THE RULE, Policies & Procedures



  1. Respect yourself!
    ** Take pride in your assignments! Make it a habit to consistently do your personal best on every task given to you! You can ensure success by doing the following:
    -Follow the given directions of each assignment and task you are given.
    -Proofread! Fix all errors before submitting your assignments .
    -Have your iPad with you and fully charged for the day, EVERY DAY!
    -Use given class time to your advantage; remember the more you complete in class, the less you have to do at home! Ask yourself, "Am I working hard, or hardly working?" If the answer is the later, get yourself back to the former.
    -Use your tools as tools, not toys! Highlighters, pencils, rulers, iPad, erasers, pens, etc. are tools, NOT toys!

  2. Respect others!
    **Follow the "Golden Rule"!
    -Keep your body parts and objects off other people.
    -Stay out of other's stuff.
    -Choose your words carefully. Say, "Please, Thank You, You're Welcome and Sorry."
    -Refrain from behaving in any way that takes the learning process away from your fellow students or the teaching process away from your teacher. If I have to stop teaching to give you the "evil teacher's eye," you are behaving in a disruptive manner even if you think you are not.
    -No "But I was just_______". If you are asked to stop doing something disruptive, then STOP DOING IT!

  3. Respect property!
    **Put things back where they belong in the condition in which you borrowed them!
    -Refrain from intentionally destroying classroom materials: textbooks, desks &/or numbers on desks, chairs &/or numbers on back of chairs, counter tops, computers, supplies provided for your use.
    -If you break, tear, harm anything, own up to it!
    -Pick up trash and throw it away, even if it is not yours!

  4. Respect the teaching/learning process!
    **Pay attention when I am teaching.
    -React to the attention getter immediately by responding, "Yes, Ma'am" with a single clap on each word.
    -Ask questions and engage in the process; this is how you learn!


* All assignments will have a proper heading in the upper LEFT corner:

first and last name  John Smith

subject/ period#  ELA/P3

date  August 19, 2021 OR 8/19/21

*Assignments submitted online w/out a heading lose 1 point from the overall score.

* Name all online documents as such: assignment name_class it is for_school year (example: DQ#2_ELA3_1718). Documents submitted with an incorrect or missing document name lose 1 point from the overall score.

*Be prepared to learn with all needed materials:pencil, eraser, highlighter, paper.
If you don't have these materials, ask to borrow them from a fellow student before asking me.
NO iPad? You'll have to hand write things. For quizes and other assessments, you will borrow an iPad from a fellow student.

*Students choosing to NOT follow THE RULE will be dealt with in accordance with the Middle School Discipline Policy stated in the Middle School handbook which can be viewed oon this link: PDMS Handbook.

*The bell DOES NOT dismiss you, I do!! DO NOT pack up until I tell you to.

*Keep all 4 feet of the chair on the ground at all times! Your chair is NOT a carnival ride, please do not treat it as such! You will loose your chair for the class period if you cannot keep all 4 feet on the floor after being reminded! If this becomes a chronic problem, you will earn a step.


This classroom is a NO DRAMA ZONE! That means that all procedures will be followed with NO FUSS, NO MUSS, NO EXCESSIVE REACTIONS. Don't bring attention to yourself while following a procedure as that is disrespectful to every aspect of this space.

* All class periods enter through the exterior doors closest to this classroom and line up on both sides of the hallway leaving an clear aisle between the lines. Enter and exit the room quietly, with a minimum of fuss!

*Upon entering the classroom, read and follow the directions on the board quickly and quietly. We have an established routine in this class. You are expected to adhere to that routine at all times unless told differently.

*When the "attention getter" is used: STOP what you are doing, LOOK toward the teacher, QUIET to hear what is being said. You are expected to be ready to listen in 10 seconds or less.

*Pencil unusable? Hold it up and wait for my OK to use the pencil sharpener.

*Need to use the POTTY? Raise crossed fingers and wait to be excused. Prop the door open, do your business, wash your hands in the bathroom, close the door upon returning to class.

*Need a DRINK? Raise the "hang loose" sign and wait to be excused. Clean up any spills with the provided Gulls towel.

*Need to wash your hands? Raise up hands, palms facing each other and roll in a circular motion and wait to be excused. Clean up spills with the provided Gulls towel.

*Need a tissue? Hold your hand over your nose and wait to be excused. Better yet, if you know you will need a tissue, grab a couple as you enter the room and dispose of them as you leave. Or bring your own small package of tissues.

*If your brain is chosen by BOB, stand up to respond! Look at your audience and speak loudly and clearly!

*I once was LOST but now am FOUND box: Find something? Just go put it in the box! Left something? Come in quietly and go look in the box! If you come from another class to look for something you left and you find it in the box, do the walk of shame (head down) as you leave the room!

* Person sitting the seat closest to the door opens the door when someone knocks.