English 4/ERWC Syllabus 2015-2016

 Golden Valley High School

Contact Information:

Mr. Croninger                                         

Email: scroninger@muhsd.org

Teacher Website:


Welcome to your final wonderful year at GVHS! Please keep a copy of this for future reference. This will also be available on my teacher website.    

About the Course:

English 4/ERWC is a year-long course focused on helping students master the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Grade 12 in English/Language Arts and prepares them for college.  The course addresses critical academic literacy challenges identified by the CSU English Placement Test Committee and ICAS (the Intersegmental Committee of the Academic Senates of the three segments of public higher education in California), and successfully prepares students to meet the academic demands and expectations of college and university faculty.

Technology in English 4:

Classroom Rules:

1.   No food, gum, or drinks in the classroom. Water is acceptable.

2.   Stay in your seat during class time unless you have permission to get up.

3.  Be respectful to yourself, all school staff, and other students. No complaining, putdowns, or foul language.

4.   Follow all the school rules and the Six Pillars of Character Counts: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.

5.    When entering my classroom, please come in quietly without food or drink. As you enter, please pick up the papers on the counter by the door.

6.   When you enter class, please have all music put away. I don’t want to see headphone and ear buds hanging around your neck. If I see them, you will be ask to go outside to put them away. You may be tardy if the bell rings before you can re-enter the class.

7.     When exiting my classroom, do not begin packing up until I signal you to do so. Likewise, I will dismiss you daily, not the bell. You must remain in your seats quietly and wait for the signal. If you stand up or crowd by the door, everyone will return to his/her seat and wait for my dismissal.

8.     Our classroom and desks are in great condition and I expect them to stay like that. Take pride in your classroom and school by keeping it clean. There is to be no writing on desks. 

Classroom Expectations:


What This Looks Like

What This DOESN’T Look Like

Be prompt.

  • You are seated quietly with your materials ready to go once the bell rings.  
  • You quickly transition from activity to activity.  
  • You walk through the door as the bell rings.
  • You are sitting and talking when the bell rings with NO materials out.

Be prepared.

  • Chromebook ready to go once bell rings.
  • Digital materials ready to go in separate tabs.
  • Paper materials ready to go.
  • You are prepared to share ideas/answers when called upon.  
  • Searching for tabs and getting behind on lesson.
  • Searching through backpack for materials while instruction happens.
  • You don’t have a contribution when called upon.  

Be polite.

  • Saying “please,” “thank you,” and all the other magic words.
  • Listening to the contributions of others.  
  • Participating in group work.
  • Assuming the best in others.
  • Laughing at a classmate’s idea or writing.
  • Not participating in group work.
  • Using bossy language instead of kind language.

Be productive.

  • Always be working.
  • If you get stuck, ask for help.
  • Use the Chromebook to learn and produce.  
  • Phones are kept put away.  
  • Talking to other students about non-academic topics.
  • Using the Chromebook for reasons OTHER than academic--music, chatting, etc.
  • Phones are taken out of the pocket or bag to check text messages or other notifications.  

A Note on Electronic Devices in Class:

One important area of being productive is taking steps to ensure that distractions are kept to a minimum.  Because we have access to school-issued Chromebooks, we will use those for academic tasks.  Phones must be kept either in the pocket or in the bag.  They may be used only when the student receives permission.

Classroom Intervention and Discipline:

If you choose to break a rule or not follow a procedure, there will be consequences.  Generally speaking, I follow the following intervention steps reserving the right to skip steps when warranted by behavior that is dangerous or significantly distracts the learning environment.  

  1. Verbal warning.
  2. Student fills out GVHS Student Incident Worksheet and remains in class.  
  1. Student and teacher have a conference about the issue.
  2. Incident may be logged in AERIES.  
  1. Sent to Intervention Center (IC) for period to fill out GVHS Incident Worksheet.  
  1. Student and teacher have a conference about the issue before student can return to class.
  2. Incident logged in AERIES.  

Grading: Final marks will be calculated on a standard scale



Classwork / Homework
















*Note: I do not round up percentages. Example: If you earn a 59%, you will receive an “F.”

Academic grades are based on total points earned on assignments according to the following percentages:

Late Work Policy:

I have a generous late work policy which is designed to help students.  However, I must have certain cut-offs.  I don’t want students working on work from previous grading periods while I am teaching new materials.  Therefore, I have adopted the following late work policy for ERWC.

Students may turn in late work by the due dates listed below.  These due dates were established to make sure that I have time to get grades completed by the end of each quarter.  


                        Last Day to Accept Late Work

1st Quarter Work

October 14

2nd Quarter Work

December 11

3rd Quarter Work

March 09

4th Quarter Work

May 27

Make-Up Work from Absences:

Academic Dishonesty Policy:

According to the Wikipedia entry[1] on academic dishonesty,

**I do not tolerate academic dishonesty.  If a student is tempted to be academically dishonest because the student does not understand something, I want the student to please come talk to me during intervention or after school.  Sometimes all the student needs is a different way of explaining.

**If a student is caught being academically dishonest, the student will receive a zero on the assignment.  The student will need to meet with me.  I will note in the AERIES gradebook that the assignment was either copied or plagiarized.  

Necessary Supplies:

Optional but Recommended Supplies:

Below is your Student Contract that you must have signed by your parent or guardian. You must also sign the contract so I know that you fully understand my classroom rules and procedures. By signing below, please note that you are agreeing to the above while in my classroom. Please take this last page and return it to Mr. Croninger as soon as possible.

Student Contract

I, _______________________________________, have read and understand the rules and procedures of my English 4/ERWC class. I have also reviewed these rules and procedures with my parent or guardian.

Student Signature: ______________________________________________________ Date:__________________________

Parent/Guardian Name: _________________________________________________________________________________

Parent/Guardian Signature: ______________________________________________________________________________

Parent/Guardian Contact Phone Number: __________________________________________________________________

Parent/Guardian Email Address: __________________________________________________________________________

Best time to contact Parent/Guardian: _____________________________________________________________________

Best way to contact Parent/Guardian:  By Phone      or      By Email        (Circle One)


[1] "Academic Dishonesty." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 08 Mar. 2014. Web. 08 Aug. 2014.