• Mark Williams

    Mark Williams is Central High School's English Department Chair. He has been at Central since 2002 and the chair since 2007. He teaches Sophomore and Freshmen English.

    Contact information.
    Campus phone: 602-764-7500
    English 1-2 for 2018


    Plan for Success

    Phoenix Union High School District No. 210

    Central High School

    English Department

    English 1 – 2 Two-semester Course, 2018-2019

    Credits – 1

    Grade Level - 09


    Welcome to Central High and English 1-2, where excellence in education is alive in the classroom! It is our privilege to be part of your educational journey in English this year. We are here to help you to work toward mastery in reading and writing, and to encourage you to enjoy learning. We believe learning can be fun! This year will be filled with new challenges and exciting opportunities.


    Course Description:

    English 1-2 is the beginning course in the series for required English credits. Instruction incorporates Arizona ELA standards in reading, writing, listening, speaking, and presenting. This course is designed to prepare students for success in college, career, and life.  Instruction builds upon the reading, writing, listening, speaking and critical thinking foundations established in 8th grade. Included is the study of thematic literature collections related to personal experiences. Reading comprehension strategies and control of the six traits of writing are emphasized. Active listening and speaking are practiced in formal and informal situations.  A variety of media presentations is evaluated for social and cultural messages.


    Students will master the Arizona State Standards in Language Arts for grade nine. This mastery will help to build a foundation for success on the AzMerit Reading and Writing tests in grade ten.


    Co-Teaching Classroom:

    Co-taught classrooms bring two distinct, but complementary areas of expertise. General education teachers bring content core knowledge and skilled instructional practices. The learning specialist teachers bring knowledge of the array of disabilities as well as skills to address the many dimensions of the learning process. Co-teaching is a shared, collaborative, responsibility for both teachers.


    Materials Required:

    • Blue or black pens
    • Pencil, paper, and three-ring binder
    • Composition notebook
    • Student planner, which is provided by the school, and required in class
    • USB drive (also called flash/jump/thumb drive)
    • A “just right” book, which can be checked out from the school or public library


    Grading Policies:

                Grades are based on cumulative points.

                            A = 100% -- 90% (exceeds expectations)

                            B = 89%     - 80% (performing above expectations)

                            C = 79%    - 70% (meeting expectations)

                            D = 69%    - 60% (approaching expectations

                            F = Below - 59% (far below expectations)


    Grading System:

    Classwork     – 90% which includes participation and assignments

                Tests             – 10% which includes pre and post assessments including the district  exams.                                                


    Accommodations and modifications will be made for those students with IEPs and 504 plans.


     Plagiarism/Cheating: We begin the year with complete trust and faith in each of you. Please do not abuse that trust by being dishonest. Learning cooperatively is great, and we encourage you to get together to brainstorm and discuss assignments. When you sit down to complete an individual assignment, however, let the work be yours alone. Penalties for plagiarism—another word for cheating—are stiff. If two papers resemble each other too closely, we will split the points. If a paper is obviously copied, whether from a classmate’s work or the internet, it will receive no credit. A referral will be written, and there is no opportunity to repeat the work.


    Title I Program: Title I Program:

    Academic tutoring and test preparation is available to all students.

    Additional support for passing classes and graduating on time is

    the intent of these services. Support through Title I funding is

    available in the areas of: math, reading and English. If interested,

    please contact the Principal, Ms. Leticia Avalos or Assistant Principal for

    Instruction, Dr. Jeffrey Williams for additional information at 602-764-7500.




    Make-Up Policy:

    Students with excused absences have the opportunity to make up assignments with the teacher before and after school or through special arrangements with the instructor.  If the absence is excused, students may make up work the following day and will be given the amount of days missed to complete it (i.e. one day absent = one additional day to complete the assignment). Students who ditch class will be given a zero for all missed work. Assignments are due on the date given by your instructor. Special arrangements may be made on an individual basis. Late or missing work will negatively impact a student’s grade.


    Extra Help and KKIS:

    If you are having trouble, ask for help, ESPECIALLY DURING CLASS. Students may see the teacher before and after school for additional assistance. Further, the IMC (library) is open from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm Monday through Friday. Tutoring in class is available Monday through Friday from 7:30-7:55 and 3:00-3:30.


    If your child has below a C, they will be strongly encouraged to attend Advisory and after school tutoring.


    Tutoring Schedule







    Before school




    6:30 -7:45AM


























    After School

    ALL Teachers by Appointment




    ALL Teachers by Appointment




    No Tutoring offered due to meetings


    ALL Teachers by Appointment




    ALL teachers by Appointment






    Attendance and Failure Recovery Plan will be followed as per Advisory.


    Students will be successful in this class if they attend class daily and on time. If a student is going to be absent, the parent/guardian should call the attendance office at (602) 764-7500.


    Students who attend class regularly benefit from the learning that takes place from participation in daily activities.



    “Absent” is defined as nonattendance in an assigned class or activity for more than one-half of the period. (PUHSD Governing Board Policy J-1561 JHR)


    “Tardy” is defined as not being in the assigned class or activity when the tardy bell has finished ringing. (PUHSD Governing Board Policy J-1561 JHR)


    Students may fail the class for the semester in any course, when reaching a total of 12 excused/unexcused absences and after school-documented interventions have been exhausted. (Student Procedures Handbook).


    Students need to attend class on a daily basis. If a student is absent it becomes their responsibility to check with the teacher for any missed assignments. If a student must miss class, it is his or her responsibility to find out which assignments were missed, to acquire the handouts, and to borrow and copy the class notes. The teacher will be available before and after school to assist the student with missing assignments. 


    Tardy Policy:

    First tardy is a warning. The second tardy is a reminder and call home. The third tardy will result in another call home and a thirty-minute detention. The fourth tardy and any thereafter will result in a sixty minutes. Any missed detentions will result in a referral.


    Classroom Guidelines:

    1. I have the ability to learn.
    2. I can complete my work neatly and on time.
    3. I can use positive language and phrases.
    4. I will respect myself and others in the classroom at all times.


    Technology Use: Our current technology, and the internet, has great promise for sharing ideas and knowledge; as part of this English class, you will be required to create/utilize a Gmail, blog, and/or other applications. The Phoenix Union High School District filters the internet in an effort to block materials that are inappropriate. However, even the best filters will not stop someone who is intent on visiting inappropriate sites. If you knowingly visit inappropriate sites, you will be disciplined as outlined in the PUHSD Student Handbook. Remember the basic rules for internet safety at all times:

    • Do not share identifying information about yourself or others. Check with your teacher if something requires this information. It is better to be safe and guard your information. Identity theft is a growing problem. Any postings of student work or classroom photos will not include last names or other identifying information.
    • Do not access, send, or forward materials, communications, files, or images that are insulting, obscene, pornographic, harassing, threatening, or illegal. If you receive any of those items, report it to the teacher.
    • Do not share your password with others. Sharing a password makes you liable if problems arise. If you know of a security problem, you are required to inform us.


    Electronics: The school electronic policy will be enforced.  I-Pods and any other music players should be left at home. All cellphones must be on silent and/or turned off and put away. Any electronics that cause a disruption in the classroom will be confiscated and turned into the Dean’s office.  They will ONLY be returned to a parent or guardian. 


    Parent Experience: Please familiarize yourselves with the computerized Student/ParentVue. One of the features of this program provides a link that allows both the parent and student to view the student’s information, academic progress, attendance, and missing assignments. Your child can show you how to do this.


    Note to Parents: Please ask your child to discuss the classwork and homework. We recognize the vital role your support and participation plays—we are partners in your child’s education. We hope you feel free to contact us to share information or ask questions.



    Thank you for your support,


    Mark Williams

    English Teacher

    English Department Chair

    Central High School                                                                          

    Room # 878                           

    (602) 764-7500, 47774




    I have read and understand the Plan for Success for English 1-2.



    By signing below, students and parents:


    • Accept and agree to the guidelines outlined in this Plan for Success.
    • Understand that the instructor reserves the right to change this Plan for Success and/or course curriculum at any time.
    • Agree to access Student/ParentVue online to monitor the student’s attendance and grades. (See the school website or contact the Registration office for usernames and passwords at 602.764.7500).
    • I have read the above information and I understand what is expected of me. I agree that I am capable and willing to fulfill the expectations of this course.




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