Mrs. Kennedy

__MATH CLASSROOM
STANDARDS__

**I am looking forward to having your child in class. The
following is a list of some of my expectations for students to know and follow
in my classroom and when doing their math assignments, quiz's, and tests.**

__SUPPLIES:__

**Students are
to arrive in class with all required materials: **

**q**
**3 ring binder (1.5 – 2 inch) with at least 100 sheets of loose
leaf paper,**

**q**
** graph paper, **

**q**
**1 folder that fits the 3 ring binder, **

**q**
**1 package of index cards, **

**q**
**pencils, erasers, colored pens, and a dry erase marker, (many
students like to have a binder zipper bag to hold their pens, pencils and
markers,) **

**q**
**TI-83 Plus calculator (recommended)
**

** **

__TARDY POLICY__:
1st = Verbal warning.

** 2nd = Counts as an
absence.**

**
**

__TEXT BOOKS:__
need to be covered for their protection.
Paper bags work well.

__ __

__ASSIGNMENT
SHEETS:__

**
1. At the start of each unit I
will hand out an assignment sheet. **

**2 Each student is responsible for keeping the assignment sheet for the
entire unit. **

**3.**
**Absent students are still responsible for their assignments, tests or
quizzes. **

**4.**
**All assignments are posted at
http://kennedyweb.org click on Heuvelton.**

**5.**
**Parents are welcome to check and see that the assignment is finished each
night. **

__ __

__HOMEWORK__:

**1.**
**ALL work is to be shown.**

**2.**
**Each assignment should include the assignment number or page, title,
date, name and class period.**

**3.**
**Answers should be simplified and labeled when appropriate.**

**4.**
**Homework will be graded on a 10-point scale. **

**5.**
**Late homework will be worth half of the earned grade.**

__
TESTS & QUIZZES:__

**1.**
**After each exam is returned, students should examine their tests
to learn from their mistakes. **

**2.**
**If a student feels that a grade does not meet their personal
expectations, he/she may choose to take a make up exam. In order to earn this
opportunity, the student must have corrected the original exam and must complete
an extra review assignment. Exams must be made up before the end of the next
unit.**

__OTHER__

**
1. All students will be required
to take the final exam.**

**2. No
hats, gum, candy or soda will be allowed in room during class period.**

__
HELP FOR THE MATH
STUDENT:__ Math is fun and
can be easy for everyone especially if you take the following hints to heart.
One of the best ways to learn anything is to explain it to someone else.
Working in groups is a good way to provide you with this opportunity. It is a
wise idea to start a study group. You are welcome to bring lunches and have
a group time in my room during lunch, during study halls, or maybe even arrange
to work together after school.

**Math is not
a spectator sport. You will need to actively participate, roll up your sleeves
and get that pencil moving. You will also need to move your brain. Expect to
have to think about concepts and problems. Some of the problems you will
encounter will teach you new techniques, like playing scales on an instrument,
or running laps around a track. You might not see the point immediately, but
they are strengthening you so everything will come together when it counts.
Think of them as push-ups for the brain and practice them often. Some problems
will require you to think hard and pull concepts together. Take some time with
them, talk about them, take breaks if you are getting frustrated, ask for help
if you are stuck, enjoy the process: you are learning. Since you will probably
take about six more courses (depending upon your major), which utilize the
concepts from this course, it will be especially important to understand what is
useful or applicable in a particular context. This is why understanding the
process for solving a particular type of problem is emphasized over memorizing
formulas. In most cases, if you understand the concepts, memorizing a formula
becomes completely unnecessary because you construct the necessary tools when
needed.**

__
ATTENDANCE:__

**
Classes are held for your benefit.
If attending class weren’t important, all courses would be by correspondence.
During class I will go over examples, which are important, and most likely not
in the book. It often helps to have a new concept explained in several
different ways: the book and the lecture are two different ways that are readily
available, information about due dates, quizzes, and exams is given out in
class. This will help you pace your studying. Math is sequential, so
everything you have learned since you were three can be used in this class.
Hence you will not be helping yourself if you cram right before an exam and
forget the material immediately afterward. As an instructor, I note a
definite correlation between grades and class attendance. Try to avoid
missing classes. Classes may be made up during activity period or after school
as long as arrangements have been made ahead of time**

**Frequently
teachers suffer from depression as a result of the lack of students coming in
for extra help, so consider it your humanitarian duty to go see your instructor
during these times. It might even help you!**

**Parents,
please review these expectations with your son/daughter.**

**I would like
to talk to you whenever you have a concern. I may be reached at school where
you may leave a message and I'll get back to you as soon as I have time outside
of the classroom.**

**Sincerely,**

Donna Kennedy