Supplies: Students must bring the following supplies EVERYDAY:
Notebook (1 or 2 Subject)
Pencil (NO PEN)
Textbook: Students will not be issued a textbook for this course. Instead they will be creating their own textbook over the course of the school year. This notebook will feature typed notes, hand written notes, example problems, foldables, interactive study tools, and anything else the students may want to reference later. Some of the notes may require cutting, gluing, coloring, and problem solving. In this classroom, math is learned by doing, not solely by watching. It is crucial that students bring all of their supplies to class every day. Students will be permitted to use their notebooks on some quizzes. It is imperative that students take notes that are neat, organized, and easily referenced.
Homework: No homework will be assigned in this class. Students will be provided with practice problems to be completed in class. As a result, each minute of class is very important. Students will be expected to work the entire they are in class. If a student does not use class time appropriately or is struggling with a concept, it will be the student's responsibility to complete the assignment or request more practice. I will be happy to provide every student with additional practice or extra time for more intense instruction.
Rules: Each student is expected to be polite, prepared, respectful, and try their best. Cell phones are to be used during lunch and before school. There will be times students will have to use their electronic devices for academic purpose. Please see the handbook for the school-wide cell phone policy.
Hall Pass Policy: Class time is valuable learning time. Students need to remain in class as much as possible. To limit the number of distractions, students will be limited to 5 hall passes per quarter. Students may only use hall passes during independence work time. There are three minutes between every class where students will have the opportunity to use the restroom or get a drink.
Quizzes: Students will be required to take at least one quiz on each concept. Each quiz will consist of problems that they may see on their midterm and final. Certain concepts may require more than one quiz to show mastery of that concept. Students will be able to use their notebooks on their quizzes. They will be able to use their calculator on most quizzes; NO CELL PHONES!
Re-take Policy: Students are required to retake each quiz until they earn a score of an A, B, or C. Students may retake quizzes during independent work time in the classroom, or at any other time that is okayed with the other Success Academy teachers. Students must complete an error analysis sheet for the quiz they need to retake. Retake quizzes will follow the same format as the original quiz, but the problems will be slightly different. I will check to make sure the error on the original quiz has been learned before the new quiz is given. Students may retake a quiz as many times as they need to in order to demonstrate mastery. They may not retake more than one quiz per day and have two weeks after the quarter ends to retake all quizzes.
Grading System: All quizzes will be graded on an A/B/C or Not Yet system.
Students will earn an A if they completed each question accurately, follow all of the directions, and show all of their thinking. Grades of "A" will be entered in Progressbook as 100%. Once a student has earned an A, he or she is considered to have mastered that concept.
Students will earn a B if they show an understanding of the concept, but make a minor error in the process. Grades of "B" will be entered in Progressbook as 85%. Once a student has earned a B, he or she is considered to have mastered that concept, however they may choose to retake the quiz if they wish to try to earn an A.
Students will earn a C if they show an understanding of the concept, but make a few minor errors in the process. Grades of "C" will be entered in Progressbook as 75%. Once a student a C, he or she is considered to have mastered that concept, however they may choose to retake the quiz if they wish to earn a B or A.
Students will earn a Not Yet if they fail to show an understanding of the concept by making a major error. Failure to show your thinking will result in earning a "Not Yet". Grades of "Not Yet" will be entered in Progressbook as 10%; this will be the clue to the parent or guardian that the student needs to retake the quiz.