Things You Need to Know
What You Will Need For This Class
1. Hard cover 3-ring binder
2. 12 plastic sheet protectors
3. Lined notebook paper, 3-hole punched
4. Blue and/or black ink pens
5. Spiral-bound 100-page notebook
Procedures for Writing Assignments
1. All assignments must be done in cursive handwriting. Any assignment done in
printing will receive a zero.
2. All assignments must have a title on the top line of the paper.
3. If any sentence within an assignment does not have a capital letter at the beginning or a
period at the end, the entire assignment will receive a zero.
I am delighted that your child is in my class this year. With your encouragement, your
child will participate in and enjoy many exciting and rewarding learning experiences
this academic year.
I would like to make you aware of my policies and procedures so that you can help
your child be successful in this very important class. In order to culminate and go on
to high school, your child must pass English 8A. Passing English 8A requires the
completion of a portfolio. The portfolio contains writing assignments, speaking
assignments, and independent reading assignments. Your child has a copy of the
portfolio requirements, and I encourage you to review this with him or her. I also
encourage you to periodically review with your child the progress of his or her
portolio so that the end of the semester does not present any surprises.
In addition to completion of a portfolio, your child is required to demonstrate
competency in the district's Language Arts Standards for the eight grade. Here is a link
to LAUSD (just click) for more information.
Please also review the enclosed list of supplies needed and procedures for make-up
work and written assignments. Should you have any questions about any of my
procedures or about your child's progress, please contact me anytime at the school:
(323) 735-0241; or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. I will make myself available to
meet at your convenience.
Finally, please make sure that your child comes to school every day unless there is an
emergency or extreme illness. This English class is difficult and demanding, and most
students with frequent absences fail. I do not want to see your child among the group
who will have to repeat the class next semester.