Mr. J. Oviedo                                                                                                                                  Room A173

English I (CP)                                                                                                   



Course Description/Objectives:
English I is designed to teach students to communicate through the written and spoken word, as well as to analyze and appreciate a variety of literature: novels, poetry, speeches and informational articles. Students will engage in activities that build on their prior knowledge and skills, learn to work collaboratively and expand their vocabulary while increasing written fluency stressing literary and expository writing.  


Students should come to class on time and pay attention. They should arrive prepared with their materials, obey class rules, complete homework and class assignments on time and perform to the best of their ability on all assignments. Students are required to take notes and keep an organized and chronological ordered binder (binders are graded).   Failure to meet expectations will reflect poorly on student’s class average.

Reading Materials:

Novel selections are announced prior to a lesson. I recommend students purchase the novel, if possible. 

            Possible Novels: Night (Elie Weisel); Old Man and the Sea (Earnest Hemingway);

                                        The Five People You Meet in Heaven (Mitch Albom)


Materials Required: Students must bring the following materials to class on the 1st week of school: BINDER IS GRADED.

  • 1 1/2”  binder and a package of 5 dividers, plus notebook paper

  • Pens, pencils, and highlighters ( NO HAPPY-COLOR PENS - BLACK INK ONLY)

  • USB/Jump Drive (will announce in class when needed)


Grading Policy: The following ELA grading policy is used to calculate student averages.  


Essays/Exams/Projects                                        60%      (literary and expository essays, etc…)

            Quizzes/Daily Assign/Homework                         40%      (vocabulary, reading comprehension, journals, etc….)



Classroom Rules:

  • Be on time, seated, and READY TO WORK (with materials in hand) when the bell rings.

  • Respect ALL campus staff, your peers and environment. Be mindful of your language and conversations.

  • Respect YOURSELF – if you don’t like yourself and you don’t respect yourself, what are you telling others?



Make-up and Late Assignments: Students are allowed to make-up work missed due to any excused absence. Time is equal to a day for a day of absence. It is the student’s responsibility to inquire about work missed during the absence.

Students are given a total of 3 days to turn in late work or missed assignments (at the deduction of 10 total points per day) as per district policy; thereafter, any late work will not be accepted.



BYOD (Bring Your Own Device):  This district initiative will be utilized in this classroom via a phase in approach. We will be using it once a week during the first 6 weeks and begin to incorporate it more regularly as the semester goes. One rule stands: ONLY during that time is it permissible for students to have their devices out. Policy that applies to electronic devices will be enforced at all other times (please refer to Student/Parent Handbook).




Dear Parent(s),


This year is the third year of the new Texas State end of the year exam (STAAR) that replaced the TAKS exam. The EOC exam requires focused intent from the student. The class lessons will require that your child be attentive, questioning and willing to actively participate. I would appreciate you prompting your student as to what he/she has been doing in class, what he/she has learned, and what his/her grade status is at any time. Together we can make a difference to help your student achieve his/her goals this year.


The ELA department has been working and training hard to prepare to teach your children the skills required to achieve success on the EOC exam and with the parent’s dedication, understanding and assistance 2014-2015 may prove to be a great academic year. 


Thank you for your support and commitment. I look forward to meeting you at our first parent’s night to be announced at a later date. Below, please provide an email address, so that we may communicate more efficiently.



Mr. Jessie Oviedo

English I


As the responsible parent/guardian, I have read and understand the policies and expectations that are clearly outlined in the class syllabus and will endorse my child’s compliance. I understand the syllabus is to be filed in my child’s school binder (English section) where I may refer to it, when needed.


Parent Print and sign your name                                                                                            

******************************************************************************************************As a student of Pioneer High School enrolled in English I class I acknowledge that I have read, understand and will comply with the rules and regulations set forth in Mr. Oviedo’s syllabus. I agree to keep a copy of said syllabus filed in the English section of my school binder.


________________________________________                          _____________________________________

Student Name (PRINT)                                                            Student’s Signature



Email is the most convenient manner for parent/teacher communication. If you wish to email me my email address is . If emailing is not an option, I suggest, as a general rule, parents call their child’s teachers for a behavior/academic update once every 3 weeks and please sign up on Skyward so that you may have access to your child’s grades online (call PHS front office/271-1600 and ask for instructions to sign up).   


Parent Name: ______________________________________

Parent Email Address:  _________________________________________

Parent Contact phone numberA MUST: __________________________________(if your phone number changes throughout the year, please provide new phone number to all of your child’s teachers as quickly as possible).                                                                                                


Student Email Address (Recommended for assignment clarification and teacher contact. If you do not have one, get one. You are going to need it):  __________________________________                                                                                            



Note:  Teacher reserves the right to amend the syllabus, in which case new copies will go out.

            Copy of signed syllabus is kept on file.

Course Title: Eng I (Pre-AP)
What should your syllabus cover? The basics include:
-Reading assignments and due dates.
-Grading policy. How will students' work be evaluated? How much weight does each assignment carry?
-Tentative Test dates
-Late-work policy. Is late work accepted? Are points deducted for late work? If so, how many points are deducted each day? When will late work not be accepted?
-Makeup policy
-Attendance policy.
-Policy on academic dishonesty. What are the consequences of plagiarism? Cheating?
-Classroom behavior (e.g., texting, cell phone use, laptop use).