Classroom Rules and Course Information
- Be prepared
- Be respectful
- Be on time
- NO gum, food, drinks, hat, phone, or ipod
*All school rules apply. Failure to abide by classroom rules will result in a detention. Repeated misconduct will be reported to the administration.
- 3 ring 1.5in or 2in binder/5 Subject Notebook
- reinforced loose-leaf paper
- colored pencils-optional
- red pens
- Scientific Calculator (Adv Math 8)/TI-84 Graphing Calculator (Hon Algebra I)
- School Issued LapTop
- Dry Erase Markers
*I may check your Math binder/One Note Notebook periodically to ensure that it is organized and up-to-date.BOOKS:Big Ideas Math (Adv Math 8)Big Ideas Algebra (Hon Algebra I)Textbooks will be issued upon request and can be used as an "at-home" resource. The text can be accessed digitally, as well.GRADING POLICY:Grading is based on a point system. To calculate the marking period average at any time, divide your Total Earned Points by the Total Possible Points. See the Genesis Portal regularly for an update on your student progress. The marking period grade is determined by completion of Homework Assignments, Tests/Quizzes (Assessments), Classwork, and Class Participation (see rubric below):
Does Not Meet Expectations
Level of Engagement
Student proactively contributes to class by offering ideas/ asking questions/ volunteering answers each class.
Student often contributes to class by offering ideas/ asking questions/ volunteering answers in class.
Student infrequently offers ideas/ asks questions/ volunteers answers in class.
Student does not offer ideas/ ask questions/ or volunteer answers.
Quality of Contributions
A substantial majority of the student's contributions are relevant and reflect understanding of mathematics, provides insight regarding the material, build upon remarks of another student, or demonstrate critical thinking skills.
Most of the student's contributions are relevant and reflect understanding of mathematics, provide insight regarding the material, build upon remarks of another student, or demonstrate critical thinking skills.
Some of the student's contributions are relevant and reflect understanding of mathematics, provide insight regarding the material, build upon remarks of another student, or demonstrate critical thinking skills.
Many of the student's contributions are not relevant or do not reflect understanding of mathematics or critical thinking, or my contributions are so infrequent that there is no basis for judgement of quality.
Student actively and respectfully listens to his/her peers and the teacher, maintaining full engagement throughout the class.
Student listens to his/her peers and the teacher, maintaining engagement throughout the class.
Student rarely fails to pay attention/ respectfully listens to peers and the teacher.
Student does not pay attention / respectfully listen to his/her peers or the teacher.
Student is always prepared for class with class materials out and ready to go at the bell.
Student is nearly always prepared for class with class materials out and ready to go at the bell.
Student is usually prepared for class; but may not have materials out and ready to go at the bell.
Student is often unprepared for class without class materials out and not ready at the bell.
Student actively seeks and suggests solutions to problems.
Student improves on solutions suggested by others.
Does not offer solutions, but is willing to try solutions suggested by other in class.
Does not try to solve problems or help others solve problems.COURSE EXPECTATIONS:Students are expected to take responsibility for their own learning. Taking notes, asking questions, participating in class, and doing the required assignments/homework are necessary to achieve the best results. Being prepared with all necessary materials is part of class participation. Points will be lost for missing assignments/materials.The One to One Laptop Initiative at the Middle School is new and exciting; however, please be mindful of the following:1. Laptop should be charged every night and come to school ready to be used.2. Laptop should be brought to class everyday. Eventually all note-taking and access to materials will be exclusively managed through One Note.3. DyKnow will be used to monitor students on-task focus4. The Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) will be enforced at all times.5. Off-task students, those caught surfing unauthorized sites, will be disciplined according to the MS Handbook.When working in groups EACH student is responsible to be a cooperative/contributing group member. Every student must write down all the group work. Characteristics of a good group member include: sharing ideas, communicating, listening, dividing responsibilities, and supporting each other. Class participation is a key component of this program. Each marking period a student will receive a class participation grade.When you are absent, use School Wires/Email/One Note to access assignments. You are responsible for ALL class-work and homework that you miss.HOMEWORK:Homework will be assigned daily and be checked for completeness . Each assignment must be labeled in your notebook or ONE NOTE by date, page number, and problem numbers. It is expected that student’s correct their homework for accuracy.IXL, a web-based program, assigned and utilized to practice necessary and prerequisite skills paramount to this course will be assigned as well.
Extra Help is available every day after school in Room 114 except on Wednesdays.