Class Policies


DCHS Honor Code (Cheating and Plagiarism Policy)
Whether you use an internet research paper or copy someone’s homework, it considered cheating. We will review appropriate internet citations when “borrowing” information. Consult your student agenda book for ramifications of cheating/plagiarism. However, if you always do your own work, you don’t have to even worry about this policy.


Discipline Procedures
DM’s may be given for any of the following reasons:
a. insubordination (ignoring teacher directions)
b. disrespect (mumbling or back-talking under breath; rolling eyes; mocking)
c. cursing
d. repeated class disturbances (first offense will result in a “hallway” discussion;
second offense will be a meeting with Mr. Mason)
e. sleeping in class


Classroom Rules
1. Arrive to class prepared and motivated to work by having all necessary materials.
2. Follow all school rules during class (dress standard; behavior; food and drink).
3. Arrive to class before the tardy bell rings and get ready for class.
4. Take restroom and drink breaks between classes and not during this one.
5. Respect all people, ideas, and opinions you encounter.
6. NO SLEEPING IN THIS CLASS!!


Grading Procedures (Tests, Quizzes, “Bookwork,” Projects and Presentations)
Grades are recorded on a point system. Obviously, some assignments will be weighted heavier than others, for example tests are greater than quizzes and projects are greater than overnight homework assignments. Please ask if I don’t tell you how much an assignment is worth.

Grading Scale: A = 90 – 100, B = 80 – 89, C = 70 - 79, D = 65 – 69, F = 64 and below

Please allow for 30 – 45 minutes of homework nightly. This is just a rule of thumb, not a constant!

Make-Up Work Policy (Agenda Book pages 20-22)
Excused absences are allowed five days to make up all missed work including tests and quizzes. Day One of the five-day make-up period is the day the student returns to school (most students know if a test or quiz was missed). I keep a week’s worth of assignments on the board, so get in the habit of checking if you know you will be absent or after you return to school. It is your job to find out what you missed! Students should complete all missed work as soon as possible and report to the testing room for make-up tests and quizzes.

Unexcused absences receive zeroes on all missed work. Students should realize, however, that they have the opportunity to complete work to stay up to date with skills and to have the work “checked” for comprehension.

Long-term assignments are due on a designated date regardless of illness. Consult the student agenda (page 21) for guidelines and policies.

Your Grade
· The simplicity of a points system enables you to keep track of your grades, so you should do so. Check your grades online to stay up to date and to make sure I recorded the correct scores for you!
· If you have a question about a grade, please see me during my planning period, during breaks, or before/ after school but not during class time.
· I keep a week’s worth of assignments on the board, so get in the habit of checking if you know you will be absent or after you return to school.
· Unexcused absences receive zeroes on all missed work. Students should realize, however, that they have the opportunity to complete work to stay up to date with skills and to have the work “checked” for comprehension.