Course Description/Overview/Welcome Statement
In Math Strategies, we review and practice material taught in the general education math classes.
I am here as a resource for your child and you. I will attend to each student’s IEP goals and structure my class in a way that students feel safe and successful. I know that parents/guardians are instrumental to their child’s success and I hope to be in contact with you often. I will be using the Remind app to send emails or text messages to update you on homework, upcoming tests, and share stories of your child’s success. Directions to sign up for the Remind app are on the last page of this disclosure. It is preferred that parents sign up for this reminder app so that we can stay in frequent communication and allow for more success for your child. If you choose not to sign up, I may contact you and ask for your preference on communicating with me.
In this class, we support the objectives and targets taught in the general education math classes.
Grades will be determined by:
- Classroom Work
A: 100% – 93% C: 76% – 73%
A-: 92% – 90% C-: 72% – 70%
B+:89% – 87% D+: 69% – 67%
B:86% – 83% B D: 66% – 63%
B-: 82% – 80% B- D-: 62% – 60%
C+:79% – 77% I: 59% and under
Tests and quizzes represent 90% of the final grade. Classwork and homework will represent 10% of the final grade.
*All assignments, quizzes, and tests will be due the Friday BEFORE the last day of the term.
Assessment of Progress
Progress will be monitored using formative assessments and summative assessments, such as quizzes and assessments.
- Pencil with eraser
- Notebook that will stay in the classroom
- Scientific Calculator (TI-30X IIS is the one commonly used in my classroom) for homework and at-home activities.
- We will be using this calculator in class (TI-30X IIS) It can be purchased at Wal-mart or online for $9-$15.
I have five classroom expectations that I teach and enforce. They are:
- Participate: Be on task and follow directions immediately
- Punctual: Be in your seat with needed materials when the bell rings
- Polite: Use positive, appropriate language
- Personal Space: Keep hands, feet, and other objects to yourself
- Persevere: Keep trying even when it is hard
When students follow these expectations they receive:
- Positive point/Ticket
- Class store
- Class party
When students choose not to follow these expectations they receive:
- Negative point/No Ticket
- Teacher conference
- Phone call home
- Lunch detention
Citizenship grades are dependent upon classroom behavior.
Outstanding (O): 0-1 tardy, regular participation, prepared, good attendance, not disruptive
Satisfactory (S): 2-3 tardies, frequent participation, often prepared, good attendance, not disruptive
Needs Improvement (N): 4-5 tardies, seldom participates, questionable classroom behavior, disruptive
Unsatisfactory (U): 6+ tardies, no participation, often unprepared, disruptive for teacher/sub, defiant
*All school and district policies will be supported and enforced
Students are expected to be on time to every class. When students arrive late to school, they are expected to report to the main office and get an admission slip for class. Parents may not excuse students who are found tardy for class.
The consequence for a third tardy, and every third tardy after that, will be a referral to after school detention.
*From the school’s tardy policy
Fidget Spinners & Cell Phones:
If your child has a specific need for a fidget toy to help with focusing, please contact me. Otherwise, I kindly ask that you refrain from sending your child with one to school. If a student has a fidget toy in class, it will be confiscated and returned at the end of the school week. A parent or guardian will need to pick it up if it is taken a second time.
As per school policy, cell phones use is prohibited on campus, this includes my classroom. Calculators will be provided to students who need them.
Calendar of Due Dates for Major Assignments
Aside from tests and quizzes, there will be no major assignments in Math Strategies.
Progress Reports and Report Cards
Grades will be updated on PowerSchool weekly.
Connecting Home to School
Parents may sign up for Remind notifications.