Le français au lycée Big Walnut
Leaving the class or arriving late
* Students will have 2 free late excuses to class per 9 weeks (this includes going to the restroom). After 2 late arrivals, students will receive a detention every time they are late after that for the remainder of the 9 weeks. Students also have 2 passes to leave class per 9 weeks for things like going to their locker, getting a drink, going to the restroom. Of course there are emergencies or extenuating circumstances that will be taken into consideration. This rule is in place for students who tend to want to use the restroom everyday or for those who continually forget materials in their locker. It is important to be prepared for class. I do allow water and snacks in class. Students need to go to the restroom before the bell rings.
Cell Phones or Chromebooks out in class
All cell phones and chrome books must stay in the students backpack or purse at all times (unless the student is given permission or told to have it out). They are not allowed to be kept on the desk for any reason unless permission is given.
Cell phones have become a huge distraction in the classroom. They prevent students from paying attention and receiving necessary instruction and directions vital for success in the class.
My policy for dealing with cell phones is as follows:
1. Students will receive warnings (a warning slip) during the month of August. After 3 warnings, they will receive a detention. This will give the students the chance to get used to not having their phones in hand all of the time.
2. Starting in September and for the rest of the year students will automatically receive a detention slip each time their phone is out in class (if I can see the phone, it is out). Parents are encouraged to call the school in case of an emergency or students will be able to see your texts and respond between classes for non-emergencies. This policy applies to chrome books as well.
Students out of their seats
Students must stay in their seats unless given permission to be out of them (they should ask me in French if they need to throw something away etc..). Students are not allowed to line up at the door. They must remain in their seats until the bell rings. Continuing to be out of their seat, will result in a detention.
When I am speaking to the class everyone is is expected to stop what they are doing/ talking and look up at me (so that I know that you are listening)
Anytime that I am speaking to the class it is something that is important that the students need to hear. I will not keep repeating myself due to students talking and not paying attention.
If a students continues to talk, disrupts the class or speaks in a disrespectful tone, they will be removed from the class into the hallway. They will then receive a detention to be served the next day. Parents will be called, and the student will still be responsible to get missed work.
Derogatory or negative remarks
Derogatory or negative remarks made to me or to other students will not be tolerated. I expect students to treat each other and me with respect and tolerance. I will do the same. I also expect respect towards classroom materials that are borrowed from me or another student. I will talk to a student who displays disrespectful behavior. Parents will be notified and detentions will be given for this behavior. If a student has an issue with me or another student in the class, I would expect him/her to talk to me privately before or after class.
Grade Intervention form
If a students grade falls below a 70%, and the student is continually struggling, a Grade Intervention Form will be filled out by Madame and the student. The Intervention form is a way for the student and teacher to assess the issues and to work on a plan to improve performance. Parents will also be notified.
1. As soon as the bell rings, I expect students to be in their seats with their materials (book, notes, homework, pen/pencil) out and on their desk for class and their back packs and cell phones away (on the floor under the seat).
2. If a student needs to leave their seat, they should ask me in French.
3. All homework needs to be corrected when we go over it. It should be corrected in a different color than what it was initially written in.
4. As students learn or review expressions that can be used with me or with each other, they are expected to speak in French using those expressions (this applies to all levels of French).
5. Students should not pack up their material until I have indicated that class is over or that they may do so.
6. Students who are not understanding the material are encouraged to ask questions in class or to come in before or after school for extra help. I am always available to help students. I will also have a list of upper level students who are willing to tutor, and the period that they have study hall on this website. Struggling students may also reach out to these students for help during their study hall.
7. Students need to remain in their seats until the bell rings.
1. When a student is absent, it is their responsibility to get the missed work. Please go to this website (www.bigwalnutfrench.com to get all missed homework.
2. Students are always welcome to email me with questions about assignments (email@example.com)
3. When a student returns, please see me at the beginning of class. I will give out all other missed assignments in which students will have 3 days (for each day absent) to make up the work. This also goes for tests. Students must see me to schedule their makeup test time. I will put a 0 in Power school until the test is made up. It is important that tests and homework are made up in a timely manner. Students are always welcome to come in for extra help when needed.
1. Students can expect homework every night. This is especially true for students in French I & II. French IIIH & IVH may or may not have homework daily. Some of the assignments are done in class.
2. It is extremely important that students take their time and do homework accurately. It is imperative that students do all homework. It is very good preparation for class and test success.
3. Typically 2-3 points are given per assignment. Longer assignments will receive more points. The whole assignment must be completed for students to receive the points. If an assignment is partially or almost completed, they will receive a zero. Late homework will not be accepted, and all homework is due at the beginning of the next class period.
4. Some assignments may be collected and graded.
5. All homework must be corrected in class using a differently color that the homework was written in.
1. Students should get onto power school regularly to see your grades. I grade assignments quickly and put them immediately into power school. 2. When students are receiving a D or an F at interim or at the end of the 9 weeks, parents will be called. Parents are encouraged to check their child's grades on a regular basis as well.
3. I do not offer extra credit, but I do have a reward system called "lotto." These are tickets that I give out periodically when students are on task or they win a game. We have 2 drawings per 9 weeks. If their name is picked, they receive 5 points extra credit.
Please go to the retake policy tab (right below the Rules & Class Procedures tab)
Extra activities and opportunities for students taking French
Please see the following tabs to see information about these many great opportunities available to French students:
1. La Société Honoraire de Français (the French Honor Society)
2. Le Club de français (we have a French club that does different fun activities)
3. Les Voyages en France (approximately every other year I take student trips to France. It's an amazing trip. Check it out!)
4. Teaching in the elementary schools (students in French II, III, IV have the chance to go to elementary schools in the district to teach French)
Key points for success
1. Pay attention in class.
2. Follow and read all directions.
3. Never just sit there during an activity if you are lost. Ask for help.
4. Speak up and ask questions in class or after class.
5. DO YOUR HOMEWORK.
6. Come in for help when you are confused or for some extra practice.
7. Study a little everyday.
8. Do not cram for tests. We are going to keep using that material and add more on top of that.
9. Speak as much French as possible. Practice. Practice. Practice.
A few last words from Madame
1. My main goal is that we have an awesome and successful year together.
2. Your success is my main concern.
3. I am always here for you with whatever you need, just ask.
4. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
5. The class website where you can find homework, rules, extra curricular activities...pretty much everything that we do in French is
**********BONNE CHANCE, AMUSEZ-VOUS & PARLEZ EN FRANCAIS!!!!!