7th Grade Math Expectations
Teacher: Mr. Stakus Email: email@example.com
Class Website: http://new.schoolnotes.com/xpages/view/86613/1
Welcome to the start of a new school year! This letter is intended to give you an
idea of what you can expect from me, and also what I will be expecting from you. Now
that you are in Junior High, responsibilities are going to shift from your parents and
teachers onto you. You will have to find a way to shoulder all this responsibility.
In all middle school classes, effort is the key to success. If you put in the effort
and hard work, you will succeed in any class (especially math)!
Textbook: Math books are heavy and no fun to carry around so you will not be required
to bring them to class everyday. I will ask you to bring them in from time to time for
inspection but most of the time you can keep them at home. That doesn’t mean you
won’t be using them! You can expect to have a lot of homework directly from the book.
Math Binder: You will be required to keep a math binder and it will need to be brought
to class everyday. It should be a 1½ inch 3-ring binder (stocked with notebook paper and
at least five notebook dividers). The idea of the math binder is to keep all your papers
organized. Your math binder needs to be divided into the following sections:
- Notes: This is the section where you will be putting all of the class notes; lots
and lots of notes! Most students take their notes on loose-leaf paper but some
prefer to write them in a spiral-bound notebook they can easily insert and
remove from their binder. Either method is acceptable.
- Homework: All returned homework should be kept organized for review
purposes. Many quiz and test questions come directly from the homework!
- Quizzes/Tests: All quizzes and tests will be returned and should be kept
organized in this section so you can use them to review for future quizzes and
tests (but it’s ok to display them on the refrigerator for a week or so first!).
- Journal: Every now and then you will be asked to write a one-page journal
entry and you will keep them in this section.
- Extra Practice: Sometimes we will do worksheets or activities in class that
don’t fit in any of the categories… we put most of this stuff here.
Additional Supplies: Every day in class you will be required to have a calculator (not
an expensive one but it needs to have a square root (√) button), a pencil, a pen, and a
Homework will be assigned on a regular basis (just about every night). The purpose of
math homework is to reinforce what we learned during the day. The purpose of
homework is not to make you do problems over and over again until your hand feels like
it’s ready to fall off. Homework assignments for this class should take no more than 30
minutes to complete. If you find that you are constantly taking longer to finish the
homework, please let me know. Make sure you turn in your homework every day!
Points will be deducted for late homework. However, you can always turn in past work
for some credit. Multiple missing assignments may result in a detention.
To get you prepared for higher level math classes in the future, I am very specific about
how you set up your homework. In order to receive full credit you must have the
following on every assignment:
- Homework must be done in pencil!!!
- Name, Date, and Block in the top left hand corner
- Assignment Number and Assignment (page number and problem numbers)
- Copy down the original problem (not for word problems)
- Show all of your work!
- Write clearly and legibly
And please, please, please don’t cram everything into the top 3 or 4 lines of your paper.
Space things out so it looks neat and organized. Don’t be afraid to use the back of the
Quizzes and Tests
Quizzes are given at the completion of certain sections. Some quizzes will focus on one
section while others may cover a couple sections. You can expect a quiz once every
week or so. Longer tests will be given at the completion of units.
A few times each term you will be asked to write a one-page journal entry. Sometimes
the entries will have specific topics while other times you will be asked to write about
what you learned over the week.
Each of your quarterly grades will be made up of the following weights:
It is your responsibility to see me about making up missed work. Any graded work
missed due to absence can be submitted for full credit on your return to school. We can
work together to get you caught up. Please note that field trips, band lessons, etc. are not
considered an “absence” and related work needs to be submitted that day. The easiest
way to do this is to see me first thing in the morning.
My normal late night will be Tuesday (2:00-3:15) each week, though it may occasionally
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