Lake Weir High School
About the Teacher:
My name is Mr. Gray and I have been a teacher here in Marion County for over 12 years and have taught 9th grade algebra for the last 7 of those years. I live here in Ocala with my wife (a kindergarten teacher), 3 daughters under the age of 5 years old, and two dogs.
I will give 100% of my efforts to make my students as successful as possible and I expect the same from them… 100%.
This course builds on all of the math skills previously taught to the students in elementary and middle school and is designed to adequately prepare those students for all future math classes and any and all tests the government decides to throw at them. This class is the key to passing one of two tests required by the state to graduate high school!!
I hold my students to high standards in my classroom. I expect my students to use their common sense, be respectful of all people and property, and to always try their best. That being said, there will be more specific rules if need be.
Phone policy: At no time are phones to be audible or visible in my classroom. I will follow school phone procedures for all offenders.
Homework: (This is to inform you of the policy, not to see if you agree with it. PLEASE READ VERY CAREFULY!)
We will have homework most nights. I expect my students to TRY every homework problem, however, I will not be grading it each day. I will choose a day or two each week to check a few specific problems. If the student tried the specific problems, correct answer or not, they will receive full credit. If they have every other answer correct and for some reason they did not try the problem I am checking that day, they will receive no credit for that nights homework. At the end of each quarter, if any students can show me an organized notebook where they have kept all of their homework, notes, and other class papers, they will receive extra credit on the final test for that quarter.
Office Hours: I am in my classroom before school to help any student with any subject from 7:15 to 9:05 each day. I do not stay after school, I am also a home health care nurse and I work 7 days a week… and remember? I’ve got 3 little girls at home!
Tardy and Absences:
I follow the school’s policy for tardy students. The first tardy is a verbal warning, the second is a written notice sent home, the third time will warrant a call home, and on the fourth tardy and every tardy thereafter, the student will receive a referral. The tardies reset each semester (18 weeks).
If there is an absence it is the students’ responsibility to go to my website and check the calendar or to ask the teacher what they missed and to complete any missed homework, classwork/assignment, or test. The student has the same number of days to complete the work as the number of days missed from my class. Any work not turned in will receive a zero, not a 55.
3 ring binder
Small pack of graph paper
****Ti-30Xa calculator (< $10 at Walmart)****
A = 90-100 Homework: 10%
B = 80-89 Classwork/Assignments: 40%
C = 70-79 Tests/Quizzes: + 50%
D = 60-69 100%
F = 0-59
My job is to keep my students safe while giving them the best chance to succeed and that is exactly what I will do. All I ask of my students is to always try their best in anything they do in my class. My hope is that they will realize the value of giving 100% of themselves and start, or continue to do that in their lives outside of my class.
9th grade is an important year. If you want to succeed and you make the decision to give it your all, you will be successful. I will help you get there and I look forward to watching you grow this year.
School Phone Number: 352-671-4820
(Sign and return to start the year with extra credit on our first test.)