Welcome to the English Department

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Instructional Staff 
Debra Atchison atchisond@msd19.org
Danette Butler butlerd@msd19.org
Tiffany Conzelman conzelmant@msd19.org
Erin Edwards edwardse@msd19.org
Gina Etter etterg@msd19.org
Brandon Goode goodeb@msd19.org
Katie Hofmann hofmannk@msd19.org
Jessica Holtgrewe holtgrewej@msd19.org
Anna Jenkins jenkinsa@msd19.org
Megan Jurs jursm@msd19.org

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English Department Guidelines

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MHS Late Work Policy

All work is due by the assigned date and time. If a student attempts to turn in an assignment after the teacher has collected that work from the class, the assignment will be considered late.


Daily assignments collected by the teacher will be accepted one day late for 50% of the grade earned. No late credit, however, will be awarded for daily assignments that the teacher checks in class for a completion/effort grade or assignments that the students and teacher review together during class.


Long­term projects and papers will be accepted up to one week late for 50% of the grade earned. This policy does not apply to presentations. A student who fails to give his or her presentation in class on the assigned date will receive a zero for the presentation grade and will have no chance to make up the speech. If a student is absent (and that absence is excused by the office) on the day that a project or presentation is due, the student will be expected to turn in the project or give the presentation on the day that he or she returns to school. The student will receive no extra time to make up the work since the project or presentation was assigned in advance.



The English Department utilizes Turnitin, a plagiarism­detection web site. All formal essays and research papers must be submitted to Turnitin by the assigned date and time. This electronic submission is in addition to a hard copy, which must also be turned in to the teacher by the assigned date and time. If students successfully submit one of the required copies—electronic or print—by the deadline, they will then be given a one­week grace period during which they must make the other submission. Failure to do so after one week will result in the project or paper being considered late; therefore, students will receive 50% of the grade earned. Please note that the print and electronic submissions must be exactly alike; students may not submit two different versions of the paper or project.


Plagiarism and Cheating

The English Department deems plagiarism and cheating unethical. Cheating or plagiarism will result in failure of the assignment and discipline procedures as indicated in the Student Handbook. Some examples of plagiarism and academic dishonesty include the following:

  • Inserting another person’s language (words, phrases, sentences) into one’s work without using

    quotation marks and without citing the original source.

  • Using another person’s ideas or research in one’s work without citing the original source. Even summaries and paraphrases in a student’s own words must be properly cited.
  • Inserting another person’s graphic image into a formal paper without citing the original source.
  • Turning in part or all of a work that was completed for a previous class or teacher without the consent of the current teacher.
  • Padding a works cited or reference page by including unused sources or falsifying sources.

Note: Students often ask friends, family members, and tutors to help them with assignments. When students begin using the words and ideas of these friendly helpers without acknowledging them as sources, plagiarism has occurred.


I have read the above information and understand the English Department’s policies regarding late work, Turnitin, and plagiarism.


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MHS English Department

 “No-No” Words

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  • Good, nice, terrific, super, etc.
  • bad
  • things, stuff
  • hard (Try difficult, challenging, etc.)
  • big (Example: Replace the phrase a big problem with the phrase a significant problem.)
  • · very, really (Specify.  Instead of describing a character as very angry, describe him or her as belligerent.)
  • get, got, gotten
  • has or have (used alone)
  • T.V.
  • kid or teen
  • U.S.A.
  • am, are, is, was, were, be, been, being—used as linking verbs or in passive voice
  • 2nd-person pronouns (you, your)
  • 1st-person pronouns (only acceptable in narrative essays--I, we, us, me, my, etc.)
  • OK
  • alright
  • a lot
  • etc.
  • and so on . . .
  • could of/would of/should of
  • contractions
  • he/she—write out heh or she
  • kind of, sort of (Try somewhat or rather.)
  • well (as a transition at the beginning of a sentence—too conversational)
  • coordinating conjunctions as transitions at the beginning of a sentence (the FANBOYS)
  • all of a sudden (Use suddenly.)
  • cuz or cause (instead of because)
  • til (Use until.)
  • this or that (when used alone with no clear antecedent . . . This represents the climax of the novel.)
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