Welcome

I would like to extend a welcome to you in joining my math class at Hilburn Academy. I will be teaching Math Core 6 and Math Core 6+. Our students are part of a school with high academic expectations which will push students to do the very best they can. With the change in curriculum from State Standards to National Standards, you and your child will also see a change in how information is presented in class. No longer will math be a lecture based class. From now on, students will be the center of the conversation, having discussions with their peers to work through problems. Please continue reading below to learn about the policies and procedures that will be followed in my math classes and check back often for updates and revisions.

I would like to extend a welcome to you in joining my math class at Hilburn Academy. I will be teaching Math Core 6 and Math Core 6+. Our students are part of a school with high academic expectations which will push students to do the very best they can. With the change in curriculum from State Standards to National Standards, you and your child will also see a change in how information is presented in class. No longer will math be a lecture based class. From now on, students will be the center of the conversation, having discussions with their peers to work through problems. Please continue reading below to learn about the policies and procedures that will be followed in my math classes and check back often for updates and revisions.

**Grading**

Tests/Projects: 35%

Quizzes: 30%

Classwork: 15%

Homework Completion: 10%

Math Talk: 10%

Students will be assigned homework and if classwork is not complete in class, students will be required to finish it at home. Homework will be recorded each day in the student's agenda. Homework is not graded on accuracy, but on completion. The completion of homework is crucial to help students solidify concepts. Each student starts with 100 points each quarter for homework. Students will lose 2 points for each incomplete assignment.

Some classwork will be collected for a grade. Students will be given notice on when Unit Tests will be given. Students may or may not be given notice on quizzes, which will occur more frequently.

The Math Talk score includes the following items: volunteering answers in class, sharing how a problem was solved, asking questions of another student to help clarify a problem, working cooperatively in groups, and the student advocating for his/her learning.

Grades will up uploaded to Home Base on Powerschool.

**Home Base**allows students and parents to view previous grades from report cards, as well as grades in the current quarter for each class. Please allow me time to collect, score, and post grades. If it has been more than two weeks and a grade still seems to not be posted or a grade was improperly recorded, please email me. There is no delay in the time that grades are entered and the time that they show up on the parent/student side.

**Class Routines**

A variety of teaching methods will be used to meet the needs of all the students. New material will be covered through lecture/notes, hands-on activities, and group work. Students will have the opportunity to work on the new material individually or in small groups. We will incorporate technology as much as possible in our class, as well as real world problem solving so that math is relevant to the students.

Mathematical Practices

These are the 8 Mathematical Practices that we will utilize this year in class to become strong, mathematical minds.

These are the 8 Mathematical Practices that we will utilize this year in class to become strong, mathematical minds.

- Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
- Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
- Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
- Model with mathematics.
- Use appropriate tools strategically.
- Attend to precision.
- Look for and make use of structure.
- Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

**Student Responsibilities**Students are expected to actively participate in class and advocate for themselves. They are to come to class each day prepared with the proper materials for the course and an open mind to learn. Homework and classwork will be assigned on a daily basis. The student is responsible for any work missed while absent by checking with a classmate and checking planbookedu.

**Organization**

Students are required to use a 5-subject interactive math notebook for each quarter (prior quarter notebooks need to be kept at home in a safe spot). Notes and examples will be taken in the notebook and worksheets and other returned work will be stapled/taped/glued in the notebook. Graded papers will be sent home for students to make corrections and parents to sign, and then placed in the math notebook.