Course Syllabus and Class Expectations
I. CLASS DESCRIPTION
This year in math, our primary focus will be to continue developing our understanding of mathematic principles. Below, you will find the first three units we will cover during the first nine weeks of school.
A. Unit 01: Numerical Understanding: Whole Numbers, Fractions, Decimals, and Integers
B. Unit 02: Numerical Understanding and Operations: Factors, Multiples and Operations with Whole Numbers
C. Unit 03: Numerical Operations: Addition and Subtraction of Fractions and Decimals
Classroom guidelines are set in place for the benefit of everyone involved. Guidelines allow the classroom to run efficiently and promote order and stability. The following is a list of the classroom guidelines.
A. Be in your seat and working by the time the tardy bell rings
B. Have your materials out and ready for the day’s activity
C. Follow all directions the first time they are given
D. Keep your hands, feet and objects to yourself
E. Stay in your seat unless given permission to do otherwise
III. POLICIES & PROCEDURES
For the success of our classroom, the following are a list of policies and procedures that will ensure your child succeeds in my class. It is my goal for your child to reach their full potential and I welcome any help and/or feedback in order to make this goal a reality. If ever you should want to speak with me concerning any of my policies and procedures do not hesitate to contact me at any time, I have provided my contact information above and I am available through phone, email or by appointment.
A. Homework Policy
As per campus policy, students will be assigned math homework every day.
As per district policy, grades will be broken down as follows:
50% Formative- homework, classwork, journals & any other class assignment
50% Summative- quizzes, exams and projects
A specific tutoring schedule will be implemented within the first week of school. These sessions will be held during afterschool hours.
D. Attendance, Late & Make-up Work
· If your child is not present they cannot gain participation points for the day(s) they have missed.
· It is your child’s responsibility to obtain the class notes as well as any handouts and homework they may have missed.
· If the absence is excused, the student will be given an equal amount of time to turn in any missing assignments without consequence.
· If the absence is not excused, the student will be deducted 5 points for everyday the assignment is late.
· If your child is absent on the day of an exam, they will have a week to schedule a makeup.
E. Interactive Notebooks
These notebooks will be used to keep all work done in class and are to remain in the classroom. Student journals will be graded for content every three weeks. Students will not be allowed to take these journals home unless given prior approval. If you would like your child to take their journal home before an exam, please contact me to make arrangements. Students will be responsible for bringing their journals back. .
F. Back Packs & School Supplies
As soon as students enter the classroom, students will be prompted to get any materials they will need for the day out of their backpacks and place their backpacks in a designated area. Students will not be allowed to go back to their backpacks until the end of the class period.
G. Academic Integrity
Academic integrity is of utmost important in my classroom and cheating will not be tolerated and will immediately earn a 0. If a student is falling behind and they are in need of help, please instruct them to come to tutoring! It is better to receive a 50 on an assignment and make it up, than to receive a 0 on an assignment and not be able to change it. Hard work pays off.
IV. CLASS GOALS
It is my goal to prepare students for the world outside of academia. Learning does not end in the classroom but instead extends itself to the world beyond. I will endeavor to transfer my passion for learning to your students and do all that I can to prepare them for the next grade. It is my goal for students to reach mastery of the TEKS as will be determined inside the classroom. My goal is for students to engage in higher level thinking. My expectation is for every student to show growth on my assignments.
I cannot sufficiently express the importance of your role in your child’s education. Educating a child means educating and raising the future of our communities, nation and world. This is a huge responsibility, and I believe in order to do it right, everyone must be invested in the life of that child; it is a group effort. Your involvement in your child’s education is crucial and I will do everything within my power to keep you informed on the progress your child makes in my classroom. If you should ever have any questions, concerns or just want to discuss your child’s progress, please feel free to contact me. I have provided the school’s phone number and my email address above. I look forward to getting to know each and every one of you this year, let’s get excited!