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Teacher: Deborah A. Caldera

United South Middle School - Room: 22


Tel. (956) 473-7700 Ext. 7741

Conference Time: 1:36 pm – 2:31 pm


Course Description:

In English Language Arts and Reading, students use elements of the writing process to compose and edit text. Students understand the function of and use the conventions of academic language when speaking and writing. Students will continue to apply earlier oral/written convention standards with greater complexity. 


Composition Book


Theme Paper


Grades will be given at the end of the six weeks according to school policy.  Progress reports will be issued during the third week of the six weeks. Students will be graded different ways:  daily grades and tests. Percentages are as follow:

Daily Grades (Class work), Homework, DLR (Bell Ringers): 50%

Quizzes/Tests, Essays, Projects: 50%


Class Assignments/Homework:

It is the student’s responsibility to ask for, to complete and to turn in work for excused absences. All students are required to participate with choral reading, writing assignments, reading assignments, and group projects.


Classroom Procedures:

Enter the classroom: Quietly, walk to your assigned seat, and start on classwork.

Restroom: Permission may be obtained during student work time to go to the restroom (not during instruction or the first/last 15 minutes of class).

Dress Code: Must follow school policy.

Technology: Must follow school policy.

Follow Instructions: Listen to directions, read assignments, and ask questions.

Teacher dismisses students: You will be dismissed by the teacher, not the bell. Wait silently to be dismissed.

Classroom Rules:

1.  Computers will only be used when directed by the teacher. Students that do not abide will face consequences and may lose computer privileges. Parent notifications will be made.

2. Food or Drinks are NOT allowed in the classroom.

3. File Swapping, downloading any type of file, and playing music/videos on the computers is prohibited.

4. Students are not allowed to change any computer settings (Student computers are always monitored by teacher).

5. Playing games will NOT be tolerated at any time in class.

Classroom Expectations:

Be Respectful: Use appropriate language.  Be respectful and wait for your turn.

Be Orderly:  Follow directions.  Keep hands, feet and objects to yourself.

Be Accountable:  Be ready to learn.  Always have required materials.

Be Responsible:  Be on time. Complete all assignments.


Positive Behavior Supports:

1- Verbal and written praise

2- Positive call, note, e-mail to parent or legal guardian

3- Participation in school wide events (extracurricular activities, pep rallies, dances)