Pre-Algebra Classroom Policies and Procedures GENERAL INFORMATION Course: Pre-Algebra Teacher: Mrs. Nicole Melander Room Number: 181 Credentials: Bachelor of Science in Education, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Masters of Science in Education, Concordia University of Wisconsin Mequon *Email: [email protected] (This is the best way to reach me.) Phone Number: (715)693-3660 x2181 Textbook Resource: http://phschool.com Web Code: ask-0099 COURSE INFORMATION, CLASSROOM PROCEDURES, AND TEACHER EXPECTATIONS Course Goals: Students will have a great appreciation for working with mathematics and how to use it in real life situations. Students will be able to recognize and understand mathematical language and terminology. Students will understand that math connects to other core subject areas and to everyday life situations on a daily basis. Materials: Being prepared is expected. Please bring your assignment, planner (required), textbook, working notebook, notes notebook (composition is preferred), folder/binder, calculator, and 2 pencils daily (work must be completed in pencil only), along with a pencil case containing highlighters, colored pencils, a ruler, scissors, glue, a protractor, and a compass. There will be multiple supply checks that will count toward your grade in this class. Grading Procedures: Math is mastered through participation and practice (this is why attendance is critical). Daily assignments: 2 points Graded based on completion and effort only. * 2 points = completed with work * 1 point= partially completed or no work * 0 points = not completed/very little completed Review assignments: 5 points * May be graded based on completion/effort or by accuracy. Written assignments/quizzes: 10 points Performance Tasks: 10 points Tests: 100 points Projects: Point values vary – see project description sheets **THERE WILL BE VERY LITTLE CHANCE FOR EXTRA CREDIT! There is the “Problem of the Week” worth between 1 and 3 extra credit points each week depending on the level of difficulty. Grading Scale: 90-100% 80-89.9% 70-79.9% 60-69.9% A- to A B- to B+ C- to C+ D- to D+ **Grades are updated in Skyward almost daily, with some exceptions for tests, quizzes, and projects. **Please do not wait until class time for major questions! Retake Policy: This is determined by the teacher on an individual basis. In general, test grades are final. Since quizzes are also part of the learning process, your child should correct the quiz by redoing the problems he or she got incorrect and turn it in by the assigned date. The two scores will then be averaged to decide final points. (This is optional, but also very helpful.) Tests typically can not be corrected for credit, and should be prepared for with review. Notes may be used on tests and quizzes. Behavior: The following STARR behavior is expected in our classroom: Show respect Give your best effort Practice self discipline Bring ALL materials to class Be on time Respectful treatment of school property If these expectations are not met, there will be consequences, including a STARR Warning Slip, a phone call home, removal from my classroom, a detention, or ALAC. Please note: Students may forfeit their right to attend activities like field trips, guest speakers, movies, etc. because of excessive STARR Warning slips or long forms, classroom misbehavior or consistent lack of effort on homework, abuse of school property, irregular school attendance, ALAC time and/or failure to comply with school rules. Absences: If you are absent from school (and your absence has been excused by the office), you will be allowed the number of days that you were absent plus one day to make up any missed assignments. Any assignments that are not turned in within that timeframe will become a 0. Project dates will not be extended! It is your responsibility to find out what you have missed – please check the assignment board as soon as you return. Be responsible for yourself, your grade, and your actions. Effort equals success. Complete your homework every day, study for tests (keeping old homework assignments and looking through your notes is a great way to do this), and get extra help if you need it! I am looking forward to a great school year. Please remember that I am almost always available before and after school, and am willing to work with you so that you will be successful in this class. Each and every one of you has some math strength. Together we will build on that strength and work on strengthening any other areas of weakness. In my class, effort will always equal success!