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Office Hours - These will change once we receive updates from the district

I will be available for regular office hours Monday, Wednesday, and Friday between 11:00 am and 12:00 pm, but I will be working Monday - Friday 9:00 am through 5:00 pm. I will always be available for questions through e-mails during office hours for quick response - I will be on my computer. I can always be e-mailed 24/7 and I will respond ASAP.

I can be reached at my e-mail twaddleton@murrieta.k12.ca.us

Requirements, Expectations, & Policies

Proper Mindset

Students should have habits of mindset. Online course work requires strong organizational & time management skills. Students must be independent, self-directed learners.

Technology Access

Students must have daily access to a high-speed Internet connection and processor capable of downloading/uploading streaming video and multimedia files.  Students should be comfortable working with a computer, navigating a website, and downloading/uploading documents.

Communications

Students must log into the course regularly, several times per week to complete assignments. Students must check their school email daily. It is the students’ responsibility to contact the teacher should there be difficulties completing the coursework. Parents should contact the teacher with concerns with the course or learning problems.

Online Work Ethics

Students working online are always expected to complete and submit their own work. All school/district guideline regarding plagiarism will be followed in the online/blended classroom.

Online Classroom Etiquette

When interacting with your teacher and classmates in this course or in other online environments we may be using (e.g. making online discussion postings; collaborating on wikis), please remember that you are posting and replying to your classmates in a written manner in which those receiving the posts cannot see your body mannerisms. In other words, be careful in what you say and how you say it. We are all here to learn and are not here to insult or hurt other people’s feelings, whether intended or not, by posting disparaging, belittling, or sarcastic remarks. When making online posts, please keep in mind the tone you use, especially when replying to your classmates. This is important to remember not only in this class, but also in your everyday correspondence with others around you. Please realize, it is OK to disagree with one of your peers; however, make sure to discuss the disagreement and not make it a personal issue. Always try to maintain a positive tone and use academic language in all your course-related interactions. Inappropriate responses and harsh language will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis and can impact not only your grade, but also your standing in class. Serious breaches in online etiquette will also result in additional consequences, including administrative referral.

Furthermore, anything you put on the web now belongs to the web, and you cannot possibly get it back. In other words, don’t send or share any material to the internet that you, your parents, teachers, administrators, future college admissions officers, or future employers...anyone...would consider inappropriate or of a highly personal nature, because once it is out there, it’s out there forever. That includes personal or inappropriate pictures and video, threatening text, verbal assaults, highly personal correspondence...again, anything questionable that you do not want the world to see. If you have doubts about anything that you want to put on the internet, ask your parents, me, or your other teachers for their opinion and guidance.

Also, please be aware that anything you share directly with me (email/text correspondence, journals, essays, or in person) is never shared with your classmates. However, it is not strictly confidential. I am under obligation to report to appropriate school authorities anything you share with me that suggestions potential situations/circumstances that pose a threat to you or others, or suggest you are engaged in inappropriate or dangerous activity/behavior.

The Panther L.I.F.E. (Learning, Integrity, Friendship, and Excellence) is an important part of our school culture. It is one of Shivela's shared goals to integrate L.I.F.E. values into all aspects of our everyday interactions with others. The Shivela Middle School Discipline Policy is outlined in the student handbook and posted in the classroom.

Homework Policy

Assignments for the week will be posted on every Sunday evening for Monday morning retrieval. Monthly calendars, listing homework, quizzes, tests, projects, and due dates are located on Canvas. All work is due by 11:59 pm on the assigned due date.

Absences Policy

When a student is absent, it is the student’s responsibility to make up any work that was missed during their absence. Students have one school day for each day missed to make-up any work. All quizzes and/or tests will be taken upon the “return” of the student to class. If the student will be absent for a prolonged period of time, please contact the school to make proper arrangements.

Grading Policy

Students will receive grades based on the following:

Homework/Classwork (Practice) 20% (Practice)

Quizzes/Projects/Labs/Tests (Assessment) 80% (Assessment) (Quizzes/Tests)

Up-to-date student grades will be located on AERIES.NET (on-line grade notification system used by MVUSD). Parents and/or guardians can access their student’s grades 24/7 through AERIES.NET through the internet. Passwords/codes will be issued by the district and given to your student to take home within the first couple of weeks of school. If you do not receive this information, please contact the school for assistance in obtaining this service.This page is still under construction. Please check back soon for new information.

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