The Freshman Program is a cross-curricular program designed to help students transition socially, academically and technologically.  Key features include:

  1. Equipping students with high school success skills during Orientation Week, the first week of attendance for incoming freshmen. Time management, online behavior, social activities, library, and other topics are covered.
  2. Weekly meetings with the Freshman Student Assistance Program (SAP) to discuss student transition and progress.


  • English: Benjamin Webb, Rebekah Hoffman
  • World Studies: David Harnish, Trevor Von Bruenchenhein
  • Biology: Maggy Proctor, Emily Telford
  • Teams U1, H1, S1 are taught by Webb, Harnish, & Proctor
  • Teams U2, H2, S2 are taught by Hoffman, Von B, and Telford

Freshman Office: Room 316

Welcome to your freshman year at University High School! Your teachers in the program are excited to have you as students. In order to make your year enjoyable and successful, your teachers wish to share with you some helpful information, as well as some classroom rules and expectations that will be the same for each of your freshman classes.

Character Expectations: Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, & Empathy

1) Respect your classmates, instructors, and yourself. Treat people as they should be treated, with dignity and respect. Be courteous. Be tolerant of ideas that differ from your own, and understand that every student’s voice is valued in the classroom. Respect yourself! Respect for yourself comes easily when you know you have put forth your best effort and met your responsibilities.

2) Be Responsible. Responsibility includes being prepared mentally and physically, completing assigned tasks, and fulfilling your commitments. Come to class with pens, textbooks, and notebooks and ready to engage the tasks and discussions set out for you.

3) Have Integrity. Do what is RIGHT! Integrity is a quality you develop by adhering to moral principles even when nobody seems to be watching. It requires honesty; do and say nothing that deceives others. As your integrity grows, so does the trust others place in you. The more choices you make based on integrity, the more it will positively affect your relationships with family, friends, and teachers. Ultimately, integrity influences how much you respect yourself.

4) Act with Empathy. Empathy is seeing a situation from another person’s perspective. The most thoughtful and mature thing you can do before acting or speaking is to consider the subject from another person’s point of view. Walk the hallway in their shoes.

General Rules of Conduct

  • Get to class on time! Each teacher will use his/her own discretion as to what constitutes a tardy. See the Student handbook for the school Tardy Policy.
  • Have books, homework, and writing utensils out and ready at the start of each class. You must have your Student ID card with you at all times
  • Bring your laptop to school every day with a fully-charged battery.
  • Do your own work. Any attempts at cheating and/or plagiarism will be reported to and handled by the Assistant Principal. If you are caught cheating on homework/formative work, you will forfeit the opportunity to re-do/retake any summative assessments for the duration of that unit. If you are caught cheating on a summative assessment, you MUST retake the assessment (or a variation of that assessment) in Saturday school.
  • At all times adhere to the Appropriate Use Policy outlined in your handbooks. Violations of the Appropriate Use Policy will be reported to the Assistant Principal.
  • Mobile devices should not be used, seen or heard during class other than at teacher discretion.  Inappropriate use of these devices will result in confiscation of the device.


Grades reflect a student’s level of mastery of the skills laid out in the course syllabus. While participation, effort, and behavior will likely have an impact on the final grade, they will not be directly factored into it. The largest portion of students’ reported grade will reflect scores earned on summative assessments (Tests, papers, quizzes, labs, etc.).

Formative Work=0-20% of final grade

Summative Assessments=80-100% of final grade

Grading Scale: As indicated on individual course syllabi.

RE-DO/RE-TAKE Policy: Despite the fact that students are moved through grade levels in large groups with their peers, each student learns at an individual pace.  When they demonstrate mastery of a skill is not nearly as crucial as the fact that they demonstrate mastery at some point within the given grading period.  Furthermore, learning is recursive and often times clumsy, causing students to regress with a skill before acquiring more sophisticated mastery.  A student’s grade should reflect their actual mastery of a skill, not their errors and struggles during the learning process, which may, at times, occur on a summative assessment.  Therefore, students will be provided the opportunity to re-do summative assessments according to the following criteria:

  • Re-takes/Re-dos are ALWAYS at the teacher’s discretion
  • Acceptance of formative work which is late or missing is at the teacher’s discretion. Students will forfeit the opportunity to complete a re-do/retake process for the duration of the unit regardless.
  • In order to complete a redo, a student must complete a plan of action, developed with the teacher, detailing deadlines and additional learning activities (which may include previous formative work) that must be completed prior to the retake. If the student does not fulfill the plan of action, he/she forfeits the right to redo the assessment.
  • If a student is missing a summative assessment, he/she will be either:
    • Assigned a four-hour Saturday school to complete the re-do/retake. (If the student does not submit the assessment after the completion of this Saturday school, he/she will receive a permanent zero for the assignment). Summatives become a permanent zero at the teacher’s discretion during an incomplete redo process.
    • Or, given an alternative disciplinary action at the discretion of the teacher.
  • Incomplete work will not count as a “submission” for assessments.
  • You will get full credit for your best grade.
  • All retakes must be completed within two weeks of the date on which the original summative assessment was returned to the student.
  • No redos/retakes are allowed during the final two weeks of a quarter.

Make-Up Work: We cannot stress enough that it is the STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY to find out what the assignment may be when he/she is absent from class. If you are aware of an absence in advance, ask your teacher about missed work ahead of time. Please see the Student Handbook for the amount of time given for make-up work. Extended absences may fall under special circumstances, which will then be agreed upon between teacher and student. Make-up Tests should be taken during a free period or after school hours at the convenience of the teacher. The amount of time you have to make-up a test will be given according to the School Policy outlined in the Student Handbook.

E-mail Etiquette: Use the following etiquette when e-mailing a teacher. Any e-mails that do not adhere to this policy will be returned to the student for revision.

  • Always use your ilstu
  • Have a back up e-mail with an appropriate, professional tag name in case your e-mail account is not functioning. “E-mail was down” is not an acceptable excuse for a late or missing assignment.
  • Every e-mail must include a subject header
  • Always include a salutation and the teacher’s name
  • Use Standard English: punctuate and capitalize appropriately
  • Do not use texting language
  • Always sign your name at the bottom of the e-mail.
  • Be courteous and respectful
  • Know when it is appropriate to send an e-mail regarding your concerns and when you need to talk to the teacher face-to-face.