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Every teacher has certain expectations from his or her students. Here are only a few key ones that you should be aware of. Students should refer to their agenda books for additional expectations and school policies.
  1. Punctuality — You are expected to arrive on time every day, with all required materials. A pattern of unexcused lateness will result in detention. In the case when your lateness becomes routine, more substantial action may need to be taken to rectify the situation. Present in class means that your body is in class and not just your books. If you are more than five minutes late, you will not be admitted without a late slip from the office. If you are late because of a meeting with administration, a counselor, etc., bring a slip.
  2. Skipping — Although unexpected in this course, you might fall victim to this phenomenon. Skips will not be tolerated. Students who skip this class on a regular basis will be removed from the course. Your teacher can in no way be expected to 'fill-you-in' on the material missed in class. Any evaluations missed as a result of skipping will result in an automatic mark of zero.
  3. Absenteeism — If sickness, medical appointments, or family emergencies keep you away from class, get help from a colleague. A simple phone call can quickly update you so that you stay on top of things happening in the classroom. If you know ahead of time that you will be away, tell your teacher so that he can outline what you should cover in the time you will be away. It is your responsibility to catch up in class.

    You will not be admitted to class following an absence without a blue slip from the office explaining your absence. These slips are to be obtained before 8:20 a.m. (don’t wait until the beginning of class or until you are asked for a slip). Students who miss 15 classes or more are at high risk of being removed from the course. Please refer to the attendance policy in your agenda planners.
  4. Tests — Tests will be administered regularly as outlined above. Tests dates will be posted to give you ample time to review. If you are legitimately absent on the day of a test, be prepared to write the test on your first day back to school. Tests will most likely be written during the lunch period or at a time convenient for the teacher. Don't expect the same test as the rest of the class. If you are absent for a test, you will be given a “Test Absence Permit” to be filled in by your parent/guardian with an explanation of why you missed the test. These permits must be returned within five school days of your return to class. Failure to do so will result in a mark of zero on the test. Tests missed due to skipping or sleeping-in will be recorded as zero.
  5. Projects — In order for evaluation to be on-going and give the teacher continuous feedback on your progress, all projects must be submitted when requested. Deadlines will be posted to give you a target date for completion. Expect to receive a notation in the marks sheet for late assignments.

    If a submitted project has been copied from a classmate, both students will receive a mark of zero. Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated and will be reported to school administration.
  6. Policy for Late and Incomplete Assignments — All late or incomplete assignments must be submitted 4 weeks before the end of the semester. The final evaluation or culminating activity is due 5 days before the start of exams. Course credit may be withheld until all assignments have been submitted. Students who have assignments that are a week or more overdue will be placed on a contract through the Student Success program and be required to attend the homework room at the beginning of lunch time.
  7. Class Format & Teacher Assistance — Your teacher is not an unreasonable person. He will try to accommodate you in every reasonable way possible. Due to the various formats and shop and lab scheduling, you may be expected to work independently, and you will be expected to conduct yourself in a productive and responsible way. You may not always have your teacher standing by your side to either assist you or discipline you. At your maturing stage it is expected that self-discipline and motivation be your responsibility. As far as assistance, your teacher will try to assist you in any way he can. Don't forget that some classes are big and your teacher is human too. For extended assistance you may have to schedule an appointment out of class time with the teacher.
  8. Assignments — Due to extensive hands-on work in this course, regular homework assignments are infrequent. However, when you are unable to complete daily exercises and projects during class time, it is expected that you will complete this work on your own time. Computer labs and the library are available before and after school, at lunch, and during spares. Showing initiative in this respect is essential.
  9. Progressive Discipline Policy — Students whose behaviour is inappropriate (inappropriate behaviours include, but are not limited to the following: disrespect to people or property, in-attentiveness, being off-task, disruptions, and habitually absent or late) shall, in order:

    1) be made aware of the inappropriate behaviour and expectations for improvement.

    2) be required to participate in an interview outside of class time to discuss expectations for improvement.

    3) have his or her parents become involved in the consultation process if the behaviour persists.

    4) have the administration become involved as necessary.

    Students should note that the teacher will document each of the above steps taken.
  10. Highly Inappropriate Behaviour — Students shall be removed from the classroom environment and will be expected to report to Administration in the Main Office.
  11. Hardware Use — The computer use policy will be enforced. Any misuse of the computers or vandalism will result in immediate loss of all computer privileges.
  12. Electronic Devices — This includes cellular telephones, audio players (i.e., mp3 players, iPods, etc.), and cameras. As per the school policy, these types of devices are not allowed to be used in the school at any time and will be confiscated and turned over to the Vice Principal.
  13. Dress Code — The school dress code is outlined in detail in the student Code of Conduct. Some highlights are: no hats in classrooms, shorts and skirts must be longer than the tips of the student’s fingers extended from the student’s arms at the side. No muscle shirts. No spaghetti straps (straps must be at least 3 fingers wide). No bare midriff. No excessively ripped or torn clothing. No clothing promoting alcohol, drugs, violence, rudeness, or any other inappropriate images or words.
  14. Move With Purpose — Shuffling along is not acceptable. Move with purpose.
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