• Syllabus

    All 7th grade math students have been given Miss Zorich's cell phone number to contact me as needed.  It is written behind the title page of the planner.  This is not to get the day's assignment because they didn't write it down in the planner!  It is for them to contact me if they are struggling on an assignment and have tried every other avenue to get help.  It is for the parent to text or call if they have a concern.  (Texting is better because it shows how many texts I have not read.  Then I can return it with a phone call as soon as I am able to do so.)  It is for a student that is absent but feeling better and would like to get some of their make-up work done before they get back to school.  It is for the student that lost their worksheet and needs a photo of it sent by text so they can still do the assignment.


    For All 7th grade math students in Miss Zorich's classes
     
    Grades:
    Tests 40%
    Quizzes, classwork an learning checks  50%
    Homework 10%
     
    Class Rules
    1.  Follow directions the first time
    2.  Be respectful
    3.  Listen, pay attention
    4.  Raise hand to speak
    5.  Use appropriate language and volume
    6.  Keep hands, feet , and objects to yourself
     
    Wish list of supplies:
    Candy for rewards (best time to buy this is after Halloween, Christmas, Valentine's Day, and Easter.)
    Hole protectors for the loose-leaf paper
    Tabs like I gave each student for the math section of their binder
    Loose leaf paper
    Wood pencils
    Post it notes
    Pencil top erasers
    0.7 pencil lead for mechanical pencils
    Facial Tissue (Kleenex, Puffs, etc.)
     
     
     
    Assignment Expectations
    Students will write down assignments in the planner upon entering the classroom.  They will complete all assignments in pencil with work shown which will let the teacher see the student's thought process as they solve the problem.  They will have a complete school-wide heading on the assignment in the upper right hand corner including first and last name, date, subject, page, problem numbers, and the student's block.   If the student is absent, they must request the teacher's planner to see the work they need to make up.
     
    Items students should bring each day to class:
    Binder
    planner
    pencils/pens
    loose leaf paper
    colored pencils
    highlighter
    a book to read
     
    Calculator
    The recommended calculator to use for homework is the TI 30 Xa.  It is a battery operated calculator with only one row in the window.  Calculators will not be allowed on ALL assignments.  When students take the FSA test at the end of the year, they may only use calculators on two of the three parts of the test.  We have a set of calculators to use at school.  Students should leave their personal calculator at home unless they will do their homework  before arriving at home.
     
     
    7th grade regular math students
     
    Make-up work
    Students must make up work if they are absent.  Make-up work needs to be completed  within one week of the absence unless just before a test or just before the end of a quarter.  If we are near the end of a topic, work must be completed before the test date.   If we are near the end of a quarter,  the make-up work must be completed two days prior to the end of that quarter.   If you are absent, check the teacher's planner upon return and write down the missing assignments.  Students who are absent should also check the absent folder for their block to see if any work has been passed out in class the day of their absence. If the absence will be for more than two days, please contact me and see if we can either arrange for work to be picked up or assignments  texted to your smart phone.
     
    Homework
    If the child does not have their homework in class to grade the day it is due, it is a 0%.   I realize that an occassional emergency occurs.  The child will be allowed one extra day to turn in the homework assignment if the child presents a note (the day the homework is due) to me from the parent explaining the situation.  This should happen no more than once a quarter.  If it their is an ongoing situationwhere a student has difficulty completing the homework on time,  I would appreciate if you would contact me (ie, severe and ongoing illness).  Because the lessons build on each other, the homework needs to be done on time. I answer any questions students have about the assignment the next day.  Most homework will be done on the computer through the Digits math program.  Work must still be shown on lined paper and turned in to the teacher the next day. The work should let me see the thought process of the student as they complete the problem.  Students will receive the grade they earn on the computer.  This is because on the computer homework  program they can get "question help" and they can do "similar exercise" to wipe out an incorrect problem.  This helps to keep their grade higher and also gives them a chance to practice problems that are incorrect.  If the child is unable to use the computer for homework, the homework should be completed out of the homework helper book.  Whether students are using the computer or the homework helper book, they should use class notes and the examples in the homework helper book to successfully complete their homework.  Going to Khanacademy.org or finding a Youtube video about a skill may also help.  Homework assignments are graded by the computer which gives students the opportunity to correct errors and redo problems before submitting the assingment.   Students can see their grade immediately upon submitting the assignment.  If done out of the homework helper book,  the paper must be hand scored  and will be returned to the student at that time.  Late homework will only be accepted in the cases listed above.  Some homework will be assigned by worksheet.  These assignments will be corrected and gone over the next day in class.  All work must still be shown.  On these assignments students will be given a grade of 100% if every problem is attempted with work shown AND corrections are shown in red pen for any problems that were incorrectly done.
     
    Quizzes
    Quizzes are given in the middle of a topic.  A student may be asked to work individually with me to improve a quiz grade if I feel the student made a careless mistake.
     
    Tests
    Tests will be given at the end of each topic.  Tests may not be redone.  Parents can access the completed test on the student textbook website after all students in the class have completed the test.  Parents can see which problems  they missed as well as the correct answer.
     
    Extra Credit
    Extra credit for a given unit must be completed before taking the test for that unit.  It is the Topic Review homework and is assigned through the textbook website usually about a week prior to the test.  Again, questions can be redone prior to submitting to improve the grade, and a section called "homeowrk help" gives assistance on how to solve a problem.  If a student scores 90% or above on the Topic Review Homework, they will receive 15 extra credit points in the category(Tests, quizzes, or homework) that will assist their grade the most.  If the score on the topic review homework is between a 75% through 89%, 5 exra credit points will be awarded.  Since the topic review homework is available only on the computer and not available through the homework helper book, computers are available for use at the public library in Ocala.  
     
    Class work
    Class work assignments after being graded may be redone at home one time for each assignment to improve a poor grade.  All work must be shown for the corrections.  If a problem has no work to show, an explanation of why the new answer is correct must be given.  If this is not done, the grade will not be changed.  A due date will be given for completion of corrections.
     
     
     7th grade advanced math students
     
    Make-up work
    Students must make up work if they are absent.  Make-up work needs to be completed  within one week of the absence unless just before a test or just before the end of a quarter.  If we are near the end of a topic, work must be completed before the test date.   If we are near the end of a quarter,  the make-up work must be completed two days prior to the end of that quarter.   If you are absent, check the teacher's planner upon return and write down the missing assignments.  Students who are absent should also check the absence folder for their block to see if any work has been passed out in class the day of their absence.  If the absence will be for more than two days, please contact me and see if we can either arrange for work to be picked up or assignments  texted to your smart phone. 
     
    Homework
    If the child does not have their homework in class to grade the day it is due, it is a 0%.   I realize that an occassional emergency occurs.  The child will be allowed one extra day to turn in the homework assignment if the child presents a note to me from the parent the day  the homework is due explaining the situation.  This should happen no more than once a quarter.  If it their is an ongoing situationwhere a student has difficulty completing the homework on time,  I would appreciate if you would contact me (ie, severe and ongoing illness).  Because the lessons build on each other, the homework needs to be done on time. I answer any questions students have about the assignment the next day.  Students are encouraged to show in pen, how the problem should have been done as we grade the assignment.  Because the lessons build on each other, the homework needs to be done on time.  We grade it and go over any questions in class.  I ask if they need to see how an problems are worked out.  On most homework assignments,  as long as they are showing effort on every problem and incorrect problems are corrected in red pen as they are graded, they receive a 100%.  If they do not attempt ALL problems, showing at least some work for each problem needing work shown, the assignment will  receive a 0%.  Students are told in advance if they will be graded on the number of incorrect answers  given instead of receiving 100% for attempting each problem with good effort shown.
     
    Tests
    Tests will be at the end of each unit in the book.  Students will have the opportunity to correct mistakes one time within a given due date after the test.  They will receive 1/2 credit  back for each problem corrected successfully with new work showing how they got the correct answer.  If work can not be shown for a problem, an explanation must be given for why that answer is correct.
     
    Quizzes
    A quiz will be given at the end of each module.  The actual quiz will be stored in their binder as that module is being studied.  They may look over those quizzes in the binder with family members, tutors or alone any time before the quiz is given, but must not write on the actual quiz paper.  If a module quiz falls right before a Unit test, it will be given as a take-home quiz to be done as homework.   You can see which quizzes these are in the table of contents stored in your child's binder in the "notes" section behind math.  An occassional quiz may be given on vocabulary or a certain skill for which the student must be held accountable even if it not the end of a module.  On these quizzes, corrections may be allowed at the teacher's discretion.
     
    Extra Credit:   Since students are allowed to make corrections on tests and may look over the  quizzes before they are given, there is no extra credit planned for this course.
     
    Class work
    Class work assignments after being graded may be redone at home one time for each assignment to improve a poor grade.  All work must be shown for the corrections.  If a problem has no work to show, an explanation of why the new answer is correct must be given.  If this is not done, the grade will not be changed.  A due date will be given for completion of corrections.