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Syllabus

 8 Silver Math Class Syllabus- Mrs. Beane

Email: Megan.beane@warren.kyschools.us

Website Link: http://www.warrencountyschools.org/olc/24835

Classroom Expectations

  • Respect: respect yourself, your peers, and your teacher.

  • Responsible: take responsibility for your actions and come prepared to class.

  • Collaborate: engage with your peers to problem solve and think critically together.

  • Environment: all actions should promote a positive and engaging learning environment.

Course Goals

  1. Through cooperative learning students will work productively to understand the complexities of math.

  2. Students will share and analyze multiple methods of solving problems.

  3. Students will learn to write analytically to share information and explain ideas clearly.

Grading Policy

In Infinite Campus you will see skill-based grades instead of overall scores for homework and learning checks. A table explaining what each score (3,2,1) means is below. When you look in Infinite campus you want to see 3’s because that means you have fully mastered that skill. 

 

Mastery Level

How this Level Describes You

 

3

Full Mastery: I fully understand this concept and could even help tutor someone else in my class instead of needing more practice myself. If I were to take a test over this concept, I would easily score an A by answering all the questions correctly and fully explaining my work.

 

2

Partial Mastery: I understand some parts of this concept but there are still several details I don’t understand. With just a little more time and effort I will be able to master this concept and do well on a test. Right now, I would probably score about C on a test.

 

1

Limited Understanding: I don’t really understand this concept and need a lot more time to learn and practice. If I were to take a test over this concept, I would not pass with an A, B or C.

 

The only assignment that will be recorded as a grade that will be on their report card is their unit test scores. The homework assignments and learning checks will be in Infinite Campus, but will not contribute to their overall average on their report card. There are usually about two to three test scores that are averaged together for each quarter grade. While these test scores are out of 100 points I do break tests into smaller sections based on learning targets/skills that should be mastered at the completion of the unit. Students will have a chance to analyze their tests the next class period so that they can correct skills that weren’t mastered instead of only focusing on one numerical score. A more detailed explanation of the grading will also come home to families and will be called “Understanding your Grades.”

 

There will be a handful of homework problems assigned to students a couple nights a week. These problems will come directly from the day’s lesson and help to develop their skills on the corresponding learning target. Homework will not be formally graded. However, I will record the effort students put forth on their homework based on the three-point scale above. Families may contact me at any time to discuss their child’s homework participation. This is a good way to keep track of how much a student has practiced outside of class, which often corresponds with quiz and test scores.

 

Test Retakes

I encourage all students to retake any parts of a test that are not mastered. I want all students to master all concepts even if it takes extra time after the test to learn the material. This is a win-win: the student wins because of a higher grade and I win because he/she learned the skill(s) they previously missed. Below are my rules for retakes:

  1. Students must go back to the original test and using a separate sheet of paper, and explain their mistakes with at least one sentence. They must then correctly work the missed problems neatly showing all math work on the separate paper.

  2. The student may retake the portion of the test that was directly tied to the weak skill or skills and does not have to take the entire test over. 

  3. The second score is the one that is kept.

  4. The test the second time around will be short answer (no multiple choice on the second try).

 

Make-Up Work

It is the student’s responsibility to make arrangements with teachers for make-up work, assignments, or tests missed during an absence.  All work assigned prior to the student’s absence will be due the day the student returns to school.  When absent, students will be given one day for every day absent from school to complete missed work. Students can see what they missed while absent on my school website page. This is updated weekly with an agenda and links to worksheets that are needed to complete all assignments. When students return to school, they are responsible for checking the “Make-Up Work” folder storage hanger. There are two hanging sets of folders, each with five sections (one for each day of the week). There will always be two weeks worth of extra handouts for everyday of the week. It is their responsibility to check this; it is located in the back of the classroom beside the bulletin board.

 

Bullying Policy

A safe environment in school is necessary for students to learn and achieve high academic standards. For this reason, the Warren County Board of Education, South Warren Middle School, and this classroom prohibits acts of harassment, discrimination, intimidation, or bullying. Bullying, harassment, or intimidation is prohibited on school grounds, or during school-sponsored events. This can take many forms including: slurs, rumors, jokes, innuendos, demeaning comments, drawing cartoons, pranks, gestures, physical posturing, threats, social media posts, or other written, oral or physical action. 

Any type of bullying, intimidation, harassment, or discrimination will not be tolerated. Please see the Student Handbook for definitions of “bullying” and “harassment.”



 

Hall Passes

Students are given 1 hall pass per week (multiple restroom and locker breaks are built into the daily schedule). Agendas are used as the hall pass- nothing else can substitute for a hall pass. I will fill out the agenda in order to make it a valid hall pass. When in the hall, students are to go directly to the teacher-approved destination and only conduct the business approved for.

 

Tardy to Class

A student is considered tardy if he/she is not in the classroom with required materials at the scheduled beginning time of class. Repetitive tardiness will result in disciplinary action.

 

Class Entrance/ Dismissal 

Students will enter the classroom at a Level 0 and go straight to their assigned seat. They will get out last night’s homework and begin working on the Warm-Up posted on the board. When the bell rings, every student should be in his or her assigned seat working on the Warm-Up. Students will wait to be dismissed by Mrs. Beane; the bell is not what dismisses students from class. Students are not permitted to leave the classroom at the sound of the bell. Table groups will be called on a rotating basis to turn in exit slips and leave to go to their next class.

 

Group Work

Students will work collaboratively with their peers every class period. Students may work with a partner or with their entire table group depending on the activity. While interacting in groups, students should be at a Voice Level 1. Every student should be contributing to the discussion so that there is not one single person doing all of the work. All group members should remain on task and be respectful of all group members’ ideas.

 

Food and Drink

Students are allowed to have water bottles in the classroom. All drink containers must have a lid that will prevent spilling if the drink is knocked over.  No food is allowed in the classroom unless otherwise stated for a special event.  All food containers and wrappers must be put away out of sight during instruction. No chewing gum or candy is allowed due to sanitation and cleaning problems.

 

Sharpening Pencils and Throwing Away Trash

Students should sharpen their pencils as soon as they walk into the classroom before the bell rings. A student should never get up in the middle of a class discussion to sharpen a pencil. In case of an emergency, they may ask a neighbor to borrow a writing utensil or wait until the discussion is finished. Similarly, students should never interrupt instruction to throw away trash. Throwing trash or attempting to shoot into the trashcan is never allowed.

 

Electronic Device Policy

Electronic devices including (but not limited to) cell phones, smart watches, MP3 players, gaming devices, IPODs should be POWERED OFF (not silent mode) and PUT AWAY completely out of sight. The consequences that will take place for having any unauthorized electronic device are listed in the Student Handbook and will be enforced in this class.

 

Laptop Policy

We will be using the laptop cart frequently in class. Mrs. Beane will assign each student a laptop to use for the entire year. Students will write this laptop number in their agenda in order to make sure they are using the same computer each time. Students should always use both hands when carrying a laptop and be extra cautious of their surroundings. Mrs. Beane will dismiss table groups to get and put away laptops in an orderly fashion. Finally, there should not be any water bottles on the desks when laptops are in use.