Course Expectations

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Math Course 2/Pre-Algebra

SYLLABUS

Content:

Using the North Carolina Core Standards, this course will develop critical thinking skills, concrete understanding, and technology is used to enhance student learning.  It includes the study of Number & Operations, Measurement, Geometry, Data Analysis, Probability, Algebra, and Problem solving.

Materials required:

A pencil, 3-ring binder, and you will need plenty of loose-leaf paper, we will take notes daily, which will have plenty of examples that will help with homework.  Only items necessary for this class may be on your desktop.  I will confiscate any items distracting you from your study of math.

Attendance:

Regular attendance and consistent study are two factors that contribute greatly to success in school.  Attendance is expected.  However, if you must miss a class, you are required to make up all missed work.

It is the student's responsibility to come to me to get their make-up work.   I allow 5 days from the date you return to school to turn in all make-up work or to take test.

Assignments and Projects:

Assignments will be checked for completion every day If I decide to grade it for accuracy I will notify the students in advance.  Homework will be due at the beginning of class unless otherwise stated. THERE WILL BE HOMEWORK ALMOST EVERY NIGHT, and occasionally on Fridays.  Please check to see that your child has completed their assignments. Students must write the problems down unless it is a word problem and show their work in order to receive credit for the assignment.  Group and individual projects will be assigned throughout the year.  Specifics will be provided when the project is assigned.

Accelerated Math:

Accelerated math is a very important resource that I use in my class. I am sure that it will be a new and challenging experience for some students.   It will aid in improving your Child's test scores. Math objectives will not be entered into accelerated math until objectives have been taught and practiced in class. Students will be required to master a certain number of accelerated math objectives every couple of weeks.  The number of objectives will be based on the amount of material taught and the individual student. We will be working on these objectives during class as well as at home. The number of objectives mastered , practice average, and test average in accelerated math will be sent home weekly in the yellow Friday folder.  Please make sure that your child is progressing each week.

Students should work on accelerated math at home every night for at least 15 minutes to stay current even if other homework has not been assigned. You do NOT have to have a computer or internet access for your child to be able to complete their objectives.  The objectives are printed out in class and put in their math notebook so that they can work on them at home.  


Communication:

Seventh grade is a challenging year for most students and parents.  They are no longer little children and they are not quite adults.  Sometimes the students and the parents have a difficult time adjusting to the expectations of 7th grade.

Please check your Remind notifications and read your childs yellow newsletter in their folder each week this will keep you up to date on things happening in class as well as what is going on at school.  I will be requiring a 3-ring binder/notebook to help with organizational skills that will include their notes, class work, homework and accelerated math along with their Big Ideas Record and Practice Journal.  It will be a test grade and will be graded twice each 9 weeks.  The two dates that they will be graded will be given to the students at the beginning of each 9 weeks.

CHECK FRIDAY FOLDERS FOR YOUR CHILD'S GRADED PAPERS.   Keeping up with these grades will eliminate any surprises when you see a progress report.  In addition 5 points is given for test papers that are signed and returned the following day.

ABOVE ALL, CONTACT ME IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS.  I send progress reports out every 3 week.   Many parents wait until the end of the 9 weeks grading period and then ask, "What can we do to get my child's grade up to passing?"  At this point, it's a bit too late.  

Within the first couple of weeks of Math class, you will know whether or not this course is going to be difficult for your child.  If the grades you are seeing are not acceptable, then contact me and we can discuss what needs to be done.  I prefer  you contact me by e-mail if you can, only because I check it several times during the day.  It is usually a quicker response time.  You can call me and leave a message on my voice mail, but sometimes I don't get to check it but once a day. When you e-mail me please put your child's first and last  name in the subject area so I will know who you are writing about.  I will also be using Remind 101 for announcements and communication and you can do the same. My e-mail address is yuzettesmith@wcps.org, the phone number is 751-7110 ext. 2451.  I look forward to working with you and your child to have a successful year!

Conference Times:  Monday –  Wedenesday by appointment


Plagiarism/Cheating

Plagiarism and cheating will not be tolerated. This includes but is not limited to the following:

1. Allowing other students to copy work.

2. Having a parent complete an assignment.

3. Copying another student’s work.

4. Working on an assignment with other students when the assignment has not been  designated as a group project.

5. Cheating of any kind.

6. Copying material from any resource including the Internet without properly citing the source.

Grading:

Grade is based on weighted assignments.

Weighted Percentages

Homework                               20%

Class work                           25%                                                      Quiz                                   20%

Test                                           35%                Grade                              100%

Extra Credit:  I do not give extra credit.  If you complete the given assignments you will not need extra credit.


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