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Standards for Written Work

Standards for Written Work


Standards for written work provide uniform guidance across the curriculum, but offer the opportunity for individual creativity deemed acceptable by instructors.  Mary Star of the Sea High School utilizes MLA format for standard grammatical and notational guidelines, including certain key examples listed in the English department handout.

Format for word processed assignments will include:
  • business size and style font
  • 1 inch margin
  • double spaced
  • standard 8 1/2 by 11 inch white paper
  • heading determined by instructor
  • multiple pages stapled in upper left-hand corner
  • legible, neat presentation
Format for handwritten assignments will include:
  • black or dark blue ink
  • 8 1/2 by 11 inch white, loose-leaf, college rule paper
  • double spaced
  • heading determined by instructor
  • multiple pages stapled in upper left-hand corner
  • legible, neat presentation
Plagiarism, “to use the ideas or writings of another as one’s own”, violates the core values of Mary Star of the Sea High School and will be considered cheating, with the appropriate consequences noted under cheating policy.

Responsibilities in Writing
Learning appropriate and acceptable writing content in an environment which demands respect for all individuals, and distinguishing this from themes merely sensational and inappropriate, present a challenge students must face.  The guidelines and specifications in sections D and E of Part V in this handbook regarding students’ latitude in writing remaining intact, students must nevertheless be aware of the moral and legal responsibilities of placing their ideas in print.  Any writing or inference which can be credibly identified as a threat against any person, group or institution will be reported to the proper authorities.  Other consequences regarding the student’s future in the school are left to the discretion of the administration of Mary Star of the Sea High School.  Whether academic or creative, officially submitted to the instructor or not, formal or in any journal or letter, all student writing if found or discussed on campus bears this responsibility.

Mary Star of the Sea High School takes pride in assuring a safe, productive environment for each member of the school community.  In evaluating Expected School wide Learning Results, Mary Star of the Sea High School reserves the right to determine appropriate and acceptable writing content and style for our school environment.