“Choice, not circumstances, determines your success.”


    Course: English 9          

    Instructor: Mrs. Rallison

    Contact: You may reach me via e-mail at Rallison.kelsey@cusd80.com or call me at (480) 883-5271.

    Tutoring: Tutoring is available before school daily.  Additional times may be scheduled by appointment.


    Welcome to Mrs. Rallison’s English 9 class. In order to obtain the most conducive learning environment, I will use the following classroom and grading policies. It is important that you read these policies in order for you to be successful in this class.


    As the teacher, I work diligently to assist in the preparation and success for all students in this course.  I expect my students to put forth their best effort each and every time. The easiest way to contact me is via email; however, do not hesitate to call if you have a question.



    Course Objectives/Competencies: The curriculum for this course aligns with the Arizona State Standards for Language Arts. The English Department at Hamilton High School follows the requirements and guidelines set forth in the Arizona State Standards, which may be viewed on the Arizona Board of Education website. A comprehensive final is administered at the end of each semester.


    Attendance: Since full and active participation is essential for success in this course, regular attendance is required. School Policy will be strictly adhered to regarding tardies and unexcused absences. If a student misses six classes, a letter is generated by the attendance.  After 10 absences per semester, the student may be dropped with an F.  Please refer to the student handbook for specific details. Administration makes the final determination. 


    Tardies: A tardy is defined as not being in your seat when the bell rings. After the first three tardies, parent/guardian contact is made.  Students will not be allowed to make up any missing classwork due to an unexcused tardy. Excessive tardies will result in a referral to administration. Essentially, be on time. 


    Textbook/Workbook: MyPerspectives, Pearson, 2017, various novels, short stories, poems, non-fiction articles.

    Literature Selections:

    Various short stories
    To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    The Odyssey by Homer
    Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
    Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
    The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

    Materials: Please bring the following materials to class on a daily basis.  If you are unable to obtain any of these items, please make arrangements to speak individually with me.


    ●      Independent reading material (book, short story, poetry).

    ●      A supply of writing utensils including: blue pen, black pen, and pencil

    ●      Composition notebook

    ●      Pink, green, yellow, and blue highlighters

    ●      Loose leaf notebook paper

    ●      Glue sticks

    ●      An email account and computer access (free accounts are available through the library).


    Management Plan:

    Overall Semester Grade                                                                                             Quarter Grade Breakdown

    First Quarter
    Second Quarter
    Final Exam


    Grading Scale:

     90%-100%              = A

     80%-89%                = B

     70%-79%                = C

     60%-69%                = D

     50%-59%               = F


    InfiniteCampus, a web-based program which parents and students can access on the internet at any time, will be used school wide this year. If you need to set up an account this year, your student will bring home the information. Parents are responsible for checking up on their child’s grades. Teachers will not send home grade sheets.


    Make-up Work: I follow the HHS policy on 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 get the work on your own time. Make up tests/quizzes are to be made up within ONE week by coming in before/after school by appointment. Make-up work will only be accepted for excused absences. Unexcused absences will not receive any credit. Final exams will NOT be administered early.


    Late Work: You will receive one (1) late work pass at the beginning of each quarter. These passes allow you to turn a homework assignment, one day late, for assignments up to 20 points. You may not use the late work pass for any assignment 20 points or more. I follow the school policy of deducting 10% per day, up to five days.  After the fifth day, students will earn no more than 50% on any given assignment.


    Requirements for Written Work: All major assignments must be typed and printed from the computer. MLA format is required. Handwritten essays will not be accepted.  If you do not have access to a computer at home, you may use one of the computers in the library on your own time. 


    Computer/Printer Issues: I will gladly print out an assignment that is emailed to me, as long as I receive the email by 5:00 pm the day prior to the assignment due date. If I have received the email, I will respond to you. If you do not get an email from me, you need to figure out another way to print your paper. If I print your paper, you must then come in before school to pick up your paper. I will not print your paper during class. A broken computer or printer does not extend your due date.


    Extra Credit: I will offer extra credit on occasion. You should not rely on extra credit to raise your grade. 


    Classroom Expectations:

    ●      Be on time and be prepared.

    ●      Respect yourself and others.

    ●     Do your best work each and every time.

    ●      Follow all school rules and policies.

    ●      Use language appropriate for school- profanity is not tolerated.

    ●      We all have the right to be treated with respect and everyone deserves to have a voice.


    Diversity Statement: Diversity Statement: All individuals have a right to an educational environment free from bias, prejudice and bigotry.  As members of the Hamilton High School educational community, students are expected to refrain from participating in acts of harassment that are designed to demean another student’s race, gender, ethnicity, religious preference, disability or sexual orientation.

    English Department’s Mission Statement: Cultivating diversity, integrity, and tenacity through literacy and critical thinking to empower students to be engaged community members.


    Behavior Plan:

    Discipline will be handled on an individual basis at the teacher’s discretion. Consequences may include a verbal warning, a student-teacher conference, parental contact, removal from class, and/or a referral to administration.


    Cheating:  Students are expected to abide by ethical standards. Cheating carries a ZERO TOLERANCE policy in this class. In other words, if you are caught cheating, you will earn no credit for the work, a parent may be contacted, and you may be referred to administration.  Cheating includes but is not limited to: coping assignments from peers (all parties will be found guilty), cheat sheets, and/or plagiarizing assignments.  Practice honesty; do your own work.  (Note: If students are found with similar work, and they state the reason “We worked on it together,” this will ALWAYS be an UNACCEPTABLE answer and zeroes will still be earned by all students.)


    Food, drinks, and gum will not be permitted in the classrooms.  Students will be instructed to throw away any food or drink brought to class. Water is acceptable.


    Restroom/Hall Passes: Out of courtesy, please do not ask to leave while I am addressing the group as a whole or during a student presentation. Other than that, you are given two (2) bathroom passes to use throughout the semester.  If you do not use these passes, you will earn five (5) extra credit points per pass at the end of the semester.


    Movies: During the school year, we may watch all or part of the following movies, which are directly connected to the curriculum.


    The Odyssey                               

    Hunger Games                

    To Kill a Mockingbird