McAuliffe Middle School Journalism/Yearbook Syllabus


Teacher Name: Melissa Gonzalez

Room:  403



Phone:  (210) 623-6260

Conference Period:  5th period ( 12:00-12:56)                


 Tutoring I am available for tutoring on Tuesdays from 3:00-3:30.  Students are encouraged to come to tutoring if they are having difficulties with the concepts taught in class.


  Course Description: Journalism and Yearbook are a year-long elective. Students will learn to write in a variety of forms for a variety of audiences. Technology and writing are merged to provide students an opportunity to reach the student body through various media. Students will be introduced to several areas of journalism and be expected to present information gathered through interviews and research through various formats.


Gradebook will calculate grades according to district policy as follows:


 60% is Daily Work or Daily Coursework:                 40% is Assessment of Performance:

Which may include but is not limited to                        Which may include but is not limited to

daily assignments, journals, homework,                       exams, teacher made tests, benchmark    

class participation, and other activities                        assessments, quizzes, interval tests,

related to the content area.                                                     projects, and other acceptable

                                                                                     assessment assignments.



Academic Integrity

Plagiarism is defined as “the use of any other person’s work as one’s own and the unacknowledged use of that work in one’s own work.”  All work must be the student’s own work.  Any plagiarized work will result in a grade of zero along with a parent-teacher-administrator conference. 



A student will be responsible for obtaining and completing the make-up work in a satisfactory manner and within the time specified by the district policy.  Student should check the calendar for the assignments they missed and get those assignment and directions from the teacher.


Missing Work/Late Work:

Assignments given in this class are not optional.  Assignments will be posted in the classroom and given orally.  If you do not do the assignment, you will receive a zero for the assignment until the assignment is turned in.  Late work will be accepted with the score of a 70.


 Supplies/Materials Needed For Class:

1 Composition Notebook (No Spirals Please)            

1 package of pencils or pens

1 box of Tissues

2 pack of glue sticks

1 Pocket Folder

Flashdrive (optional but highly recommended)







 Classroom Rules/Expectations

Be Safe.

Be Prepared.

Be Respectful.

Be Responsible.

Be Kind.


All students are expected to follow classroom procedures. Procedures will be explained, modeled, and rehearsed in class. Failure to abide by the rules and procedures will result in the following consequences:


1st offense: Verbal warning

2nd offense: Parent phone call and lunch detention with a written assignment

3rd offense: Parent phone call and after school detention with written assignment

4th offense: Written referral and parent conference







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