Seventh Grade Mathematics Benjamin A. Smith Woodlawn Beach Middle School Contact Information Email: email@example.com Mr. Smith’s web site: www.santarosa.k12.fl.us/wbm/smithba Phone: 850-934-4010x305 (call between 1:50-2:30 on school days or leave a message – but email is preferred) Textbook’s web site, including the complete textbook in PDF format, tutoring videos, and more: www.bigideaslearning.com (select Florida from drop-down menu) Grading Policy Grading Categories Grading Scale 40% Tests A: 90-100% 40% Quizzes B: 80-89% 10% Class Work/Daily Assignments C: 70-79% 10% Quarterly Exams D: 60-69% F: Below 60% Extra credit work is provided only to students who finish their work early in class. Extra credit assignments are not to be done at home. Required Supplies (students should bring to school) Spiral Notebook or Composition Notebook Two-pocket Folder (to organize worksheets, study guides, returned quizzes and tests, etc.) Pencils (preferably mechanical) Course Materials (provided by WBMS) WBMS Student Planner Textbook: Big Ideas Math 7 by Ron Larson and Laurie Boswell (sent home during the first week) Record and Practice Journal which accompanies the textbook (this will remain in my classroom) FCAT Reference Sheet Classroom Procedures Conduct Students should participate in WBMS’s HERO program, according to which students will Help, Encourage, and Respect Others. Being a HERO in math class means working hard 100% of the time you spend in class. It means using every opportunity in class to memorize vocabulary, try another problem, check your work, explain an idea to a classmate, complete every assignment, and even finish extra credit assignments. My basic rule is: NO WASTED TIME. Come to class ready to work. Students should write every day’s agenda in their planners at the beginning of each class meeting. Students are expected to complete every assignment, as I do not assign “busy work”. All assignments are designed to be useful, productive, and indispensable. Students who do not complete work will face consequences as outlined below. Discipline Plan For students whose behavior is not HEROic, the following consequences may be expected, in this order (excepting serious offenses): 1. Opportunity for student to “problem solve” his/her inappropriate behavior based on a warning or redirection during class. 2. A second opportunity to “problem solve” the behavior based on a one-on-one conversation with me (which will be documented). 3. Parent contact regarding the behavior (also documented). 4. Referral to Dean of Students (documented) Parent/Teacher Conferences may be appropriate in some circumstances. Course Outline The pacing of the course is rigorous, designed to teach 100% of the course content before FCAT in April. 1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter Chapter 1: Operations Finish chapter 3: Unit Chapter 6: Surface FCAT on Integers and Conversions and Areas of Solids Catch-up on course Absolute Value Variation Chapter 7: Volumes of content Chapter 2: Operations Chapter 4: Percents Solids Enrichment on Rational Numbers and Simple Interest Chapter 8: Graphs and Solving Linear Chapter 5: Similarity, and Samples Equations Scale Drawings, and Chapter 9: Probability Begin Chapter 3: Translations Rates and Proportions My web site will contain a record of each day’s topics, activities, and assignments. It will also notify you of upcoming quizzes and tests: www.santarosa.k12.fl.us/wbm/smithba Tuesday Tutoring Because the pacing of seventh grade math is rigorous, WBMS’s seventh grade math teachers have decided to provide weekly tutoring for struggling students. This is in addition to the regular tutoring provided by the school, which is on Wednesdays for seventh grade. Tuesday Tutoring will be computer-based practice held from 1:25-2:20 every Tuesday (excepting holidays). Tuesday Tutoring will begin in September, once student accounts have been created on the school computer network. Parents must be responsible for students’ transportation after tutoring. Students must be picked up promptly or they will not be allowed to attend. About Mr. Smith This is my fifth year as a mathematics teacher and my fifth year at Woodlawn Beach Middle School. I hold a M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction, as well as B.A. and M.A. degrees in Interdisciplinary Humanities, from the University of West Florida. I believe that mastering middle grades mathematics is necessary for basic literacy in the modern world, and I am constantly searching for new and better ways to teach seventh graders. Parent involvement is an indispensable part of every child’s education, so I encourage you to work with your student on math. Please communicate with me about any difficulties your student encounters in my class during the school year. Signatures Sign below to acknowledge that you have read Mr. Smith’s Policies and Procedures: Parent: ______________________________ Student: ___________________________________ Return this page only.
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