English IV Syallabus – or Sinks' General Way of Doing Things in Just About Every Class He Teaches

No Tolerance for Intolerance

Respect your peers’ culture, sexual orientation, socio-economic position, family situation, and ideas. This room is a safe environment and we have no qualms with removing a potential or apparent threat to the sanctity of the environment.

Cell Phone Use

Keep your cell phone in your pocket or bag on vibrate or silent – respect the learning environment. Texting during class not only affects your ability to focus during class, but those around you as well. Expect consequences if using your cell phone in class becomes a recurring issue. Parents/Guardians- please limit cell phone contact w/student while in class.


Students are assessed on their employability using the AWEPA Rubric. Sinks believes there are a set of essential skills that make a student successful in not only education but in any profession. These identified skills include:

Students are assessed on their employability using these sets of characteristics outlined in the AWEPA + E3 + HoM = Success rubric every term. Students evaluate themselves, then Sinks evaluates the students using the same rubric. Sinks ultimately determines a student's Employability score, but in most cases a student's evaluation of themselves and the teachers' evaluation of the students are fairly similar. Click here to view the AWEPA + E3 + HoM = Success Evaluation form.


Attending class is a key component of being successful in E4. In business terms, a person with solid "soft skills" such as good attendance, are almost always retained and/or promoted over others who do not have those skills. We value and emphasize soft skills through the Employability Evaluation (see below).

While we recognize that some absences and tardies are beyond a student's control, we want students to communicate with us via email (jeremy.sinks@district6.org) the times when he/she misses a class – this is just a good overall practice as this is the case in any job.

It is the responsibility of a student who misses class to check our agenda on the E4 website for assignments and activities he/she misses.

Grading Policy

Regular assignments are based on a 5 point scale:

Major assignments use the 5 point scale as well, but contain multiple categories that increase the overall score.

Completion Grade Assignments

There will be certain assignments that are graded on a 2 point scale. These will be assignments that are given at different times during the term (for instance, the first week essay/reading assignments or homecoming week flyers). These assignments are graded on completeness, quality and timeliness. Students lose points based on lack of completeness, poor quality and lack of timeliness. We will call these assignments - Completion Assignments

Grades are based the BIS standard scale:

Grades are weighted by the following categories:

Homework/Daily Work – 30%

Employability – 20%

Internship – 15%

Tests and Quizzes – 10%

Portfolio/Project – 25%

We reserve the right to round off percentages for a higher grade based on a student's Employability performance.

Redo Policy

Students may redo assignments if the assignment is completed and turned in on time. This policy is to reinforce continued improvement of projects as would occur in a successful business environment. We also wish to promote students learning from his or her own mistakes. The following outlines the two different types of "redos" and general guidelines.

Limted Redo Attempts

Unless specified otherwise, you may submit an assignment up to TWO times. The first submission of an assignment is considered submission ONE, leaving you with ONE additional attempts at submitting an improved assignment for your desired grade.

Unlimited Redo Attempts

For assignments designated as "unlimited redos," students may submit an improved assignment for a higher grade as many times as they wish until they obtain the desired grade.

Tests, Quizzes, and Presentations

The redo policy does NOT apply to tests, quizzes, or presentations. However, we will occassionally offer students the chance to improve a test or quiz score by taking advantage of a "Quiz Bomber." Presentations are considered a one shot attempt – as we all know, there are no redos in front of a live audience.

General Guidelines

Any assignment re–submitted for grading must show significant improvements to be eligible for a re–grade. Furthermore, the assignment must be completely free of spelling errors.

Assignments must be re–submitted before the end of the current term in which the assignment was given.

Procedure for Re–grade

To submit a digital assignment for a re–grade, do the following:

  1. Send an email to the teacher who initially graded the assignment
  2. Attach the assignment to the email
  3. In the subject line, insert "Please Regrade insert assignment name here"
  4. Please use the body of the email if you have any questions or concerns about the assignment, otherwise leave the body blank

To submit a hardcopy of an assignment for a re–grade, do the following:

  1. Attach ALL previous drafts of the assignment to the BACK of the re–submitted draft – NEW draft needs to be on top
  2. Place the assignment in the assigned box for the teacher who intially graded the assignment

Late Work

Assignments turned in late are a detriment to a student's success in any subject. Due dates are assigned to hold students accountable for their work and to teach time management skills that are valuable in any career.

Receiving a 2 or 3 on a late assignment would mean you turned in a perfect paper (albeit late) – don't count on getting a 2 or 3 by simply turning in the assignment.

Incomplete Policy

ALL assignments MUST be turned in to receive a grade for the term


The TBN Block that "isn't quite a block" is set on a two year cycle, which means you will take this course your junior and senior years. You will receive 2 English credits each year for a total of 4 credits for two years, 1 Global Studies credit, and 1 Economics & Governement credit.

Every year we rotate the Social Studies focus — for one year we focus on global culture and studies and the next we focus on domestic and global economics — you will receive the Global Studies and Economics & Government credits according to the focus for the year.

Writing 121 — 4 College Credits Through RCC's College Now Program

Students have the opportunity to knock down one of their first college classes as an E4 student. Writing 121 is generally required for fresmhan college students in most universities. Students in E4 can earn these 4 credits for free. The stipulations include:

The College Now program is a tremendous opportunity for our students and can be a huge financial benefit for future college students. Not only does it allow our students to have a "foot in the door" to college as a high school student, it often allows students to start college as a sophomore instead of as an incoming freshman, saving students thousands of dollars. Please see Rogan or Sinks if you have any questions or visit http://www.roguecc.edu/COLLEGENOW/.

Students now can earn an A, B, C, D or F in the respective E4 course in order to earn College Now credit – students who have grades that fall below the C mark will now receive less than desirable college credit. The grade a student earns will be the grade submitted for the College Now course and will also be the grade represented on the students' official RCC transcript. Please note: it's important to understand how a college transcript can affect you as a future college student. Please see Sinks if you have questions about your college prospects and intended major.

We will utilize many of the strategies outlined in the Communication Quick Start Guide and from Writing with Style by John Trimble. You will polish one piece for each of the types of writing for your digital portfolio.


All E4 students will participate in an internship at a local organization of his or her interest during the time they would normally spend in class.

  1. Students have TWO weeks to find an internship without penalty once we have started the internship process. After those two weeks, students without an internship will be required to do an internship makeup assignment and will only receive 3/5 possible points for the day
  2. Internship days count as assignments and 15% of student's overall grade. Dates TBA
  3. Failure to attend an internship will result in the student receiving an I (incomplete) for that assignment and it must be made up
  4. Students are expected to arrange for their own transportation and will be responsible for turning in a weekly timesheet (provided)
  5. If a student is to miss an internship day, they are expected to call both their internship site and instructors beforehand or number in the Tech Center/CSB is 541-494-6325 – students should also email Sinks.
  6. DO NOT SCHEDULE APPOINTMENTS ON INTERNSHIP DAYS!! (Haircuts, nails, tanning, ortho, dentist, cosmetologist, photographer, bookie, etc are all examples of places/businesses you should not be at during your internship time.)
  7. Absences are required to be made up to pass the class by completing the 2.2 hour block of time at your intern. Should this option not work out, students will be required to complete the Internship Makeup assignment for that week
  8. Students may be pulled from internship sites for lack of attendance and or other code of conduct violations as outlined in the BIS Handbook
  9. Signed contracts are required between students, parents, and intern supervisors regarding transportation and participation in a non-paid work experience

Bathroom Breaks

Take care of your business before class. Only one person may go to the bathroom at a time when it’s appropriate. Excessive requests will be denied. A strict "No Go" policy will be enforced the first and last 15 minutes of class.

Food and Beverage

You may eat in class as long as it does not cause a disturbance or create a huge mess. Throw away your garbage — we are not your maid. No glass. With the new "makeover" in the Tech Center, ALL drinks must have a screw type lid – no Big Gulps; furthermore, we will NOT allow students to eat lunch in here. We want to keep the Tech Center in the best condition possible – afterall, this space is as much your as it ours – let's keep it nice for everyone!

Computer Use

Each student will have use of a computer while in class. Because many students use the same computers, it is expected that students do not make any system changes. Changes desired for work related to academic learning may be discussed with the instructors but must not be made without permission. In addition, computers should not be used for anything that does not contribute to student's formal education at Crater High School. Students who bring in their own computers must set them up in designated areas only and obey the same responsible use policies as required on computers owned by School District 6.

Working Lab

To provide students with a greater chance to succeed given our redo and incomplete policies, working labs are scheduled on a weekly basis to allow students to improve their work and make-up missing assignments. Generally, there are no new assignments given on these days. Students are expected to use this time wisely to submit the highest quality work possible.

Golden Rules

The following should always be heeded in Integrated Lit:

  1. Don't be a goober, you are not as cool, funny, clever, great, stylish, beautiful, smart, sassy, you name it, as you think.
  2. Treat the lab with respect and ownership - this is your home and equipment. Truly, this is the coolest place at CHS. Cherish it.
  3. Be Nice.
  4. Think before you speak.
  5. Enjoy life - man, you're young - you have so many cool things going for you - take advantage.
  6. Don't Enjoy life irresponsibly - like Rogan always says, "you have your whole adult life to be an idiot."
  7. Meet everyone in the class - know their names - know something about them.
  8. Take chances.
  9. Learn new tricks.
  10. Join something (appropriate please).
  11. Try.
  12. Think.
  13. Don't give up.
  14. Believe in yourself.
  15. Do it well - make it better!
  16. Don't print your cell phone bill
  17. Clean up after yourself.
  18. Say something nice to someone different everyday.


We consider the act of plagiarizing another person’s work a gross violation of academic and social integrity. Plagiarism is often characterized by copying an author’s work without giving him/her credit for his/her ideas and using them as your own. The punishment for plagiarizing another author’s work includes, but is not limited to:

Copyright Basics

Teacher Email

Whenever you send an email, please do the following:

  1. Put a subject in the subject line (i.e. - please regrade resume)
  2. Capitalize - Grammar and Spell check
  3. Be respectful — we are busy guys and appreciate your patience. Rude emails tend to get pushed to the bottom

Teacher Time

When we ask for your attention, we usually want you to turn off your monitor. Nothing personal.

Activities and Community Involvement

Without a doubt one of the most important things you could do for yourself is to get involved in some sort of a community activity. You might be the smartest person, best athlete, most talented individual at Crater but if you don't give something back by being involved (volunteering) it will cost you financially in the scholarship hunt (as well as personally from the standpoint of giving back). The following are activities that BIS teachers are involved with:

Our advice – volunteer a minimum of 10 hours a month (and keep track of it)!