Classroom Policies and Procedures


(Also see the WAHS student handbook)



Students are expected to strive for excellence.  Achieving excellence includes, listening to the teacher, listening to other students, participating in class discussions, completing class work and completing homework.  Students are expected to be prepared for class. A pencil, loose leaf notebook paper in a 3-ring binder notebook, their computer, the student’s passbook and a covered textbook should be brought to class daily. All work is to be done in pencil.


Entering and Exiting the Classroom

Students are expected to be in their seats when the bell rings.  Please do not ask to get a drink use the bathroom, go to your locker, ect. These things need to be taken care of during the time given to pass between classes. You need to plan ahead. Late arrivals should have a pass excusing the tardiness. Students are expected to work until the end of class.  Students are expected to remain in their seats until the bell rings.


Absenteeism: (Also see the WAHS student handbook)

Attendance is very important to success in school.  Students are expected to be in attendance at all times.  In the event a student is not able to attend class the student is responsible to find out what work they missed including homework. Students will be expected to make up class work that was missed including tests, quizzes, notes given on the board and class assignments. They will have one day to make up work for each day they are absent.  The late policy applies after the day given for the makeup work. Students are expected to see the teacher during homeroom, tutorial or after school for makeup work, NOT during class time. If the student is present FOR ANY PART OF THE DAY, it is their responsibility to see the teacher to turn in homework and/or pick up any assigned work. 


Homework assignments can be done the night of the absence by looking up the assignment on Sapphire Parent Portal and/or Google classroom account. Present all work possible upon first entering the class. In addition, if a student is absent the day before a test previously announced the student will be expected to take the test with the rest of the class upon their return.  If the student has an excused absence the day of the test, the student must arrange a time to make up the test as soon as the student returns to school.  If the absence is anticipated, the student should get their work in advance.  Unexcused absences may result in a zero on any assignments missed, including tests, quizzes or projects due.


ASSIGNMENTS (All work is to be done in pencil.)

Work to be turned in needs to be done on lined loose leaf paper (8½ X 11) unless otherwise noted in class. Each assignment should have a proper heading. The heading should include three lines at the top of the paper. All work is to be done in pencil. The assignment, course and teacher should be on the left.  The student’s name, the date of the assignment and the period should be on the right.  See below for a sample.

Sample of the proper heading:

Page 3 Numbers 1-21 odd                                                                           Pat Jones

Algebra 1                                                                                            August 28, 2014

Mr. Long                                                                                                           Period 6

Work needs to be neat and organized.  Each problem should be numbered. All work is to be shown. There should be no rips or tears in the paper.  Spiral bound paper is not acceptable.  Homework assignments are due at the beginning of the period. Students will not be allowed to visit their locker to pick up homework.



(All work is to be done in pencil.)


  • See Assignment guidelines
  • Work is to be on time, complete and accurate.
  • Work is to be on time, complete and accurate.
    • All necessary work is shown including drawings of figures and graphs when appropriate,
    • Explanations are provided when required
    • All problems are attempted

(Any problem that a student does not know how to do should at least be copied down on the homework paper. Credit may or may not be given depending on the problem and instruction given to the student.)



(All work is to be done in pencil.)

Grading is based on points earned divided by total points possibly earned. Points can be earned through homework assignments, class participation, class assignments, tests, quizzes, projects and notebook evaluation.

Mathematics is a discipline where much practice is required. The majority of homework assignments will be practice of concepts and procedures discussed and practiced in class. Class participation is expected and may be graded based on how well you as a student have contributed to the class through discussions, interaction with peers and overall completion of class assignments. Tests will be announced at least two days in advance.  Quizzes may or may not be announced. Please keep in mind failure to do homework often results in failure on tests and quizzes. Projects will be graded on a rubric given to you when the project is assigned. Total points possible will vary depending on the amount and complexity of the work assigned. Points earned are a reflection of how much of the assignment you have completed and how much detail you have included in your solutions. Midterm and final exams will be given.



To earn full credit on daily graded homework assignments the assignment needs to be in on time. LATE WORK WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED except in the case of excused absences. Assignments are due at the beginning of class on the school day after they are assigned unless the instructor specifies a due date. On projects and papers, 10% of the total point value will be lost each day the assignment is late (After 5 days, no credit will be given.)



If a student is caught cheating they will receive a zero for the assignment.  If it is a case of copying someone else’s work, both the student who copied and the student who allowed his or her work to be copied will receive the zero.



  • If you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail me at or call the school at 570-724-3547 ext. 1460 and leave a message.


Mr. Long’s Classroom Rules

Students are asked to do their part in keeping the classroom a positive learning environment. This means a classroom that is quiet, relaxed and studious. Respect for self, others, property, and the goals of the class are encouraged. The guidelines for proper student behavior set forth in the student handbook will be enforced.  Below are the rules specific to my classroom. They serve as reminders of behaviors necessary to achieve a positive learning environment.



Be on time and in your seat when the late bell rings. Have your homework done before entering the class and get it out on your desk for the teacher to see it. Each day bring to class: your agenda, a sharpened pencil, notebook paper, computer, text book and a book/novel to read. Read the board or projection screen for directions to start class for the day. Study the textbook, handouts, vocabulary, notes and examples each night or during study hall.


Follow directions the first time

Take notes as the teacher explains concepts and examples. Do not argue with the teacher or other adults in the classroom. See the teacher after class if you have a disagreement. Be cooperative.



Toys, photos, and other objects not helping with reaching the educational goals for the class should be kept away. If it is not directly related to class keep it out of sight. Keep hands, feet and objects in your possession to yourself.



Stay in your seat and do assigned work when it is assigned. Ask questions when you do not understand. Be attentive



Help classmates who are struggling (when appropriate and you are not a disruption to the teacher or others nearby).  Praise classmates that do a good job.  Avoid interrupting while others are speaking.  Raise your hand to speak during large group instruction times and wait for the teacher’s permission.


Consequences include but are not limited to the following:

Verbal warning

Verbal reprimand

Written reprimand

Moved to a different seat in the class

Removal of privileges given to others

Separation from the group

Last to leave the classroom

Parental contact

Personal items may be taken away and returned after class or after school

These are guidelines used at the discretion of the teacher depending upon the severity of the disruption.


Severe Clause

Severe or repeated offenses as outlined in the student handbook will result in an administrative discipline referral and, at the teacher’s discretion, immediate removal from the class.

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