Phone: (920) 467-7890 ext. 3236
Room: A238 English computer lab (Also A235)
Deadlines: I have two types of deadlines: hard deadlines and soft deadlines. If I give an assignment a hard deadline, it means its due date is non-negotiable. Any assignment turned in after a hard deadline cannot be added to PowerSchool. (For example, if a quarter comes and goes, I can’t/won’t go back and add a missed assignment to it). Soft deadlines mean the assignment is considered a rough draft or a first draft. If it is not turned in on the date, it is not considered late. Soft deadlines are like a warning system telling you to get on track.
Extra Credit is a possibility to enhance the learning experience, but cannot be created to raise the grades on late or missed assignments. All extra credit creations must be preapproved by Ms. Degenhardt.
Grading: There are three types of assessments for this class. 1.) Holistic: this when the assignment is graded for its overall communication with the reader. 2.) Summative: this is when specific, outlined portions of the assignment are graded for their effectiveness. All portions are then added together for a total score. 3.) Compliance: this is when the assignment receives full credit based on thorough completion of all requirements or it receives a zero if student fails to comply with requirements. Although the assessments differ, one thing remains the same, everything counts: grammar, sentence structure, spelling, MLA format, etc. Attention to detail is essential. Always keep copies of your work until you’ve received your final course grade at the end of fourth quarter.
Academic Conduct: Any work submitted with plagiarized material will receive a failing grade and cannot be resubmitted according to the Sheboygan Falls Student Handbook. Appropriate administration and parent contract will take place.
Classroom Policies: It is absolutely expected that all students respect the right to learn and express opinions. Any student who prevents the learning process or disrespects the opinions of others will be dealt with accordingly and on an individual basis. Technology can be used to enhance the learning experience not to distract from it; therefore, personal laptops, iPads, other note-taking/writing devices are permitted as long as they are used properly.
Internet Contracts and Format: Many of the written pieces constructed during this course are published online. It is the students’ responsibility to follow the guidelines addressed in the SDSF Internet Contract. Furthermore, all writing published online must follow proper Internet format, which differs slightly from MLA. More information can be found on Ms. Degenhardt’s blog under the Digital Learning page.
AP Contract: This contract is a document that the students sign, along with parents, recognizing the intensity of a college level course prior to the start of the class. This document accepts responsibility for the completion of the summer assignment as well as expresses an understanding that the course may not be dropped simply because of a failing grade.
Blog & Twitter: Assignments are published on my blog. I also maintain a class calendar on the blog and send out course reminders via Twitter. It is recommended that students set-up academic Twitter accounts and follow me using the guidelines published on the Digital Learning page on my blog.