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Welcome to 7th Grade Math:
My name is Mrs. Howard, and I am excited to be your math teacher. This year we will be studying fundamental concepts that will be essential in all of your future math classes. This means that this class will be a lot of work, but also a lot of fun! My goal is to help each one of you be successful! I am available before and after school if you ever need extra help. Together we can make this year a great experience!
MRJH Main Office: (801) 610-8758
Students will be expected to follow all school rules. In addition, they will be expected to follow my classroom rules:
1- Be in class and ready to work when the bell rings.
2- Be prepared with math binder, paper, pencil, and completed assignment.
3- Be considerate of others and their property.
4- No food or drinks (you may keep a water bottle at your desk if you would like).
5- Students caught cheating will receive a zero for anything they are caught cheating on with no opportunity for make-up. NO EXCEPTIONS!
Three ring 1-inch binder (I recommend you have a math only binder)
Loose leaf paper or notebook
Pencil for doing all work (No pens, any work done in pen will have to be redone)
Red pen for grading (it would be a good idea to have a couple in case one gets lost)
Calculator (I recommend the TI-30, they usually cost between $7-$10)
3-Ring zippered pencil pouch (this helps keep track of your pencils, red pens, and calculator)
100% – 93% A
92% – 90% A-
89% – 87% B+
86% – 83% B
82% – 80% B-
79% – 77% C+
76% – 73% C
72% – 70% C-
69% - 60% D-
59% - 0% F
15% Notes and Participation
60% Tests and quizzes
Assignments will be given each day. Many days you will be given some class time to work on your assignment. If you do not finish in class, the assignment should be taken home and completed. Homework is designed to enhance your math skills. Plan on homework taking between 20-30 minutes each night to complete. If you work hard in class, it may take even less time. All assignments are due the next class period when the bell to start class rings and must be turned in on time to receive full credit. Assignments should always be written in pencil so mistakes can be fixed neatly. You must SHOW YOUR WORK and be neat and orderly. Homework is graded on completion and correctness. All late work will have 3 points (out of 10) taken off until the class period we take that chapters test after which it will no longer be accepted. I let any student redo any assignment for full credit as long as they have done the following when the assignment is originally due
1. attempt all problems with work shown
2. write down their questions about any problem they can't figure out
Once an assignment has been redone it is the students responsibility to come get the answer key from me and re-grade the homework for a new score. Each student will be responsible for keeping track of his or her notes and homework until we take the unit test. All papers will be color-coded and 3 hole punched to help in this process. I will be reminding students often to keep their binders neat and orderly in hopes of making the turn in process easier. Since notes and homework will only be turned in at the end of the chapter, if you would like to know how your student is doing during a chapter, the best place to look is going to be their math binder. As we fill in the notes and grade the homework each day, students will fill out their unit report card. This paper will have original scores as well as redone scores.
Regular attendance is vital to a student’s growth and learning. I can’t recreate class discussions and in-class activities. A student will miss important learning when they are absent. If a student is absent, the following is the procedure each student will need to follow.
1- Check my website (ammiehoward.weebly.com) for missed work.
2- The homework due when the student was absent is due the day they come back to school.
3- The homework assigned during their absence is due one class period after they return to school.
Participation and notes 15%:
You will be expected to take notes each day in class. Guided notes sheets will be given out daily with students expected to fill out. Notes sheets will be collected at the end of each chapter, on the day of the test. Notes will be considered late if they are turned in after this time. After notes are graded they will be returned to the students and they will be responsible to store their notes in their math binder. Notes will be referenced throughout the year, so students should not discard them after the chapter test. Notes pages are worth 10 points each. 1 point for having the paper, up to 9 points for having the paper filled out correctly. If you are absent, you are still responsible for making up the notes for that day by getting help from a classmate or me. The participation grade is determined mostly by whether or not you contribute during class and whether you are prepared. This obviously cannot be done if you’re not in class, so attendance is important.
Tests and Quizzes 60%:
If you pay attention in class, do your homework for the unit, study, and complete the practice test, you will be well prepared for the tests and quizzes this year. You are expected to know the chapter’s material on the day of the test. If you do poorly on a test, you will have one opportunity to retake the test. Test retakes need to be scheduled with me ahead of time and taken during DEAR. If you are absent the day of a test, you have one day after you get back to school to come take the test with me. If you do not take the test in this time, you will be given the retake test with no opportunity to retake that test.
Help outside of class:
Our department offers a math help lab from 2:45 to 3:30 every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. This time is for math students to come in and work on homework or get help from math teachers on concepts or problems they do not understand. I highly recommend doing your homework in the math lab especially if you are not quite grasping a concept or your parents aren't able to help in some areas. At least two math teachers will be in the math help lab each day. If you need to see me specifically, I am available most days before and after school to help you with anything you are struggling on (check with me before you choose to come in to make sure I will be there because I sometimes have meetings or other commitments).
Mountain Ridge Junior High does not discriminate on the basis of age, ethnicity, disability, national origin, race, religion, or gender in its programs or activities.
Please contact a school administrator if you have any questions or concerns.