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Handbook - 7th and 8th Grade
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This is Mr. Hallock's handbook for the 7th & 8th grade classroom. Please print the Acknowledgement page and return it to Mr. Hallock as soon as possible.

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7th and 8th Grade Handbook
2016-2017

Teacher: Mr. Hallock


Midland Adventist Academy
6915 Maurer Road
Shawnee, Kansas 66217
913.268.7400
 

greg.hallock@midlandacademy.org
 

Welcome to a new school year!  I am looking forward to another great year.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have.  If you would please look through the information below with your child, fill out the form at the bottom, sign it, and then have your child return it to me, that would be great!  
 
Mr. Hallock

For those that do not know me, I am a Midland graduate. I was part of the first graduating class in 1998. I attended Midland during my elementary years also. Since graduating from Midland Academy, I moved to Lincoln, Nebraska where I received my degree in elementary education from Union College. I worked as a substitute teacher for the Lincoln Public Schools for a year and a half. I have now been at Midland for six and a half years. I have really enjoyed teaching the 7th and 8th grade students here at Midland!

When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I got married to my beautiful wife, Tara, in 2014.  We have a little girl named Kayla. She will turn 9 years old in February. I also am now a proud step-dad to my beautiful step-daughter, Aaliyah.  She will be turning 10 in November. We also added another baby girl, Elizabeth, to our family this past spring.  She was born on May 12th. So as you can see, I have a lot of women in my life! I am passionate about being a good husband, father, and spiritual role model for them.

I am also a very avid sports fan. Since I grew up in the Kansas City area, I love my Chiefs, Royals, and Jayhawks. 


Classroom Expectations

I have high expectations of everyone in the classroom. I expect certain behavior to be followed in my classroom.

1. Have a positive and Christ-like attitude.
2. Treat your classmates and teachers with respect and kindness at all times.
3. Always give your best effort and be prepared for class.
4. Be respectful and attentive when teachers or students are presenting or instructing the class.
5. Respect other people’s space and property.
 

Classroom Procedures & Student Expectations
 
1. Students' assignments are due at the beginning of the day after they were assigned, unless otherwise noted by the teacher.

2. Students will have two days for every one day that they have an excused absence from class to make up their work.

3. Students are expected to:
  • Come to class prepared and ready to learn!
  • Write their name, assignment, and subject on each of their papers in the upper right hand corner! (Students can lose a point if this is being left off of assignments)
  • Do their work neatly, timely, and to the best of their ability!
  • Respect every teacher and every student at all times!
  • Engage only in academic tasks on computers, phones, or other devices.

Phone Policy (Red, Yellow, & Green Times):

With the increase in phones, tablets, and other electronic devices among the students, I have been trying to think of the best way to manage them in my classroom.  These devices can be great for educational purposes in the classroom if used appropriately.  However, they can also be a huge distraction and temptation to students, especially at the middle school age. 

If you are sending a device to school with your student, please speak with them about proper etiquette and how to use them appropriately in a school setting. Please do not call and text your student’s device during the school day and expect them to immediately respond.  If you have a message that you need to communicate with them, please call Mrs. Fairchild in the school office, and she will relay the message for you or connect you with your child. 

With that being said, I would like to try a new method of dealing with devices in my classroom this school year. Simply put, there will be times when I do not want to see any devices at all, while others times they will be allowed. I have broken this down into 3 categories of time: Red, Yellow, and Green.    
 
  • Red —These times will be the majority of the time during the school day, including in the hallways, bathrooms, the gym, and during study halls.  During “red” times, I do not want to see devices out at all.  If they are out, I will take them and keep them until later in the school day.  Other examples of “red” times would be during regular class time, during tests & quizzes, during classroom lectures & discussions, or during chapels to name a few.
  • Yellow Times—During these times, students will be allowed to use their devices for specific educational purposes, such as looking up words in a dictionary/thesaurus, looking up Bible texts, or doing research for an assigned topic.  If students are using their devices inappropriately during these times (playing games, texting, Snapchat, YouTube, etc), then I will take them and keep them until later in the day. 
  • Green Times—There may be times when students have open access to use their phones for appropriate use.  These may include time at lunch or other times when specifically allowed by myself.
*If I have to take the student's device on a regular basis, then I will keep it until a parent can come into the school to pick it up from me.

*If the student continues to struggle with using the device appropriately, I will ask that they just please leave the device at home. 


As with any policy, especially a new one, I may need to tweak some things throughout the school year.  Again, I ask for your cooperation in working with your child to make sure that devices are being used to enhance learning in the classroom, rather than taking away from it. 


CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT PLAN:  

It is my hope that students will be cooperative and follow classroom rules throughout the school year.  I will be following the school-wide discipline plan, which is sent home on the first day of school.  However, if behavior becomes an issue within my own classroom, this is how it will typically be addressed.
 
  1. Verbal Warning--I will try to handle behavior issues by communicating with the student about their behavior. 
 
  1. Email to Parents—If verbal warnings are not effective, I will send an email home to parents to communicate the issue and to brainstorm solutions. 
 
  1. Written Referral—An accumulation of 3 write-ups throughout the school year will result in an in-school suspension
 
  1. Meet with Principal—If a student continues to have behavior issues, then we will need to set up a meeting with parents and administration to come up with alternative options for the student. 
 
Specific behavior that should be always be avoided:
  • Disrespectful behavior or attitude towards teachers or other students
  • Tardy coming back from class
  • Defiant behavior
  • Fighting
  • Cheating—(In addition to the discipline-plan mentioned above, students will also receive a zero on any work where they are caught engaging in academic dishonesty.  They may also jeopardize their chance of winning any acadmic awards at graduation ceremonies.  I will be doing random honesty checks throughout the school year, so it will be important that students have strong academic integrity.  Please speak with your child about the importance of being honest).     
*This discipline policy can be modified or adapted if it is deemed necessary by an administrator or me.
 

Teacher Expectations

You can expect the following from me:
 
  • Communication in terms of what is happening in our classroom will be available through emails, on the MAA webpage, or on RenWeb (RenWeb is the school’s computer program that is used to keep grades, attendance, and more.  It is very important that students and parents sign up for a free RenWeb account and monitor it frequently). 
  • Students' work graded and returned to them in a timely manner.
  • 24/7 access to your child’s grades from any computer with Internet access will be available on the RenWeb app or website.
  • Current information on Midland’s website: http://midlandacademy.org
  • Classroom discussions, reminders, and other information may also be shared on Facebook through the class group page—“Midland Adventist Academy 7th and 8th Grade Class Page—2016-2017”
  • Quick responses to emails, texts, and phone calls! Please email, text, or call with any questions or concerns! Open communication is key!
  • My very best! I will do my very best to ensure that your student is provided with the best Christian, academic environment possible. Know that at all times, your student’s success is my objective!

Homework Policy

Much research indicates that homework is an essential part of the academic process. This is what you can expect in terms of homework from Mr. Hallock:

1. Your child will have homework. My goal is not to assign a student with an overbearing amount of homework, but rather enough to prepare them for the workload that high school will demand. Parents, if you do feel like your child is constantly doing hours of homework, please alert me so that we can try to create a plan to help your child be successful in the classroom and at home.

2. The majority of the homework your child has will be work that they did not complete in class. However, at times an assignment may not be given till the end of the day to ensure that all students are getting used to working on school work at home.
 
3. Some assignments may require Internet access. Please let me know if you do not have Internet access outside of school, so that I can make sure that time is provided during school hours for these assignments.


Homework Due Dates:

1. ALL homework is due the next morning at 8:10 am unless otherwise noted.

2. If students fail to turn in their homework by the time it is due, then they may miss their recess until their work is caught up. They will be required to complete their homework during recess and/or other free times each day until the work is completed and turned in. It is extremely important to not fall behind in subjects, as it can be difficult to get caught up once behind.

3. Late work will be penalized 25%. This means that an assignment that would have received a 100% if it were turned in on time would receive a 75% because it was late. That means that turning things in on time can be the difference between a C student and an A student. Assignments may also need to be completed before other classroom privileges will be allowed.


Special Projects:

All formal reports and any special projects will be required to be typed unless otherwise noted. Typed reports may be emailed to me at greg.hallock@midlandacademy.org


Corrections

Students are encouraged and at times required to correct assignments. The following are the guidelines regarding corrections:
 
  • Students who receive a grade of a C (70%) or lower will be required to correct and redo their papers.
  • 1/2 credit will be given to each problem that is correctly answered the second time.
  • Most assignments may be corrected. They need to be returned before the following Monday to receive the ½ credit back.

Grading Scale

Students in Mr. Hallock’s classes will receive letter grades. Grades are figured by the total number of points correct divided by the total number of points possible. Each grade will be figured in this manner. The grading scale is as follows:
 
A 93-100%
A- 90-92%
B+ 87-89%
B 83-86%
B- 80-82%
C+ 77-79%
C 73-76%
C- 70-72%
D 60-69%
F any score below 60%



Students’ Talents

Please complete the following pages and return them to Mr. Hallock.

Student’s Name: _____________________________ Grade: _______

1) Tell me how you would like me to communicate with you regarding your child (i.e. phone call, text, email, etc.). Please list preferable phone number and email address.




2) List anything that I need to know about your child that will help me better teach and reach your child.





3) Tell me the areas in which your child excels.





4) List any areas that you would like me to focus on with your child this year.





5) List any of your talents! Let me know how you would like to help in and around our classroom. I can always use help with hot lunch, chaperoning field trips, speaking or teaching new skills to the students, helping with 8th grade class trip and graduation, and more.






 
 
 
 
 
 


Handbook Acknowledgement

Please sign the following to indicate that you have read and reviewed with your child the above information in Mr. Hallock’s handbook.

Feel free to contact me with any questions. 


I have read and reviewed Mr. Hallock’s handbook with my student.


Student’s Name: _________________________ Grade: ________


Parent’s Signature:_______________________ Date: _________


 
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