English 2

English II


DR. STANIEC                                             sstaniec@parmaschools.org

Welcome to Sophomore English!  In this course, you will continue to perfect your English skills through daily execution of the four modes of language (reading, writing, listening, and speaking).  This year’s writing emphasis is the research project, so we will practice researching and writing papers based on your findings. 


What do I need to bring to class?

  • Pen, pencil, and highlighter
  • Any style of binder with paper or notebook in which you can devote three sections for English.


SCORING AND GRADES (Please also see Course Assignments and Grade Breakdown)

 Many assignments will be scored on a five-point system and weighted according to its value.  The scale can generally be translated as:


4=Meets expectations perfectly

3=Approaching Expectations

2=Below expectations



What’s my grade in here?   What am I missing?

Course grading and make-up work policies are based on information found in the student handbook.  Grades will be posted once each week, generally on Friday mornings.  Your current grades can also be found by logging onto Family Link through the school website.

What can I do to bring up my grade?

Your grade is determined by the quality of your work.  In order to increase your grade, you must put forth effort and ask for help when you need it.  Do all of your assignments, and do them well.  Extra credit is not an option.

When can I get help?

If you need more help than I can give during the class period, you are welcome to arrange to see me before or after school.



What are we doing in here? 

You are expected to know what is going on around you and stay on task.  The basic schedule of each block class this semester is:  (1) Journal Response—you will have five-to-ten minutes at the beginning of class to record your reaction to the daily journal prompt.  Next are (2) General Announcements and (3) Review Topic on English grammar and vocabulary.  You will be quizzed on the Review Topic information, and you will see it on the final exam.  You may take notes on the review topic of the day and use them during quizzes.  Following these will be the (4) Daily Assignment which will include some reading, some discussion, and a written element. 



Did we do anything yesterday?

If you miss class, you are responsible for make-up work.  Class assignments will be posted daily,  and associated handouts will be available in a class file.



If I get through the door when the bell rings, am I tardy?

Yes.  You must be in your assigned seat before the bell rings to be considered present and on time.



May I use the restroom?  May I go to the office? 

Occasionally, you may need to leave class.  When this need arises, quietly excuse yourself and always sign out.  Failure to sign out will result in the loss of hall-pass privileges.  In addition, hall passes that are abused by your being out of class too long, leaving too frequently, or visiting locations other than the restrooms or office will also result in the loss of hall-pass privilages.



I forgot to finish my lunch.  Can I just eat it in here?


What about Thirsty Thursday?  Every cool kid has a 64-ouncer, shouldn’t I? 

No.  Only water bottles are allowed in the classroom.  Irreparable stains have been caused in classrooms by these and other unauthorized drinks. 



Can I use my cell phone?

You may only use your cell phone with teacher permission.  Appropriate ways to use your cell phone includes the use of planning features and academic apps. You may not use your phone to text, make calls, play unauthorized games, take photos (including “selfies”), FaceTime, Twitter, post to Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, or other social media.

Can I listen to my music?

There may be times where listening to your music with earbuds may be appropriate and helpful.  Earbuds and ear phones may only be visible when you have teacher permission.  Your music must not be audible to others.

What if I'm only wearing my headsets and earbuds to look cool but am not actually listening to music?

As stated above, listening devices may only be visible when you have permission to use them.



Lunch detention sounds fun!  How can I get in on that?

Just so you know, there is nothing fun or cool about lunch detention.  Detention is assigned for unexcused tardiness and other disrespectful or disruptive behavior.  If you are assigned lunch detention, you will serve it in my classroom doing a chore or sitting quietly.  In the event that I am unavailable to supervise you, you will serve your detention in the lunchroom under the supervision of faculty there.