Course Syllabus




    Mrs. Bausher

    Applied Communications 10

    Room 121




    Dear Student:


    Welcome to Applied Communications English 10!  This tenth grade English course is designed to include various types of literature, including short stories, novels, and poetry from a time period of relatively recent history.   Some assignments will be completed individually while others will include group work.  On a daily basis you will be asked to participate in class discussion and/or complete a writing activity. You also will respond to literature through a series of persuasive, informational, and reflective writing prompts.  This focus on writing will help prepare you as you continue to work toward completing the Southern Lehigh graduation requirements.


    It is my pleasure to have you in class this year.  I challenge you to an exciting and worthwhile year for all of us, but it is possible only if we all work together.  Appropriate behavior is demanded and excellence is expected. 


    This year you can expect me to:

    • Present lessons that address the Southern Lehigh English Department standards and Pennsylvania state standards.
    • Be fair in my judgment and in my grades.
    • Provide help and test make-ups during Spartan period, after school or by appointment.
    • Provide help via email.  Mrs. Bausher’s email address is  Please contact me before 8:30 P.M.
    • Be Courteous and respectful to you; I live by the Golden Rule.
    • Treat you like a maturing young adult who accepts responsibility for his/her future.
    • Accept my responsibility and obligation to enforce the rules of the Southern Lehigh High School student handbook.


    This year I expect you to:

    • Complete all assignments, including evening reading.
    • Attend class regularly and be on time. (You are expected to be at your desk with the required materials when the bell rings.)
    • Keep a 3-ring binder or a notebook and a folder (with pockets) for English class, and bring them daily. Bring daily a pen or pencil and all material that has been assigned.  Be prepared.
    • Meet deadlines (All assignments are due at the beginning of each class on the due date.)
    • Turn in a “professional copy” of all work – essays, homework, projects, etc.
    • Use time wisely.
    • Be actively involved as a member or group;
    • Be courteous and respectful to your classmates and to me. (The Golden Rule)
    • Behave like a maturing young adult who accepts responsibility for his/her future.


    All students are expected to be positive, contributing members in this class.  Be polite and thoughtful of one another. 


    Absences and Makeup Work:

    Regardless of an excused absence, early dismissal, or athletic dismissal, all students are responsible for making up and handing in all work according to the guidelines established in the Southern Lehigh High School student handbook.  

    -       Students absent from class the day an assignment is due are expected to hand in the assignment at the start of the next class period. 

    -       -Students absent the day of a scheduled test or quiz are expected to take the test within two days of returning to class. 

    -       Tests/quizzes will not be made up during class time.  Please see Mrs. Bausher to schedule a make-up time. 

    -       Failure to make-up work during the time period specified will result in a grade of zero for the test, quiz, homework assignment, etc.


    Hall Pass Policy (bathroom and locker):

    Students must use their agenda book and sign in and out of class to leave the classroom.  

    It is imperative that all students are active members of English class for the entire period.  Permission to leave the classroom will be given in emergency situations only.   


    Grade Components:

    All quarterly grades will be calculated as expressed in the Southern Lehigh High School student handbook.  Grades will be designated for assignments, tests, quizzes, notebook, essays, writing assignments, projects, preparation and participation.

    -       All assignments are expected on their given due dates. 

    -       Each day an assignment is late, a 10% penalty will be applied to the earned score.

    -       Assignments that are more than three days late will not be accepted. 

    -       Students are expected to keep all graded assignments in their English folder.


    Grades for English class will be determined using the following weighting system:

    Assessments = 50% of overall marking period grade 

    This category includes quizzes, tests, major projects, major writing pieces, etc.

    Assignments = 40% of overall marking period grade

    This category includes homework, classwork, journal entries, mini-projects, Study Island assignments, etc.

    Preparation = 10% of overall marking period grade

    This category includes class participation, class preparedness, etc.


    Each marking period is worth 20% of a student’s overall grade.  The final exam is worth 20% of a student’s overall average.  There is no midterm exam.


    Textbook(s) & Reference Materials:

    - Albom, Mitch.  Tuesdays with Morrie

    - Anderson, Laurie.  Speak.  New York: Penguin Books, 2006.

    - Hartinger, Brent The Last Chance Texaco

    - Selected short stories

    - Selected poetry

    - Study Island (ongoing throughout the school year) – independent online program aligned with Pennsylvania core standards to provide Keystone preparation

    - Completion of final exam project (anticipated January 2017)


    *Films shown in class will be based on the curriculum studied. Parental approval will be sought.


    It is expected that your parents/guardians read and understand this information.  If your parents/guardians have comments or questions about these expectations, they may email me at  Parents/guardians may also call me after 2:30 at my school phone number (610) 282-1421 ext. 7121.


    I suggest that you keep this in a safe place and refer to it from time to time.  If you return the attached sheet with your signature and your parent/guardian signature, you will earn your first 5 points and maintain the “A” with which you have begun the year.

    I have read and I understand the expectations and requirements set forth for this course.


    “If you are not willing to learn,

    no one can help you.

    If you are determined to learn,

    no one can stop you.”



    Please detach form at line and hand in to Mrs. Bausher



    I have read and I understand the expectations and requirements set forth for this course.



    Student Name:                           ________________________________________



    Student Signature:                     ________________________________________



    Parent/Guardian Name:              ________________________________________



    Parent/Guardian Signature:        ________________________________________