• Waynesville Middle School

    Course Syllabus


    Teacher: RoLynda Fitzsimmons     rfitzsimmons@waynesville.k12.mo.us

    Course Title and Grade: 8th grade Reading Lab

    Team: 8th grade White

    Academic Assistance dates and times: Thursday, 2:45-3:34 p.m. in room 229


    Course Objectives: 

    This is a supplemental reading class in conjunction with the regular ELA class. It emphasizes building reading and comprehension skills for those who are below grade level.

    *Students will read and comprehend fiction and nonfiction texts near or at the eighth-grade level. 

    *Students will analyze literature and literary elements within the chosen text. 

    *Students will fully participate in collegial discussions on a given text.


    Classwork, Tests, Projects: 

    Regular assignments and classwork will be assigned through canvas. Work will be completed online through various apps in canvas, including phonics work. Notices for tests and project deadlines will be posted in advance.

    Students will work on our online reading program SuccessMaker. The sessions are timed and last 20 minutes each. Each session is individually tailored to each student's needs. We will usually use the program three days a week. Earbuds will be needed and provided by the teacher.

    We will use in-class materials including HD Word kits for phonics practice.

    Classroom expectations: 

    Be Respectful. Be Responsible. Be a Learner. 

    Students must be in the classroom before the tardy bell rings, prepared with paper, a pencil, and a charged chromebook.  Students must be respectful of the teacher and their peers at all times and should handle classroom materials carefully. If the student doesn’t abide by the basic rules above for all minor offenses, the teacher will: (1) talk to the student privately,  (2) have the student take a short break, (3) contact the parent, (4) submit an office referral. All major offenses will be referred to a principal. Students must turn in all completed assignments legibly and correctly on or before the due date. It is the student’s responsibility to ask the teacher for assignments when absent. Students have two days to make up those assignments. Students should check their grades in Canvas weekly to ensure that all work is submitted. All work and directions are posted daily in my canvas announcements. If the student needs academic assistance, he/she must sign up in Flextime Manager by noon the day before.

    Grading Policy: 

    All classes, with the exception of high school credit courses (Foreign Language and Algebra), will be weighted 50% for Summative Assessments (including summative projects) and 50% for Formative Assessments and practice work.  High school credit courses will be weighted 70% for Summative Assessments (including summative projects) and 30% for Formative Assessments and practice work.  Late assignments will receive deductions of 70% of the grade earned.  Practice work and homework are important to the success of students in the class and are meant to prepare students for assessments, not measure a student’s understanding of the standard.    100-90=A, 89-80=B, 79-70=C, 69-60=D, and 59 and below=F.  Check canvas or powerschool for current grades 



    SuccessMaker (our online personalized reading program)

    HD Word (phonics) 


    Additional Supplies:

    Pencil, pen, chromebook, eraser, paper.


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