John F. Kennedy Medical Magnet
August 14, 2018
Dear Parents & Guardians,
My name is Dr. Petri and I am looking forward to working with you and your child for the 2017-18 school year. As a World and US History teacher, I set high standards for our classroom. Being prepared for class on a daily basis is a requirement for all students. Please make sure your student brings a three ring binder with loose-leaf paper to school each day. They will also need highlighters, sharpened pencils, colored pencils and at least 3 colored pens (black, blue and red) to complete peer review assignments in class. Because we use a set of Chromebooks in our classroom, I need parents to sign and return the LAUSD RUP immediately.
I operate a “flipped” classroom, where students view video lectures at home and spend their class time reading, writing, and collaborating on projects. I assign video lectures, or audio lectures each week as homework. Students without an internet connection, or computers at home may come to my class during advisory, lunch time, or visit the computer lab after school to finish this work. Students will have at least 1-2 quizzes per week. These quizzes give students retrieval practice and are based on the material covered in class and the homework videos. Students will write and perform speeches and interviews, as well as argumentative, explanatory, and narrative essays in class to demonstrate their knowledge of California History standards. Daily class attendance is essential. Please contact me immediately, if your child will miss more than two days of class in a row. Some classwork assignments are timed, performance tasks that students cannot make up at a later date. Missing or incomplete work is given a 40% point value. Zeros are only given if your child substantially disrupts the learning environment and needs to be removed from class. One project is assigned each month with a description and examples posted on the class blog. These projects are designed to teach students effective time management skills and the importance of meeting deadlines.
90-100% A (Excellent)
Homework: 10 pts ea.
Classwork: 10 pts ea.
Quizzes: 50 pts ea.
Essays: 100 pts ea.
Projects: 100-300 pts. (distributed in phased deadlines)
Because your involvement and support is important to your child’s education, I encourage you to sign up for the LAUSD Schoology Passport. I welcome your insight as to how your child learns best and what types of learning activities particularly appeal to him/her. Please let me know if your child has any special needs that I should accommodate. I have two school-age children of my own and know it is important to communicate directly with their teachers. By working together we can make this an enjoyable and productive year for everyone. I look forward to meeting you at, or before Back to School Night.
Students will be issued textbooks to take home. There is also a class set of textbooks in the classroom. Student mastery of the standards will be assessed by class projects, discussions, essays, quizzes and tests. Students should write down the agenda each day and keep all of their assignments chronologically in their binder for use on their tests and their final exams. All class and homework assignments are posted in our Google Classroom, parents may request a login so they help their children meet deadlines.
Make-up Policy: Make-up work is only available for excused absences. Students have three instructional days from the date of the missed class to turn in the assignment. Please be sure to communicate about sickness or extended leaves. Make up work is the student’s responsibility, NOT the instructor’s.
Homework Policy: Assignments that are not completed in class become the student’s responsibility to finish at home. All assignments are posted. This course demands a lot of reading, writing and note taking, as well as completion of projects. Late work is given 59% of the assignment’s point value. Missing assignments are given a 40% because zeros will unfairly skew a student's grade.
Extra Credit Policy: Students are expected to read books outside of the textbook for each major unit of study. A book list is available and extra credit is given for book, movie, and video game reviews. Please note: extra credit will not replace all of a student’s missing assignments; however, extra-credit will help out a student who may be bordering between grades (a B+ and an A or C+ and a B) to achieve the higher grade. I stop accepting extra-credit three weeks before the semester marking period ends.
Revision Policy: For all in class writing assignments, students will have an opportunity to revise their essays after peer editing and/or robo-reading. After feedback, students will have opportunities to re-submit a revised essay, with the original essay attached, accompanied by a revision memo which indicates student’s self assessment of their performance, what they’ve changed (and why) in the revision, what they’re unhappy with, and what goals they would set for the next version.
Continued enrollment in this course, causes student work created for this class to become my property for purposes of re-use for grant reporting requirements, educational and/or instructional purposes. It also grants permission for the reproduction of said student work, through printed, audio/visual, or electronic means. This authorization allows me to create materials to train teachers and improve my instruction through blogs, social media, displays, websites, & etc. Student work will never be identified by name. Images of students are similarly unlabeled. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me immediately.
- Stop talking when Dr. Petri talks. I only give directions once. Don’t miss them talking to your neighbor.
- Food and drink are allowed in class as long as students clean up after themselves. Liquids must be put away when students are using Chromebooks.
- No put downs, profanity, bullying, or HATE speech. We discuss controversial issues in this class. Be sensitive to issues of race, class, gender and religion.
I expect you to behave like an adult.
- Cell phones and headphones are not allowed in class. If the electronic device is not being used for an instructional purpose, parents will be notified via Schoology and a discipline infraction will be logged into MiSiS.
I have discussed classroom rules, procedures, guidelines and routines with my students. I will use my best efforts to be fair and consistent in administering them.
Signature: Date: August 14, 2018
Class Blog: www.HistoryRewriter.com
Parent & Student: Click here to sign this form electronically.