English As A Second Language - 10382X0 - S1 - Jakasal - 4(A)

English As A Second Language - 10382X0 - S1 - Jakasal - 4(A)




Instructor: Heidi Jakasal and Heather Thrappas

Email: heidijakasal@fcschools.net and heatherthrappas@fcschools.net

BHS Room Number:  214


Course Description: The goal of this class is to increase English language proficiency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking within the content areas as well as social and instructional language.


Attendance: Students who miss ten or more days of this period are in violation of the FCS Attendance Policy and may be required to repeat the course. 


Tardy Policy: The following is our new SCHOOL WIDE POLICY: Students are expected to be in the classroom (passed the door frame) when the bell begins to ring. Consequences for being tardy are outlined in the FCS Student Code of Conduct.


Grading Policy: FCS Grading Policy: A = 90 to 100, B = 80 to 89, C = 70 to 79, D = 60 to 69, F = Less than 60. The final course grade will be calculated by averaging each of the student’s nine weeks grades (at 40% weight each) and Final Exam grade (at 20% weight). Final letter grades will be assigned based upon the resulting average and using the scale above.


Grade Distribution for my class:  


  • 40% Classwork includes various types of work we do in class, either together or independently.  It may include listening, reading, writing, or speaking.  It will involve vocabulary, grammar, comprehension, and pronunciation. Participation and earnest attempts at all assignments are expected.


  • 20% Projects are usually long term assignments that may be group or individual and will usually incorporate several standards and/or content areas.  Students are expected to put forth their best effort and use as many resources as necessary to create a polished product.  Students may be required to do some work at home but will always be given ample class time.


  • 20% Quizzes are short formative assessments meant to check for student understanding and progress.  Students are expected to study and do their best.  We will always correct quizzes together, and students scoring below 65% may retake a similar quiz.


  •  20% Tests are summative assessments of a particular unit or topic and students are expected to be prepared.  Tests will not include any group work and will not be take-home. Students may or may not use resources at the teacher's discretion.  Students who score below 65% may retake a similar test.


Make-up Work: Students are allowed to make-up any missed assignments.

Classroom Expectations: 

The Five P’s: (In addition, all other school rules, policies and procedures apply)

1) Be prompt 

  • Be on time and in your seat when the bell rings.
  • Be prompt about turning assignments in on time.

2) Be polite 

  • Be courteous to your peers and instructors.
  • Do not speak while the teacher is instructing or talk out of turn. 
  • Raise your hand and wait for permission to speak.

3) Be productive 

  • Use your class time wisely and to its fullest potential.
  • Always hand in neat work, with your name at the top.
  • Cell phones are only permitted when the teacher says so.
  • English should be spoken as much as possible.
  • Chromebooks must be used for classroom purposes ONLY. 1st offense is a verbal warning. 2nd offense is a loss of technology privileges for the day.

4) Be prepared 

  • Come to class with your pencil, paper, assignments,and Bilingual Dictionary.
  • Charged Chromebooks and participation!
  • Study for quizzes and exams. 

5) Be patient 

  • Everyone learns at their own speed.
  • Demonstrate patience and understanding in this classroom.
  • Try to speak in English as much as you can. 


Restroom/Water Breaks Policy: Students must leave the class with a pass.


Consequences: Students who violate the classroom and school expectations are subjected to any of the following consequences:

  1.   Verbal Warning 
  2.   Parent/Guardian Conference (*loss of technology privileges if technology involved)
  3.   ISS/ASO
  4.   Administrative Referral 


PowerSchool: PowerSchool is Franklin County Public School’s online site for receiving current, up-to-date information about your student’s progress in all four of their classes. Students and parents/guardians are able to view progress reports and track their performance throughout the semester. You never have to wait to receive grade information again!


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Extra-Help Opportunities: Students who would like additional help may reach out to the teacher to set up additional help time.


Please complete and return this form by Friday, August 27th.


To be completed by the parent/guardian:

I have read the ESL class policies and procedures thoroughly, acknowledge the procedures that will be used for my student’s ESL class, and accept the expectations put forth for my student.


Printed Name:______________________Signature: ________________________   Date:­­­­­­­­­­­­­_________


Please check whether or not your student will have access to the internet at home. 

      My student WILL have access to the internet at home.

      My student WILL NOT have access to the internet at home.


To be completed by the student:

I have read the ESL class policies and procedures thoroughly, acknowledge the procedures that will be used for this class, and agree to abide by the stated expectations. Also, I have read and understand the FCS Student Code of Conduct and agree to abide by it.


Printed Name:______________________ Signature: ________________________   Date:­­­­­­­­­­­­­_________

Course Summary:

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