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Middle School Math Disclosure Statement
Goal: This course will build on previous mathematical knowledge to prepare you for future high school mathematics courses. My long-term goal for each student is to have them college and career ready by graduation, which must start before they even enter those high school doors. Ohter goals include developing valuable life skills like critical thinking, accountability, problem solving, perseverance, and of course, mastery in mathematics.
Grading: Student grades will be determined by the following:
Scholar Grading Scale
A 94% - 100%
A- 90% - 93.9%
B+ 87% - 89.9%
B 84% - 86.9%
B- 80% - 83.9%
C+ 77% - 79.9%
C 74% - 76.9%
C- 70% - 73.9%
D+ 67% - 69.9%
D 64% - 66.9%
10% Assignments (practice problems, reflection questions, etc.)
20% Quizzes (preassessments, quickpolls, quizzes, etc.)
20% In-Class (warmups, activities, group work, etc.)
50% Assessments (exams, projects, etc.)
Attendance: Due to the building nature of mathematics, it is important students attend class every day so they don’t fall behind. Attendance is taken at the beginning of class each day. Students are expected to be in their seats with all the required materials at the start of class, or they will be marked as tardy. All class notes and assignments are posted online daily, absent students are expected to visit the website and know what they missed and make an effort to stay caught up, even if the absence is unexpected, and especially if it is planned.
Calculators: Students will have classroom access to a set of calculators. These calculators are school property and must be treated with respect. Students will be held accountable for any damage to the calculators, so damage or vandalism or other misuse that is witnessed or discovered should be reported immediately.
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Text: The main text resource used Glencoe Math. Students will be given their own consumable workbook in which they will work out examples, take notes, review, and do homework. Although this text will be the main resource, I will supplement it with my own materials and educational materials found in the public domain such as Utah Middle School Math Project, Illustrative Math, and OpenUp Resources. Students must keep track of their own workbooks, lost or missing workbooks cannot be replaced. To assist students in keeping track of their workbooks, I will provide a space in my classroom where they can leave the book, taking only the current assignments and notes with them in their math binder.
Assignments: Assignments include practice problems and reflection questions. There will be a little time to begin these assignments during class, but students should expect to spend 10-15 minutes at home to complete assignments. Assignments are important study tools for students as it allows them time to reflect on their learning and practice the material learned in class, so they are better prepared for assessments. Since these assignments are an opportunity to practice, the student’s assignments will be graded strictly by completeness, and not by correctness. Answers to practice problems will be posted in class so students will be able to self-assess their understanding and ask questions when they find they need help. Assignments are due the class after it is assigned, unless explicitly stated otherwise. Students are expected to show their work on practice problems and write complete sentences on reflections. Assignments are worth 5 points. Points will be deducted on late work, or work that is only partially done.
Quizzes: Quizzes include preassessments (graded for completeness only, with bonus points given for correct answers), quick checks, and other formative assessments. Quizzes may be given daily as time permits. Quizzes may be retaken an unlimited number of times, but students are expected to demonstrate an improved understanding of the material by working out additional practice problems, getting tutoring, or attending ZAP.
In-Class Work: In-Class work may include warm-ups, group work, activities, participation in class discussion, etc. In-class work is expected to be completed in class. Students who are absent miss the opportunity to earn points for in-class work; however, in-class work will be excused for students with excused absences.
Assessments: Assessments include exams and projects. There will be one to two projects each quarter, one of which may be a written composition. Whenever possible, the written composition project will coincide with and complement the main project for the quarter. Because you will have prior knowledge of all due dates on projects, please turn it in prior to the due date if you know you are going to be absent. Projects turned in after an unforeseeable excused absence on the due date of a project will need teacher approval for full credit, or reduced credit will occur. Projects must be turned in on or before the due date. All exams are comprehensive.
Late and make-up work: Students with excused absences will have the opportunity to complete work for full points if turned in within three days upon returning to school. Late work will earn reduced credit but will continue to be accepted until two weeks prior to the end of each term. It is in the student’s best interest to stay caught up and to learn any material that is missed as quick as possible.
Testing Procedure: If a student is absent on the day of an assessment or quiz, the student can make up the missing assessment on his/her own time. It is the student’s responsibility to schedule the make-up assessment with the teacher.
Test Corrections and Retakes: Quizzes may be retaken after students can show mastery of the content being assessed. Test scores are final, with retakes given on a case by case basis. Not all students will be allowed to retake a test, and those who wish to be considered for such an opportunity must have minimal attendance issues, all assignments turned in, test corrections completed, and take advantage of tutoring opportunities within the school. All students will have an opportunity to improve test scores through test corrections. Students may re-do missed questions to earn back partial credit on their test score. Details will be given to students after the first exam is graded.