Portfolio Class
Welcome Back!

Dear Parents/Guardians,
Welcome to a new school year at North Brunswick Township High School! My name is Mrs. Smith and I will be your child’s Portfolio teacher this year. I am truly excited about the upcoming year and I look forward to a delightful and productive school year. Please know that I am always available to answer questions or to provide your child with extra help (by appointment only). You may also feel free to contact me at COSMITH@nbtschools.org

In order to graduate students are required to pass one of the state mandated exams. The focus of the Portfolio class is to help your child develop and practice the necessary Literature skills needed to achieve college and career readiness.. Students will also read literary works from all genres, nonfiction contemporary literature, and classical world literature in order to analyze themes and concepts found on these exams. Additionally, students will complete writing assignments (creative pieces, reaction papers, and critical analyses) that will be a major component of the writing portion of the state exam. In preparation for college and career readiness students in this course will also develop competency in public speaking skills, vocabulary development, listening, viewing, and researching. Students are expected to keep up with assignments, readings, and are responsible for bringing necessary materials to class.

*High school level literature often explores sophisticated issues (i.e., race, class, gender, sexuality, religion, politics, sexual violence, and violence). If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me or my supervisor, Dr. Ellis.*

The following information serves as a brief overview to your child’s syllabus that was handed out in class today, and should be signed and dated by you. Please feel free to read over the syllabus for more detailed information.

Required Texts:

Accuplacer Study Guide
ASVAB Study Guide

Progress Report Calculations: 
All progress report and interim averages will be calculated based on the following criteria:

Practice Exams/Test 25% Homework/Classwork (includes participation) 20%
Quizzes 20% Projects & Writing 35%

Homework Policy: 
Homework must have a proper heading in the left hand corner (your name, date, class, HW’#) and be clear to read. If given handwritten homework and your writing is sloppy then type your homework. If an assignment is typed, please double-space, use one-inch margins, 12-point font in Times New Roman.
Homework is due on time and will not be accepted late. For larger projects and papers ten points will be deducted for every day the assignment is late, I will no longer accept the assignment after three days past the due date. 
Occasionally, class discussions, quizzes, tests, are based on the homework assignments; please help students to be prepared. Class discussions, quizzes, tests will not be done satisfactorily if a student does not complete homework assignments on time. The completion of homework assignments allows students to be prepared for class instruction and minimizes anxiety. In addition, when a student is absent it is their responsibility to make up missed homework, and get class notes. 

Make-Up Assignments: 
I follow the school regulations regarding makeup work. If you are absent the day of a test or quiz, be prepared to take the test or quiz the first day you return. The work must be made up during your lunch, study hall or otherwise free period. In addition if you are absent prior to a test or quiz you still need to be prepared to take the assessment the day it is given. If you are absent on the day of a group presentation, the group will present to the best of their ability and an alternative assignment may be required from the absent member. When you return to school from your absence please make sure you speak with me after class. Once again, it is your responsibility to check with me and to complete any makeup work. 

These are the tools that you will need to be prepared for class each day. Please make sure that you come prepared to work with the proper tools needed to complete assignments and participate in class discussion.
Binder – We will be taking notes on a regular basis. You should have a section of your binder with paper designated for this class. Furthermore, your binder should be split into three sections notes, vocabulary, and homework. Periodic notebook checks may take place throughout the semester!
Pens – Please come prepared with at least two blue or black pens for writing in this class. Work will not be accepted if written in any other color. (You may bring highlighters or colored pens for annotating and highlighting.)
Folder – You will need a folder to place handouts that you receive during class and any papers or tests that are graded and returned back to you. I give a lot of handouts so please plan accordingly.

If you have any questions or concerns or if you would like to visit my classroom, schedule a conference, you can feel free to contact me at cosmith@nbtschools.org. I look forward to working with your child and meeting you soon. Let’s work together to ensure your child’s success!