The School Committees believe that it is important for students and parents/guardians to know and understand the instructional expectations of the school and individual teachers.
Throughout our instructional program, we believe each teacher has a commitment:
- To ensure that all students receive maximum exposure to the learning objectives of each class in which they are enrolled;
- To provide timely notification to students and parents when the student is having difficulty meeting the learning objectives of the course;
- To emphasize the fact that in order to achieve course objectives, a student must attend class;
- To emphasize the fact that good study habits are crucial in order to complete all work in a course. Casual and consistently late submission of work must be avoided.
- To offer significant learning experiences in each meeting of the course to reinforce, expand, or enrich the student’s understanding of the content of the course.
On the secondary level, at the beginning of each course, students will receive a copy of the teacher’s course expectations; in this way, students will know what the teacher expects of them and what they can expect of the teacher. The course expectations will clearly state the specific academic requirements for the course, the teacher’s procedure for calculating grades, the number and nature of major academic tasks that the student will have to complete, as well as procedures for making up work missed because of student absences.
In order for students to complete the learning objectives of a course, they need to attend class regularly, prepare homework consistently, complete assignments on time, and participate actively in classroom discussions. When students have excessive absences from class, whether excused or unexcused, their chances of successfully completing the course objectives decrease. Teachers will notify a student and his/her parents if they feel that the student’s absences are interfering with the student’s successful completion of the learning objectives for a particular course.
Region Voted to Approve: 8/12/86
Amherst Voted to Approve: 8/19/86
Pelham Voted to Approve: 8/18/86
Effective Date: 8/12/86