Math Rocks


Welcome to MA 07! The importance of mathematics for potential future careers

cannot be over emphasized. My goal is to prepare your child for the future by

developing his/her understanding and enjoyment of mathematics. The MA 07

curriculum includes the study of number sense and operations with an emphasis on integers and rational numbers, ratios and proportions, algebraic thinking, geometry, and problem solving.

I. Classroom Guidelines

 Be on time – in assigned seat when bell rings

 Be prepared to study and learn - bring assignment, notebook, paper, pencils, pens, and student handbook everyday

 Participate positively and work to learn

 Follow teacher directions and school, district, and classroom rules

 Show respect to all peers and adults by following directions, not interrupting and keeping hands, feet and objects to oneself

 Do not bring gum, candy, food, or drink (water permitted) into the classroom

 Cheating of any kind will not be tolerated. Any student caught either copying another student’s work will be disciplined

 Students are expected to maintain a high level of Stapley J.H. standards of truth, trust, respect, and responsibility

II. Homework Policy


Weekly Reviews allow students to practice a range of skills from previous math classes and earlier in the year.  Weekly Reviews are handed out on Friday and are due the following Friday.  Work must be completed on the paper and answers submitted on Canvas.  Students will be given two late passes per quarter that may be used for Weekly Reviews.  Any Weekly Reviews not completed on-time after the late passes have been used will NOT be accepted. 



Daily practice is necessary for students to be successful in math class. Assignment are most often given on a daily basis and are usually due at the beginning of the next class period.  Assignments are given in a variety of formats – online, worksheet, etc.  Work must always be shown!!  NO WORK=NO CREDIT until completed correctly. I am going to be strict on this. If you do not have internet at home, you still need to complete the assignments—the pages and problems are always given. Textbooks can be checked out of the library. Students will be given one late pass per unit that can be used in that unit ONLY for a late assignment to get full credit earned.  Any other late work will be accepted for 70% of the earned credit.  Any late work for a unit must be turned in at the beginning of the class period on the day of the unit test.  If all assignments are turned in on time for the unit, the late pass may be turned in for extra credit on the day of the unit test. 

III. Grading Policy

The students will be graded on the following scale:

A 90% and up 40% - Tests

B 80 to 89% 30% - Quizzes

C 70 to 79% 20% - Assignment Quizzes/Weekly

D 60 to 69% Reviews

F Below 60% (no credit, not passing) 

Final Grade Calculation:

40% - Tests

30% - Quizzes

20% - Assignment Quizzes/Weekly Reviews

10% - Assignments (Homework/classwork)

Retest Policy: The following criteria must be met prior to retesting:

1.     Missing assignments from that unit are turned in

2.     Attend a minimum of 2 tutoring sessions before or after school to make test corrections & receive additional practice

3.     Complete a review assignment from unit, chosen by teacher

Retest:  Is a different version. Entire exam must be retaken and be completed outside of the class period.

IV. Tutoring

I will be available for tutoring Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:30 am - 9:00 am unless otherwise noted.

Math Department Tutoring is available as follows:

Tuesdays 8-9 am in Room 149

Wednesdays 3:50-4:30pm in Room 153

Thursdays 8-9 am in Room 144

V. Textbooks

The textbook is available on-line. Students will have the option of checking out a textbook or choosing

to access the textbook on-line. We will be checking out textbooks on Monday, August 13th, so it is

important for students to know whether or not they will be checking out a physical copy of the textbook

for home use.

VI. Supplies

Your child needs the following materials for class:

1. Composition Book - must be used for notes (1 notebook will be used for the year)

I recommend a 100-page college-ruled composition notebook.

2.  Spiral notebook (with a pocket) or a folder with Loose Leaf lined paper for assignments

3.  Dry erase markers - chisel tip preferred

4.  Pencils (numerous! - regular or mechanical)

5.  Clear tape or glue stick

Optional Supplies:

1.  Colored pens

2.  Colored pencils and markers

3.  Highlighters

4.  Hand-help pencil sharpener

5.  Scissor

Classroom Donations Accepted:

1. Disinfecting Wipes

2. Hand sanitizer

3. Tissue boxes

Tardy Policy

  • 1st-warning
  • 2nd-15 minute before/after school detention
  • 3rd-30 minute formal written detention with parent contact
  • 4th-administrative referral


Choosing not to follow the above rules will result in one or a combination of the following consequences:

  • Verbal reminder of the standard              
  • Conference with the teacher
  • Parent involvement
  • Isolation from the class
  • Teacher-assigned detention
  • Behavior/Academic contract
  • Work duty
  • Consultation with a counselor
  • Referral to administration


  • Students are responsible for getting all missed assignments, notes, and any other work when absent from class.
  • Students will have the same number of days to make up missing work for each day you’re absent.
  • No homework or tests can be made up due to an UNEXCUSED absence.
  • Absent folders are posted in the classroom with any work missed.
  • There is a calendar with all assignments posted in the room as well.

I am looking forward to a great year!