NOTE: Student and Parents will be notified if a student is failing or in danger of failing on the 5 week, 10 week, and 15 week report cards, during parent conferences, PHBAO conferences and by phone.
Attendance directly affects the ability of the student to keep up with the pace of the course. Every time a student is absent he/she misses valuable instructional and practice time. If a student misses a classwork or homework assignment he/she must make up the work the day after he/she returns from an absence. It is the student’s responsibility to ask for make-up work before or after class. The student should not interrupt class to get make-up work. If a student is out of class but on campus (i.e. tardy room, dean’s office, etc.) the student is responsible for dropping off the work that is due that day by the end of the day. If a student is truant, make-up work will not be given.
Exams will be announced ahead of time. All exams are cumulative. This means that any material already covered in the course up to the test date may appear on the exam. You must learn the material and not memorize it temporarily.
If a student misses an exam he/she must do a make-up exam after school.
If a student wants to take a make-up exam it must be after school and the student will only be allowed to take a make up exam if they have not missed more than THREE homework assignments for the chapter they want to take the make up exam for.
NOTE: If a student is truant, he/she will not be allowed to make up an exam.
If a student receives a D or Fail on any exam a notice will be sent to your parents via a phone call.
The homework that is assigned will be worth 5 points each. Homework will generally be collected the day after it is assigned at the beginning of class. No late work will be accepted!
A2 only: Journals will be collected the day of the exam and at least one journal prompt will be assigned weekly.
Materials (needed for class daily):
Textbook, a college ruled notebook for this class only, pencils (work to be turned in is only to be done in pencil), a blue or black pen and a red pen (for correcting only).
If other material is needed the teacher will remind the students ahead of time or the teacher will provide the necessary material.
1. Be respectful to everyone in the classroom.
2. Stay on task. Anything that is causing anybody to stray away from the task at hand, such as make-up, an iPOD or a cell phone, will be confiscated and returned only after parent contact has been made. This policy also applies to work from other classes. Anything that is non-math related will be taken away. If a student is continually disruptive to others he will be removed from his peers.
3. No food, drinks, candy or gum is permitted in the classroom unless it is given by the teacher.
4. Keep the classroom clean. If a student is caught throwing trash on the floor, vandalizing school property, or causing any other negative influence on the classroom environment he/she will be given detention with the teacher at which time he/she will clean whatever mess he/she made.
5. Work hard. Students are not allowed to come to class and not work. If they are in class, they should be working.
6. Come to class prepared. Bring materials and assignments to class daily.
7. Follow directions.
If any of the above classroom rules are broken and/or a student exhibits inappropriate classroom behavior, any of the following consequences could be used depending on severity and frequency of offence:
1. Verbal warning
2. Conversation with the student after class
3. Phone call home
4. Detention with student
5. Parent conference
6. Referral to the dean’s office
7. Parent needs to sit with student during class time
Keys to Success in this Course
1. Do all the assignments yourself. Getting help from the teacher, your parents or another student is fine but NEVER just copy someone else’s work. If you are caught copying someone else’s work, which is considered cheating, all parties involved will be given a zero on the assignment and detention will be assigned.
2. ALWAYS copy the problem before working it. (exception: word problems)
3. ALWAYS show your work. Turning in a list of answers is not acceptable and a waste of your time. Keep an excellent folder.
4. WRITE DOWN everything the teacher does on the board or overhead.
5. Make sure you understand what the teacher is talking about. If you don’t, ask the teacher to please go over it again.
6. Make sure you are able to do assigned problems WITHOUT looking at a “model” or “sample” problem. You may need a model for the first few problems but try to get beyond the need for it quickly.
7. Check all odd numbered problems with the answers in the back of the book AFTER you have completed the problem on your own. If you missed it, figure out why you missed it. Note: This does not mean you should copy the answers from the back of the book!
8. There is no EXCUSE to fall behind in this course. If you ever need a place to do your homework or need extra help, my classroom is always OPEN during Nutrition and Lunch.
9. Before each test, try to work some of each type problem that is being covered. Be able to do them WITHOUT a model. There will be no model on the test!
10. Learn to PAY VERY CLOSE ATTENTION TO DETAILS. In mathematics you must learn to pay attention to every letter, every minus sign, every parenthesis, etc. Many students lose lots of points because of carelessness and inattention to detail!
11. Do not be misled by students around you who may be making poor choices. Decide your own fate.