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Welcome to the 2013-14 school year.  This outline provides expectations and grading policies for social studies and ELA classes.   The aides and I will encourage as much independence as possible while differentiating learning in accordance with IEP goals, as well as with the Common Core Standards.


1.)    Show respect for yourself, property, and others.

2.)   Be responsible by being on time, on task, and prepared for class.

3.)   Speak in a respectful manner.

4.)   Speak one at a time.

Should any consequences need to be implemented, they include:

1.)    One verbal warning

2.)   Second verbal warning

3.)   Removal from the classroom for 5-10 minutes, followed by a brief conference with the teacher

4.)   Phone call home

5.)   Written referral in conjunction with administrative intervention

Materials that should not be used in class:  Cell phones, MP3 players/IPods, portable DVD players, video games, or ANY OTHER ELECTRONIC DEVICES OF ANY KIND.   They are NOT conducive to learning, and therefore have NO use in my class.  Students will have access to computers in the classroom using their school user IDs and passwords. The only technical device that might come in handy would be headphones, as we tend to fall short when it comes to working headphones.


Marking period grades will be based on the following criteria:


Grading Policy







Grading Policy

Classwork/Homework - 40%

Tests - 20%

Quizzes - 30%

Participation - 10%

Should you need to contact me, me e-mail address at school is or you may call the high school office at 877-5750.  I look forward to working with all of the students and parents for a successful year.

Dover Middle School   2368 Route 22   Dover Plains, NY 12522   Phone: (845) 877-5740   Fax: (845) 877-5749

The Dover Union Free School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities.  
The following people have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Donna Basting, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Staff Development, and Technology
2368 Route 22, Dover Plains, NY  12522
845-877-5700 x1233 

Genie Angelis, High School Principal
2368 Route 22, Dover Plains, NY  12522
845-877-5700 x1143

For further information on notice of non-discrimination, visit for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.

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