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Math Syllabus  

Math Course Syllabus

 

 Instructor: Shay Pounds                                             Email: shaypounds@franklin.k12.al.us

Instructional Philosophy:  Students will be engaged in an active and meaningful learning process that inspires individual success in a changing world.  High quality work is expected and completion of assignments is essential to success in the course.  Class activities will include step-by-step guided instruction, question/answer session, drill and practice, and class discussions on a daily basis.  Student may work together in completing homework assignments in order to discuss and develop their problem solving skills.  However, a quiz will be given each day to keep an accurate account of their progressive understanding.  Assessment methods will include guided practice, quizzes, tests, and written exams.

 

Course Goals:  Outlined in the Alabama Course of Study.  Goals are different for each class taught.

 

Major Course Assignments and Instructional Activities:

70% Tests,Quizzes,Projects

30% Other (Homework, Classwork, Etc.)

  1. Homework will include higher-level problems requiring students to analyze given information, devise a plan that incorporates strategies modeled in class, and determine solutions.  Homework is provided as reinforcement of topics discussed in class and therefore is integral to success in the Algebra I course.  Homework may be graded for both attempt and accuracy.  

  2. Quizzes are an integral part of my class.  They are designed to let the student know how well they understand the concept covered and how much to study for the upcoming test.  Students should be prepared for a quiz each day by completing homework assignments and asking questions in review of these assignments.

  3. Tests and exams will be given.

 

Course Assessment Plan:  

Grading Scale:  

90 – 100  Masters content on an advanced level.  Work exceeds expectations.

80 – 89    Masters content on a proficient level.  

70 – 79    Masters content on a basic level (meets minimum standards).

60 – 69    Passing, but fails to meet minimum standards for every objective.  

Below 60  Failing, does not meet the minimum standards.  

  • Major tests count 100 points.  Tests will be announced as soon as possible.  After a test, the material will be reviewed in class and kept on file in the classroom.  Students are welcome to take a picture of the GRADED test.  Parents may schedule a conference to review the test at RBHS.   

  • The quiz category may include both announced and unannounced quizzes.  Make-up quizzes will not be given.  

  • Completion of homework is essential for success.  It is easier to keep up than to catch up.  After each assignment, students will check answers and correct as needed.  Students will be given time each class period to ask questions on homework assignments.  Homework will be checked for attempt; all problems should be attempted.  Predetermined problems may be evaluated for accuracy.

  • A comprehensive final exam will be given in accordance to the final exam exemption policy stated in the student handbook.

  • It is the responsibility of each student to consult the assignment calendar on my webpage for make-up work or the assignment portion of STI.  A minimum of three days or the number of days you are absent will be given for completion of the work missed.  

  • Extra help will be available before or after school until 3:15.  Any student can arrange for extra help by speaking to the teacher at least one day in advance.  

 

Classroom Rules:

  1. Be Respectful….. Toward the teacher, classmates and the learning environment.

  2. Be Responsible….. Be seated when bell rings and remain seated until dismissed.

  3. Be Resourceful….. Use class time as instructed.

Do not ask to leave class during the lesson unless it is an emergency. Every student is allowed 2 restroom visits in a 9-weeks grading period.  After using these 2 free restroom visits, the student must serve break detention.  

All policies of the Franklin County Board of Education, as well as all rules, regulations and guidelines found within the Red Bay High School Handbook will be followed.  Any changes will be made known to students and those changes will then become effective.

 

Discipline Procedures for Tardiness and Class Infractions:

  1. Verbal warning.

  2. Verbal warning.

  3. Bread Detention & Call/Email parent.

  4. Refer to student to Mr. Mitchell for ISS/Corporal Punishment

  5. ISS

  6. ISS

  7. ISS/Driving Privileges Revoked

Tardiness and Class Infractions will be counted separately.

Class Infractions include, but not limited to:  food/drink/gum, disruptiveness, disrespectfulness, off task, unprepared, etc.

 

Break Detention is new and works as follows:

  • 7th - 9th Graders will report to Mrs. Pounds’ room.

  • 10th - 12th Graders will report to Mr. Boyd’s room.

  • The door will be locked at 9:43.

  • Bring pencil and paper to write sentences for 10 minutes.

  • Students not in the room by 9:43 count as a NO SHOW.

  • Students with an insufficient amount of sentences count as a NO SHOW.

  • The first NO SHOW results in 2 days of break detention.

  • The next NO SHOW results in office referral.

 

The schedule and procedures presented in this course syllabus are subject to change by the instructor that will be announced in class and presented to the student in writing.

Materials:  Binder/Notebook, earbuds, phone/ipad, paper, and pencils ONLY (all calculations must be in pencil).  Graph paper and calculators will be provided.  Extra tablets are available for students without phones.

Also, 50 boxtops in a Ziploc bag are worth a 100 for a quiz grade in place of the lowest quiz grade at the end of each 9-weeks.  These are due the Friday before the end of each 9-weeks grading period and will be posted on my calendar on the school website.

 


Classroom Notes  

Please check the calendar of assignments.  Simply select your class and the title of the day's lesson.


Parent Communication  

I check mail each morning or each afternoon and do my best to respond in a timely manner.

Classroom Discipline Procedures:

Class Infractions:
❏ Food/Drink/Gum
❏ Disruptive
❏ Disrespectful
❏ Off Task
❏ Unprepared

Description of Punishments:
● Tardiness and Class Infractions will be counted separately.
● ISS and Corporal Punishment are the same as previous years.
● Break Detention is new and works as follows:
○ Pounds’ Room (7th-9th Grade) or Boyd’s Room (10th-12th Grade)
○ Door locks at 9:43
○ Bring Pencil and Paper to Write Sentences for 10 Minutes
Number of Tardies/Class Infractions....Consequence
1... Verbal Warning
2... Verbal Warning
3... Break Detention/Call Parent
4... ISS/Corporal Punishment
5... ISS
6... ISS
7... ISS and Driving Privileges Revoked

COURSE SYLLABUS

Instructional Philosophy:  Students will be engaged in an active and meaningful learning process that inspires individual success in a changing world.  High quality work is expected and completion of assignments is essential to success in the course.  Class activities will include step-by-step guided instruction, question/answer session, drill and practice, and class discussions on a daily basis.  Student may work together in completing homework assignments in order to discuss and develop their problem solving skills.  However, a quiz will be given each day to keep an accurate account of their progressive understanding.  Assessment methods will include guided practice, quizzes, tests, and written exams.

Course Goals:  Different for each course taught.

Major Course Assignments and Instructional Activities:

70% Tests,Quizzes,Projects

30% Other (Homework, Classwork, Etc.)

  1. Homework will include higher-level problems requiring students to analyze given information, devise a plan that incorporates strategies modeled in class, and determine solutions.  Homework is provided as reinforcement of topics discussed in class and therefore is integral to success in the Algebra I course.  Homework may be graded for both attempt and accuracy.  

  2. Quizzes are an integral part of my class.  They are designed to let the student know how well they understand the concept covered and how much to study for the upcoming test.  Students should be prepared for a quiz each day by completing homework assignments and asking questions in review of these assignments.

  3. Tests and exams will be given.

 

Course Assessment Plan:  

Grading Scale:  

90 – 100  Masters content on an advanced level.  Work exceeds expectations.

80 – 89    Masters content on a proficient level.  

70 – 79    Masters content on a basic level (meets minimum standards).

60 – 69    Passing, but fails to meet minimum standards for every objective.  

Below 60  Failing, does not meet the minimum standards.  

  • Major tests count 100 points.  Tests will be announced as soon as possible.  After a test, the material will be reviewed in class and kept on file in the classroom.  Students are welcome to take a picture of the GRADED test.  Parents may schedule a conference to review the test at RBHS.   

  • The quiz category may include both announced and unannounced quizzes.  Make-up quizzes will not be given.  

  • Completion of homework is essential for success.  It is easier to keep up than to catch up.  After each assignment, students will check answers and correct as needed.  Students will be given time each class period to ask questions on homework assignments.  Homework will be checked for attempt; all problems should be attempted.  Predetermined problems may be evaluated for accuracy.

  • A comprehensive final exam will be given in accordance to the final exam exemption policy stated in the student handbook.

  • It is the responsibility of each student to consult the assignment calendar on my webpage for make-up work or the assignment portion of STI.  A minimum of three days or the number of days you are absent will be given for completion of the work missed.  

  • Extra help will be available before or after school until 3:15.  Any student can arrange for extra help by speaking to the teacher at least one day in advance.  

 

Classroom Rules:

  1. Be Respectful….. Toward the teacher, classmates and the learning environment.

  2. Be Responsible….. Be seated when bell rings and remain seated until dismissed.

  3. Be Resourceful….. Use class time as instructed.

Do not ask to leave class during the lesson unless it is an emergency. Every student is allowed 2 restroom visits in a 9-weeks grading period.  After using these 2 free restroom visits, the student must serve break detention.  

All policies of the Franklin County Board of Education, as well as all rules, regulations and guidelines found within the Red Bay High School Handbook will be followed.  Any changes will be made known to students and those changes will then become effective.

 

Discipline Procedures for Tardiness and Class Infractions:

  1. Verbal warning.

  2. Verbal warning.

  3. Bread Detention & Call/Email parent.

  4. Refer to student to Mr. Mitchell for ISS/Corporal Punishment

  5. ISS

  6. ISS

  7. ISS/Driving Privileges Revoked

Tardiness and Class Infractions will be counted separately.

Class Infractions include, but not limited to:  food/drink/gum, disruptiveness, disrespectfulness, off task, unprepared, etc.

 

Break Detention is new and works as follows:

  • 7th - 9th Graders will report to Mrs. Pounds’ room.

  • 10th - 12th Graders will report to Mr. Boyd’s room.

  • The door will be locked at 9:43.

  • Bring pencil and paper to write sentences for 10 minutes.

  • Students not in the room by 9:43 count as a NO SHOW.

  • Students with an insufficient amount of sentences count as a NO SHOW.

  • The first NO SHOW results in 2 days of break detention.

  • The next NO SHOW results in office referral.

The schedule and procedures presented in this course syllabus are subject to change by the instructor that will be announced in class and presented to the student in writing.

Materials:  Binder/Notebook, earbuds, phone/ipad, paper, and pencils ONLY (all calculations must be in pencil).  Graph paper and calculators will be provided.  Extra tablets are available for students without phones.

Also, 50 boxtops in a Ziploc bag are worth a 100 for a quiz grade in place of the lowest quiz grade at the end of each 9-weeks.  These are due the Friday before the end of each 9-weeks grading period and will be posted on my calendar on the school website.