• You take it for granted that Olympic athletes and professional musicians must practice relentlessly to perfect their craft. Why should you expect the craft of thought to require anything less disciplined? Fierce attention to clear and precise writing is the essential tool for you to foster independent judgment. That is rhetoric.

     ~Scott L. Newstok "How to Think Like Shakespeare"


    Mrs. Caitlin Waits
    English III, Dual Credit 1301/1302 
    1st  Dual Credit 1301 MWF
    2nd Dual Credit 1301 MWF
    3rd Conference
    4th Dual Credit 1301 MWF
    Daily: Lunch, Office Hours
    MWF: Lunch, Mock Trial
    5th Dual Credit 1301 MWF
    6th  Dual Credit 1301 MWF
    7th  Dual Credit 1301 MWF 
    Tutorials: Online, as needed 
    Email: Caitlin.Waits@wylieisd.net
    Dual Credit Email: Cwaits@Collin.edu (please use your Collin account to contact!)
    Phone: 7405
    Dual Credit FAQs
    How can I prepare for Dual Credit? 
    Read. Read a ton. Read news magazines and articles online, read fiction books, read non-fiction, read religious texts, listen to podcasts-- fill your mind with information and ideas! 
    Do I need to buy a book? 
    For the fall semester, you will need to purchase your textbook via Perusall. For the spring, we will use an open-source book you will not need to purchase. 
    Can I email you for an update about my student?
    Per FERPA, I cannot email anyone other than a student without a student-signed FERPA release form and a scheduled meeting with a photo ID presented. Collin does prefer to have a dean available to meet with us as well. 
    Can I check my students' grades on Canvas? 
    Again, per FERPA, the school cannot share that information. What your student shares with you is up to your student. 
    Can I email you at your Wylie account to introduce my student?
    I would love to hear from you with an introduction! However, I will not be able to respond. Please know I very much appreciate your investment in your student's education! 
    Why is the midterm grade so different from the final grade? 
    Our midterm grades are usually due during the 6th-7th weeks of class, which is actually a bit before the middle point of the semester. Furthermore, English and writing are cumulative, so students are building towards higher-weighted projects and papers. At the point I have to submit midterm grades, we've had more participation grades and introductory material than really substantial writing. The midterm is often a good way to gauge if your student is ready for a college class, and students failing at the midterm point need to reevaluate their commitment to the course and consider moving to an English 3 class. 
    I'm happy to answer questions about the dual credit program and policies as much as I can. I am able to email regarding my syllabus and other publically available information. However, I cannot discuss individual students or grades via email. Please feel free to email! 
    Thank you! 
    Caitlin Waits, M.A.

    English 1301 & 1302, Mock Trial

    Wylie High School

    Wylie ISD




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