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Steven Reed

Meet Your Spring Woods High School English III and Reading II / III Teacher, Mr. Steven Reed!

 

Hello, Tigers!

 

I'm looking forward to working with my students and their families to have a successful 2020-2021 school year. I know that the road will be challenging, but if we work hard and work together, I know that we will do just fine!

 

This will be my tenth year teaching English at Spring Woods High School and my second year teaching Reading. My love of literature, literary theory, and writing developed while I was in high school. While on scholarship at the University of Saint Thomas, here in Houston, I earned Bachelors of Arts degrees in both English Literature and Psychology. I took the long route to become teacher, working in various positions, including editor, before earning my certification. Over the years, I've found that my past experiences have helped me develop strong connections to my students. When I teach English to my students, my hope is that they master the skills necessary to excell in today's maketplace. I cannot stress the necessity for having persistence and grit when it comes to succeeding in the English Language Arts - these are the qualities necessary to succeed!

 

Expectations

It goes without saying that 2020 has been an incredibly challenging year for everyone - and the year is not even over! We either rise to, ride out, or fail its challenges. Whatever 2020 has thown at us, when we work together and work hard, we can succeed. Remember, you are not alone! You have teachers, counselors, and administrators who are more than willing to lend a helping hand. 

Despite these challenges, I do have expectations of every one of my students.

First, be present. This means attend all of your Zoom classroom sessions, keep up with your assignments, read and listen to directions, ask clarifying questions, avoid procastinating, ask for help when you need it, make sure your Chromebook is charged and working properly. Being present is a state of mind that will help you get through your school day successfully in all of your classes.

Second, be mindful. This means pay attention to your performance in class, with your assignments, and with yourself. Manage your time by keeping to a regular schedule - this make getting through you school day much easier. Manage yourself by showing and giving respect to everyone you encounter. Respect is as simple as thanking someone for helping you to helping another student who is challenged; it also includes following classroom rules and Spring Branch ISD policies. Being mindful will means being self-aware of your situation. If you are mindful, you will be successful!

Meeting these two expectations will not only make your school year go by faster, they also will prepare you for life beyond Spring Woods High School.

 

Important Information

If you have questions or feel the need to confer with me, please feel free to contact me. If you choose to email me (my preferred method), please be sure to include your questions, concerns, and contact information in your message.

Room Number: 814 (Formerly 236), near the back of the Library

Email: [email protected]

Zoom Room: 669 504 4144

Phone Number: 713-251-3100, Ext. 3238

 

Schedule

My schedule for the 2020-2021 school year is as follows:

Period 1Conference / Planning
Period 2Reading II and III
Period 3English III
Period 4Conference / Planning
Period 5English III
Lunch 
Period 6Reading II / III
Period 7English III

 

Syllabus

Mr. Steven Reed

Room 814 (Formerly 236)

Email: [email protected]

Zoom Room: 669 504 4144

Welcome to English III, Reading II, and Reading III for the 2020-2021 school year, Tigers! I look forward to working with all of you, whether virtually or in person. While we have been thrust into one of the most challenging moments in history, I know that with grit, persistence, hard work, and respect, we will make this school year the best ever! 

My Schedule

 

1st - Conference Period

2nd - Reading II & III

3rd - English III

4th - Conference Period

5th - English III

6th - Reading II & III

7th - English III


 

Office Hours and Tutorials

 

Digital Learning: I will be available during 1st period every day for Zoom tutorials and conferences

 

Face-to-Face Learning: You will need to sign up for after school tutorials for 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm.

Necessary Supplies 

 

All students must have the following:

  • Charged laptop / Chromebook and charger

  • Blue or black pens

  • No. 2 pencils, colored pencils, sharpeners, and erasers

  • Yellow, blue, green, and pink highlighters

  • A notebook, composition book, or 2 inch binder with paper and dividers

  • Laptop compatible headphones

 

All students attending class on the SWHS campus must also have the following:

  • Face masks

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Water bottle

 

If you are attending class virtually, you need a reliable wi-fi connection. If you do not have a good connection or no connection, PLEASE LET US KNOW AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!

Mastery Grading

 

English III uses mastery grading to evaluate students. In Skyward, you will see grades for the different skills that we are working on rather than the names of specific assignments. When students show improvement in a particular skill, their grade for that skill will be raised. This allows students to track their progress towards mastering the skills they need to be successful English students! Grades will never be lowered in this system

 

You can refer to the mastery grading chart in our classroom to see which assignments test which skills. Please reach out with any questions!  

Grading, Late Work, and Retest Policy 

 

You can expect at least 8 minor assignments and 2 major grades per nine weeks.

 
  • Minor / Formative Assignments: 60% 

  • Major / Summative Assignments: 40% 

 

Late work will always be accepted up until the end of each 9-week grading period due to the possibility of various complications this year. Point deductions for late work will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

 

Students may retest as many times as they like to demonstrate mastery. There is no cap on retest grades.

 

Students who would rather complete corrections (when given the option) can earn back half of their lost points. For example, a 60% can be raised to an 80% this way. 

Online Learning Expectations 

 

You are expected to participate in my class each day during our designated class time via zoom and/or itslearning. 

 

While using zoom, please keep your video on until told otherwise.

 

My classroom rules still apply: be present and mindful and you will be successful!

Face-to-Face Learning Expectations 

 

You will use your own laptop or Chromebook every day. Please make sure it is charged and that you have headphones compatible with your device. 

 

You will be expected to follow safety protocols including mask use, social distancing, and independent use of materials. 

 

I am looking forward to returning to Spring Woods High School and working with all of my students this year! Let's work hard to make this the best year ever!

 

 
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