Printable Syllabus

    Welcome to Ms. Lolo’s Freshmen English class! In order to obtain the most conducive learning environment, the below classroom and grading policies will be followed. For you to be successful in this class, it is important that you and your parents read and understand these policies. The easiest way to contact me is via email; however, do not hesitate to call if you have a question.


    Course Name: English 9

    Teacher Contact information: Shayla Lolo, room C117, lolo.shayla@cusd80.com - (480) 224-2857


    Course Objectives/Competencies:

    The Arizona ELA Standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. Students will be intellectually challenged; they will read Romeo and Juliet, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Odyssey and, Night, as well as countless short stories, poems and non-fiction essays. We will develop skills such as literary analysis, language and grammar, synthesis and research, argumentative writing, test preparation skills (AzMerit, SAT, ACT and AP exams) and some creative writing.

    *All materials are subject to change*

    Materials:  The following items are required for this class:

    1. FIVE different colored highlighters – Pink, Green, Blue, Orange, and Yellow
    3. Loose Leaf College Ruled Paper
    4. Blue/Black Pens /#2 Pencils
    5. Small and medium sized sticky notes/flags
    6. A folder/section of a binder for this course only.


    This class is weighted on an 80-20 scale. Meaning that all all work besides the final exam is 80% of the grade and the final is worth 20%.

    Grading Scale                                                                                                       Grading Criteria                                  

    100-90                   A                                                                                             Class Participation                20%

    89-80                     B                                                                                              Agenda                                   15%      

    79-70                     C                                                                                              Homework                             15%

    69-60                     D                                                                                             Quizzes                                   15%      

    59 & below           F                                                                                              Projects/Exams/Essays        35%


    Make-up Work

    You are allotted the number of days that you missed, plus one, to make up your work.  It is your responsibility to complete the work on your own time.  Check the absent folders when you return for missed work.  Make-up work will only be accepted for excused absences. 

    Late Work:

    Late work is not accepted in this class. However, students are given a late pass to use each quarter to turn in missing work. It must be turned in no later than one week after the assignment is due in order to be accepted for full-credit potential. Once the late passes are used up, the student cannot turn in late work. “Reality checks” CANNOT be used on long-term projects, tests/quizzes, or other assignments specified by the teacher in class.





    Cell Phones/Electronic Devices:

    Cell phones must be put in the Cell Phone Holder each day when students enter class. Surge protectors are available for charging, but only if the phone is plugged in before the final bell rings. There will be many times when phones will be used for class activities – if this is the case, it will be communicated clearly before class begins. If students choose not to put their cell phone in the Cell Phone Holder and are caught using it without permission, I will confiscate it and place it in my drawer until the end of the period. Any further offenses will result in the phone being sent to the office, per student handbook policy.


    Plagiarism is a serious offense that will be treated as such.  Any work turned in that is not your own, even if only parts of it are not your own, regardless of where you received the information, will receive a zero.  Repeated offenses will be referred for administrative discipline.  It is up to all of us to maintain the integrity of the classroom.


    Self-plagiarism is a form of cheating and is academically dishonest. It occurs when an author reuses his/her own previously written work or data in a ‘new’ written product without letting the reader/instructor know that this material has appeared elsewhere. This includes reusing any portion of an assignment previously written and/or submitted to an instructor for a grade and/or an assessment. Any act of self-plagiarism, intentional or unintentional, or acts of academic misconduct on any assignment, may result in: failure for the assignment, or failure for the course after a conduct referral has been written.

    Conduct:  Behavior of becoming a mature, young adult is expected.

    Be Appropriate – You are old enough to know what behavior and language is appropriate.  You will be expected to keep hands and feet to yourself and refrain from all foul language, racial slurs and backtalk.  In other words, my classroom is rated G.

    Be Attentive – You are responsible for attaining information given.  You are also expected to be present and engaged from the beginning of class.  Offer ideas, participate in discussions and group activities, and complete your own work.

    Be Prepared– Be ready to work when the bell rings.  Come to class with all necessary materials for success.  Take responsibility for your own learning.

    • Be IN YOUR SEAT when the TARDY bell rings.

    Be Positive – Enjoy this class, the people in the room, and the opportunity to learn.  If you don’t like something, or disagree with someone, find a way to express it in a respectful manner or keep your thoughts to yourself.  Put forth your best effort for every task.  Give an attempt, not an excuse.

    • You will sleep on your own time


    Ms. Lolo’s Website

    For the benefit of all my students, I utilize the district provided website space throughout the year to post a link to my teacher schoology.com: a course calendar, the classroom notes when applicable, links to useful resources, and copies of assignments and project guidelines. These are all wonderful, real-world tools. Lack of internet access will not be considered an excuse for not completing an assignment.


    The students have access to computers before school, during their lunch, and after-school, so there are plenty of opportunities to complete on-line assignments while on campus. All classroom and district rules and regulations apply in the virtual classroom environment.