Ms. M. Velez
Name: Ms. Mary Vélez
Phone: (845) 298-5100
I teach AP Statistics (5), AP BC Calculus (3) and three sections of Regents Algebra 2 (1 , 2, & 6). Algebra 2 is a college expectation and a course on the path towards an Advanced Regents Diploma. While teaching the state curriculum, I teach my students to become independent and critical thinkers. This is accomplished through a variety of means, including traditional lecture, Socratic seminars, open discourse, group work, presentations, reading, and writing assignments. AP Calculus and AP Statistics are presented with the expectation that students will sit for the exam in May. The expectations are in keeping with those of a college course.`
In preparation for the SATs, I provide the links below for daily practice
SAT Word of the Day: http://www.number2.com/exams/act/daily/word/index.cfm
The Official SAT Question of the Day: http://sat.collegeboard.com/practice/sat-question-of-the-day
Text: You book is assigned to you, so you are responsible if you lose it. You will need to pay for a replacement text before I can permanently provide a new one to you.
Typical Day: We will review the previous night’s homework. After questions, we will complete the day’s lesson, including discussion about and examples of the topic. We may have time to start homework.
Homework: Homework will be assigned almost every night. It should be done in a homework notebook or on looseleaf, even if the assignment is presented online. I suggest you budget about 30 minutes per night to reinforce the daily concepts. In honors or AP your should plan on an hour. That said, a goal of mine is that students learn how much they need to practice for success. I take that into account when I discuss an individual's progress with concerned parties.
Attendance: You are expected to be in class on time (in your seat by the bell) every day. If you think you will be late be sure to get a pass. If you are absent, show me your excused absence pass from attendance when you return. If you have lessons clear it with me prior to class. MISSED WORK IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY! All assignments will be posted on google classroom, so students (and families) should be prepared to check it every day. Find a reliable buddy in class with whom you can share notes. It is easy to fall behind so be sure to make up missed work promptly. Missed work turns into zeros if you do not make it up within three days. Work missed due to cutting will be counted as a zero. You will be written up for cutting class or habitual lateness.
Grading: You are graded on a point basis. The primary difference between a test and a quiz is the point value assigned. Also, a quiz may be unannounced. When homework is checked, it must be complete to my standards for credit. I encourage you to double-check my grading for accuracy—I want you to have every point you are due!
Cheating: Cheating is not tolerated! Submit your own work at all times. If I suspect cheating, I will warn all those involved. If I have proof of it, ALL INVOLVED will receive a zero on the assignment, a call home, and possibly a referral.
Contact with home: Don’t be surprised when I call or write home! I want your families to be involved. Please encourage your families to contact me through email.