2023/2024 School Year
My name is Emily Romero and I teach ELA7 and Special Education 6. It is my 8th year teaching at ASK as a project manager. I operate from a thought and belief that learning is a lifelong, fun, and daily endeavor. I hope this will be a valuable year of learning, introspection, and growth for scholars! I enjoy collaborating with my colleagues and my scholars to create standards-based project learning opportunities that utilize critical & creative thinking skills. Outside of school I have interests including spending time with friends & family, making stuff, traveling, exploring, reading, resting, learning, and being frugal with certain things so I can splurge on others.
ELA7 (English Language Arts) focuses on reading, writing, speaking and listening with individual and collaborative work. These communication skills are valuable and can be applied in many aspects and areas of life. One overarching goal is to enable scholars to communicate effectively and interpret information from a variety of modalities. Scholars will work with a variety of sources including narratives and informational text, to develop inference skills. Scholars will be challenged as they learn to read and discuss increasingly complex texts for a deeper understanding, determining the central theme and assessing the author’s point of view. Scholars will evaluate both fiction and non-fiction (informational text) to support claims with valid reasoning and evidence. Scholars will practice identifying logical fallacies & bias and think critically about non fiction writing such as current events, advertising, and research. Weekly vocabulary practice, use, and acquisition serves to support the development of all areas of communication and comprehension. Creative and artistic project based learning integrated into this class to boost literacy and comprehension while also differentiating instruction and reaching a wider range of learners. The content aligns with the common core state standards www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy
FC (Fundamental Connections) 6 is an advisory class where we support academic success & growth, self-awareness & emotional regulation, being organized with time management & study skills, and participate in DARE-to-be-You lessons (to prevent substance abuse through education and building self-esteem). We also learn about & practice life skills such as setting & working toward goals (for high school, college, & workforce/career), financial literacy, social & emotional learning, and conflict resolution.
Classroom policies & information:
Norms for Scholars in the Classroom (Expectations during virtual teaching and learning are similar):
- Contribute positively
- Assume competency
- Think & wonder
- Use technology appropriately, respect your Manager, yourself, and others
- Respectful conversation both verbally and in the chat (no side conversations)
***one person speaks at a time
- Answer questions when called upon
- Participate actively and stay focused
- Enter class on time
- Limit distractions (&/or communicate in advance if these help you to focus; if evidence points to these not assisting focus, we will make a change)
- Complete work on time & reach out with questions
- Remember: a majority of the classwork will be in Google Classroom - use your time wisely
- Come to Wednesday FC tutoring & Friday morning tutoring if you have absences &/or are concerned about your grade or your understanding
- Dress appropriately for learning
Communication: The best way to reach me (when not during class) is by email. I will do my best to respond within 24 hours except during the weekend, when I may be away from email. My email is [email protected]
Late Work Policy: All work is due on the due date yet life does happen. If a scholar is absent, they may check google classroom and powerschool for missing work AND they are highly encouraged to email me and to come to Weds. FC tutoring or Fri. morning tutoring for guidance and small group help. One 'Amnesty' day will be offered per quarter.
Participation/Classroom Community: Classes are a community and we all contribute. We have different strengths. We are positive and supportive. Come to class prepared, ready to learn, put effort in your coursework, follow the Norms, and you will receive all of the points.
Grading: My grades are set-up using weighted categories. These are Projects/Final Drafts = 40%; Quizzes/Assessments= 40%; Classwork (which includes work done at home)/Journals/Rough Drafts = 20%. Most shorter assignments will be graded within 5 days of submission. Longer assignments will take longer to grade; essays and projects may take 1-3 weeks to grade.
Revisions and Low Quiz Grades: Most classwork/homework can be revised for a higher grade (up to 100 if on-time; up to 70 if late). For quizzes, one may request an independent research OR creative writing project or to earn back points. Please make these requests via email and I will send you the guidelines. These must be requested and completed before the last week of each quarter.
Absences: Most assignments will originate through Google Classroom. That is the first place you should check to see what is due. Complete the assignment and turn it in. It may be helpful for you to email me to let me know that you are going to be absent and that you are checking for work that is due. Communicate with me and we can work it out.
Missed Quizzes: Reminder: If you miss a quiz due to being absent, you need to come to tutoring on Friday that week OR take the quiz during the next time your class period meets. Please ASK me for the quiz at either of those times and I will share the link with you. If you do not ASK me for the quiz at either of those two times, the zero will remain. Please study and practice in advance (see the 'Vocab. Practice' Section under 'Classwork' in Google Classroom). Email me if you cannot find these materials and I will help you. The honor code continues to be in effect during online quizzes; do your best unassisted.
Cell Phone or other electronic devices not related to our class: In general, please keep devices in your pocket or backpack and on vibrate or silent. There will be days where we will use these devices, but it will not be everyday and I will let you know. If a scholar repeatedly uses their phone when it is not necessary and it is distracting themselves or other scholars, they will be asked to put it away. If they persist and get to three (3) warnings, the phone will be sent to the front office labeled with their name to be picked up at 4pm from Ms. Mary Lou. If this happens more than one time, they will be written up and assigned lunch detention. Parents & Guardians: The classroom extension is 109. Please call the main campus phone line and ask to be transferred if you need to speak with your scholar during class. Thank you.
Be respectful, professional, and prepared. Appreciate & celebrate our strengths & differences!
The First Month: The first month will likely include a fair amount establishing and reinforcing our classroom rules & expectations. Scholars will
Classwork, Homework, & Projects: Weekly, there will be vocabulary (&/or grammar/usage) quizzes on Thursdays. Study materials will be given on Monday or Tuesday in class. We will practice pronunciation, definitions, and using these words in context. Studying at home is an expectation. There will be daily or regular reflection or reading journals (please see Independent Reading Practice below) and periodic entrance & exit tickets, classwork, papers, and projects to complete, with time and effort inside & outside of class. Project based learning will happen approx. 1x/month. When we are reading a novel, there will be reading to complete outside of class. When available, a link to the online PDF of the current novel we will be reading can be found in the 'Classwork' tab on Google Classroom under the novel's name. I appreciate and welcome scholar ideas for assignments & projects (think creative & with a learning challenge): these are some of the best ideas!
Independent Reading & Sustained Silent Reading: Scholars are expected to complete 20 minutes (or more) of independent reading daily or nightly with an expectation of 140 minutes (or more) a week in addition to their classwork. You can read more than 20 min. daily but you still have to read everyday (7 days/wk.). When we are reading a novel as a class (The Outsiders &/or Coraline, for example), it comes first. After that reading, you are free to choose what you read as long as it is appropriate for school (it can be a novel. blog, comic book, news, info. about a topic of interest, etc.), to read outside of your reading/grade level, to re-read, and to change your mind. There will occasionally be classwork and journals related to independent reading. At the end of each semester, we may also do project based learning connected to these books if the schedule allows. These will be posted in google classroom and due by 11:59 pm as many scholars have after school commitments. During class, there may be time to complete these and often we will do a reading practice called Sustained Silent Reading. This gives us all a chance to individually connect with the book and to transition into being fully present in the learning space in a positive way. Occasionally, we may utilize audio books and if these help you, please pair them with your independent reading! If you need to use headphones in class to do this, communicate first please.
Plagiarism: Plagiarism (copying work from another scholar, a source, a website, a book, etc. and passing it off as your own) is a serious offense. The assignment will be entered as a zero in the grade book, a referral will be written, and a phone call or email home will be made. We will practice giving credit where credit is due & we will practice how to cite and use evidence. You are not alone in learning how to do this.
Scholars are expected to produce high quality, thoughtful work that shows evidence of the time given. As a Project Manager, I will return work to be re-done if the work does not meet ASK standards of excellence. Please read the directions and answer the questions. Homework will be assigned as necessary; however, work not completed in class will be assigned as homework. Penalties will be assessed on late work. It is the responsibility of the scholar to make arrangements to turn in assignments/products if an absence occurs. Any missed test/quiz will be taken on the day the scholar returns or in support hour. It is the responsibility of the scholar to be prepared for the test/quiz upon return.
No extra credit is offered, however, scholars may work with me in tutoring (Wednesdays during FC class & Fridays from 8-10am by appointment) to revise classwork, as allowed. There are no quiz retakes however scholars may request an independent creative writing or research project to complete and earn back points. Please make these requests via email and I will send you the guidelines. These must be requested and completed before the last week of each quarter.
Grading: The grading scale will follow the ASK Academy standards: A+ = 96-100 % A = 90-95 % B = 80-89 % C = 70-79 % N/C = Below 70 %
40% Projects & Final Drafts
40% Quizzes & Assessments
20% Journals & Daily Classwork
Evaluation per semester (makes up semester grade):
1st quarter 40%
2nd quarter 40%
Final exam grade 20%
Campus Wide Policies to be Aware of:
DRESS CODE and UNIFORMS
High School and Middle School Principals will do random Uniform Checks throughout the school year. Please Refer to page 42 of the Scholar and Parent Handbook for complete Uniform Expectations.
Freedom of expression, good judgment, respect for others, and safety are the foundations of The ASK Academy's approach towards scholar dress. The Academy requires that all scholars wear a prescribed uniform. Our “Dress for Success” Uniform Policy is meant to improve the learning environment and train scholars to see the importance of making a good first impression to professionals in the fields and careers related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. This uniform policy is mandatory for all scholars. The uniform also serves as an identifier of who should and who should not be on Academy grounds. Clothing and accessories must be safe and non-distracting or disruptive to the educational program.
The following guidelines will be observed: Tops (Shirts) – All scholars must wear an ASK polo shirt, with the ASK logo, purchased from an approved ASK vendor. The color of the ASK polo shirt identifies the scholar with their selected career pathway.
Polo shirts will not be overly baggy, nor exceedingly tight. Shoulder seams must be at the shoulders, and shirts cannot hang down below mid-thigh level.
Middle School – Red or Light Blue
High School – Biomedical Sciences – Dark Green or Purple
Engineering and Design – Royal Blue or Burgundy
Allowable pants/slacks of solid color (khaki or black) and should meet our uniform expectations. They should be of a non-stretch, khaki or similar material. No shorts, skorts, skirts, cargo pants (pants with many pockets) are allowed. No excessive “sagging” is allowed. The inseam of pants must be where legs and torso join. Excessively tight pants such as spandex, yoga pants, leggings, joggers or other non-uniform fabrics are not allowed.
Shorts along with open toe-shoes are not allowed due to safety concerns with labs across all grades.
Procedure for Uniform Violations:
-Students will be sent to the front office by Project Manager or Administration.
-Front Office Staff will contact parents of scholars.
-Students will have the option to have parents bring uniforms or will be allowed to look through the closet and be allowed to borrow a uniform.
-Students will be sent back to class.
After the third uniform violation the scholar will receive lunch detention.
For security, the campus gate will not open until 7:30 am (when staff is onsite) and will close at 8:00 am. If you arrive after the gate has closed, you will need to press the green alarm button to call the office to request access. Once in the gate, all parents will be required to enter the building and sign in their scholars if late. Scholars will not be allowed to sign in without a parent or guardian.
All scholars are required to be in class by 8:00. If a scholar arrives anytime after 8:00 they will be considered tardy.
Scholars will receive lunch detention if three tardies are reached.
Please contact The ASK Academy to report attendance is by using the attendance link on the home page of the school website (https://www.theaskacademy.org/apps/form/form.THEAA.tkxp8Oe.aQ) to notify us of your scholar’s absence.
Supply List Items for ELA6 2023/24:
Classroom supplies that we will all use ; If you've already donated these to the sixth grade team, please disregard this first category and thank you!; Please label with scholar name, thank you!
- Clorox wipes (1 or multipack, if possible)
- Facial tissues (1 or multipack, if possible)
Individual supplies (1 per scholar) ; label these with scholar full name & class period. Thank you! :
- One 3 subject notebook OR 1-2 notebooks of any type OR loose leaf paper in a small binder
- One durable 2 pocket folder
- Index Cards for making vocabulary flashcards (approx. 300; 20 per week)
Items to be used across many classes including ELA6 that can be reused from last year/home:
- Colored pencils and small hand sharpener
- Colored markers (thin or broad)
- Pencils (#2 wood or mechanical)
- Black pens
- Sticky notes
- Any Office supplies that help your individual scholar stay organized
Wish list items that would be appreciated as classroom donations; Please include your scholars name if donating & thank you!:
- Packs of colorful cardstock
- Business size envelopes
- Forever stamps
- Colorful washi tape
- Fun stamps & ink pads
- Packs of tissue boxes
- Packs of table wipes
- Packs of sticky notes (any size welcome!)
- Packs of index cards (any size/style!)
- Packs of #2 pencils (wood or mechanical)
- Packs of fine point and regular Sharpies (black & any color!)
- Pencil cases/bags
- One subject notebooks or composition books
- Heavy duty 2 pocket folders
- Air dry clay
- Green fake plants to make the classroom welcoming
- Expo whiteboard cleaner & markers
- Extra paperback copies of young adult novels including graphic novels
Supply List Items for FC:
- One notebook of any style
- One heavy duty 2 pocket folder
- Box of Tissues - Please!
- Clorox (or other anti-bac) Wipes - Please!
- Thank you!