Theology I

Welcome to Mr. Hentz' Theology I Page
Here you can find information about my three sections of Theology I and one section of Theology I Honors.
Firstly, I want to say that my first goal as your sons' theology teacher is to inspire them to a deeper relationship with Our Blessed Lord, Jesus Christ, through His words and deeds. Along those lines, with Christ as our guide, I want to help your sons to not only become better Catholic Christians, but also better men. In the course of the year, I hope to give them examples of men who are good men because they gave everything for God, country, and family.
My email address is [email protected]
This Fall Semester is entitled "The Revelation of Jesus Christ in Scripture," particularly as an introduction to Sacred Scripture and Christology through the Old Testament.
The Spring Semester is entitled "Who Is Jesus Christ" and focuses more on what we as Catholics can learn about the person of Christ and the mysteries of our Christian life through the New Testament
For your reference, my syllabi and my policies and procedures are linked on the side of the page. A copy of my syllabus and my policies and procedures are also available as PDFs on the side of this webpage.
Mr. Hentz's Policies and Procedures
  1. Concerning Materials: For Theology, students must have the following materials every day when they arrive
    1. Chromebook
    2. A notebook specifically for this class
    3. Pen/Pencil
    4. An appropriate disposition for learning
  2. Concerning Questions: In this class where faith is seeking understanding, questions are appreciated and encouraged. Students, when a question is asked, should maintain a respectful disposition towards the student who asked the question, regardless of content, awkwardness, and/or intent.
    1. Nota Bene (NB): If questions are deemed by Mr. Hentz to be applicable and helpful for the class at the time being asked, it will be answered to the best of his ability. If the question appears to be off topic, the student may be asked to put it in the Question Box or to ask Mr. Hentz after class or at another appropriate time.
  3. Concerning Classroom Participation: You are expected to participate in a constructive way in discussions and activities by (a) sharing relevant comments and questions, (b) being alert and paying attention, and (c) showing respect for others. Doing so will guarantee you at least a 90 for your class participation grade. Proper, mature, and responsible behavior is expected from you. This behavior is spelled out on this sheet, on the SJR website, in your student handbook, etc., so you cannot legitimately plead ignorance. Your grade will increase or decrease depending on whether you exceeded or fell short of the mark. Each countable infraction results in a 3-point deduction from your class participation grade. Offending anyone’s dignity will not be tolerated and will result in immediate disciplinary action.  The use of foul and vulgar language is unacceptable and is strictly forbidden. Every time you use such language I will deduct five points from your class participation grade at the end of the quarter. If you are dismissed from class for bad behavior, you lose ten points on your participation grade. Earbuds are not permitted in class, wired or wireless without permission. All policies apply with virtual classes, if such classes occur.
  4. Concerning the Restroom: Students will NOT be allowed to use the restroom during the first 15 and last 10 minutes of class–these are peak moments of learning in the classroom, so students must remain until these periods are over. Only one student will be allowed, via the RR pass.
  5. Concerning Chromebooks: Chromebooks must be brought to class regardless if they will be used, but they are to be kept away and used only with Mr. Hentz’s permission.
    1. Students are expected to have a fully functioning Chromebook for every class. If something on it is not working properly, see Mrs. Sullivan about getting it fixed. Get a loaner in the meantime. I will monitor your Chromebook activity via DyKnow. If the student spends time off task, expect a lower Participation grade.
  6. Concerning Cell Phones: Cell phones are to be turned off fully and put in the carrel as soon as the student arrives in the classroom. The basic principle being worked with is the following: “If it is seen, it is gone.”
    1. If a student is seen with his phone, the phone will be immediately confiscated and kept till after after class, and is at Mr. Hentz’s discretion to return at the end of the period or to give it to Mr. Kivlehan, the Director of Student Affairs.
  7. Concerning Getting Up: Students should stay in their seats at all times, unless he should need a tissue
  8. Concerning Classroom Arrival: Upon arriving at the classroom, students should begin working on their Bellwork either in their notebooks or on Google Classroom. This should be the second thing you do once you arrive in the classroom (the first is putting your phone in the correct slot in the carrel).
  9. Concerning Homework: Depending on the assignment, students may be asked to complete assignments on Google Classroom. If so, assignments MUST be completed by 8am. Some assignments will be required to be submitted via loose leaf in class–this will be at the discretion of Mr. Hentz and the type of assignment.
    1. Concerning Late Work: An assignment can be turned in late with the loss of points for two days after the due date. On the third day, it becomes zero. Submitting late assignments at the end of the marking period will not be allowed. If the student has an excused absence from class, he will have as many days as he was gone to make up the work. 
  10. Concerning Tests: Tests, unless designated, will be given at the end of a unit. Students will be allowed to have their Chromebooks open during that time only. Upon completion of the tests, computers are to be closed and the student may have time to read (I have books in the classroom…), do non-electronic work for their next class, or sleep.
    1. Concerning Missed Tests: If you are absent the day a test is given, you are expected to take it the day you return to class.
  11. Concerning Quizzes: There will be a weekly quiz on every Friday based mostly on the material covered in the week’s classes.
    1. Concerning Missed Quizzes: If you are absent the day a quiz is given, you are expected to take it the day you return to class.
  12. Concerning Notetaking: Taking notes by hand, in a designated notebook is essential to success in the class. Notes must be taken and can be checked at any time for a participation grade.
  13. Concerning Emails: If there arises a need for a student to contact me during the school day or before class, it is preferable that he comes in person to Room 111. If that is not possible, send an email to Mr. Hentz at [email protected]. When sending emails, proper etiquette is requested and required. (Ask yourself before sending: “Would my grandmother be offended or even be able to read this email and know what I meant?”)
  14. Concerning Sirens: Follow the SJR procedures and practices, as to be relayed.
  15. Concerning Plagiarism/AI: Do your own work! Plagiarizing any portion of an assignment will result in a zero for that assignment or assessment. Plagiarizing is when you copy material from a source (e.g., website) and submit it as if it were your own work. If it is appropriate for a given assignment to use material from an outside source, be sure to document it properly: put quotation marks around the material and identify its source.
    1. Copying someone else’s work or giving your work to someone else to copy is being dishonest and is a violation of school policy. If this happens, both parties—the one who copied and the one from whom the work is copied—will get a zero for that assignment. Any website/program that uses AI can only be used with prior teacher permission. Note that any assignment is liable to verbal followup about the work done.
  16. Concerning Prayer
    1. Each class begins with some kind of prayer. Knowing about God does not help us very much if we do not also sustain a living relationship with Him, and we do this in part through prayer.
    2. Prayer is sacred time, and each student is expected to show it the proper respect through posture, attitude, and appropriate silence or reflection. Not every student is a practicing Christian, and some may be atheists, but everyone is still required to show respect for the beliefs and faith practices that are important to their classmates and that are an integral part of the school’s mission. Students will be encouraged, but never forced, to lead the class in prayer.
  17. Concerning Fridays: Every Friday the following procedure will occur: 1) Friday Quiz 2) Lectio Divina and 3) Question Box Friday/Material Catch-Up. Note that such procedure is privilege and not a right, so it is at the discretion of Mr. Hentz to rescind said privilege if class behavior does not merit it.