Mrs. Sciretta Algebra I September, 2016
Welcome to Eighth Grade Algebra 1 and Room 342!
I am excited about the year ahead and I hope you are, too! As we launch the new year, here are my classroom expectations and policies that I expect all students to respect. If everyone works together to meet these expectations, the stage will be set for an enjoyable and successful year!
Text: Online text: Glencoe Algebra I – Common Core Edition
I have a classroom set of hardcopy texts.
=> Remember: Backpacks are NOT allowed in classrooms! Passing time was increased to 4 minutes to allow students to use their lockers.
Bring to class each day:
1. Your CHARGED laptop and EARBUDS!!!
2. A small binder with plenty of paper. (graph paper is a great tool) You will keep all materials in this binder.
3. A spiral notebook or similar type
notebook for note-taking.
4. PENCILS – yes, bring pencils each day to class! No pen. Thank you.
5. Each student must have his/her own calculator.
•M280/281: Graphing calculator: TI 83 Plus/ TI 84 is recommended; otherwise, a basic 4 function calculator.
•M282: Basic 4-function calculator
7. Colored pens for corrections
8. 2 dry-erase markers for individual white boards, donated to the classroom bucket.
9. Please bring a box of tissues for the classroom. We need them throughout the year.
(Allergy season gets messy and I would greatly appreciate the donation!! Thank you.
Think about the time when you first learned to ski or snowboard, hit a baseball, or play an instrument. Practice developed the skill and your confidence! The same is true with algebra since it is also a skill. Homework is the practice required if you want to perform this skill to the best of your ability and develop confidence.
• Expect homework every class.
• Homework will be checked and it is 15% of your term grade.
• It should be neat and all work must be shown. Please use pencil.
• It is your responsibility to know what your homework is: copy assignments into your agenda.
• Schoology is the location to find HW assignments.
• A missed assignment because of an absence is due the next class.
• If you miss an assignment, you must sign the “Missed Assignment Book” so we have a record.
A missed assignment is recorded
as “NHI” in X2 Gradebook. (“not handed
Late/incomplete homework is not accepted (unless for an absence).
• Correct mistakes so you learn from your errors.
Correcting is required and is part of the homework score.
Most often you will be given an answer key to correct your work at home so you have immediate feedback. See if you can find your error. If you can't, be sure to circle the problem and ask for an explanation in class.
And remember: It's OK to make a mistake! Notice the posters hanging in the room:
“Life is all about making mistakes and learning from them!”
“You miss 100% of the shots you never take!”
Grading: (per Math Department Policy)
1. Tests and quizzes will count as 85% of your grade.
Tests will be announced; quizzes will be both announced and unannounced.
For M281 and M282 students: All students have an opportunity to improve their grade. On a tests and major quizzes:
•Corrections may be done thoroughly & completely on the correction worksheet to earn back a maximum of 20% of the points missed.
•Homework average must be at 90% or better to qualify for the
opportunity described above.
•Corrections must be handed in within 1 week after receiving the scored quiz.
This is a great opportunity to relearn concepts so you perform your very best on tests! (and help you keep a passing grade.) USE IT!
2. Homework will count as 15% of your grade.
It is the District expectation that every student come to school with a fully charged laptop in order to fully participate in class. Please be sure your laptop is charged when you come to class each day!!
FYI: The WIFI students use and should have set as the default is DUXBURY2.
You will be keeping a Math notebook. Every day you will be taking notes from the day’s lesson.
You will be doing class “Warm-up” assignments that review previous lessons. You will have practice assignments and collaborative work or projects. These items along with homework, quizzes, etc. should be kept in your binder in chronological order creating a “packet” of materials for the unit. If you have followed this procedure properly, you will have plenty of materials to review and study before a test. Keep a good notebook! It’s important to be organized.
Find the ABSENT INBOX (red rack) for your class!!
Where are they located in the room? ON THE COUNTER UNDER THE WINDOWS!
You are responsible for work and homework missed when absent from class. I will put missed work in your class “Absent INBOX”, and it is your responsibility to find your work and get caught up. Call a friend and/or check Schoology for missed assignments.
For prolonged absences, parents should contact the guidance department and follow the handbook policy.
Expectations of Appropriate Student Behavior (otherwise known as Manners and Rules)
For YOU to succeed, so WE can work together, so I can teach, for US to have an enjoyable year:
1. Be in your assigned seat and ready to work on time. Ge your homework out immediately for HW check. Begin the "Warm-up" from the basket or posted on Schoology.
2. Bring all materials to class. This includes PAPER, and PENCILS, and calculator.
3. Stay in your seat unless you have permission to do otherwise. Restroom use is y permission only.
4. Only ONE person speaks at a time; we will all listen to and respect the speaker. (just basic manners, right?)
6. Stay on task and give your best effort. I will always give you my very best and I am committed to your success!
When you choose to break the rules, you must accept the consequences.
If behavior is respectful, everything else falls into place and we can try different things, having some fun while learning!
Just ask! Come after school. It’s free tutoring! I’m available Monday-Thursday after school (some Wednesdays we have Department or Faculty meetings) and I encourage you to come. I run the Thursday Homework Club so stop in at the DMS Library! Sometimes a little extra one-on-one time is all you need. It is important to me that you succeed!
Email is the best way to reach me. I check email first thing in the morning and usually again before going home. I will try to respond within 24 hours.
I want to encourage you to follow my class motto: "Be Better".
Each day, strive to “Be Better” at:
•showing all of your work,
•participating in class
•giving your best effort
•coming prepared to class
•having a good attitude.
It will make a difference!!
"Goals achieved with little effort are seldom appreciated and give no personal satisfaction."
John Woodard, legendary UCLA Basketball
Thank you very much in advance for your cooperation and I look forward to an enjoyable and successful year!
Mrs. Marylynn Sciretta