Reading 8th Pre AP

 Dear Student,


            Welcome to another school year!  I hope you have enjoyed your summer because it’s time to get back to work.  This class requires diligent work and attention throughout the year.  The class concentrates on the areas of reading, writing, vocabulary and literature.  Much of the work done in class requires that you participate actively in completing projects, sharing ideas and demonstrating mastery of content using your creativity.  Many of the projects assigned require oral presentations, so you may expect numerous opportunities to dazzle your classmates and instructor.


Required Materials:

**        (2) highlighters   (new one each semester)

**        ball point pens (blue or black ink only)

**        (2) boxes of 10 count  #2 pencils

**        a pack of 10 fine tipped markers (grading and

            note taking.)

**        1 box of facial tissue

**        (1) composition book (wide ruled)

**        loose wide ruled notebook paper (PLENTY)

**        4 paper folders (any color) with prongs

**        poster board (1/2 sheet size) when needed

**        a set of inexpensive ear buds or ear phones

**        USB/ Flash Drive storage device (memory stick)

**        BYOD Bring Your Own Device (tablet, smart phone, (recommended))

**        Gone With the Wind personal copy

-may be purchased as a hard copy or electronic, or checked out from a library if available.





            During the school year, other materials may be necessary when working on special projects.  Markers, map colors and poster boards are just some of the extra materials that may be requested from the student.  I will always give the student sufficient notice to attain the materials.





Grading Policy:  Grading will be done on a 60% tests and 40% daily work scale.

TESTS-60% = Novel tests, Accelerated Reader, 9 weeks Reading Plus average, special projects, vocabulary projects, and oral presentations

  • District Assessment grades may be added if they improve the individual student’s average.

ASSIGNMENTS-40% = daily warm-ups, reading plus weekly grade, daily work, homework, quizzes, class participation


Accelerated Reader Testing:

All students will be required to participate in the Accelerated Reader program.  Grading for each nine weeks will be as follows:       


** Students will be required to read a book that has a point value of 6 or above and take the corresponding Accelerated Reader’s test by the 6th week of each nine weeks.  The test grade obtained will be counted as a test grade for the nine weeks.


Reading Plus is an online program designed to fit each student’s individual needs. 

Daily Grade: Students will be required to complete a minimum of 3 reading passages and 2 vocabulary practices per week for a daily work grade.  An average of the work completed will be given as a daily work grade. 

Major Work Grade will be taken from the average of all the work for each nine weeks.  It is important to take each login seriously as it affects your average. 


**Students will have occasional access to computers in class.  However, if they do not complete the assignment during the time provided, they must find access to a computer in the library, during available school tutorial, or at home on a weekly basis.


Homework Policy:

Homework assignments are due when specified and turned in neatly. Late work will not be accepted for any reason. Make-up work will only be allowed for excused absences.

** We will adhere to the district policy.  Students will only be allowed to turn in missed assignments for an excused absence. 


Makeup Work/Tests:

It is the student’s responsibility to ask for any makeup work due to an absence.  Makeup work requests can be made before school, during lunch, or after school. NOT DURING CLASS.  Sufficient time to make up the work will be given in accordance to the number of days a student was absent.  If the student is absent on a known test day, the student will be required to take the test on the day he/she returns.








Discipline Plan



  In order to guarantee the excellent learning climate each student deserves, I am utilizing the following Discipline Plan.


My philosophy:  I believe all my students can behave appropriately in my classroom.  I will tolerate no student interfering with my teaching or any students from learning.


My class expectations are that each student should:

  • Come to class prepared to work and on time
  • Respect themselves and others
  • Participate in group activities such as discussions, projects and oral presentations
  • Try their very best!


    Consequences will be issued based on the situation

  • Verbal/Non-verbal Warning
  • Teacher/Student conference
  • Phone call to parents
  • Staffing
  • Discipline referral
  • Lunch Detention/ISS/Suspension


Praise, bonus points, positive phone call, and special privileges and responsibilities.


It is in your best interest that we work together in relationship to your education.  I will be in contact with parents regarding your progress in my classroom.  Every three weeks each student will take home a progress report with a grade on it.  That grade is an overall nine weeks average. If parents have questions or comments please feel free to call me.  Please tear off and sign the bottom of this page.



A copy of this syllabus can be found on the school’s web page under the teachers tab as Georgina Garza. 


**For important reminders from me please see the access for your class also on my class web page.  Text message charges may apply from your cell phone carrier.


 To sign up for reminder notifications text @9ghf3 to 81010