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Ms. Ballinger's Classroom

Waterhouse's The Decameron

Office Hours: I will have a Zoom Office Hours.  Zoom links and password information are available on Google Classroom.

Monday and Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

You can also make a Zoom appointment outside of office hours, email, or text my Google Voice number: (970) 325-3572.  Parents are always welcome to call me. 

  • Based on a grade level decision, the minimum attendance assignment will usually be a Flipgrid . 

  • That will be one of three weekly assignments. 

  • There will also be optional deep dive and college prep activities.

  •  Starting 4/6/2020 the 10-11 Zoom hour will offer class instruction.

    • Monday: (2, 3, 4, 7) Summative Make Up Project 

    • Tuesday: (8th Hour) Yearbook 

    • Wednesday: (3rd Hour) Standard Level Language and Literature

    • Thursday: (2,4,7) Higher Level World Literature

    • Friday College Prep (open to all classes)

  • The second office hour of each day will be more informal and open to all students. Instruction recordings will be posted on Google Classroom for students who can't make it.

An agenda will be posted with topics for each Zoom session the week before.

During this interim time, grading and attendance will be counted as follows:


  • Attendance will be recorded every Friday after 2:30 pm

  • To be marked present each week, students must meet or exceed the minimum engagement and task completion expectations. Both categories are explained below:

    • Minimum: Students must attempt each of the assigned tasks for the week. This will require at least 15-20 minutes of work.

    • Exceed: Students must complete each of the assigned tasks for the week. This will require 30-45 minutes of work.

  • Students who submit work after the 2:30 deadline will keep their current attendance and grade until staff can adjust it the following week.


  • Grades will be contingent upon students meeting or exceeding the minimum engagement and task completion expectations.

    • Students who complete the minimum requirements will maintain their third quarter grades. 

    • Students who exceed the minimum requirements may improve their grades. 

    • Students who do not meet the minimum requirements may see their grades lowered.

  • For students who would like to raise their third quarter grade, please see me during office hours to discuss the make-up summative. 

  • In the Remote Learning section of the grade book, 

    • a score of “0” means the student did not meet the minimum expectations. 

    • a score of “1” means the student met the minimum expectations.

    • a score of “2” means the student exceeded the minimum expectations.