Ms. Epps' English III Expose'
I am so happy be part of the staff at Iowa Park High School. I graduated from Jacksboro High School and Midwestern University with a BA in English Composite, including speech and journalism.
I love my profession as a teacher and dealing with young people. I am a life-long leaner!
My professional motto has always been:
"Teach a child WHAT to THINK, and you make that child a slave to your knowledge BUT Teach a child HOW to THINK, and knowledge becomes a slave to that child."
I believe in teaching critical thinking and problem solving, along with the TEKS and assigned curriculum. These are skills needed for life, whether the student is university bound, vocationally educated, serving an apprenticeship, or going into the workforce or military.
I am an animals' advocate and an animal foster mom. I love to read and garden, and I am also active in supporting Public Education in the State of Texas.
English III will need these materials for class:
2 mechanical or regular pencils
2 (erasable) pens black or blue only
1 red pen
I small 3 ring binder for study materials and graded papers, notebook checks
1 medium spiral notebook and loose notebook paper
1 box of tissues
A charged chrome book, ready for class We will be using Schoology this year primarily, and a charged, functioning Chrome book is essential.
Due to Covid 19, we will take precautions to keep every student safe. Each student will be required to wear a mask/and or a face shield. I realize that this is sometimes an inconvenient and uncomfortable, but your student's value is beyond measure. I will insist that all students wear their masks/shields from the time they enter my class, until they are dismissed and leave. Failure to follow the mandate or noncompliance will result in an office referral.
The grading policy will follow the district's handbook procedure for campus.
The tardy and absence policy will follow the district's set rules.
The discipline policy will also follow the district's handbook procedure; however, all English III classes will create a mutual respect agreement with the teacher and peers for the year. It is printed and signed by every junior and posted in our room.
Cell phones are not needed or acceptable for class. They should be kept in book bags, out of sight, hearing, and notice in class. Cell phones will be taken to the office, and discipline measures will be taken. Chromebooks are our electronic device for educational use.
I also have a policy called ZAP (zeros aren't permitted). I require each student who does not have a completed assignment when due to sign the ZAP book which will be dated and the assignment listed. The student will be able to come-in during tutorials, before or after school to make-up the work for a 20 pt. deduction. I am here to help students succeed.
English III studies American literature, and we will be reading a variety of material, including two novels, a play, poetry, and short stories. We will write essays and refresh our grammar skills.
Critical thinking and problem solving, along with organization and study skills will be our focus and goals for this year. These skills will further students life-long in learning and benefit them for years to come.
I would like for each student to feel valued in our class and comfortable. The class will be based on mutual respect; teacher to student, student to student, student to teacher, and student to facility. We will make this an outstanding year!
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or comments. You may call me through our new CX phone system by calling the office. My conference is 3rd period.