Hawthorne Scholastic Academy
3319 N. Clifton, Chicago, IL, 60657
Junior High Social Science
The Hawthorne Scholastic Academy Vision
In this literacy magnet school, Hawthorne students will be intrinsically motivated to pursue opportunities for learning. They will be creative, independent thinkers, and problem solvers, able to satisfy their quest for knowledge through all forms of collaboration and communication. Hawthorne students will contribute positively to their local and global community through their awareness of socio-economic and cultural diversities.
The Hawthorne Scholastic Academy Mission
Hawthorne stakeholders will maintain a safe, inclusive learning community that supports the needs of all learners. Students will develop critical thinking within an academically challenging, inter-disciplinary, literacy-rich environment that promotes student-to-student discourse as means for learning. Hawthorne students will be provided with leadership opportunities and diverse cultural experiences.
Vision & Expectations
Vision: Teaching can be an extremely rewarding profession. Teaching, for me, is not simply explaining the importance of history and how it may relate to events in the present and future, but also an education on life and how to navigate it. Other than parenting, teaching is the most important work one can do. It is the shaping and forming of a new generation. A generation, that hopefully, turns out to be strong, independent, conscious, global minded, and responsible young adults. A generation that doesn’t just talk about issues of injustice, but can and will put words into action. A generation that can find laughter in almost any situation, but doesn’t disregard their education or mock the past generations that carried them, nurtured them, picked them up when they fell, advised them on all issues possible, and encouraged them to think for themselves.
Expectations: Be on time and be prepared. Those two are simple. The third is more difficult. Be a student. Meaning do not settle for what is easy. Think hard, think always, change your mind, rework your ideas, be open to new ideas, and let yourself be confused. Above all, never settle for simple answers, as no important question has a simple answer. Think: it’s one of the traits that make you human!
Be on time: As your teacher I will follow the rules and regulations as outlined in the CPS student handbook with regard to tardies, attendance, and any other incidences.
Be prepared: Bring all materials everyday as we will use them every day!
Be a student: As a student you only have one major responsibility in your life at this moment, which is to attend and do your best in school. It is my job, as your teacher, to give you every opportunity possible to succeed. I will strive for each and every one of you to do just that. To achieve this goal, regular classroom attendance and good behavior are necessary. Students will agree to the following:
- Come to class ready to learn every day. This includes bringing all classroom materials you will need.
- Pay attention to the teacher and your peers.
- Take good notes and do your homework.
- Respect others. Meaning raise your hand and wait your turn to speak on an issue or ask a question.
- Make good choices. You are responsible for your own actions.
Absent/Late work: Students are responsible for all assigned course work. Students should visit the Homework Calendar and then locate the specific assignment from the specific Units under each grade level. Work not turned in because of an excused absence is due the next day of school. Work turned in late without an excused absence will be demarked using the following policy:
- 1st day late = -1 per 10 points (10%)
- 2nd day late = -2 per 10 points (20%)
- 3rd day late = -3 per 10 points (30%)
- 4th day late = equals a Zero in Gradebook
Technology in the Classroom: I support the appropriate use of technology in the classroom, with the key word being appropriate. Students are allowed to bring in their personal computers, but will follow the 3 strikes rule. If a student is caught using the technology inappropriately on 3 different occasions, they will forfeit this benefit for the entire year. Additionally, there will be no debates on this or the student will forfeit 2 strikes.