Dear Student and Parent(s)/Guardians(s),

     Welcome to Contemporary Mathematics with Modeling!  Before we begin our new school year together, I believe it is extremely important that we become acquainted with one another and the policies and procedures that will take place in our classroom.  This year, our students will be faced with a higher level of learning and responsibility, both of which I expect they will master. This is a course where students will make connections and build relationships through the study of mathematical structures, integrating technology to assist in developing algorithms.  The following will outline my expectations for all students in order to provide a productive learning environment.

 

DAILY EXPECTATIONS

1.  BE ON TIME!   
     Class begins when the late bell rings.  All students are required to be in their seat before the late bell rings.  If you are late to class: the 1st and 2nd time you will get a warning; the 3rd time late to class you will have a teacher detention; and after the 3rd time, you will have referral to the principal.

2.  BE PREPARED!
    
Students must come prepared to class every day.  Students are to bring the following:

· Computer & Stylus – you will need it every day, so please make sure it is charged!
        · Pencil and/or pen
        · If you choose not to take notes on OneNote, you will need to print out guided notes before class.
        · Completed Homework Assignments and Notes

        · Optional: 
               · TI-84 Plus CE Graphing Calculator
               · DESMOS is a great online graphing calculator.  

3.  BE POSITIVE, PARTICIPATE, AND BE FOCUSED!
    
Contemporary Math is a challenge that everyone can conquer if we all keep a positive attitude.  Be respectful to your teacher, classmates, and classroom environment.  If you put in a solid effort, you will be successful.  Electronic devices may be used during class time when we are involved in a specific learning activity.  Cell phones will not be needed for this class and will result in a minor incident report if they are accessed during class.

4.  ASK FOR HELP!
    
A student in this course should be highly motivated with a willingness to work hard.  The difficulty level of this class is high.  You are expected to get the help you need in a timely manner.  Don’t wait until the day before or the day of a quiz/test to ask for help!

GRADING POLICY

1.  TESTS / PROJECTS (50%)
     Tests will be given at the end of each chapter and will be graded out of 100 points.  There will be a semester exam for Quarters 2 and 4.

2.  QUIZZES (40%)
    
Quizzes are given throughout each chapter (1–3 quizzes per chapter) and will be graded out of 50 points. 

3.  HOMEWORK / CLASSWORK (10%)
     Homework will be assigned 2–4 times a week and is due at the start of class the following day.  All assignments are to be attempted with adequate work to receive any credit.  Any student who comes to class without an assignment will receive a zero for homework that day.

 

ABSENCE AND MAKE-UP WORK

1. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain assignments and to complete them on the date determined by the teacher that includes warm ups, homework, and notes.

2. If a quiz or test is not made up within 2 days from the time a student returns from an absence, it automatically becomes a zero.  Any test, quiz or assignment not made up will receive a zero.

 

PARTICIPATION & PREPARATION

Everyone is expected to contribute to the class and complete all assignments.  It has been my experience that anyone who participates in class improves their understanding and their grade.  Everyone is also expected to show up to class fully prepared, meaning show up on time, have required materials and completed homework.

Students who do not follow the school or class rules will be disciplined.  Discipline may include a phone call home, teacher detention, and/or office referral.

CHEATING POLICY

Students are expected to do their own work.  Any student(s) found to be cheating will receive a zero for the assignment and will have their parents notified.  You know the difference between “copying work” and “getting help from a friend.”