, participation and various other reasons. At the end of each two weeks, the members of the winning family all get donuts. Every day as you do the pratique /práctica exercises or when you participate well in class I will reward you with tickets called "bravos". Each ticket is worth a participation point.

What you can expect : My very best.

Please approach me for help, before school, at brunch, at lunch, after school or by appointment. Don't forget to check out after-school tutoring if you need it.

Open communication. Talk to me about your concerns, just as I will certainly talk to you about mine!

Fairness. I try my best to deal with you fairly.

LET'S HAVE A GREAT YEAR!