Mr. David W. Masenhimer
School Phone: (503)554-5174
Here at Mountain View Middle School, Core classes consist of Language Arts (Reading, Writing,
Vocabulary, and Listening and Speaking) and Social Studies (Civilization of Eastern Hemisphere,
Geography, Government, Trade, and Civics). While reading is a major attribute of Core,
students will attend a level appropriate Reading class every other day.
It is my firm belief that learning cannot happen unless the classroom provides the necessary
environment; therefore, students are expected to follow Mountain View’s specific behavioral
expectations: Be Responsible; Be Respectful; Give your Best Effort and; Show Integrity.
Along with the above expectations, students will be expected to follow my classroom guidelines:
• Come to class prepared with the right materials
• Be in your seats ready to listen when the bells rings
• Give me your entire attention while I am teaching
• Always raise your hand to speak
• Refrain from interrupting me or a peer; everyone has an equal chance to speak
• Stay seated unless instructed differently
• Don’t’ laugh at, mock, or belittle a class member
• Always come to class with: a sharpened pencil with an eraser, a pen, paper, a planner,
homework assignments (if due), and a reading book.
• When I need your attention, I will say, “Ladies and gentlemen, may I
please have your attention!” In my opinion, this is a respectable way to ask
for attention and in return I mandate respect by ceasing all conversation
and being attentive.
• It is important to know that the sounding of the bell does not mean class
is dismissed. Students will be excused when I have given the okay after
supplies are packed, and the room is properly cleaned and chairs are tucked
For the 2013-2014 school year, the 7th
Grade Core and Reading teachers are piloting a 100%
Summative Assessment grading model. This will then be implemented school-wide within the
next one to two years.
• Student grades will based purely on their assessments (i.e. tests/quizzes/final projects, etc.), not
• Students will be required to complete a Retake Plan (see attached) prior to retaking an
• If a student earns less than 70% on assessment, they will be required to retake the assessment,
or an alternative version of the assessment.
• Retakes must be completed within two weeks of the assessment being passed back to the
student. These will be retaken after school during the Retake Office Hours and rides from school
will need to be arranged. If the assessment is not retaken during the two weeks, the student will
then earn a Missed Deadline Form (MDF).
• MDFs are still are earned for late-work.
I am available to help most days after class. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness; rather it is
the true sign of a good student. If help is needed, please ask! Don’t hesitate to ask before a test or
the due date of an assignment.
If and when a student is absent, it is their responsibility to practice being responsible and
independent. A few steps need to be taken:
• Check the weekly calendar and website online for the assignments
• Upon returning, get copies of the assignments in the five-day files in class
• Check with a peer in class
• I will be available to talk about missed assignments during passing period or after class, not
E-mail is the most efficient way to reach me. I am able to respond the quickest through e-mail,
and this helps to avoid “phone-tag.” However, communicating by telephone works, but I will not
be able to return a call during the school day. The best time to meet one-on-one is during
conference times and after school. I am available for appointments if an issue requires a meeting.
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Pleas sign and detach this portion of the syllabus and return it to Mr. Masenhimer by September
I have read the above syllabus and understand the expectations/procedures for Mr. Masenhimer’s
Student Signature Parent/Guardian Signature