Mason, Jessica - ELA

 Jessica Mason

This is my 13th year as an English Language Arts and Reading teacher.  I graduated from the University of Texas A&M with a Bachelors degree in Political Science and minor in English. 
I feel honored to be a part of this amazing school and look forward to a great school year! 

7th ELA
Rm. 116
Extension 3484

             English Language Arts- Grade 7 is a course in which studentswill have the opportunity to refine and master previously learned skills in thesubjects of reading, grammar, and writing and will learn new concepts througheffective and modern instruction. Students will be exposed to a variety ofreading genres including short stories, novels, poetry, and drama.Communication skills and various styles of writing will also be coveredthroughout the school year.



Major Work (Tests, Projects,Presentations, Essays, Reports, Research Papers) = 60%

There will be a minimum of three grades from this category each six weeks. Scoring rubrics for major projects will be provided to the students when a project is assigned. Writing grades can be taken for compositions, reports, journals, etc.

Minor Work (Daily Work,Homework, Quizzes, Binder Checks) = 40%

There will be a minimum of nine grades from this category each six weeks. Daily work grades can be taken for homework, quizzes, notebooks checks, class participation etc.


  • Late Policy: All students will be given 3 additional days (2 days for Pre-Ap) to make up a major assignment if late (with a progressive grade penalty of 10 points per day, 15 points for Pre-Ap).

  • Retest Policy:  All students will be given up to 3 additional school days to redo a major failing assignment, but the grade will be no higher than a 70. The teacher has the option of assigning an alternative major assignment. This provision does NOT apply to Pre- Ap students.

  • Binders: In class, students will rely heavily on their binders. It is the responsibility of the student to maintain a neat and presentable binder. Should a student lose their binder, it is their responsibility to obtain another binder and get the information.


             Excused Absence- Law requires that students be in school everyday. Students with an excused absence from school are expected to make up work missed at the rate of one day for one day missed with a maximum of five days.  Students shall receive a zero for any major or minor assignment not made up within the allotted time.

             Unexcused Absence- Students with an unexcused absence may not make up missed work; however, if the unexcused absence is determined to be caused by an extenuating circumstance, makeup work may be allowed. The grade for the makeup work will be no higher than a 70.