All policies of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools and Parkland High school remain in full effect at all times.
Discipline is active and ongoing. It is not the result of bad behavior. It is a personal choice to take responsibility for one's own actions every day. Positive discipline is defined by expectations. I have four expectations of the students in my classes. Most folks would call these expectations rules. My four rules are:
* Each student will arrive ready to learn each day
* Each student will respect every other student and the teacher
* Each student will be safe at all times
* Each student will be actively involved in this class daily
* Each Student will follow the PHS Honor Code at all times
These expectations are intentionally very broad in nature. I do not wish to burden the students with a lot of Do's and Don'ts. I also believe every student has the ability to conduct him or herself in a disciplined manner and so I expect them to do so. Having said that, I offer the following as a bit of clarification of the expectations.
Students will attend class every day, and will be on time to every class. A student is tardy if he/she is not in the room when the tardy bell finishes ringing. If the teacher then has to remind a student to go to his/her seat, then the student will be marked tardy. Students will keep up with all material presented in class and in the book. All assignments will be completed and turned in on time. Students must have their books, paper, and a pencil or pen. Students should be aware and alert in class. Please note the inclusion of the words "each day"; this expectation is always in effect
Students will talk only when appropriate, and speak in a conversational voice. Students are expected to raise their hand if they have something to contribute to the class and wait until the teacher has recognized them before speaking during class discussions. Students will only discuss issues that pertain to the class and use acceptable language. Note that it will always be inappropriate for a student to talk when the teacher is addressing the entire class. Likewise, it will always be inappropriate for a student to talk while any student is working on an exam, test, or quiz. Students will treat others as they want to be treated themselves. There will be times when more than one student is talking at once, and this is acceptable at certain times. These times include certain class activities such as group work or class games or during experiments. I will be the sole authority in deciding when the noise in the class has exceeded an acceptable level.
This is a science class. As such, students may from time to time be exposed to substances and/or procedures that pose some risk. We all must adhere to a higher level of safety measures than might be in place in other classes. Students will not eat or drink anything during class time; this includes chewing gum. We will wear safety glasses, aprons, and other protective clothing when appropriate. Students will wash their hands frequently when they handle anything in class. Work areas will be kept neat, clean, and sanitized.
Success in this class primarily depends on students keeping up with material as it is presented in class. Occasionally, certain class activities will allow students some independence in choosing how to use their time. At all times students must remain actively involved in class. Students must use class time to work on issues that are pertinent to this class only. It is the student's responsibility to keep up. Wandering around the room, "visiting others", excessive talking, sleeping, profanity, disruptive behavior, and disrespect are examples of behavior that is always unacceptable. Students should stay in their seats until the final bell rings. Chairs should be pushed under the desks (4th period put them up on the desks) and then students exit the room calmly.