Classroom Rules

A student is required to be in the class for which he or she is scheduled for the entire period.

Students are required to be “on task” for the entire period.  Students will not get full credit for a class if they are not in the classroom and working for the entire period.

To enter another classroom the student must have the explicit permission of the teacher in that room.  If the teacher declines the student must return to his or her classroom.

No food, candy or snacks are permitted in class.  Beverages are allowed except at computer stations.

No ear phones or ear pieces are permitted in class.  While cell phones are not prohibited, they must be turned off during class and may not be answered.   All such devices must be put away out of sight.  Otherwise they will be confiscated.  If a student refuses, he or she will be sent home.

Students who are disoriented, incoherent, disruptive, disrespectful, or smell of alcohol or drugs will be asked to leave the class and required to meet with the principal who may suspend the student if he or she deems it necessary.

Students should only use school computers for job applications, homework, or email. The computers are only available for use before school and during lunch. During class, computer use is restricted to the assignment given.

In cases of abusive or defiant language, major disrespect, or insubordination for the first occasion the student will be asked to leave the class; for the second the student will be suspended; for the third the student will be expelled.

Norms for Written Assignments

One of the goals of Vincent Gray is to teach students to write well.  In order to promote good and correct writing, each assignment to be turned in for each class will be graded by the teacher on the following:

  • spelling and punctuation
  • completeness of sentences
  • word usage
  • handwriting
  • clarity


Honesty and integrity require that all work turned in be one’s own.  Plagiarism is presenting someone else’s work as one’s own and is not tolerated at Vincent Gray.    Examples of plagiarism are:

turning in someone else's work as your own

copying words or ideas from someone else without giving credit

copying an article (for example, from the internet);

copying math work or answers;

cheating on a test;

failing to put a quotation in quotation marks or not using proper citations for quotations;

giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation;

changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit;

copying so many words or ideas from a source that it makes up the majority of your work, whether you give credit or not;

Most cases of plagiarism can be avoided, however, by citing sources. Simply acknowledging that certain material has been borrowed, and providing your audience with the information necessary to find that source, is usually enough to prevent plagiarism.

The consequences of these or any other forms of plagiarism or of cheating:

  • first time in any class - 0% on the assignment or test
  • second time in any class - 0% on the assignment or test
  • third time in any class - expulsion