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Teacher: Sara Garza

United South Middle School - Room: 54


Tel. (956) 473-7700 Ext. 7767

Conference Time: 11:38 am – 12:30 pm


Course Description:

Develop increasingly sophisticated creative strategies, skills, and habits of mind through artistic practices. Apply design literacy to a wide variety of traditional and new media. Acquire increasing complex procedural knowledge, skill and craftsmanship in art making while exploring an expanded range of media. Develop more sophisticated aesthetic judgment that supports the making and understanding of rich meaning in art. Explore a wide range of notions about the meaning and purpose of visual art. Form a broader knowledge and understanding of our rich and diverse historical and cultural heritage through art.

This course has three primary objectives:

  • Introduce you to the challenges of the constantly evolving world of journalism;

  • Provide you with the basics of good journalistic writing;

  • Help you develop the skills to think critically about the news.



  • 2 boxes of tisssues 
  • 1 box of penciles
  • lysol wipes
  • composition book
  • pocket foler
  • black sharpie 
  • 1 bottle of glue 
  • 2 glue sticks
  • sharpener
  • block eraser




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): 50%

Tests: 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)


Behavior Interventions:

1- Reteach Expectations & Procedures

2- Teacher/ Student Conference

3- Parent/Guardian Conference

4- Withdrawal of Privileges

5- Discipline Referral to Administration

6- Severe Clause: Refer immediately to administration