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Language Arts - Mr. Barnes

Welcome to my Classroom
Mr. Barnes
English/ Language Arts


Hello River Valley, I am Mr. Barnes. This is my first year here at River Valley, I am new to teaching after years of doing education in churches and working with individuals with special needs. I am excited to be here and get to know all of you. I graduated from Green River High School in Green River Wyoming, I have a BA in English from the University of Wyoming and an MA in Educational Leadership from Golden Gate Baptist Seminary. I have lived in Iowa for 10 years with my wife and 3 kids who are currently in 7th, 9th and 11th grade in Sioux City.

Instructor Information:

Instructor: Dan Barnes Room:105
Phone:712-372-4656 Morning Office Hours:7:45-8:15
Email: dbarnes@rvwolverines.org Afternoon Office Hours:3:30-3:45


Our Focus for this school year will be three simple questions. What's Good? Why Is It Good? What Would Make it Better? In our reading, writing and speaking, we will focus on those three things, making this school year great.


You can access the lesson plans for Mr. Barnes by clicking HERE.

First Semester
Period Subject Period Subject
1st Period 8th Grade Language Arts 1st Period  
2nd Period 8th Grade Language Arts 2nd Period  
3rd Period Public Speaking 3rd Period  
4th Period Prep 4th Period  
5th Period English I 5th Period  
6th Period English I 6th Period  
7th Period Creative Expression 7th Period  
8th Period Strategic Reading 8th Period


Materials: It is the expectation that you will bring the following to class everyday.

1) Textbook/Chromebook

2) Paper/Folder

3) Pencils/Pens

4) Positive Attitude

Late Work: A late assignment shall be considered work not totally completed at the beginning of the class period of the due date. Assignments turned in after the class meets but on the same day as the assignment is due will be considered late using the following breakdown:

 Every day work is late you wil lose 10% off your earned grade up to five days. After five days late, the best score you can receive will be 50%, if you get the entire assignment correct.

1 day= 10% off corrected score

2 days= 20%

3 days= 30%

4 days= 40%

5 days and beyond= 50%


Expected Behaviors:

1) Be in your seat when the bell rings.

2) Bring materials and be prepared.

3) Use appropriate language.

4) Respect others and their property.

5) Speak one at a time.

6) Stay on task.

 Grading Policy:

A = 93-100

‚ÄčA- = 90-92

B+ = 87-89

B = 83-86

B- = 80-82

C+ = 77-79

C = 73-76

C- =70-72

D+ = 67-69

D = 63-66

D- = 60-62

F = 59 and below