Please check this website for academic updates and course information. Grades are entered through Schoology, and I am available before/after school for additional assistance. I want to help you find success in your English class.
Students should come to class ready to learn, share, compose, analyze, and appraise. We have a lot of fun in these courses, but we also dig in and THINK. If learning were always fun and easy, we could give out high school diplomas in Happy Meals. Students may use their phones with teacher permission, but this is generally a "phones-off" classroom. I appreciate your respect for this policy. Confiscated phones will be turned in to the main office for student retrieval. Parents who obsessively call or text with their children throughout the school day are encouraged to back off and find a different hobby--perhaps vegetable gardening or charity work. Help your children learn to focus, solve problems independently, and realize the power of sustained thinking.
Your classroom presence is important! Students with planned absences are expected to see me beforehand. Assignments are listed on the website, so students can often keep up with many assignments even while they are away from school. If students know of an impending absence, I appreciate the heads-up so that the student and I can preview upcoming endeavors. In general, students have twice the number of days as the absence to submit homework from an excused absence. However, most long-term assignments or tests need to be made up beforehand. Students who receive ATT-R status should make arrangements to see Mr. Cox a.s.a.p. after their meeting with administration.
Parents, as we endeavor to help your child learn to become responsible and independent, I respectfully request that you speak with your child and have him/her see me before contacting me with questions about academic progress. Help your children take ownership of their academic progress.
Schoology's online gradebook is a double-edged sword. Being able to gauge progress is important, but constant "grade hovering" can be detrimental to both students and parents. At the start of each quarter, just a few low grade entries can cause a bumpy start that may look alarming. Parents, I ask that you handle this at home by encouraging good study habits and priorities. I will do what I can here at school. If a problem arises, please speak with your child and have him/her see me. I will gladly assist students before/after school and communicate with you if/when you have any questions. I appreciate your help as we work together to help your child become a responsible, critical-thinking young adult.
CONTROVERSIAL TEXTUAL CONTENT: (From the College Board)
Issues that might, from particular social, historical, or cultural viewpoints, be considered controversial, including references to ethnicities, nationalities, religions, races, dialects, gender, or class, may be addressed in texts that are appropriate for the course. Fair representation of issues and peoples may occasionally include controversial material. Since students have chosen a program that directly involves them in college-level work, participation in this course depends on a level of maturity consistent with the age of high school students who have engaged in thoughtful analyses of a variety of texts. The best response to controversial language or ideas in a text might well be a question about the larger meaning, purpose, or overall effect of the language or idea in context. Students should have the maturity, skill, and will to seek the larger meaning of a text or issue through thoughtful research.
I will gladly help students before/after school and/or during tutorial and prep. time. South library offers a "zero hour" tutorial as well as after-school study hours. NHS volunteer tutors are also available.
Free live, real time help is available online from the public library, Tutor.com
I write several recommendation letters--20 or more--each year. Due to this workload, I respectfully request that students let me know far in advance if they would like a recommendation for a scholarship or college application. Please use the recommendation request guide sheet, which you can find on the "General Information and Handouts" section of the site. A recommendation is a privilege, not a right; please ask me if I will write one for you.