To Students and Parents:
Welcome to Mr. Patovisti's Math 7 class for 2014-2015. I look forward to working with all of you for your child to become a better all-around student through math. Your student will be able to read, write, say and do math. We will usually be covering a section per day or every two days.
As we begin a new school year it is important for students to understand appropriate behavior, being on time and the academic expectations that are required of them. I hope to have your assistance and support with your child in order to make this a productive and enjoyable school year. You can help me tremendously by reviewing this plan with your child. Besides the school's goals of BEST (Be safe, Be responsible and Be respectful), the following are some added expectations for my class.
RESPECT: Respecting yourself, others and their property will be our main behavioral goal. All students have the right to learn and any classroom interference that affects that right will not be tolerated.
RESPONSIBILITY: Each student must be responsible for his/her words and actions. Each student is responsible for their own homework and any exam or homework missed that was assigned.
RULES: Students must be in their seats and ready to work when the bell rings for class or be marked tardy. Whispering is appropriate after the bell rings. There is no eating in class. Water is permitted (no flavored water). Gum is not allowed on school campus. Students have the right to speak and be heard time permitting. Please take turns speaking by standing-up and do not interrupt others.
REWARDS: Awesome behavior/academic performance or improved behavior/academic performance will be rewarded in different ways: 1) Verbal/Non-verbal positive praise.
2) Homework/Quiz passes. 3) Calling or emailing parent/guardian.
CONSEQUENCES: 1) Reminder of appropriate behavior. 2) A one-on-one conversation with teacher. 3) Writing a reflection signed by student and parent. 4) A conversation with parent, teacher and student. 5) A referral that goes to administration.
ATTENDANCE: Being at school everyday and on time will ensure a more efficient learning process. Missing school means losing out on valuable learning and possibly falling behind. Please call the school if your child is going to be absent.
TEXTBOOKS: It is the students' responsibility to maintain textbooks issued to them and to safeguard them from loss. All books must be covered. (Online textbook is at my.hrw.com username: student8725 password: math1) If lost or damaged, the school requires the parent to pay the replacement cost of $76.43.
MATERIALS: Students are expected to have pencil(s), eraser(s) and binder paper/notebook for daily notes. A notebook/compostition book for math journals. Bring a box of Kleenex for class. If you need support with materials see Mr. Patovisti.
HEADINGS: All assignments will have a school-wide heading with class, assignment, name, date and period at top of each assignment in pen.
HOMEWORK/GRADING POLICY: The homework will be assigned daily and will be an extension of the material covered in class. All problems must have the original problem written (expressions/equations/paragraphs/drawings). We always prove multiple-choice problems. We always answer a word problem with a complete sentence. NO SKIPPING OF STEPS UNLESS DISCUSSED! Homework is expected to be completed/attempted and will be checked for correctness the following day upon entering the classroom. Homework is due the next day when the bell rings. Homework will be checked/graded by completion of entire assignment/attempted all problems based on a 4-point scale: 4-All problems completed/attempted the way taught 3-Most problems done the way taught 2-About half the problems done or not the way taught 1-Few problems done not the way taught or just answers 0-No homework. NO LATE HOMEWORK! Students will be given one day for each day excused to turn-in their homework and/or take exam. Please encourage your child to call a classmate/friend or check the website when absent in order to make-up missed things within the number of days excused. Homework for Math 7 is 30% of grade.
THERE WILL BE NO EXTRA CREDIT IN MY CLASS!
EXAMS/QUIZZES: Quizzes will be given often. Exams will cover each chapter and sometimes two exams per chapter. Exams will be announced at least two days in advance. Quizzes will be announced and unannounced. Complete sentences and correct spelling/grammar/punctuation will count on exams/quizzes. A warm-up will be given daily to check for understanding of the concept(s). There will be pop warm-up quizzes, which will be given any day and are usually unannounced. It is not uncommon to have a quiz a day per week or numerous quizzes per day. If you understand what we are covering in class you will do great on the exams/quizzes. All the exam and quiz problems come from the homework, quizzes and warm-ups. Exam corrections require a signature by a parent/guardian. Exams/quizzes for Math 7 is 70% of grade.
PROGRESS REPORTS: Each student will get a progress report periodically throughout each quarter. Expect a progress report at least twice each quarter. All progress reports/exam corrections are required to be signed by a parent/guardian and returned to the teacher the following day. You may check progress online at Parent Connect as well.
I anticipate a great year of learning and rewarding experiences together. I welcome calls, emails, conferences and classroom visits from parents/guardians. You may reach me at 510-489-0700 ext. 60586 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also reach me at http://sites.google.com/site/patovistismathematicians. I am available for help before school, during lunch and after school.
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