I understand that many students in this class may feel uneasy about their mathematical ability, but it is my expectation that every student TRY and PARTICIPATE 100% in classroom activities. The majority of our activities will be small-group, interactive or cooperative based and involvement is critical in learning this material. I have a high level of expectations for all my students because I KNOW that they can do it. I expect them to have this same level of expectation in themselves.
In addition to participation, I fully expect everyone to follow both CLASSROOM and CAMPUS WIDE rules.
CAMPUS WIDE RULES:
BE ON TIME
CLEAN UP AFTER YOURSELF
KEEP YOUR HANDS AND FEET TO YOURSELF
Composition Notebook, Pencils, Erasers, Red Pens, Graph (Quad) paper, Colored Pencils, Elmer's Liquid Glue (NO Glue Sticks please), Package of Notebook/Filler paper, 1 Folder with Pockets, TI-84 Graphing Calculator*
NOTE: ALL MATERIALS SHOULD BE BROUGHT TO CLASS DAILY
Mathematics, especially Algebra, can be very challenging to students. Therefore, instructional time is very important for both the student and teacher alike. Students who are absent from class often miss vital pieces of information important to each daily lesson.
If a student is absent, it is his/her responsibility to collect missing assignment(s) and notes. Class notes should be obtained from a fellow classmate. For each day a student was absent, one additional class day will be given to complete any missing assignment(s). If a student is absent on the day of a quiz or test, the make-up days for quizzes and tests is Thursday after school in Room 217. It is the student's responsibility to be present after school on the Thursday after the day of the absence(s) to make-up the missing quiz or test.
*Please note, District guidelines will be strictly enforced.
Grade Scale: 90 - 100% - A
80 - 89% - B
75 - 79% - C
70 - 74% - D
69% & Below - F
Classwork / Homework, Quizzes, Notebook, Participation........................................................ 50%
Semester Grade: Final Grade:
Semester 1: 75% - 1st 9-Weeks + 2nd 9-Weeks Semester 1 - 50% Semester 2 - 50%
25% - End of Semester Exam
Semester 2: 75% - 3rd 9-Weeks + 4th 9-Weeks
25% - End of Semester Exam
All tests are announced at least one day in advance. Corrections to a test are allowed and recommended for a test grade below a 70 to add points to the test grade; however, every incorrect problem must be corrected on a separate sheet(s) of paper. Students have the opportunity to earn back half of the points that were deducted through corrections. For example, if 10 points were taken off, a student can earn 5 points by submitting their corrections. Several projects will be assigned throughout the school year. Projects that are assigned will be given ample time to complete, therefore any project that is late will lose 10 points for each school day that the project is late.
Classwork/Homework is an essential part of Algebra. Failure to do classwork/homework will result in poor performances on quizzes and tests. You must show all necessary work to receive credit for classwork/homework. All problems must be attempted. Correction of classwork/homework will be done either in class by the student or a fellow classmate or by the instructor. All grading of classwork/homework should be done in red ink.
Composition notebooks are required for this class. This notebook should consist of the following: Tab Sections, List of Assignments (Table of Contents), and all Warm-Ups, Classwork/Homework, Vocabulary and Interactive Foldables. Composition notebooks will be graded several times every nine-weeks to check if students are not only participating in classroom activities, but to also make sure they are keeping up with the organization of their notebook. It is my objective that everything we create in this notebook will be helpful in preparation for the TAKS-M exam.
LATE WORK POLICY:
Work is considered late when the student is present on the day it is due and extenuating circumstances (such as a recent absence) do not exist. Remember, zeroes have a dramatic effect on a student's average, so the policy for turning in late work is as followed:
Note: Students have one week from the issuance of a progress report to replace any zeros which may appear.
Scholastic dishonesty shall include, but not be limited to: cheating on quizzes/tests, copying of homework, and the discussion of quizzes/tests to other classes. The consequence of scholastic dishonesty will come in the form of a zero (0) for that classwork/homework assignment, quiz, test, or project.
Tutoring will be available on Tuesdays and Wednesday before school in Room 217 from 8:00 AM to 8:35 AM. Expectations for this class will be very high so students are highly encouraged to take advantage of tutoring.
Please remember to review this information with your parents and sign below that you understand these rules and what is expected of you in my classroom.
I am so excited to have you as my student. I am looking forward to a GREAT year!