IB Extended Essay (Semester Course)

IB Writing

Mrs. Burchfield


 Fall 2017

Dear Parent:

I am pleased to have the opportunity to work with your student again this year in the IB Extended Essay course. I will make every effort to help your student be successful in fulfilling his/her IB requirements.

This course is designed to aid students in the completion of their Extended Essays and the CAS requirements. Other assignments will include college application essays, resumes, business letters, thank you notes, and grammar and vocabulary development. Students will need to exercise responsibility in working independently, in using their time productively, and in meeting deadlines.

Students should keep up with all assignment deadlines (homework, projects, writing assignments, and tests). Grade categories are delineated in the following way: 50% tests, writing assignments, and projects; 30% daily assignments, quizzes, and classwork; and 20% homework.

One way to improve grades is to come prepared to class each day (homework, paper, pens, books, notebook, handouts, a flash drive, and drafts of papers). Students should keep all edited hard copies of drafts in a safe place. Likewise, students should keep an electronic copy of each writing assignment, as well. All papers will be submitted to turnitin.com. If any of your student’s work is determined to be plagiarized, it will result in an instant zero and  termination from the IB program. Encourage your student to CITE ALL SOURCES.

Handouts and class notes are to be kept together in one section of a notebook and should be brought to class every day. Extra copies of handouts will not be given should the student fail to keep up with them. Students will have a notebook check at the end of each nine-weeks grading period. This will count as a test grade.

Thank you for your interest in your child’s education. Please call me if you have any questions or concerns (857-3720) during the school year. (This number is also the homework hotline if students are uncertain about an assignment.)


Ashley C. Burchfield

Classroom Rules

  1. Keep the learning continuous. 2. Bring supplies and a positive attitude. 3.Listen and follow directions the first time. 4. Be courteous and show respect for teachers, students, and school property at all times. 5. Clean up your own mess.

Consequences of Breaking the Rules

  1. Warning (group or individual)
  2. Extra Writing Assignment
  3. Lunch Detention
  4. After-School Detention PARENT, PLEASE SIGN BELOW.
  5. Referral

Rewards for Good Behavior

  1. Pride   2.  Extra Privileges