Course Expectations

Math 6 Advanced 1   1205020

Instructor Name/Classroom Location/Email

Ms. Cathy Hollar  Room 407 Cathy.Hollar@SarasotaCountySchools.net

Mr. Case O’Connors  Room 404   Case.O’Connors@SarasotaCountySchools.net

 

Pine View Phone Number

941 486-2001

Preferred Method to Contact Teacher

Communication is also an integral part of the learning process. It is my expectation that students will grow throughout the year in their ability to self-advocate and they are encouraged regularly to do so. Questions should be asked regarding lessons, clarification on instructions should be sought before completing assignments, etc. Parents are encouraged to communicate regularly and encourage their child at home…. “What are you learning today? Can you show me how to do this? Did you read all of the directions?”

     Parent-Teacher communication is also welcomed. If you need to contact one of us, please use the email addresses above. This is the best method of communication. We respectfully request that you allow 24 – 48 hours for a response. If your teacher does not respond within that time-frame, please contact (via email) again in case the message went to SPAM or was not received.

 

Rest assured that we monitor student growth regularly and will contact you immediately if there is a concern as to your child’s progress in the classroom.

                                                 

 

Availability for calls/email returns, appts.

4th Period Planning 10:15 – 11:00

Appointments by schedule planning, before or after school

Course Description

From CPALMS In this Grade 6 Advanced Mathematics course, instructional time should focus on six critical areas: (1) connecting ratio and rate to whole number multiplication and division and using concepts of ratio and rate to solve problems; (2) completing understanding of division of fractions and extending the notion of number to the system of rational numbers, which includes negative numbers; (3) writing, interpreting, and using expressions and equations; (4) developing understanding of statistical thinking; (5) developing understanding of and applying proportional relationships; and (6) developing understanding of operations with rational numbers and working with expressions and linear equations.

Course Topics/Pacing/Schedule

Quarter I: Ch. 1-3, Quarter II: Ch. 4-7, Quarter III:  Ch. 7-11, Quarter IV: Ch.12-15

Text/Materials

Big Ideas Math Advanced 1  2015

Year supply of loose leaf wide rule notebook paper, pencils, & red correcting pens.

Online Learning Platforms

Mrs. Hollar’s homework is from the textbook and will be submitted online through MySCS.

Mr. O'Connors will have homework answer keys available in his classroom.

Laptop and Cell Phone Usage

Cell phones may be used for instructional purposes only. Instructors will direct students to take out and put away their device as needed. At all other times, cell phones and ear buds should not be visible during the instructional period. Teachers may elect to collect cell phones during assessments or as part of their classroom procedures. Unauthorized cell phone use during class time may result in a discipline referral.  

 

Laptops may be used occasionally and will follow district guidelines.

 

Grading and Evaluation Policies

 Tests - 60%   Quizzes - 20%  Homework /Classwork - 10%              Mathematical Fluency - 10%

                        90-100  A

                        80-89   B

                        70-79   C

                        60-69   D

                        Grades below 60 will earn a grade of F

 

Midterm counts as 1 test grade & Final Exam counts as 2 test grades

Employability/Organizational Skills

Organizational skills include, but are not limited to….

            ~          attendance and participation

            ~          coming to class on time, appropriately dressed for class,                   and ready to learn

            ~          bringing required work tools, such as paper, pencil, texts, notebooks, etc.

            ~          completion of class work and homework

            ~          maintenance of Agenda Book mandatory as directed

            ~          cooperation with teacher and fellow students

            ~          following directions and staying on task

            ~          observing classroom and PV rules    

 

Make-Up Work Requirements

Makeup work is guided by both teacher/department and district policy. Please refer to the Student Handbook. Please note the following points:

            ~          Students are responsible for making arrangements for missed tests. This should be done immediately when they return to school.  Parents should not email and try to schedule make up tests, etc. before student returns.

            ~          The time allotted for makeup assignments, as well as the procedure for obtaining the necessary excused admit to class, is explained in the Student Handbook. One day for each day out.

            ~          A school-related field trip for another course in not counted as an absence: student is responsible for any missed assignments & should be prepared for class upon return.

            ~          Absence on “Review Day” (the day before the test) does not excuse the student from taking the assessment the following day.  A Review Day is a gift.

            ~          Students need to establish a Study Buddy to contact when questions arise.

            ~          It is the student’s responsibility to find out what was missed, to make it up promptly, and to show the work to the teacher for credit.

 

Academic Honesty Policy

See Tab

Course Mission Statement

The mission will be to set academic goals in this class and then follow a plan to achieve them so that students will leave this course satisfied and proud of their accomplishments.

Homework Policy

Homework is an important part of this course and provides students with

 an opportunity to practice skills learned in class. Students will be

 presented with tiered work that is designed to help them grow in

 mathematics. Some problems will be harder (advanced) and designed to

 challenge your child’s critical thinking skills. Homework will be assigned

 daily and graded according to the teacher’s discretion.  Important points:

~          assignments are written on the board daily which students copy into their agenda book.

~          must be completed in pencil moving down the page; must be legible.

~          should include name, date, and the lesson number and title at the top of the paper, with a list of the problem numbers written in the left margin optional.

~          is reviewed & discussed in class daily.

~          all problems must be attempted and all work must be shown in order for credit to be received.

~          is not accepted late, except for excused absences per the Student Handbook.

~          should be kept in sequential order with other assignments. Homework may include text work, handouts or other forms of practice provided in class for completion.

 

How to Access After School Help

Extra help is available during student lunch on Tuesday and Thursday. Students are encouraged to be strong-self advocates and to participate during class so that areas of uncertainty can be addressed immediately. After school students can call study buddy, watch tutorials, practice activities and many more excellent resources may be found on the textbook website.

 

District Forms on Use of Non-Adopted materials

If you are using any non-adopted materials to supplement your course, there is a district requirement to get a parent signature.  NA will be deleted in final

Assessments

Assessments are provided throughout the course to assess student learning and growth. Assessments may be in the form of quizzes, tests, or any other method deemed reasonable by the teacher (project, etc). Tests are scheduled with advance notice. Quizzes (scheduled or “pop”), in-class knowledge checks, and other activities may be included in this category. Feedback is given in a timely manner. Students will be required to complete test corrections. Although time is made available during class, students may need to come in during lunch to complete.

Please note that per PV Math Department Policy:

~          assessments are not sent home

~          there are no retests given for grade change

~          a mid-term exam at end of semester one counts as one test grade

~          a two-day final exam at end of year counts as two test grades.       ~          test corrections do go home for parents to review and sign.