I would like to welcome you to Cross Middle School Math. My name is Bob Shiba and I will be your student’s Course 3 teacher for the year. Successful completion of this course is critical to his or her future in Algebra at the high school. Currently, algebra and some geometry are required for 75% of all jobs, with the most desirable jobs requiring even more mathematics. All students can succeed in Course 3. However, this success requires considerable effort and support. To support students’ mathematics learning, Cross will be using a new textbook, enVisionMath2.0, a curriculum from Pearson. This curriculum has an online component that allows parents and students to access resources and tools, including EBooks, tutorials, animations, and software intended to help all students be successful.
An important aspect of the learning environment is encouraging students to support each other and work together as they learn mathematics. Students are much more successful in mathematics when they study with other students than when they work alone. As a result, students will spend some time in class working in pairs or groups. I also encourage them to work with other students outside of class by participating in homework study groups and telephone networks. However, it is important to remember that working together and copying another student’s work are very different things.
Your child’s textbook is provided in loose-leaf form. Therefore, your child will need to purchase a binder in which to keep his/her text. I suggest a 1 or 2 inch binder size. In class, students will be able to use rulers and calculators provided by the school. You may choose to purchase these items for your child for use outside of class, though the purchase is not required. If you do purchase a calculator, our math department currently recommends the Texas Instruments TI-84 model or better, as that is what they will use at the high school.
Students will be expected to behave in a responsible, mature manner. Students will be successful in my class as they follow these rules and are diligent in completing the work they are assigned if they cannot finish it in class.
I need your support. Specifically, I would like you to encourage your child to attend class everyday and to be on time. Show interest in your child’s mathematics work by asking what he/she did in class daily. Encourage him/her to work hard daily. Find ways to show your student how you use math in your life. Check his/her progress by asking to see homework, notebook, tests, quizzes, and checking the parent portal on a regular basis. The primary way for a student to succeed in mathematics is by attending class every day and by participating and working hard each day in class.
I will be going over a variety of additional procedures that the students will need to understand in my first few days of school. Each of your students should have a list of procedures for my math class that will help them to understand what is expected of them and how they can handle issues such as late work or being absent from school. It is my hope that they will have a clear understanding of what is expected of them and how they can be successful in my class.
Grades will be calculated as follows:
70% Tests (40%) and quizzes(30%)
15% Homework/Mathia (Math learning software)
15% Collaboration, Participation, Behavior
The grading scale is as follows
A = 90-100 B=80-89 C=70-79 D=60-69 F=below 60
Parents have the ability to check grades online. You can get access instructions and password through the front office. Your students will know their grades at a minimum of every two weeks, and at least once a quarter you will receive a progress report. The Pearson textbook is consumable, so your student will be responsible for keeping notes in it and will be working from the book extensively during class. It is imperative, that your student brings this book to school every day and not lose or misplace the book.
Your student will be provided with the necessary information to access the online component of the Pearson curriculum. I will also post information as it becomes available to me.
Again, I am looking forward to a fun and successful year with your student.
If you need to contact me, you may call 696-5951 or email me at email@example.com. I will usually get back to you quicker via email than by phone, but will respond either way.
Rules and Procedures for Mr. Shiba’s C3 Math Class
In order to achieve success you will need to:
- work in class by paying attention, participating, and asking questions whenever they arise, and
- work outside of class by doing any assigned work, preparing for tests, quizzes, or presentations to the best of your ability, and again, asking any questions whenever they arise.
The overriding expectation in the class is respect: respect for yourself, respect for other students, respect for the teacher, respect for the school, and respect for any guests we may have in our class. Though this encompasses all other expectations, I will enumerate several other expectations for the sake of clarity.
- Everyone should be in his/her seat and ready to work when the class starts. This means getting materials, using the restroom, sharpening pencils, and socializing should be completed before class begins.
- Bring all materials (books, notebooks, completed assignments, calculators, and pencils) to class each day.
- No one should disrupt the learning process in any way, shape or form. This includes, but is not limited to, talking out, passing notes, taking others' possessions, and throwing objects. Basically, if you are courteous there is no problem.
- If independent work time is given, you are to work on your mathematics assignment.
- Keep the noise level down when working in pairs or groups. As a general rule, speak so that only those in your group can hear.
- Do not leave the classroom until you are dismissed by the teacher. I will give you the signal to dismiss you, but please be courteous enough to allow me to finish any sentence or assignment and make sure you have cleaned up around you.
- If you must use the hall pass, get permission from the teacher first and sign out of the classroom. I will honor reasonable requests to use the hall pass but will revoke that privilege for students who leave the room without permission or who misuse the hall pass.
- All written work should be done in pencil, using complete sentences and correct grammar.
- Be respectful at all times.
- Be responsible.
- Be ready.
If You Choose to Be Disruptive
First Time Verbal warning
Second Time Refocus – sent to area of room to fill out Refocus sheet
Third Time Removed from Room, Parent contact
Severe Disruption Student sent to office, referral, must call parents, detention
No cell phones allowed in class, they will be confiscated without permission to use.
School rules will be followed, no exceptions.
Beginning Bell work
- Take your assigned seat in a quiet and orderly manner.
- There will be a warm up problem on the front board or at your desk.
- Work the problem or problems.
- When you are done, the days home work assignment will be on the Course 3 homework board.
- Write the assignment down in your planner
- Wait quietly at your desk for me to begin class.
Tardies and Late Arrivals
A Student who is not in the classroom when the bell sounds, is considered either late or tardy. A student is tardy if he is without a pass after the bell. A student is late if he arrives with a pass after the bell. Tardy and Late students need to
- Enter the classroom without disrupting the class.
- Late students need to leave their late pass on the teacher’s desk. There is no penalty for arriving late with a pass.
A student is tardy if he is not inside the classroom when the bell stops ringing and does not have a pass.
Tardiness will be handled as indicated in the student handbook
- Academic Honesty
It is expected that students will use genuine, sincere, and fair means for the accomplishment of the tests, tasks, or projects from which evaluations of progress shall be determined. Students found plagiarizing, copying or cheating in any way will receive automatic zeros and have phone calls made to their parents. In addition, a write-up of the incident will be given to the student's counselor. Flagrant or repeated offenses will result in a failing grade for the quarter or semester depending on the nature of the incident.
If a student has an excused absence from class he or she is responsible for the assignments/ homework that missed. The student has as many days as he or she was absent to make up the assignments. It is up to the student to inquire about missed work and tests. Zeros will be given if a student fails to make up work within an acceptable time frame. Unexcused absences void all make-up privileges.
- Late Work
Homework assignments may be turned in late with excused absences and prior permission from the teacher. Papers and projects may be turned in late with a penalty of one letter grade for each day late. Students will have two days for every day missed to turn in late work if their absence is excused.
- Tests and Quizzes
Quizzes and tests will be given periodically. You will have an opportunity to retake all tests. You must make corrections on a separate sheet of paper, showing all work necessary to prove your new answer to the test question or at least a description of why your new answer is correct. All the work must be completed on a separate piece of paper and attached to the original test. You will receive the higher of the two scores on a test retake.
Grades will be calculated as follows:
70% Tests (40%) and quizzes (30%)
15% Collaboration, Participation, and Behavior (Bellwork, Class work, and effort during class)
The grading scale is as follows
A = 90-100 B=80-89 C=70-79 D=60-69 F=below 60
- Make-Up Tests
Quizzes and tests will be made-up through arrangements with the teacher.
- Computer Software
Students may be assigned computer work to complete over the quarter. This is separate from homework and will be expected to be completed by their respective due dates. As we are working with a new curriculum company, the exact program and other details are still being worked out. Use of a computer program is intended to help students be successful by helping them to become proficient with the learning objectives, no matter what skill level they may be at. It should help students who are struggling with some of the concepts, and even challenge those students who may already be proficient.
Expect to have some type of homework every day. Some days your homework assignment may be watching a video or completing a computer assignment, which you will have to complete to get credit for it. Many assignments can be finished during class as we will be doing a lot of collaborative work. Homework should be completed by the next day unless told a different completion time. Homework grades will be primarily for completion of assignment with all work showing. Late homework will not be accepted. You should attempt to complete all homework as it will help you be successful on quizzes.
- Collaboration, Participation and Behavior Grade
Students will be expected to take and keep notes during lesson time. Notes and class work will be checked periodically and are counted as part of your Participation/Behavior Grade. Notes should be kept in your math notebook and class work will be kept in the Student textbook provided at the beginning of the year. Class work also includes the bell work that is expected to be completed at the beginning of class, and the exit ticket that will be required at the end of class. Students who are sent out of the room for behavior will lose points for the day.