•  Overview-Basic skills for reading and writing, modified to meet individual student needs.


    Mrs. Bowlby’s Course Syllabus

    2017-2018Teacher: Julie Bowlby


    Course Title: English Language Arts Life Skills



    Course Description:

    This course is aligned with content standards while incorporating daily living skills. These skills embrace and enhance each student’s success and achievement. 


    Course Objectives:

    By the time the student completes this course of study; the student will know or be able to:


    • Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations regarding content learning and basic daily conversation.
    • Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.
    • Read and comprehend informational texts independently and/or whole group.
    • Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
    • Collaborate with peers and staff members to complete tasks and content learning.
    • Write routinely over extended time frames for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.



    Classroom Rules and Consequences:

    Treat others the way you want to be treated.

    Be respectful to staff and peers.

    Be prepared for class.

    Be responsible for your materials and your own work area.

    Participate and always give your best effort



    Semester assignments:

    Whole group/Small group class work


    Informal assessments- (quizzes, portfolios, participation, etc.)

    Formal Assessments (tests)

    A=100%-90% B=89%-80% C=79%-70% D=69%-60% F=59% and below


    Homework Policies:

    Homework is minimal for this class. However, when assignments are assigned they must be turned in for credit, unless the student has an excused absence. Make up of assignments must take place within the time period delineated in the MRHS student handbook (one day allotted for every day of an excused absence), unless noted teacher support and/or IEP.


    Report Cards:

    In an effort to conserve resources and harness the capacity of our electronic grade reporting program (PowerSchool) district schools will no longer print hard copies of report cards unless requested by individual parents. To request a hard copy of your student’s report card, please contact the front office at 623-376-3000. To receive your PowerSchool login, please stop into the office with a valid photo ID.


    Power School Online Access:

    Grades and attendance may be accessed 24 hours a day online with your Power School access code. Access codes are available in the Counseling Office or Front Desk Monday – Friday 7:00 AM– 3:30 PM. You may check student progress regularly on the PowerSchool site using the same login for one or more students. For Mountain Ridge parents/guardians without home computer access, a computer with guest log-in capability is available in the Counseling Conference Room.



    Make up and Long-Term Project Policies:

    Excused and Unexcused Absences: After an excused absence, a student has one school day for each day missed to make up work/tests, regardless of the number of days absent. If many days were missed, please schedule an appointment with me to formulate a plan for the completion of make-up work.



    We are a technology rich campus, and expanding the use of technology as a learning tool. Electronic devices will be increasingly integrated into the curriculum to reinforce critical thinking, collaboration, and cognitive engagement. I will designate during which activities students may use an electronic device and I will articulate how the device should be used appropriately. If a violation of the stipulated use occurs, consequences will be enforced in accordance with the Mountain Ridge Student Handbook. While we strive to maintain a safe environment, Mountain Ridge is not responsible for lost or stolen devices brought from home


    . Daily Device Use (iPads): Students should come to school with their iPads charged and ready to use in each class every day.


    Devices may not be used to record or take photos of other people without their consent. Consequences for classroom disruptions and misuse of devices will follow a progressive discipline model, beginning with a phone call home and progressing to office referrals for repeated or more serious offenses. See the Student Rights and Responsibilities consequence chart in the handbook for more specific descriptions of infractions and consequences.