Pennfield Middle School ALGEBRA 1: 2106 Mrs. Bondi 2014-2015

Pennfield Middle School
Mathematics Department
ALGEBRA 1: 2106
Mrs. Bondi
What You Need Everyday:
Organization System: any method that works for you to maintain hand-outs
Spiral notebooks: for daily reflections and homework assignments
Pencils: two pencils, sharpened!!! Graded work must be done in pencil!
Calculator: Scientific or Graphing – TI 30, 34, or 84+ are recommended, but not required
Grading Policy:
You will be graded on a points system. To find your grade at any given time, simply add up earned
points and divide by total points. Extra credit opportunities will be very limited, most often as bonus
questions on tests or quizzes. The midterm exam will count as 10% of the second quarter grade.
97 - 100
90 - 96
87 - 89
80 - 86
77 - 79
70 - 76
65 - 69
50-64/< 50
Final Course Grade will be computed using each
marking period grade as 21% and the final exam as
16% of the final average.
All averages will be rounded to the nearest whole number.
Homework: Since regular practice is the only way to master skills in mathematics, homework will be
assigned daily and is not optional. Homework is will be checked for completion at the beginning of
the class period. Homework will be worth 2 points per assignment, recorded periodically for a grade.
Full credit will be given to assignments containing the problem, work, and solution – no credit for
answers only. Late homework will be accepted for half credit if completed within that cycle - after
that, no credit will be given. It is always to your benefit to complete the homework assignments to practice the
concepts covered in class. Students are expected to make corrections to homework assignments daily in
order to be sure concepts are understood. Periodically, homework will be graded for accuracy of
corrections. Homework completion will be recorded on a colored sheet that the student is responsible
to keep available at all times. Parents/Guardians should monitor homework patterns by checking the
HW record regularly.
Tests and Quizzes: For each unit of study, there will be announced and/or unannounced quizzes and
one announced test. Tests are generally worth 100 points. Quizzes normally range from 30 - 50
points. All assessments must be completed in one class period. On occasion, projects and other
assessments will be assigned.
Cheating: Cheating is any form of trying to pass off another’s work as your own, directly or indirectly. This
will result in a grade of zero and/or disciplinary action for all involved. The greater consequence of cheating is
giving yourself the reputation of being dishonest.
Make-up Work: If you have an excused absence from class, it is your responsibility to find out what
you have missed. Check the website for missed work, or ask a responsible classmate. If classmates
cannot help you, ask me before or after class. For extended absences, you have one cycle to make up
tests, quizzes, etc. unless otherwise arranged.
If you will be out for vacations/trips, you need to see me ahead of time to get work you will miss. This
work is due no later than the day after you return to school, and assessments within the next cycle.
If you are absent on a test day, or the day before a test day, you will be expected to take the test on the
day you return.
Anything missed due to an unexcused absence will receive a zero.
**Any graded work that is not made up by the end of one complete cycle will become a zero. **
**This includes quizzes and tests.**
Class Guidelines:
Be Prepared:
1. When the late bell rings you should be seated with the following items on your desk:
completed homework, pencils and calculator. You are expected to check your homework
accuracy with a classmate or work on the “bell work” for the day.
2. Conversations with friends or with me should be completed before the late bell. We need
to make full use of our time together.
3. Lavatory needs should be attended to prior to the late bell. Students will not be excused
during lessons except for emergencies.
Be Respectful:
1. Be courteous to yourself and others, as well as your physical environment and the personal
belongings of others.
2. Speak kindly to and about others. Do your best to understand the needs and feelings of
3. Keep cell phones, etc. away during class time.
Take risks:
1. Use pencil so you can make changes easily. We all make mistakes!
2. Volunteer ideas.
3. Ask questions.
Try Your Best:
1. Focus your attention on class activities, discussions, demonstrations, and practice
opportunities. THINK. Reflect. Question.
2. Evaluate your own learning frequently. Ask questions if you are uncertain or confused
about something. I cannot clarify confusion for you unless you let me know you need the
3. Become the best student you can be. This will then lead to you being the best adult you can
be. Remember to strive to become the kind of person you would like to live with for the
rest of your life.
Just as you are expected to follow these guidelines, I follow those established by Pennfield and the North
Penn School District. If you choose not to comply with these guidelines, you will first be warned but
then experience appropriate consequences, especially those in our discipline code.
I will be available to help you in any way that I can. We can arrange to meet before school, or possibly
another time, to talk about things or to review material. You may come any morning as soon as you
arrive from the bus, or any time after 7:30. You may stay with me through homeroom. My goal is for us
to have a fun year while learning a great deal. Should you need information or help when I am not in
the building, see one of the other ninth grade math teachers. EMMA and LAMA (Early Morning/Late
Afternoon Math Academies) are available every day for extra help. It is good to get help!!
You will be asked to set a goal for yourself for the year. It will be my goal to help you achieve yours.
Together, with effort, we can succeed!
You can reach me by email at, or phone at 215-368-9600 x4542.
Student Information:
Name ___________________________________________
Textbook # _____
Contact info.: (Provide as many methods to contact your family as needed, but please
star the “best bet.”)
Parent/Guardian name __________________________________________
phone ___________________ email ______________________________
Other contact info….
Anything you (student or parent) want me to know?
My goal for myself in math this year: _____ (percent or letter)
Some things I will do to achieve my goal:
My signature below indicates that I have read, understand and agree to abide by class expectations. I
also acknowledge that I must supply my own calculator for the final exam if I wish to use one.
Student signature ______________________________________________
Parent signature ______________________________________________
My Math History :
Elementary School __________________________
Gr. 7
Gr. 8
Gr. 9
Gr. 10
Gr. 11