McAuliffe Middle School
Introduction to Algebra
Room 13 Mr. Lynes (714)816-3320 ext. 77213
Dear Students and Parents,
Welcome to Math 7/8! I am looking forward to working with you and
helping to make your year in math a very positive learning experience. Please
keep this information packet in your notebook for future reference.
In order to maintain our classroom as a place of learning, students are
expected to be respectful to me and to one another. They should be in their
seats ready to begin when the bell rings. In addition, students are expected to
follow directions and be cooperative at all times. Incentives for positive behavior
include positive comments, display of student work, positive phone calls, Eagle
Express Cards and Student of the Month. Warnings for less than acceptable
classwork or behavior will be followed by “Failure to do Assignment” notices,
progress reports, detentions, or phone calls home. A good citizen will participate
in class, follow directions, be cooperative, and will bring materials to class.
Students who try their best and make a good effort on all assignments will
receive a positive effort grade. Class warnings regarding behavior, failure to
bring materials or to complete assignments will result in the lowering of a
student’s effort and/or citizenship grade.
Major Academic Goals
1. Be fluent in the required California state standards for math.
2. Recognize and appreciate the relevance of math beyond the classroom.
3. Demonstrate their understanding of math concepts through open-ended
questions, investigation and research, problem solving situations, and
Students should expect to have homework at least four nights a week. To
receive full credit, students must show all work and have a complete heading.
Homework and classwork will also include warm-ups, problem solving, note
taking, and group work. Each of these will be explained as we do them in class.
Homework represents 15% of a student’s total grade.
Grades are based on individual assignments, quizzes, tests, projects, and
class participation. Point values vary for each assignment.
GRADES ARE WEIGHTED AS FOLLOWS: Access grades/assignments online:
Homework and Classwork 15%
Weekly Quizzes 15% http://parent.losal.org
All assignments are to be done neatly, completely, on time, and with outstanding
effort. NO UNEXCUSED LATE WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED.
Citizenship and Effort grades are based on the following class expectations
1. Arrive to class on time and with proper supplies.
2. Ask appropriate questions.
3. Listen to and follow directions carefully.
4. Be kind, polite, and cooperative.
I will be available to all students at least two days a week before school
from 8:15 until 8:45. Students may make an appointment for additional time. I
encourage all students to take advantage of this time if needed. I am here to
help you succeed.
Students are responsible for making up both classwork and homework on
the days that are missed. Students will have one day to make up work for each
day they are absent from class.
Two spiral (graph) notebooks 2 pencils with erasers
Folder (to hold loose papers) 1 red correcting pen (ball-point)
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at school:
(714) 816-3320 ext. 77213. My conference period is 1:35 – 2:20 pm.
Please sign and return this portion indicating receipt of Mr. Lynes’
Introduction to Algebra curriculum letter.
Student Name Parent Name Parent Signature