All school rules apply to this class.  Students must read and abide by MHSN's code of conduct as it appears in the parent/student handbook.


    1. Due to a problem some students have with regard to poor use of class time by misusing electronic devices (including but not limited to playing video games, unauthorized web surfing, unauthorized playing of online videos, etc.) the following consequences will be applied.  

     Number of occurrences

    •  First time
      ---  teacher warning
    •  Each additional warning 
      ---   a point will be assigned
    • Once a student has acquired 5 points
      (5 warnings)
      ---  student referral

      1. Students are expected to respect themselves, each other, the teacher, and any other adults that are invited to be a part of their classroom experience.   Courteous and friendly behavior is expected toward and from each person.  (Please let the teacher know if something happens that makes you feel uncomfortable.  You may speak to me privately or email me.)
      2. Students are expected to respect all property that belongs to High School North, (including but not limited to the computer work station) and are responsible for keeping their work area neat and clean at all times.  
        • A fine will be required to replace any school property that is missing or damaged due to student-controlled circumstances.
      3. No food or beverage is permitted to be out / visible in class unless a doctor provides a medical reason for the exception. 
        • Block 1 Students are to finish with and discard all breakfast items: coffee, tea, food BEFORE entering the classroom.  Lunch or snack items may be kept in a student's backpack.  
        • Because it is so easy to cause accidental damage electronic devices, any food or beverage that is out and visible in the classroom will be subject to disposal by the teacher after one warning.
      4. While cell phones are not prohibited in this class, they may not be used as phones or to send or receive text messages during the class block.   All such devices must be put face down on the desk near the student and only turned face up when being used to complete a class activity.
      5. PLAGIARISM is a form of cheating that is a very serious infraction of school rules and one that may also incur legal consequences.  (Click here to see a web page called "What Are the Legal Consequences of Plagiarism?")
        1. “Plagiarism is defined as the use of information from another source without attribution.
        2. Plagiarism may take many forms:
          • Copying directly from another source without using quotation marks.
          • Paraphrasing source material without citing work.
          • Submitting someone else's work as your own.
        3. Information that is common knowledge need not be cited.  
          • For example, Bill Clinton was elected to his first term as President in 1992. 
        4. ...The author of information that is not common knowledge, however, must be acknowledged.
        5. The penalty for plagiarism is:
          •  1st offense —  1 Saturday detention, zero for the assignment, teacher contacts parent
          •  2nd offense — 2 Saturday detentions, zero on work, parent meeting with guidance counselor and teacher
          •  3rd offense — loss of credit for the course and privileges revoked As always, your teacher or the librarian in your building will provide any additional assistance you may need in the production of your paper.” 

    Expectations / Daily Tasks:

      1. Lateness:
        • If a student arrives at class after the bell without a pass from a staff member, he/she is late. Students who arrive late to class three times will be assigned to report to a teacher detention. 
        • After 3rd late arrival to class without a pass -  Refer to student handbook for school mandated consequences.
      2. Students are expected to come to class prepared with fully charged Chrome-books and pencils with erasers.
        • Other materials will be supplied as needed for specific class assignments. 
        • Note:  Photo students are expected to have access to some kind of digital camera for their own personal use to complete assignments for photography class.
          • Any type of digital camera is acceptable including cell phone cameras, pocket digital cameras, or d-SLR type cameras.  It is not recommended that students bring d-SLR type cameras to school on a regular basis because there is no secure place to store them during the school day.  When it is necessary to use d-SLR type cameras for photo projects (because of the additional features and settings they make available) d-SLR cameras will be provided during the photography class block for any student who has returned a signed camera use permission form.  If a student is using a cell phone camera to complete the assigned projects the student needs to bring in an appropriate cord (usually the cord used to charge the cell phone) to transfer images from the phone to a computer.
      3. Students are expected to start each class period with the assigned "Do Now" work.  This work is usually posted on the Google Classroom page for their class.
      4. Class work time
        • Students are expected to work the entire class block, from bell to bell, and to give 100% effort. 
          • Student work may include such things as research, reading/writing tasks, "hands-on" work using class-specific software, or active participation in class discussions or critiques.
          • Student attention to teacher provided demonstrations and/or explanations is also considered class work.
          • The teacher may elect to designate part of the class time as "genius hour" time during which students may work on class related projects of their own choosing.  This time would also count as "bell-to-bell" work time.
        • Students are expected to save their work into a specific folder on the school computer; however, it is recommended that students also have a personal USB thumb drive that they can use to make a back-up copy of their project work.  This thumb drive should stay in the class room so that the student will always be prepared to work on their projects. (The teacher will provide a secure place to store these thumb drives.)
      5. Project assignments
        • All work that is submitted must be the student's own original work.  (This means that all written assignments are generated in the student's own mind and written using the student's own words and all images are either created by the student using a camera, by hand-drawing or by another art process - not simply copied and pasted from some other source.)  There ARE times when it is acceptable and even helpful to quote from someone else or to include an image created by someone else as long as those things are specifically marked as such with proper citation. The best policy is to honestly and correctly cite anything that you, yourself, did not create.  When you don't, it's plagiarism.
        • Due dates are generally given at the beginning of each assignment, but the teacher may elect to postpone a due date if the majority of students seem to need more time. 
        • Students are responsible for all stages of their projects, including saving their files correctly, and for putting tools, supplies and materials away in the correct location.  Students will be given instructions for creating emergency back-up files.  It is important to create back-up files at regular intervals in order to make sure that lengthy projects will not become "lost in cyberspace."  It is important to put work, tools and materials away correctly so that project work can be easily resumed during each class session.
        • Students may request extra time to complete a project; however, whenever work is not finished in class by the due date, students will be required to complete the work as homework in order to receive full credit for the project. 
        • If a student tries but is unable to complete a project, partially completed projects may be submitted for partial credit.
        • Any project that was begun but was not submitted for grading will receive an F / 55.
      6. Homework: 
        • Architecture & Spatial design students may sometimes be given flipped classroom type, observational, and/or brief written homework.  They may be asked to take photos of architectural structures or elements after school or on week-ends. 
        • Photo students are expected to regularly take the weekly assignment photos as their homework.  They may also sometimes be given a different kind of homework (such as flipped classroom type, observational, and/or brief written homework),
      7. Student Growth and  Progress
    • Grades on pre-tests will not be counted in the marking period grades. 
    • Sufficient time for student practice and skill-building will be provided between pre- and post-tests.  
    • Grades on post-tests will count in the marking period grade.
        • Students are expected to demonstrate a growth in understanding key concepts and in technical skill as the year continues.
        • Students should challenge themselves to endeavor to progress beyond the minimum requirements for each assigned project or task. 
        • Rubrics will be provided for different kinds of project work so that both the teacher and the students may have a fair means of assessing growth.   (Students will have the opportunity at the beginning of the year to have input regarding these rubrics.)
        • Pre-tests / post-tests may be given to measure student progress in specific areas. 
    Lab safety/health:
    •  Sharp tools (such as an "Exacto-knife") and/or heated tools (such as a hot glue gun or hot mount press) may possibly be used for specific project work. Strict safety procedures will be discussed and a specific protocol will be in place in case of student injury.