Explorer Team


Mission Statement

Our team is committed to helping students develop their intellectual abilities, increase their self-esteem, and cope with the changes they are experiencing. Through the teaching of self-discipline, organization, basic study skills, and problem solving, we hope to produce self-sufficient individuals.

Members of our team strongly promote literacy for all students, as we require reading and writing across the curriculum. Students are expected to take responsibility for their own education by continually striving toward their highest potential. Finally, we will make every attempt to show our students that learning is exciting.

Classroom Behavior Expectations

1. Respect others:

  • Do not interrupt or make inappropriate comments
  • Raise your hand
  • Keep your voice at an acceptable level during group activities
  • 2. Bring all of your materials every day.

    3. Requests to leave the classroom will be granted only in emergency situations

    4. Remain seated in your assigned seat until your teacher dismisses you.

    5. Arrive to class on time. Tardy to class will result in office detention.

    Discipline Procedure

    Failure to follow team expectations will result in the following consequences:

    1st Offense: Verbal warning
    2nd Offense: Yellow Slip/Parent Notification: Must be signed and returned to teacher. Failure to return the signed form will result in a referral to the office and one detention.

    Homework Policy

  • All homework assignments are to be recorded in the student’s agenda.
  • Homework assignments are graded for completion and effort, not whether or not the answers are correct.
  • Homework answers must be written in complete sentences
  • On math homework, all work must be shown.
  • Copying answers from another student's homework is cheating.If a student does this, he/she will receive a zero on the assignment. The student who provides the homework to be copied will also receive a zero for the assignment. A student referral will be sent to the office.
  • Daily Reading

  • Students should be reading approximately 20 minutes every day. This is considered the homework for English class, and will count for 20% of the student’s grade each quarter.
  • Students are expected to complete four (4) reading books each quarter. Students must provide evidence of completion of reading books by passing an accelerated reader test (books on the book list).
  • Reading book due dates are given to students, and recorded in the student agenda, at the start of each quarter. Students must complete the book and assessment by the due date.
  • Students who miss the due date will receive a grade of zero; any incomplete books that students were reading will be applied to the next due date when completed.
  • Due Dates & Late Policy

  • Students are expected to hand in projects, papers, and essays upon the due date.
  • Students will be permitted to hand in a project, paper, or essay one day late, but will receive a penalty of a 10% grade deduction.
  • No assignments will be accepted after one late day.
  • If a student is absent, the project/paper/essay is due upon that student’s return to school (the next day the student is present).
  • Student Responsibilities

    Are you prepared for class?

    Each day students must bring the following items to class:

  • Covered Textbook (if one has been given)
  • Notebook/binder
  • Agenda
  • Pen or pencil
  • Calculator
  • Completed homework
  • At the start of each class you will be expected to be in your assigned seat. Materials and homework are to be placed on your desk in plain view.

    Make-Up Work

  • If you are absent, it is your responsibility to find out what you have missed. Ask your teacher for notes and/or materials given out during your absence.
  • Homework can only be made up if you are absent on the day it is given. If you are absent on the day it is due, you must show it to your teacher on the day you return in order to get credit.
  • It is your responsibility to make up all work within one week.
  • You will receive a zero for all work that is not made up.
  • Quizzes and tests can be made up during department night. You may only take a make-up if you were absent on the day of the quiz/test. You may not take a make-up because you got a poor score on a test/quiz.
  • Substitute Contract

  • You are expected to behave for a substitute teacher as you would with your regular classroom teacher.
  • You will be referred to the assistant principal if your name is left as a result of negative behavior, and you will receive a minimum of 1 detention.
  • You will be referred to the assistant principal if you are removed from class, and you will receive a minimum of 2 detentions.
  • You are expected to complete all classwork that is assigned.
  • Whatever is not finished within the class period must be finished for homework. Even if the substitute forgets to remind you, you are expected to complete all work.
  • Keep your completed work for that day in your binder so your teacher can check it or collect it the next day.
  • Do not hand in any assignments to a substitute teacher. If you owe your absent teacher any work, do not give it to the substitute. You will not be penalized an additional day due to your teacher’s absence. Give it to your teacher when he or she returns to school.
  • If you complete your work before the end of the class period, you are expected to read quietly until the end of class.