Whitney Jones

Welcome to Senior English

Whitney Jones

This is my sixth year with Canadian ISD and I'm looking forward to meeting you and enjoying a powerful learning experience. I graduated from Perryton High School in 2001 and Texas Tech University in 2005. I love to read, cook, and spend time with my husband, son, and our two dogs.

If you need to contact me, my conference period is from 7:55 to 8:40 and my email address is

My grading policy is as follows:

Tests/major papers/projects will count as 50% of the six-week’s grade, quizzes will count as 30% and daily work will count as 20%.

Class Expectations


1.         Come prepared to class with your materials.  You know what you’re supposed to have.  Bring it.

2.         Get help—get a buddy in every class who will have the notes we took and be able to explain what we did in class. Really lost? Get a tutor. Get help from the teacher. Don’t sit there and not understand.

3.         I dismiss the class to leave.  The bell signals me that class should be over.  I am the one who tells you to leave, not the bell. Remain in your seat until the bell rings.   Do not stand around the door close to the dismissal bell.  I will endeavor to teach bell to bell.  If I don’t, and I give you some time to do your homework, you are expected to use it.  Got everything finished? Read.

4.         Pick up around your desk before you leave class.  The custodian is not your maid.

5.         Do NOT work on any other work in my class unless I’ve given you permission. If I see work that’s not mine, I will toss it. Promise.

6.         Do not ask me if you have to write in complete sentences. The answer is yes. Always.


Don’t talk about other students or teachers in class.  Don’t say negative things about people who are not there to defend themselves.  Put yourself in their position.  This includes talking in a small group where everyone and the teacher can hear you.  It’s rude.  It’s bad form.  It’s unacceptable.  Nice matters.



Make-up Work for an Excused Absence

  • If you are absent, it’s up to you to make arrangements with me to make-up any work (this means in-class assignments AND tests). School policy determines how many days a student has to complete make-up work, but you must find me the DAY you return so we can discuss your assignments. I WILL NOT HUNT YOU DOWN. If you are absent on the day an assignment is due, it’s your responsibility to contact me (Edmodo is probably easiest) to make arrangements for turning it in. I am happy to work with you, but I can’t help you if I don’t know what’s going on. Again, I WILL NOT HUNT YOU DOWN. I cannot say this enough. If you don’t take responsibility for your grades, no one will. Late Work Policy: Unless I give you other instructions, all homework assignments are due at the beginning of your class period. Zeroes are detrimental to your average, so do not turn in late work!  Turn in all assignments on time.




Every Friday is a reading day.  You should also have a library book to read after you finish your work. Being productively busy will be part of your participation grade. We will ALL read, so come prepared every day. Have your book BEFORE CLASS. No book equals detention.



Tests/major papers/projects will count as 50% of the six-week’s grade, quizzes will count as 30% and daily work will count as 20%.









If you would like to earn extra credit, the following options are available to you.



  1. Membean­- You are required to complete 50 minutes on Membean each week. You may complete up to 100 minutes for extra credit. For example, completing 50 minutes earns you 2pts/min, or a 100. If you completed 100 minutes, a 200 would earn you a 200 in the grade book. Note: I will begin docking points for suboptimal performance on Membean after the second occurrence. Take care of business.
  2. Edmodo­­- from time to time there may be opportunities on Edmodo to earn extra credit. Be vigilant.