Welcome to Mr. Adams’ Math Class!

Email ray.adams@cms.k12.nc.us
Phone: 980-343-5006
(Email is the preferred method of contact)
Daily Tutorial,
Except Wednesday
From: 6:30 - 7:15
Tuesday & Thursday – Math I
Monday & Friday - Honor MathBell ScheduleHomeroom 7:30-9:401st 8:10 - 9:402nd 9:45 - 11:45Lunch 10:41 - 11:01 Table #43rd 11:50 - 1:204th 1:25 - 3:00Dismissal 3:00 - 3:25
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Dear Students,

Welcome back to the 2017 - 2018 school year! I look forward to being your math teacher during the current term. I am here to help you. I know that for some students math is not a problem and for others it may be a challenge. We will work together to help those of you who need a little extra encouragement as well as challenge anyone who is ready for it.
I will be available before school for questions, comments, or concerns. Tutoring is available daily before school, except Wednesdays (subject to change); students are required to text teacher and or email for permission to attend (text message: state your name First, Last, Block and the problem(s) and or concept(s) that you need help with) – cell phone number will be posted on the whiteboard.
I’ll respond to your text, if you don’t get a response before 6 AM the next school day, it means before school tutorial is canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.

Tutorial time can be used for extra help or to get homework done. If you need to see me (parent or student) and this time does not work, simply ask and I can set something up.

This site will include various resources to help you better understand the math concepts.
Homework, quizzes and tests (take home and or in class) are assigned daily on Castlelearning.com, handouts, or from problems assigned from online textbooks.

What to Expect from 7th Grade Honors and Math I:
Math practices and modeling with mathematics are embedded into the standards for this class to include the study of ratio, percent and proportional relationships, rational numbers, expressions and equations, statistics and probability, and geometry.
We will also focus on understanding math by utilizing the following practices:
1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them
2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively
3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others
4. Model with mathematics
5. Use appropriate tools strategically
6. Attend to precision
7. Look for and make use of structure
8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning

Courses Outline:

7th Grade:

Focusing on 8 areas; Honor classes cover additional topics!
1. Graphing and Functions
2. Rational Number Operations
3. Solving Expressions and Equations;
4. Rates, Ratio and Proportion; Similar Figures
5. Geometry – Scale drawings and Geometric Figures
6. Real-World Equations and Inequalities.
7. Probability and Statistics
8. Geometry – Measurement in 2-3 Dimensions and Cross Sections of Solids.

Math I:

1-
Review prior knowledge - solving equations and Inequalities [Functions - Relations - Systems of Equations]
2–
Linear Functions, Writing Equations, Parallel and Perpendicular Lines
3-
Polynomials - Factoring
4–
Geometry and Applications - Similar Triangles - Ratios - Proportions - Angles - Percentage Increase & Decrease - Mark-up & down - Taxes - Tips
5–
Quadratic Functions - Transformation
6–
Exponential Functions - Transformation – Growth and Decay [Compound - Continuous]; Simple Interest - Geometric and Arithmetic Sequences
7–
Systems of Quadratic - Linear - Exponential -
8–
Radicals, Pythagorean Theorem, distance, Midpoint , Trigonometric Ratios
9–
Area, Volume, Circumference, Perimeter, Surface Areas [2 & 3 Dimension Figures]
10–
Statistics & Probabilities – Distributions, Histograms, Box and Whisker Plots, Standard Deviation, Frequency Table
11–
E.O.G. Review 7th - 8th Grades Practice
12–
E.O.C. Final Review – NC State Sample Test Items, Discovery Education - Practice
13–
Patterns – Linear, Quadratic, Exponential, Inverse, Common Core Investigations - Rational Functions
14-
Final Exams [End of Grade - End of Course]



Resources:
Throughout the year we will use Castlelearning.com, Algebra (Math-I) /Foundations of Algebra (Honor Math) and Geometry (both classes) textbooks.

Students will be provided with usernames and passwords during the first week of school.
If internet access is not available at home to complete any assignments on these websites, students are able to come to campus prior to school, or work during lunch. This information will also be included on my webpage: www.wysiwyg.cmswiki.wikispaces.net

Required Materials:
- 1 package of college ruled filler paper; 1 package of graph paper
- 2 composition notebooks (1 each semester)
- 1 ½”, 3 ring binder
- 5 pocket dividers with tabs (Class notes - Homework - Assessments - Test & Quiz corrections - Handouts & Formulas)
- TI-84 Graphing Calculator
- Highlighters – Colored Pencils
- Compass – Protractor
- Recommended: pencil box or pouch to house pencils, pens, 1 glue stick, scissors, clear tape, colored pencils, and highlighters for everyday use

Wish list:
AAA batteries - box of tissues - 1 ream of white copy paper - dry erase markers - hand sanitizer

Grading Policies:
Breakdown of the overall grade:
65% of Overall Grade: Formal: [online & paper tests - quizzes - end of quarter exams - 4th quarter math paper]
35% of Overall Grade: Informal: [homework – writing in mathematics K.L.W. (Know – Learned – What else do you need help with?; (due each Friday) - projects – monthly notebook checks – quarter end portfolio check]

Homework:
Homework assigned problems in the packets are selected based on the following difficulty levels (Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced), otherwise; assignments will become tedious and lack the rigor!!

1- Elementary: Standard level.
2- Intermediate: Math I / Honor students or inquiry based problems
3- Advanced: Honor level requires the deepest level of thinking; often can be thought of as "thinking outside of the box." Students will be able to use all of their knowledge to formulate a response that is completely new and original.

Notes:
- Upper level problems encourage independent study, deductive reasoning, and utilization of existing knowledge to uncover the connections, similarities and differences among various functions.
- Independently exploring new concepts and ideas provide guidance to discover mathematical relationships and patterns make conjectures and develop problem-solving strategies, which will lead to solving both difficult equations and complex word problems.
- Honor students classes will cover 7th and 8th grade concepts to prepare them for math I (Earn HIGH SCHOOL 1 CREDIT) in 8th GRADE.
- Math I class will cover 7th, 8th and 9th Grade concepts.
- It’s expected for students to allocate 60-90 minutes daily on math homework; at the end of each block, class time occasionally will be used to begin working on homework individually and or in groups; during both winter break and spring break assignments will be assigned in order to maintain students' skills.
- Packets of 100 problems or less will be RELEASED for homework, however, no more than 30-35 problems will be assigned per each day.
- If a student needs an extension for any valid reason to complete any assignment and or homework, it will be granted; please text or email me directly.
- If a student is struggling with completing daily homework, please attempt the following:
1) Research the concept from online textbook, my school website and or other online resources.
2) If you still need help with a specific concept, continue working on the remaining problems, then text me to attend tutorial the next school day.
3) DON’T spend more than 90 minutes on daily math homework (approximately 30 minutes per each grade level), unless you want to!
4) Target: 2 minutes per each problem or less.


If the assignment was not turned in or started on castlelearning; student will earn 0% (Placeholder)

  • o If the assignment was attempted but was not accurate, or not completed online: actual earned grade;
  • o Students will be able to complete late work; max. grade 70% or earned grade.
  • o Grades are updated daily, however, late work will be updated once each Wednesday; late log is required to change a late work grade.

Common Assessments:
  • o Students get the score that they were given however there is one available retake for each test
Grading Scale for Skill Checks and Class Assignments
A 100 – 90%
B 89 – 80%
C 79 - 70%
D 69 – 60%
F 59%

Make-up/absence:
It is YOUR responsibility to make up any assignment you miss while absent from school. Make sure to check Castle Learning daily and whiteboard for any missing assignment(s) you missed (this includes any notes that were missed).

You will be given the amount of days you missed to make up missed work. Missed assessments must be made up before or after school by appointment. If you return on a day that there is an assessment, you will be required to take the exam; if you score lower than you desire, you may retake the exam; a grade of zero as a "PLACEHOLDER" will posted till the the test/quiz is taken, then grade will be changed after the assessment is taken to reflect earned grade.


Retake Policy:
The intent of retake policy is to allow students the opportunity to master mathematical concepts. Every effort will be made to allow students the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of the concepts and skills of this class. You will have a two week window from when the original score is posted in Power school to retake their assessment. Retake grade will replace the original grade regardless of which one is higher; maximum grade on the retake is 79%.
Before you can retake the test, you must: attend at least one tutoring session and complete all missing homework.
Periodically, bonus points will be awarded to encourage every student to achieve the highest academic desired grade.!!

Due Dates/Late Work:
All assessments must be completed in the time allowed. If a student has not finished the assessments by the end of the test session, setting up a time (prior to leaving my class that day) is necessary and must be scheduled for some time within the next school day. Failure to do so will result in the assessment being counted as incomplete and graded as is.
In regards to projects/class assignments and homework: late work will be deducted 5% for each day the assignment is late; maximum 4 days or grade will remain at 0%
It's the student's responsibility to turn in to the teacher a late log summary in order to change a grade; late work grade is changed once a week each Wednesday!

Late log summary should include:

1- Student name: First, Last (Print)

2- Block

3- Assignment due date

4- Assignment completion date

5- Grade earned


Cheating:
Cheating is a non-negotiable issue. Any student caught copying from another student on any work/assignment; any student talking during a quiz, test; and any student presenting another person’s work as his/her own will earn a zero for the assignment—no matter if the student has completed the assignment or not.
Students will be referred to administration. Remember, even if you are working with a partner, the work towards all parts of the assignment should be done jointly. Simply copying the answers from your partner is cheating as you are representing his/her work as your own.

Tardiness:
Students will be marked as tardy if they are not fully in the classroom before the bell starts ringing. Running into the classroom to avoid being tardy will result in a lunch detention. Students should use time wisely to travel between classes. Please, if you are late due to being with a teacher or administrator, you are responsible for asking that teacher or administrator for a pass to class. Failure to do so will result in being considered tardy.

Rules/Expectations:
  • Rules
  • o Follow all school and CMS district rules and expectations including (but not limited to) the school dress code, phone policy, food/drink policy, bullying, etc.
  • o Only water bottles (with water) allowed in the classroom. Food must be contained in a lunch box and kept in a backpack.
  • o Hats are worn only in the hallways, outside, and in the cafeteria. Refrain from wearing them in class.
  • o Cell phones, iPads, and other electronics must be kept in backpacks unless otherwise instructed. Cell phones must stay in the classroom when going to the restroom.
  • o Follow the directions of the teacher or instructional aide.
  • Expectations
  • o Be responsible
  • o Be respectful
  • o Be Safe
Classroom management plan:
Consequences for failure to follow the classroom rules are a three-strike system:
  • First issue
  • Teacher issues verbal warning to student
  • Second issue
  • Student sent to hallway for discussion or a buddy classroom (another 7th grade math room) if the teacher is unable to go out to the hall at the moment
  • Teacher contacts parents
  • Student has lunch detention (Failure to serve the first time becomes 2 lunch detentions and failure to serves beyond that is an office referral)
  • Third issue
  • Office referral
  • The teachers also reserve the right to write a student an office referral at anytime

Electronics Policy:
All electronics must stay in backpacks during class unless otherwise stated by the teacher. Students will be required to use their Chromebooks as directed in the classroom, and can use other mobile electronic devices with teacher permission and direction. Students also need to follow the expectations outlined in the School and CMS district Technology User Agreement.
If the student misuses electronics in the classroom, in compliance with the three strike policy, strike one is a warning, strike two is student pickup in the office with parent contact with a lunch detention, and strike three is parent pickup in the office. If the problem continues, a Grade Level administrator will be notified.

To Parent(s) / Guardian(s):
I am looking forward to working with you and your student for a successful year. Please feel free to contact me at any time if you have any questions or concerns about the class or your student’s progress.

High School courses and honor classes in Middle School Grades offer students the opportunity to get a head start on high school graduation requirements while in the supportive environment of a middle school classroom. Students can earn up to 3 high school math credits at the end of middle school, while at the same time achieving a higher level of learning and expanding their knowledge.

The program teaches students to challenge themselves, to study subjects in greater detail, and to develop reasoning and analytical skills. In addition, courses and exams prepare students for the rigorous demands of both high school and college. National studies of college entrance requirements indicate that course selection is the most important criteria for admitting students.

The main requirement for advanced courses is a strong curiosity of the subject matter and the dedication to work hard.


Confirmation:
I have read and understand all the details of this syllabus. Please keep a copy of this signed syllabus in the front of your notebook and or binder.

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Student Name (Please Print):---------------------------------Student Signature:-----------------------------------

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