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    Mrs. Bier

    Osceola Middle School

    8th Grade Math

     

    Welcome to Osceola and to 8th grade math!  Here are a few procedures that may answer your questions about my class and help the school year run smoothly.

     

    BRAVO BINDER

    Each student is responsible for bringing his/her binder to school each day and keeping it up to date and organized.  During the first week, students will learn how to set up and use the math section of his/her binder.  Parents, I encourage you to review your child’s binder often.

     

    PLANNER/AGENDA

    Students are required to purchase a planner/agenda from the school and bring it to school each day.  They will write in the planner/agenda each day. Students and parents can refer to it for information on homework and upcoming tests.

     

    SUPPLIES

    A school wide supply list was sent home before school started. Students need to bring their binders to school each day with all the requested supplies so that they can complete school work.  I strongly encourage students to have a calculator at home that he/she can access when completing homework.  It does not have to be a scientific calculator, but one that does have a square root key and percent key. If you have any questions about the supplies, please let me know. Each day for math, students will need notebook paper, pencils (and possibly lead), an eraser, and a composition notebook.

     

    Textbooks

    Each student will be issued a consumable textbook that will be kept at school for the duration of the school year.  Students will receive one Unit at a time. When the Unit is complete, I will recommend to the students to take it out of their binder and keep it in a safe place at home until the end of the year so it is available to use in preparing for Learning Checks and FSA in the spring.

     

    GRADES

    Grades will be calculated according to this scale:

              Homework/Participation                               10%                               

    Class Work/Quizzes/Learning Checks          40%

              Tests/Projects                                             50%

     

    HOMEWORK (HW) ASSIGNMENTS

    There will be homework assignments throughout each week. I will be checking for completion (which means all work shown) on all homework assigned. Students earn a Topic homework participation grade. This homework participation grade will be determined by dividing the number of homework assignments completed on time by the number of homework assignments assigned for each Topic. Students will not receive credit for late homework unless it is due to an absence.

     

    ABSENCES/MAKE-UP WORK

    Students are required to complete all missed work.  It is a student’s responsibility to find out what was missed and to get caught up as soon as possible.  To make this task easier, assignments are posted on my website daily.  All grades from absences will be recorded as a 0 until the work has been completed and turned in.  Students should be caught up within three days of returning to school.

     

    TESTS/QUIZZES/Learning Checks

    Quizzes will be given every three to four lessons and chapter tests will be given at the end of each Topic. Learning Checks will be given according to the Marion County 7th grade Math Focus Calendar. Assessment dates will be in your child’s planner and posted on my website. Some tests will be assigned to be completed online at home.  If a student does not have a computer, arrangements can be made to supply a paper-based copy of the test. All work must be shown for both the computer-based test and the paper-based test.  The students will have one week to complete the test and return it to school.  

     

    CLASSROOM WISH LIST

     

    • 7" lead
    • Notebook paper
    • Box of tissues
    • Cap erasers          
    • #2 pencils
    • Individually wrapped candy
    • Graph paper
    • Cardstock
    • Post It Index Tabs
    • Expo Markers

     

    COMMUNICATION

    Communication is key when creating a successful year for students.  Parents, review your child’s agenda/planner and binder often. Use my website to check out what we are doing in class and to keep up with assignments in case your child missed class.  Email me any concerns you have: 

    Helena.Bier@marion.k12.fl.us

     

    Thanks, and here’s to a great year in 8th grade math!!

    Mrs. Helena Bier

     

     

     

     

    Mrs. Bier

    Osceola Middle School

    Algebra 1 Honors  

     

    Welcome to Osceola and to Algebra 1 Honors!  Here are a few procedures that may answer your questions about my class and help the school year run smoothly.

     

    BINDER

    Each student is responsible for bringing his/her binder to school each day and keeping it up to date and organized.  During the first week, students will learn how to set up and use the math section of his/her binder.  Parents, I encourage you to review your child’s binder often.

                                              

    PLANNER/AGENDA

    Students are required to purchase a planner/agenda from the school and bring it to school each day. They will write in the planner/agenda each day. Students and parents can refer to it for information on homework and upcoming tests.

     

    SUPPLIES

    A school wide supply list was sent home before school started. Students need to bring their binders to school each day with all the requested supplies so that they can complete school work.  I strongly encourage students to have a calculator at home that he/she can access when completing homework. The recommended calculator is a TI-30Xa, as this is the one they will be allowed to use on the EOC and in my classroom. If you have any questions about the supplies, please let me know. Each day for math, students will need notebook paper, graph paper, pencils (and possibly lead), an eraser, and a composition notebook.

     

    Textbooks

    There will be a hardcopy textbook issued to each student that may be kept at home during the year. Homework assignments will often come from this book. Each student will also be issued a consumable textbook that will be kept at school for the duration of the school year. Students will receive one Module (chapter) at a time. When the Module is complete, I will recommend to the students to take it out of their binder and keep it in a safe place at home until the end of the year so it is available to use in preparing for Quarterly Assessments and EOC in the spring.

     

    GRADES

    Grades will be calculated according to this scale:

              Homework/Participation                               10%                               

    Class Work/Quizzes/Learning Checks          40%

              Tests/Projects                                             50%

     

    HOMEWORK (HW) ASSIGNMENTS

    There will be homework assignments throughout each week. I will be checking for completion (which means all work shown) on all homework assigned. Students earn a chapter homework grade. This homework grade will be determined by dividing the number of homework assignments completed on time by the number of homework assignments assigned for that chapter. Students will not receive credit for late homework.

     

    ABSENCES/MAKE-UP WORK

    Students are required to complete all missed work.  It is the student’s responsibility to complete his/her planner for any/all days absent. As well, it is the student’s responsibility to find out if there was graded class work turned in and/or if there was homework checked; and if so he/she needs to get those papers turned in as soon as possible. All grades from absences will be a 0 until the work has been completed and turned in.  If a quiz or test was missed due to an absence, it would be best for students to make arrangements to stay afterschool to make it up. Please check my website for the day’s assignment when absent.

     

    TESTS/QUIZZES/Quarterly Assessments

    Quizzes will be given after every 3-4 lessons and chapter tests will be given every couple of weeks. Quarterly Assessments will be given according to the Marion County Algebra 1 Honors Focus Calendar. Assessment dates will be posted ahead of time. Some tests may be assigned to be completed online at home.

     

    PROJECTS

    We will have in-class and out-of-class projects. Projects will be real world application of math skills taught. Projects will be in the same grading category as tests. 

     

     

    CLASSROOM WISH LIST

    If you would like to contribute to our classroom needs, here are some helpful items.

    w0.7 lead                                                     wbox of tissues     w notebook paper

    wgraph paper                                               w#2 pencils          wBand-Aids

    windividually wrapped candy (nut free)           wexpo markers

     

    COMMUNICATION

    Communication is key when creating a successful year for students.  Parents, review your child’s agenda/planner and binder often. Use my website to check out what we are doing in class and to keep up with assignments in case your child missed class.  Email me any concerns you have:  Helena.Bier@marion.k12.fl.us.

     

    Thanks, and here’s to a great year in Algebra 1!!

     

    -Mrs. Helena Bier