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A Little About Mrs. Lemons
I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education from the University of New Mexico. I am a New Mexico state licensed teacher in English, PE, and Health and am a Nationally Board Certified Teacher.
I previously taught Language Arts at Eisenhower Middle School and V. Sue Cleveland High School. I have also coached Girls’ Basketball and Track and Field at various middle and high schools.
I currently teach High School Health and Mythology at ASK. I am also the Achievement Coach in which I oversee several programs including but not limited to Academic Probation, Friday Edgenuity School, Naviance, and many other graduation and college/career readiness initiatives.
I have a wonderful husband and two beautiful boys that I love dearly and am very active with. I love to read, do art, assemble puzzles, and watch and participate in various sports.
Let’s get to it
To navigate, locate your class on the menu bar at the right. Click on the link to the page for your class.
To get you started, outlined below are some basics:
My grade book is set-up on a total points basis, not categories. Individual assignments will bear different point values. Remember, each quarter is worth 40% of your grade and the final exam will constitute the remaining 20% (40% + 40% + 20% = 100%). I generally grade over the week-end so your grades in PowerSchool should be current as of Monday afternoon. Please keep all graded work just in case I make an error in my grade book.
Quarterly grades are based on total points earned and assigned letter grades according to The ASK Academy's standard scale.
100% - 96% = A+
95% - 90% = A
89% - 80% = B
79% - 70% = C
<69% = NC
Please check PowerSchool regularly for your scholar’s grades and assignments. If the assignment in the grade book has a blank spot, that means the grade has not been entered yet. If there is a “0” and an orange box present, that means the scholar has received a zero for the assignment because they have not turned the assignment in for credit. If you have questions regarding your scholar’s grades, please email me.
Late Work Policy
Unless specified, all assignments are due at the beginning of class. Assignments are due on the designated date and are posted on the course webpage. If you have a due date conflict, it is your responsibility to negotiate an alternative submission date. However, if you are ill on the day an assignment is due, I expect you to e-mail it to me by 4:00 p.m. if you want full credit. I will accept late assignments up to one week after the due date; however, the maximum credit a late assignment can receive is 50%. I will deduct 10% of the grade for each day the assignment is late. Credit will not be available after one week; however, you may still be required to submit the assignment.
Merriam-Webster's Dictionary defines plagiarism as: "to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own; use (another's production) without crediting the source." Your work must be entirely your own unless you have permission to collaborate. If you plagiarize by submitting undocumented work written by another person, you have violated important academic tenets. You will automatically receive a zero for the assignment and a referral. Please note that if you work with another person on an assignment and your responses are essentially the same but in different words, that too, constitutes plagiarism.
If you are absent on the day I assigned something, please make sure you check in with me upon your return. Some assignments may be on the class web page, but in the event they are not, please see me for clarification. I would prefer you know and understand the tasks before you attempt completing them. We can negotiate a due date when we talk. If you know what you need to do, then go ahead and complete the assignment and either e-mail it to me or hand it in upon your return.
Cell Phone/Computer Policy
Please turn off your cell phone and computer when you come to class. There will be days when we will use these devices, but it will not be every day and I will let you know when you will need to use it. We have a lot to cover and I do not reteach material because you were distracted. It is easier to break this habit now, rather than get kicked out of a college class because you could not resist the allure of your phone. Try explaining that to your parents after they have paid your astronomical tuition.
You can e-mail me (see link in upper right hand corner) or you can leave a message with Ms. Mary Lou at the front office. I will get back to you as soon as I can.