Degrees and Certifications:
Ms. Dardn Thomsen
Dardn Thomsen grew up on a sailboat with her family traveling through the Intercoastal Waterways, Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, US and British Virgin Islands, and Bermuda. Before coming to Lincoln, she worked in publishing; was an adjunct professor at San Francisco State University, the College of San Mateo, and Portland Community College; and taught English for 13 years at Hillsboro High School.
This year Ms. Thomsen will be teaching IB English Literature SL 5-6 and IB MYP English 1-2. Lincoln students use CANVAS. Parents who would like to be observers of their students on CANVAS can find out how at this link. Policies and expectations are in the syllabus posted under Resources in CANVAS. Here are the highlights:
Grading: Grades are based on practice activities and assignments (formative assessments) but mainly on cumulative assessments such as tests, essays, presentations, and other projects (summative assessments). The majority percentage of the class grade (80%) is based upon performance on summative assessments. Most assignments are graded using rubrics. Ms. Thomsen is not a big believer in extra credit, so it’s VERY rare. Ms. Thomsen does not use zeros, with 49% being the lowest score entered in the gradebook. If you see a 49%, that means "missing."
Late Assignments: Summative assignments each come with an Oregon Essential Skills (OES) personal management score: students earn full credit for submitting the assignment on time and no credit for submitting it late. The OES score is usually 5% of the assignment, or 2-5 points. Late work will be accepted during the grading period. Grading periods are quarters. Late work submitted during finals week at the end of each semester will not be assessed but rather “eyeballed” and given partial credit. The reason is there simply isn't time to process it at that late stage in the term.
Makeups and Retakes: Students are expected to make up and/or retake during the grading period. If an extended illness or awkward timing prevents this, Ms. Thomsen will make an exception.
Extensions: In the world beyond high school, professionals and scholars may occasionally negotiate an extension on a project or report, but to earn such an extension without negatively impacting their relationships or reputation, they use excellent communication skills. They alert their supervisor early to the issue, they are honest, they are courteous, and they are humble. If students employ such excellent communication skills, they are likely to secure an extension on an assignment. Beware, however, of seeking an extension more than once per semester.
1 IB MYP English 1-2 RM 223
3 IB English Literature SL 5-6 RM 223
4 IB English Literature SL 5-6 RM 223
5 IB MYP English 1-2 RM 223
7 IB MYP English 1-2 RM 223