Welcome to Ms. Cordova’s Classroom (Room 207). July 21/22, 2014. Ms. Cordova. Hello! My name is Ms. Cordova I grew up in Ahwatukee. I went to Mountain Pointe High School and graduated in 2005 (okay math kids, figure my age out).
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This is my sixth year teaching and my fourth year at Chandler High. I will be teaching 4 sections of English 10 and 1 section of Honors English 10.
I am a mom to my almost four year old son, Adam.
My family and I love football and you can expect to see me at almost all of Chandler’s home games. I always make my son his own little “jersey” and his jerseys from previous years are on the back wall.
This is my 7th year of teaching. I got my degree from the University of Utah back in the day. I have all English 10 classes.
I have four kids, Dane is in his first year of law school at the University of Denver, Marisa is working on her master’s degree at BYU, Audrey is starting her junior year at BYU and Grady, my baby, is a sophomore at Hamilton.
My husband teaches Spanish here at CHS and is also the tennis coach. We love college football and go to all the ASU home games!
Classroom Calendars—refer to these for filling out your Cordova Calendars (we will start next week) and if you are absent.
Underneath the supply tables are crates of additional supplies such as whiteboards and NOTEBOOKS/FREE PAPER!
Also, the books at the front of the room is not my idea of a huge library, and do belong to other English teachers so hopefully we will have more room very soon when teachers come to pick their books up
I do like to celebrate Birthdays so we will be playing a game later for me to track each of your birthdays throughout the year. Yes, you will get something and yes, we will sing happy birthday. I am a mom and we live for birthdays !
Turning in papers—my least favorite thing! In order to have an easy and effective way of collecting and RETURNING papers, each group with have a folder in the middle of the group with the period number written. Turn in all assignments within that folder and I will come around to collect them. I will also have returned/graded assignments put into each folder, so be sure to check if your graded work is there.
The bookcase by the whiteboard has copies of the literature books we will be reading out of over the next few weeks. One person will be called from each group to grab books for everyone else in that group.
Destruction or theft of the school’s, fellow student’s or my property will not be tolerated. This means you do not write on desks, spit gum on the floor, or damage anything that does not belong to you. This behavior will result in a parent phone call, and/or referral to the office. Remember, I know who sits where! So if I find something on the desk, you will be responsible for the damage. If you find something on the desk before class begins, let ME know.
If I catch you drawing on my desks, you will clean ALL OF THEM.
Also, if you throw ANYTHING in my room, including garbage into the garbage can, you will be picking up every piece of trash on my floor. Just be good. I don’t go to your rooms and make messes so leave my room alone
Students are expected to speak to the teacher and peers in a proper and respectful manner. Please do not use profanity, insult, badger, or tease other students. Laughing or making fun of others is also not tolerated and any of these actions will have consequences.
Students are expected to act in a respectful manner/attitude to their teacher, and peers at all times!
Please do not talk while others are talking, disturb other’s possessions, or school property. One (1) warning will be given; continued behavior will result in deduction of points from participation grade, a parent phone call, a referral to the office, and/or possible expulsion from the class.
Insubordinate (Rebellious) or belligerent behavior towards the teacher and peers will NOT be tolerated. (Such behavior includes any mental, emotional, physical or verbal abuse, arguing with me, refusing to follow a reasonable request, or profanity). This behavior will result in a parent phone call, a referral to the office, and/or possible expulsion from the class.
What this means: Refusing to participate in an assignment or to change a behavior or attitude will not be tolerated.
Dress Code violations—if you are in violation of dress code, I will simply hand you a Dress Code Violation Report and will send you to the office—if you disagree with the violation, you can explain your case to the administration office.
Just dress appropriately and we should have no problems. We are in a school and hats and sunglasses and other distractive clothing will not be tolerated.
Plagiarism: According to the New Webster‘s Dictionary the definition of plagiarism is “to use of pass someone else’s ideas, inventions, writings, etc. as one’s own . . .” Whether work is stolen, given, or bought, the punishment for plagiarism is a zero on the assignment, a parent phone call, and a referral.
Simplified: if you copy anything, you will fail the assignment. If the crime is committed twice you will fail this class in its entirety.
Just a hint: Be careful! I caught 5 students last year cheating—how did I know they cheated? They had the same answer (WORD-FOR-WORD) for each question on the assignment. One person copied an entire book report word for word—not so smart!
You will be using Turnitin.com so this will solve most of our plagiarism issues concerning ESSAYS
Assignments should be turned in on time and professionally presented – meaning no frayed edges, crumpled or folded papers, or sloppy last minute work. Every assignment must have the name, date, period, and title. Assignments must be composed in complete sentences (unless otherwise notified), with proper spelling and grammar.
If there is not a name on the paper, I will throw it away. We are too busy in here for me to play the guessing game
Take your time! If you do not take time on an assignment, I will not waste my time grading it. Have respect for your work!