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Geometry A Syllabus:
Welcome students to Geometry (A) for the 2015-2016 school year.  My name is Mr. O’Leary and I will be your teacher for the year.  Geometry is the second math course in a series of three regent math courses.   This course will cover many different topics during the school year.  We will also cover and have discussions on how we use math in “real world” situations and in different careers.

School Supplies and Resources
As your teacher, I will help you and provide you with supplies needed to succeed in this class such as graphing calculators for the classroom, worksheets, workbooks, compass, rulers and notepaper (if needed).  As a student, you will need to have a these supplies:
Spiral notebook or loose-leaf paper
Three-ring binder
Highlighter
Pen and pencil
 
The notebook or paper is where you will right down the problem of the day and the day’s notes.  This will be checked at random during the year for a grade.  The purpose of the three ring binders is to keep your notes, math sheets and tests organized.  A pencil is preferred for taking class notes and quizzes since writing in pen can be cluttered when mistakes are made.  Pens will be needed for tests and exams.  I also recommend a compass and calculator for home.  A graphing calculator is preferred, but I understand that may not be an option due to the cost of the calculators.  Most smart phones and tablets are equipped with scientific calculators 
 
My website, https://sites.google.com/a/liverpool.k12.ny.us/oleary-math/ includes many resources that could be helpful for you during this year.  My home page will also have a link to my twitter feed which will provide you with information about homework, projects and tests.  It is recommended that you follow me on twitter and/or instagram, but you are not required.  You do not need to sign-up on twitter to see my feed.  By following, you may be able to direct message me a question about an assignment or a lesson.
 
Twitter: @olearymath
Instagram: olearymath
Email: soleary@liverpool.k12.ny.us
 
Grading Policy
It is very important that the work you do in this course reflects on how you perform on the final regent exam.  The grading for this class will be as follows:
Participation                                        5%
Class work                                           10%
Homework                                           30%
Quizzes                                                20%
Exams                                                 35%
 
Quiz Corrections:         Students will have the opportunity to do quiz corrections to improve the quiz grade.  If corrections are completed, I will give back half of the points that were missed.

Homework:
      Homework will be assigned at the end of every class and will be checked or collected for a grade.  Homework assignments are due the following class, unless I change the due date.  If the homework is not done, then the grade is a zero.  There are no make-ups for homework assignment since we will go over the problems in class when the assignments are due.  If a student is absent, then he/she will be responsible to make up the assignment the next time the student comes back to class and any other assignment given that day.
 
Regents Exams:  This course will follow the Geometry common core math curriculum and the Geometry regents exam will be given once you have completed the course.  Taking the regents exam is required for this course, and will count for 20% of your final grade.  Marking period grades will be worth 20% each towards your final grade.  Passing the Geometry regents is needed to graduate high school with an advanced regents diploma.
 
Class Schedule
The class schedule will be as follows:
5-10 minutes                           Math Minutes Review/Homework Check
40 minutes                              Instruction
20-30 minutes                         Class Work (small group)/Math Discussion
0-15 minutes                           Homework/Additional instruction
 
Class Procedures
Entering the classroom: Students will enter the classroom in a respectful manner and collect worksheets for that day's class.  The problem of the day will be on the board.  Students will then sit down and begin the warm-up while the teacher reviews homework.  Students who need to go to the bathroom will need to do it before coming to class.
 
Cell Phones: Students will follow the school’s cell phone policy in class (No cell phones allowed in class).
 
Food and Drinks: Students will be allowed to have water or a reasonable drink during class.  Students are asked not to have sugar drinks in class.  Students will not be allowed to eat food unless given by me.
 
Bathroom Breaks: Students will be allowed to go to the bathroom during class (except the first 10 minutes and the last 10 minutes of class).  Students will not interrupt instruction time to ask to go to the bathroom.  If bathroom interruptions become an issue this policy will change.
 
Inappropriate Behavior: If a student is disruptive and/or disrespectful in class, then he/she will be given a warning.  After the warning, then the student will be assigned a detention.  If the student continues to be disruptive, then the student will be given a referral and sent to the office.  Students who skip a detention will get a referral.
 
Tardiness:         Students who are tardy will receive a detention in Academic Advisement the next A/C day.  On the third tardy, the student will receive a referral.
 
Extra Help:       Students are encouraged to see me during Academic Advisement (AA).  Since I work at LHS and LHX, I do not have an AA class at LHS.  I will also be available after school on A/C days for most Mondays and Tuesdays.
 
Dress Code:     Students will follow the school rules regarding dress code.

Algebra 1 WS Syllabus:
Welcome students to Algebra 1 for the 2015-2016 school year.  My name is Mr. O’Leary and I will be your teacher for the year.  Algebra is the first math course in a series of three regent math courses.   This course will cover many different topics during the school year.  We will also cover and have discussions on how we use math in “real world” situations and in different careers.

School Supplies and Resources
As your teacher, I will help you and provide you with supplies needed to succeed in this class such as graphing calculators for the classroom, worksheets, workbooks, rulers and notepaper (if needed).  As a student, you will need to have a these supplies:
 
Spiral notebook or loose-leaf paper
Three-ring binder
Highlighter
Pen and pencil
 
The notebook or paper is where you will right down the problem of the day and the day’s notes.  This will be checked at random during the year for a grade.  The purpose of the three ring binders is to keep your notes, math sheets and tests organized.  A pencil is preferred for taking class notes and quizzes since writing in pen can be cluttered when mistakes are made.  Pens will be needed for tests and exams.  I also recommend a calculator at home.  A graphing calculator is preferred, but I understand that may not be an option due to the cost of the calculators.  Most smart phones and tablets are equipped with scientific calculators 
 
My website, https://sites.google.com/a/liverpool.k12.ny.us/oleary-math/ includes many resources that could be helpful for you during this year.  My home page will also have a link to my twitter feed which will provide you with information about homework, projects and tests.  It is recommended that you follow me on twitter and/or instagram, but you are not required.  You do not need to sign-up on twitter to see my feed.  By following, you may be able to direct message me a question about an assignment or a lesson.
 
Twitter: @olearymath
Instagram: olearymath
Email: soleary@liverpool.k12.ny.us
 
Grading Policy
It is very important that the work you do in this course reflects on how you perform on the final regent exam.  The grading for this class will be as follows:
 
Participation                                        5%
Class work                                           10%
Homework                                           30%
Quizzes                                                25%
Exams                                                 30%
 
Quiz Corrections:         Students who did not do well on a quiz will have the opportunity to do quiz corrections to improve the quiz grade. 
 
Homework:      Homework will be assigned at the end of every class and will be checked or collected for a grade.  Homework assignments are due the following class, unless I change the due date.  If the homework is not done, then the grade is a zero.  There are no make-ups for homework assignment since we will go over the problems in class when the assignments are due.  If a student is absent, then he/she will be responsible to make up the assignment the next time the student comes back to class and any other assignment given that day.
 
Final Exam:  This is course will have a final exam which will count for 20% of your final grade.  Each marking will be worth 20% each of your final grade.
 
Regents Exams:  This course will follow the Algebra 1 common core math curriculum and the Algebra 1 regents exam will be given once you have completed the second year of this course.  Taking the regents exam is required, and is needed to graduate high school with a regents diploma.
 
Class Schedule
The class schedule will be as follows:
5-10 minutes                           Math Minutes Review/Homework Check
40 minutes                              Instruction
20-30 minutes                         Class Work (small group)/Math Discussion
0-15 minutes                           Homework/Additional instruction
 
Class Procedures
Entering the classroom:  Students will enter the classroom in a respectful manner and collect worksheets for that day's class.  The problem of the day will be on the board Students will then sit down and begin the warm-up while the teacher reviews homework.  Students who need to go to the bathroom will need to do it before coming to class.
 
Cell Phones:  Students will follow the school’s cell phone policy in class (No cell phones allowed).
 
Food and Drinks:  Students will be allowed to have water during class, only in a clear bottle.  Students are not allowed to have soda or energy drinks in class.  Students will not be allowed to eat food unless given by me.
 
Bathroom Breaks:  Students will be allowed to go to the bathroom during class (except the first 10 minutes and the last 10 minutes of class).  Students will not interrupt instruction time to ask to go to the bathroom.  If bathroom interruptions become an issue this policy will change.
 
Inappropriate Behavior:  If a student is disruptive and/or disrespectful in class, then he/she will be given a warning.  After the warning, then the student will be assigned a detention.  If the student continues to be disruptive, then the student will be given a referral and sent to the office.  Students who skip a detention will get a referral.
 
Tardiness:  Students who are tardy will receive a lunch detention (either with me or in the lunch room) that day.  On the third tardy, the student will receive a referral.
 
Extra Help:  Students are encouraged to see me during Academic Advisement (AA).  Since I work at LHS and LHX, I do have an AA class at LHX, and space is limited.  I will also be available after school on B/D days for most Mondays and Tuesdays.
 
Dress Code:  Students will follow the school rules regarding dress code.

 

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