Ninth Grade English Expectations
“Every member of the Whitfield School community must sustain and promote a high level of personal honor
and integrity. The Honor Code represents the system through which all individuals, as members of a community
committed to academic excellence and social responsibility, demonstrate respect, honesty and scholarship.
Every individual assumes the responsibility to preserve the ethical, academic and moral values of the community.
Academic dishonesty and conduct lacking integrity in any form lessen the value of the collective mission.
The success of this Honor Code depends upon trustworthy behavior on the part of all involved.”
- Respect self, others, and property at all times.
- Come to class prepared mentally and physically each day, and with all materials.
- Collaborate with your peers to the best of your ability on appropriate assignments.
- Follow and obey all rules found in the Whitfield School handbook.
- Know the ROPES!
- Students will use WarriorWeb as needed and will check email at least once every
- Students will turn in all homework, papers, and projects at the beginning of the class in which they are due.
- If a student does not feel that they will be able to meet an assignment deadline, the student will contact the teacher immediately, either meeting with the teacher before/after school or emailing the teacher ASAP. Note: the teacher will determine whether an exception will be made on a case-by-case basis.
- Students understand that, unless an arrangement with the teacher has been made, there will be consequences for late work.
- Late work will earn half credit if submitted within a week of the deadline.
- Work not printed OR submitted online correctly is considered late.
- If absent for a quiz or test, the student will be given one day beyond the day of the scheduled test for each day of absence in which to take it. If absent for a quiz or test, but arrives at school later that day, the student is required to take the test that day.
- Students are responsible for material covered and homework assigned in the event of an absence.
- Students are expected to always turn in work that is uniquely their own and should always cite their sources, whether using direct quotes or paraphrasing using their own style and diction. Plagiarism will be addressed in accordance with school policy, which is explained in the Student/Parent Handbook.
English Department Mission Statement
In the English program, Whitfield students build character, purpose, and passion in an environment that
prioritizes communication, connectivity, and innovative thinking. Students develop an appreciation of the power
and beauty of the English language by exploring literature, by writing in a broad selection of modes with different
purposes, and by engaging with a variety of audiences. The mission of the English department is to provide students
with the tools they need to become skilled, effective and enthusiastic readers, writers and communicators.
Process Writing at Whitfield
Good writing is evidence of good thinking and is a vehicle for promoting understanding, empathy and appreciation of many
perspectives. Awareness of audience and purpose is paramount in effective communication. In English, students work to find
their own voices while developing critical thinking and reflection skills. Learning a variety of genres of writing comes from
tackling authentic tasks. Students should be ready to revise and rework their ideas before creating a publishable product, and
teachers will provide substantive coaching at each stage of the writing process.