Castillo, Mark

   Welcome to the Wonderful World of English Language Arts!

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Mr. Mark A. Castillo
English Language Arts & Reading (Gr. 8-12) Teacher (9 1/2 Years H.S. Teaching Experience)
Freshmen UIL Academics Coordinator (6 Years UIL Coordinator Experience)
Freshmen & Varsity UIL Literary Criticism Coach (9 Years UIL Coaching Experience)
B.A. Communication UTB-TSC (2006)
Assoc. in Arts UTB-TSC (2006)
AP Language Certified
AP Literature Certified


Hello and welcome to my teacher page! On behalf of myself, as well as the talented teachers and staff here at Los Fresnos United, let me wish you, our first-year students, a fun and successful freshman year of high school education. We are all here for you to help in any way we can and ensure a positive educational experience. Should you have any questions regarding tutoring, classroom assignments, grading, etc. please feel free to use the contact information below to reach me; I will do my best to respond in a timely manner during conference hours.

To our students' parents, thank you first and foremost for the opportunity to teach in your community. Please know that I take my role as an educational leader seriously and will do my best to create a positive learning environment for your son or daughter on a daily basis. I ask that you join me in this effort and motivate your child to come to class every day, with class supplies, ready to learn. Together we can positively impact their life-long learning abilities. Like our students, should you as a parent also have any questions regarding tutoring, classroom assignments, grading, etc. please feel free to use the contact information below to reach me so that I can better work alongside you to make our students successful. As mentioned, I will do my best to respond in a timely manner during conference hours. (Also, be sure to be diligent about checking your child's progress weekly through our online grade-book.)

Lastly, should you be interested in participating in UIL Academics this school year please do not hesitate to contact me for sign-up and practice information.

Thank you all for your page visit and here's to a great year of growth and learning!

GO FALCONS! Class of 2019!



Email:     marcastillo@lfcisd.net
Phone:   956-254-5250 - ext. 2481
Room:    B-812


Courses:

* English 2                  
(Fall: 1st, 2nd [all-year], 3AB, 5th)
* English 2 Pre-AP     (Spring: 1st, 3AB, 5th)

Class Schedule:

1st Period:                                     8:30AM-10:00AM       (90 Minutes)

2nd Period:                                   10:05AM-10:55AM      (50 Minutes)

3rd Period [AB]:                            11:00AM-12:35PM      (90 Minutes)

LUNCH:                                        12:35PM-1:05PM        (30 Minutes)

CONFERENCE:                            1:10PM-2:40PM         (90 Minutes)

5th Period:                                    2:45PM-4:15PM          (90 Minutes)


Grading Policies:

90-minute (Block) Classes: A minimum of fifteen (15) Daily Work grades and five (5) Test grades will be collected each nine-week grading period.

45-minute (Skinny) Classes: A minimum of nine (9) Daily Work grades and three (3) Test grades will be collected each nine-week grading period.

English 2 (Traditional) Classes: Daily work grades will make up fifty percent (50%) of the nine-week grade while Test grades will also comprise fifty percent (50%) of the grade.

English 2 Pre-AP Classes: Daily work grades will make up forty percent (40%) of the nine-week grade while Test grades will comprise sixty percent (60%) of the grade.

Semester exams count for twenty percent (20%) of the semester grade. The mandatory writing portion of the semester exam itself will count for twenty percent (20%) of the semester exam grade while eighty percent (80%) will be from the multiple choice (et. all) sections.

Late work will be accepted as per LFCISD guidelines: "One day limit will be allowed for late [after the due date] assignments. Fifteen percent penalty for the first day an assignment is late. Acceptance of any assignment that is more than one day late will be based on the teacher's discretion."

Make-up work due to illness will be as per LFCISD guidelines. Every day a student is absent due to illness will be one day extra to complete missing assignments. Assignments not turned in during this time window will receive a zero.

Re-tests will be conducted as per LFCISD guidelines. The student only has five days from the point of initial test failure to re-test and the highest grade student may receive for a re-test is a seventy (70). Semester exams and final exams do not quilify for re-testing.

Electronic Devices-Use Policies:

Our classroom is a red-zone (no student electronic device use) environment unless otherwise indicated by the teacher during the instructional period for a use that is conducive to the learning objective at hand (i.e. Google, OWL, etc.).

The recording of video or audio during class time without prior written consent or knowledge is prohibited especially as it relates to social media sites (i.e. Facebook, Snapchat, etc.)

Headphones are not allowed to be used during instructional class-time.

Required (Daily) Class Supplies:

Students are required to attend class with supplies daily so as to be successful on their academic journey. Students who occasionally attend class without one or all required supplies, 
will be provided a short-term substitute (i.e. paper and writing utensil). Students who continually and habitually attend class without required supplies will be subject to parent-teacher conference and/or disciplinary actions.

* 1 Three-ring, two-pocket binder

* Plenty of college-ruled paper

* 2 Dividers (1 Daily Work, 1 Test)

* #2 Pencils (Wood or Mechanical)

* Black or blue pens

* Multiple colored highlighters

* Ruled index cards

OPTIONAL: Pocket dictionary

Tutorials:

Tutorial sessions are available after school from Monday to Wednesday, from 4:15 to 5:45 PM. Monday and Tuesday are homework assistance and make-up work sessions, while Wednesdays are skills remediation sessions. Food and transportation is available for all students who attend.

Resource & Reference Websites:


http://literary-devices.com

https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/

http://springboardprogram.collegeboard.org/english-language-arts/

http://www.quizlet.com

http://www.shmoop.com

http://www.sparknotes.com

https://www.ted.com/talks

http://www.brainyquote.com

http://www.wikipedia.org

http://www.uiltexas.org/academics


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