Phone: (336) 294-7830 ext.
Degrees and Certifications:
BS Special Education
Hello, this is my fourth year at Ben L. Smith High School. I am a graduate of USC Upstate with a BS in Special Education - Learning Disabilities. I am the SSD Coordinator for Ben L. Smith and work with 9th - 12th grades.
My 1st semester schedule is
1st block Planning
2nd block Strategic Literacy
3rd block Strategic Literacy
4th block Grammar and Composition
My 2nd semester schedule is
1st block English II
2nd block Planning
3rd block English I
4th block English II
Ms. Garrison’s Resource English email: email@example.com
This course is designed to provide you with an overview of language conventions, literary elements, and genre studies. We will be reading and analyzing novels, dramas, poetry, non-fiction, and short stories. We will also focus heavily on grammar, vocabulary, and writing.
Your class grade will be made up of the following parts and be graded on the following scale (class work and homework are graded on the check system):
Tests and Projects (40%) 90-100 = A
Home and Class work (25%) 80-89 = B
Quizzes (25%) 70-79 = C
Notebook/Reading Log/ 60-69 = D
Writing Portfolio (10%) Below 60 = F
- Be Respectful. Treat others as you would like to be treated. Listen actively, tolerate differing viewpoints, show interest and caring, and practice common courtesy.
- Be on time. Be in your seat beginning the warm-up activity when the tardy bell rings.
- Be prepared. Bring what you’ll need for class to class: book, pen, binder, etc.
- Be responsible. Do what you’re supposed to do, admit it when you make a mistake, accept the consequences of your actions gracefully and learn from it…then move on.
- Follow all school rules. You have a handbook to refer to, but if you’re unsure, ASK.
1st offense = warning
2nd offense = reflective assignment
3rd offense = hall conference
4th offense = call home and conference with Administrator
Repeat offenses after the Consequences and call home will result in detention, additional calls home, and/or office referrals.
Emergencies: Going to the bathroom, getting a drink of water, and making a phone call do NOT constitute emergencies and should be done on your own time between classes. If a student feels an emergency truly exists, a pass will be written on a limited basis (1 a week). No passes may be used in the first or last 20 minutes of class per school rules.
Absences/Make-up Work: THE STUDENT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR OBTAINING NOTES AND WORK MISSED DUE TO AN ABSENCE. Please check the absent student binder and pocket chart for missing work. The student will need to schedule a time to make up any missing tests or quizzes within 3 days of returning to school. Attend tutoring to make up missed work.
Late Work: If a student has a planned absence, please see me beforehand; otherwise, it will be due upon return to school. Points will be deducted for every day assignments are late. If answers are discussed and given in class for an assignment, the highest grade you will earn is a 70%.
Tutorials: After school on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:50 until 5:00 with transportation provided. Please let me know in advance if you are staying for tutorial. Saturday school details TBA.
Heading Papers: At the top of all work turned in there needs to be the following information: First and last name, date, class and teacher’s name.
Extra credit: Yes! There is extra credit available.
Help Us to Have a Great School Year by Following Ms. Garrison’s Life Rules:
- Never lie, cheat, or steal
- Never hurt others physically or verbally
- Never treat others as though you are better than them
- Show others Understanding, Kindness, Respect, Gratitude, & Helpfulness
- Use manners
- Clean up after yourself: your messes & mistakes
- Always try your best & take advantage of learning opportunities
- Be resourceful
- Appreciate what you have
- Always obey authority (unless you are asked to do something that violates #1-9 on this list)
Best of Wishes for a Wonderful New Year Together: I Can’t Wait!
Dear parents or guardians,
I always want to be sure that parents and guardians receive the information I send home. Please read the syllabus for my class. Please sign below to indicate that you received and read the syllabus. I will give your student extra credit points for bringing back this signed paper. I also would like to know the best way that you would like me to contact you.
You may contact me by calling the school 294-7300 or by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you very much,
Ms. Sandra Garrison-Parris
Please cut and return the portion beneath the line to get extra credit points.
Your Student's Name____________________________________ Period_______
Parent or Guardian Printed Name_______________________________________
Parent or Guardian Signature____________________________________________Date___________
Relationship to the student_____________________
Best phone number to reach parent/guardian at_____________________________
Best time of the day to contact you_________________________________
Best email to reach parent/guardian at____________________________________
Would you rather I emailed you or telephoned you? ________________________
Anything you'd like me to know or tips you have for what works well for your student? ___________________________________________________________