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Class Syllabus


Goal. It will be our goal to relate and apply algebraic concepts to computation, geometry, statistics, and probability. Symbolic reasoning and calculations with symbols are central in algebra. Through the study of algebra, you will develop an understanding of the symbolic language of mathematics and the sciences. In addition, algebraic skills and concepts are developed and used in a wide variety of problem-solving situations. Realistic and relevant applications will help answer the question “When am I ever going to use this stuff?” Sports, physics, and consumerism are just a few of the real-life problem settings that we will explore. In addition, we will connect mathematics to other topics you as students may or will be studying like physics, biology, geography, art, and history through problems that are rich in algebraic content.


Expectations. I expect you as a student will try to perform at your highest level. Success comes in small increments and through consistent, serious, application of effort. During your time in class you will stay on task, ask questions, give and receive help from your peers, actively seek out the instructor for needed clarification, and generally demonstrate a desire to maximize your potential. It should go without saying that you will be polite and respectful of your peers, you will do all assignments, and you will participate in classroom activities. Trust is hard to earn back once it is lost. I encourage you to be honest and sincere in your behavior and statements.  


Classroom Rules.      Be on time for class.     Come prepared with completed assignments, text, and pencil.     Treat everyone with respect; and watch your language.     Stay focused on math. Do not socialize or do other homework.     Keep the room clean; pick up trash; and no food/gum/drink (except water) is permitted in our carpeted classroom.  


Homework. You will receive an assignment almost every day. You must understand that every problem of the homework must be completed to the best of your ability. This is not to say that you must get every problem correct. Try every problem and show all your work. The issue is not whether you got every answer correct, homework provides feedback to you on how well you understand the material. Every homework assignment is worth 20 points.  If the work is complete you will earn most  points.  If the work is partially complete you will receive less points.  If you do not submit the work, you will not earn points.  


Quizzes and Tests. Quizzes are always a “surprise”. Tests will be announced several days in advance and they will not be a surprise. During tests and quizzes keep your eyes on your paper.  


Extra Credit. From time to time chances for extra credit will be offered.  


Cheating. If you cheat on any quiz or test, you will be given a score of zero and your parents/guardians will be notified. If you cheat a second time, the penalties will escalate.

I will be enforcing the school policy, Please see the student handbook


Tardies. When the bell rings I will start the instruction. You should be in your seat, performing the instructions on the board, and be prepared to receive that day’s lesson. Do not coming running into the room as the bell rings and expect to be considered “on time”. The bell to begin class signals the beginning of class. If you’re tardy, I expect you to make it up after school.  


Absences. It is your responsibility to make up any missed work in a timely manner (approximately the amount of time you missed). If you have an unexcused absence on the day of a test you will need to work with me to arrange a makeup test.  If you are absent for a quiz it will be excused and other quizzes will count for more.


Grades. Your grade will be based on points awarded over the semester. Points are based on homework, quizzes, tests and the semester final.
      Grade Weighted Overall Points
Category Weight   A 100% to 93%
Homework 10%   A– Less than 93% to 90%
Quizzes 25%   B+ Less than 90% to 87%
Tests 45%   B Less than 87% to 83%
Final 20%   B– Less than 83% to 80%
      C+ Less than 80% to 77%
      C Less than 77% to 73%
      C– Less than 73% to 70%
      D+ Less than 70% to 67%
      D Less than 67% to 63%
      D– Less than 63% to 60%
      F Below 60%

School Loop. To help you keep track of your assignments and grades, I use School Loop.  I urge you and your parents to register and use it.  


Help. I am available to assist you after school in room P103(until 4 p.m.) on Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s.  Upon request, I am available other days.  Please ask for help. My home phone number is 408-243-0701 if you need help with a concept. (Never call before 8:30 AM after 9:30 PM or on Sundays).   If you are struggling and do not seek help, I will talk to you regarding ways to improve your grade.  If that fails to bring about a change, I will speak with your parents/guardians.  


Final Words. I believe everyone can experience success and I am here to help you do just that. I take your education seriously and hope you do also. Learning is a life long activity. I hope to be able to create a warm comfortable environment where you feel free to stretch yourself intellectually and experience the joy of mastering something new. Your future is yours to construct anyway you see fit. I hope to be able to provide you with confidence while assisting you in developing self-motivating behaviors that will stay with you a lifetime. Good luck!  

Ms. Hardy

Ms. Hardy

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