WELCOME TO MIDDLE SCHOOL LANGUAGE ARTS
Sr. Farea Khan
Welcome to another great school year! I would like to take this opportunity to express my excitement for this year’s Middle School students. InshaAllah, this year will be packed with lots of reading, writing, grammar, projects, skits, and student publishing. We will also have lots of extracurricular challenges for students that want to go above and beyond daily class work.
In this welcome packet, you will find what you need to ensure your son or daughter has a good start in class this year. Homework guidelines, daily procedures and behavior expectations are all explained in the following pages. Please read through the packet with your child.
We have a classroom website this year! The website can be accessed by going to the alimanschool.org website and clicking on Teacher Portal.
If you need to reach me, you can in several ways:
- By email (the best way) – You can email me at
- By note- just send a note in with your child to school
***ALL WORK MUST BE DONE IN PEN***
The Middle School Team uses the 10 pt. scale for calculating grades:
F: Below 70%
Weight Scale for each category is as follows:
- Classwork: 25%
- Tests/Projects: 35%
- Quizzes: 20%
- Homework: 10%
- Bell Ringers: 10%
In the event of an absence, students will receive any work they may have missed upon their return to class and will have the number of days absent to turn in their missing work. For example, if a student is absent on Tuesday, s/he will receive their missing work on Wednesday and be expected to turn everything in by Thursday. If students are absent for multiple days, such as a Tuesday and a Wednesday, they will be expected to turn in their missing work by Friday.
Students are also expected to make-up quizzes and tests on the day they return to school, unless they were absent for multiple days.
All homework has a purpose and will be related to what we are doing in class. It should take around 20 – 40 minutes to complete. I may assign homework on a daily basis. Homework will be due the following day. There will be a 10 pt. penalty for every day that a homework assignment has NOT been turned in.
I expect each student to care for him/herself by respecting others, speaking good words, not hurting others feelings, and exhibiting self-control when he or she becomes angry or frustrated. InshaAllah, this will help to maintain a peaceful and joyful learning environment. It is important for students to show RESPECT to others, their environment and themselves.
Rewards & Consequences
Rewards for upholding and following our classroom goals will be given for both individuals and group/class. They may include merits, homework coupons, free time on Friday, coupons, sit with a friend during class time, game time on computers, as well as others.
Consequences for not upholding the rules may result in, but not limited to, a verbal warning, demerit, silent lunch, SEL and/or loss of privilege to work in groups.
Students feel more comfortable and are able to focus better on class work when routines have been clearly explained and there is no confusion on how to perform various activities. We will have many class procedures to become familiar with. The ones listed below will help us to start the first week successfully.
- If you arrive before 7:50, go straight to the lobby of the 3rd floor to wait to go into your homeroom class.
- Be in line at 7:50 to hear the daily announcements and morning dua’a.
- Classes start promptly at 8:00.
- Turn in any homework from the night before in the homework bin.
- Students will have the first 5-7 minutes of class to work on the Bell Ringer for the day.
- Students will line up at their designated spots and taken down by the teacher on lunch duty. They must wait for that teacher before going down.
- At the Wudu station, wait for your turn quietly.
- Make your intention and then Wudu without playing.
- After making Wudu, walk quietly into the Mussullah (Prayer area).
- When entering the Mussullah, find your seat quickly and quietly, and make your Sunnah Prayers.
- After the Athan is called stand and make Sunnah prayers.
- After prayer, line up and return to class quietly.
There is NO TALKING before, during, or after Salat. If a student is having difficulty following Salat procedures, parents will be contacted.
End of Day procedures
- All students are to report to the 1st floor of the building, no exceptions!!
**If a student is not picked up by 3:50, he/she will be sent to “After school Care” and a charge will incur.
Students will be allowed to eat a *light snack between 2nd and 3rd Period.
*Light snack consists of: fruit, vegetables, dry cereal, trail mix, etc.
Students will be encouraged to use the bathroom during Homeroom time, Snack time, and Lunch Time. Once lessons have begun, only emergency restroom needs will be allowed. Water bottles are requested on the supply list. Students are allowed to fill their water bottles during Homeroom to drink at will throughout the day.
Accelerated Reader (AR)
Students are expected to read two (1) novel per month and take an AR quiz on that novel. Students receive points only if they get an 85% or above on these quizzes. Students will also take quizzes on non fiction articles that are part of the AR program. These will be read and taken in school. These scores will be recorded on Headmaster as a quiz grade.
Insha’Allah as we all work together, parent, student and teacher, we will have a successful year!