Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School promotes the development of lifelong learners and leaders within a strong tradition of faith, service and academic excellence.
ONCE YOU ARE IN THE ROOM, YOU MAY NOT LEAVE UNTIL NEXT CLASS. If you are not in the classroom when the bell rings, you are not present. Come and stay in- you’ll love it.
Listen to Instructions
- When Mrs. Hembel is addressing the group, all students are expected to be seated and quiet, and remain that way until instructions have been given and questions have been answered.
- Questions are welcomed when you are not understanding the instructions as they are given, but try to avoid the “what ifs” and simply listen.
- Opinions are always valid as it pertains to the art, but in the interest of the limited time that we have, please do not argue with the instructions.
- We will begin each class period with the Lord’s Prayer. Silent prayer is welcome and encouraged at anytime.
Mrs. Hembel’s classroom will facilitate only art at all times. Such a climate will be disrupted by all but not limited to any of the following:
- Food or drink(water is the only exception)- Bringing such items into the room is prohibited by both the school and the Hembeler. Harboring food results in unwanted mess and critters, even if that is not your intent.
- School bags on the table or in the students’ laps- bags clutter up the table and inhibit the teacher’s ability to see what is being created, plus students are far more likely to reach into their bags to deal with things that are not related to the class activities if the bags are easily within reach.
- Cellular phones– There is no time when a cell phone is okay. That is the school’s rule and therefore the Hembel’s policy as well.
- Throwing– you may not throw anything at any time and there is absolutely no exception nor arguing your case. We throw without thinking about it, so we must get out of that habit.
- Running-you may not run at any time and there is absolutely no exception nor arguing your case. We run without thinking about it, so we must get out of that habit.
- Gossip/Foul Language– It is terribly important that you keep the conversation about art. You are allowed to talk in this class perhaps more than in any other, but comments about things going on outside of the classroom are most often not appropriate and tend to distract others. Additionally, certain terms are simply not welcome in a school environment, particularly cursing or racial slurs, even if you are referring to your own race.
What happens if you violate rules in Mrs. Hembel’s room?
- Mrs. Hembel does not prefer to give office referrals. She feels that we would be better served to handle issues of non-compliance in class by students performing “clean up duty.”
- Clean up duty is a means of getting you “off the hook.” Should you refuse the offer of clean up duty, we will be forced to handle the problem through the school’s disciplinary procedures. Let’s not let it get that far.
- There are times when the student misdeed will be severe enough that clean up duty will not be offered and the school’s procedures will be enacted immediately. You may be asked to leave the classroom.
What is “clean up duty?”
- When a student receives clean up duty, that student will stop the class activity early and begin collecting supplies, wiping down tables, cleaning brushes, whatever the day’s activity demands. You will be given plenty of time to perform this task and still be on time to your next class.
Turning in Work
- On the day the assignment is due, EVERYONE must turn in something, complete or not. As long as something was turned in that indicates you have begun the assignment, you will get credit for the project. That doesn’t mean you will get a passing grade, but you will be allowed to resubmit the project at a later date without penalty.
- Should you not turn in anything, a grade of zero will be immediately entered. You may turn in the project late, but the highest grade awarded after a missed deadline will be a C.
- A 1 out of 100 is better than a zero, so be sure to turn in your work.
Cleaning Up the Room
- Clean up is absolutely necessary and must be done in a systematic way so as to not waste time or materials.
- NO ONE will be dismissed until the whole room is clean so standing by the door and waiting will not help. Look around to see who needs help and do what you can to assist.
- We can’t have lines forming at the sink. If the sink is being occupied, please wait at your seat.
Can’t Find Your Stuff?
- Mrs. Hembel has found it quite rare that a student’s work has disappeared. If you cannot find it, you most likely did not look hard enough. Please just go back and look again. If the Hembel ends up finding it for you, you will be given clean up duty. However, if you know that someone has been hiding work, you MUST tell Mrs. Hembel.
- People like to get water and go to the bathroom. Should you ask if you can go, the answer will always be “no.”
- That is the school’s policy and therefore also the Hembel’s policy.
- You have time in between classes, at lunch, before, and after school.
- The teacher’s helper will be able to pass out and collect materials. They will also be able to wear the classroom cape. Mrs. Hembel will cycle through the class roster to ensure everyone gets a turn.
If we can all stick to this set of standards for behavior, class will be very enjoyable. Remember, your teachers have to handle everything from a perspective that is completely different from yours. It is essential that you trust them all and their requests for your cooperation. All teachers are different, as are their needs.