CHENANGO FORKS CENTRAL SCHOOLS
Mr. Fendick 2016-2017
Classroom Policy Math Common Core Algebra I
MATERIALS: Students should have a scientific calculator like a Texas Instruments (TI-30xIIs), A graphing calculator will be available during class. Students ill be given a number of handouts so a 3 ring binder would be useful. Pencils, paper, graph paper, and a straightedge. An open mind and cooperative attitude
BEHAVIOR: Desired classroom behavior will be guided by three basic rules:
1. Come to class prepared and ready to learn. 2. Use appropriate language.
3. Treat others as you wish to be treated.
Expectations held for the student:
abide by class rules, finish assignments regularly and on time (Mathematics is a
participation sport), consistent best effort, ask questions in class to clarify material and
objectives, avoid procrastinating in obtaining extra help, keep a positive attitude and open
mind toward the subject.
Students are expected to come to class PREPARED and ON TIME. Students will not be allowed to go to their lockers after the bell has rung. Lates may be assigned to students that are not prepared for class.
It will be the responsibility of the student to obtain and complete missed assignments due to illness, school event, function, etc. If a student is absent on a day scheduled for a quiz or test, they are expected to make up the quiz or test the day they return. Failure to do so will result in a zero for that particular grade. Students will be given a one day extension on missed assignments for each legal absence. However, any work assigned prior to the absence is due upon returning to class. Exceptions can be made for extended absences and special circumstances.
Students are encouraged to use this time for make-up work and/or extra help. Mathematics is a cumulative subject. If a student is having difficulty in a topic, it is likely they will have trouble with the material that follows. Therefore, it is important not to procrastinate in receiving help when having difficulty with material. Remedial is part of the student's day and may be assigned for make up work, discipline, extra help, etc. Cutting an assigned remedial class is the same as cutting class and will be referred to the office
Grades will be weighted. Tests count as 40%, quizzes – 30%, math lab – 20% and homework – 10%. A student may find their grades and average any day by checking the Grade Portal. Homework is due the day after it is assigned and should be completed in a timely manner. Homework is graded by the student. 2 points will be given for each assignment having 70% or higher. 1 point will be given for any reasonable attempt at the homework not receiving 70% (The % on each homework is not recorded). Extra days are given to make corrections and/or refinements and may then be resubmitted for full credit. This homework must be handed in by the end of remedial two days before the test. Note: Incomplete homework will count against you!! In addition to periodic bonus work, students may be given the chance to retake quizzes. It is up to the student to take advantage of these opportunities in a timely manner. Benchmark tests will be given at the end of each of the first 3 quarters. Final grade: each quarter represents 20%. The remaining 20% will be comprised of the average of the three benchmark exams and the Regents Exam. This average will appear on the report card as the Final Exam Grade.
Students are recommended for future classes based on skill level, performance on benchmark exams, class average, work ethic, etc. My philosophy is to recommend students for classes that they will find success in and still allow them to graduate. It may affect where a student is initially placed for next year. However, if a student passes Algebra and the Regents exam then they can take Geometry the following year. The recommendation is meant to be another piece of the puzzle in determining where a student would be most successful. If a student passes but is not recommended for Geometry then it is merely an indication to the student and the parents that additional work will have to be done the following year to successfully complete that course. Improving study habits, completing homework, attending more remedial classes, etc..
Each student will receive a 5-week progress report regardless of how they are doing. Students are required to get each of their tests signed. Each test will have a homework grade for that unit. The test signature will count as a BONUS assignment so if the tests are not signed it will not count against them. Students are expected to keep track of their own grades in order for them to realize when additional help is needed as well as communicating their progress to their parents. Parents are encouraged to look for information on the Grade Portal. If additional communication is desired, please e-mail me at [email protected]. Please include specific questions you wish to have answered.
Parent Signature __________________________ Student Signature________________________________