Math Department Course Expectations
For Math 1, Math 2, and Math 3
Integrated Math 1/Integrated Math 1 with Support: Math 1 is an integrated math course designed to formalize and extend the mathematics that students learned in the middle grades. The standards are based on the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and include topics from the conceptual categories: Number and Quantity, Algebra, Functions, Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. Instructional time will focus on six critical areas: (1) extend understanding of numerical manipulation to algebraic manipulation; (2) synthesize understanding of function; (3) deepen and extend understanding of linear relationships; (4) apply linear models to data that exhibit a linear trend; (5) establish criteria for congruence based on rigid motions; and (6) apply the Pythagorean Theorem to the coordinate plane. Students enrolled in Integrated Math 1 with Support will complete the Math 1 curriculum over the course of two terms.
Integrated Math 2: Integrated Math 2 is designed to extend the mathematics that students learned in Integrated Math 1 to the family of quadratic expressions, equations, and functions. The standards are based on the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and include topics from the conceptual categories: Number and Quantity, Algebra, Functions, Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. Instructional time will focus on five critical areas: (1) extend the laws of exponents to rational exponents; (2) compare key characteristics of quadratic functions with those of linear and exponential functions; (3) create and solve equations and inequalities involving linear, exponential and quadratic expressions; (4) extend work with probability; and (5) establish criteria for similarity of triangles based on dilations and proportional reasoning.
---above courses will be run with accommodations and/or modifications to achieve grade level standards/goals.
Each student is given a consumable textbook and skills practice workbook. The textbook and workbook are kept in the math classroom. Students are expected to take notes and write in their textbook. Students can access the textbook, skills practice, and assignments book on the Carnegie website.
Active participation is necessary for success in all math courses; this includes warm-ups, note-taking, class work, and homework. The purpose of daily assignments is to provide independent practice, preparation and extended learning opportunities necessary to successfully master the course content. It is imperative that parents set guidelines and expectations to ensure homework completion.
All student work must follow these guidelines.
Completed in pencil
All work is shown
Work is complete, neat, and organized
All graphs are completed on graph paper
The final solution is circled, boxed, or highlighted
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Your teacher’s contact information is available on the Vista del Lago website. The math department website as well as math teacher websites are updated on a regular basis and are an excellent source of information for parents/guardians and students.
Assessments and Grading
There are two types of assessment: formative and summative. Formative assessments are assessments for learning – they are learning opportunities for students that occur throughout the unit of study to help a student identify strengths and weaknesses. Homework, class work, and quizzes are examples of formative assessments. Summative assessments are the assessments of learning – they are the final assessment of learning for a unit of study. Chapter tests, midterms, final exams, and cumulative projects are examples of summative assessments. For a grade to accurately reflect a student’s cumulative mastery of content, a grade should be made up of mostly summative assessments that happen at the end of a unit of study – not during the learning. Therefore, summative assessments will be weighted more heavily than formative assessments. All math teachers use weighted grades. The chart below details the specific weighting for each course.
Each student is responsible for keeping an accurate record of his/her own grade. Parents and students can access homework, quiz, test, and project grades as well as an overall course grade at anytime using the PowerSchool Parent Portal on the Vista website www.fcusd.org/vdlhs. Letter grades will be assigned to your weighted percentage as follows:
A = 100% – 90% B = 89% – 80% C = 79% – 70% D = 69% – 60% F = 59% – 0%
A comprehensive final will be given at midterm and the end of the course. Final exams are mandatory at Vista and will not be scheduled early for any reason. Students who miss their final exams will be issued a grade of Incomplete for the semester. Students are required to make-up missed final exams during the first two weeks of the next semester in order to replace the Incomplete with a letter grade. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the teacher to arrange a make-up appointment. Failure to do so will result in a failing semester grade or of a grade calculated with the final exam included as a zero.
Test Retake Policy
Test retakes allow students with an additional opportunity to demonstrate mastery for a unit of study.
It is extremely important that students study for the retake test. This might include tutoring, test corrections, reviewing old quizzes, completing additional assignments, etc. The retake grade will replace the original test grade in the gradebook (even if the retake grade is lower than the original test grade).
A chapter test can only be retaken once. The last test of each semester cannot be retaken due to timing constraints. Final exams cannot be retaken.
Retakes must be completed in one 45 minute sitting – students will not be given extra time if they are late to the retake or if they do not understand the content well enough to finish the retake during the allotted 45 minutes. Students will retake the entire exam.
Any student who is caught cheating will use his/her one retake opportunity to retake the exam he/she cheated on. The retake will be considered late and have the same consequences as late work.
To be eligible for the retake, students must have completed all homework on time (unless they have made prior arrangements with their teacher). Students must also meet the requirements of his/her teacher (this may include, but is not limited to test corrections, reflections, additional assignments, tutoring, etc.).
Students may complete a retake for each chapter. Retakes will occur before (7:15am) or after school (3:10pm) - not during instructional time or advisory. The teacher will announce/post the retake dates and students must make arrangements to complete the retake during one of the provided times (there are no special exceptions for athletic practices, club meetings, appointments, etc.). Students must complete the retake within one week of receiving their original test score.
Assignments may be submitted late, but only if done so within the instructional unit in which the work was assigned. In the math department, the last day of an instruction unit is the block in which the chapter test is given. The grade earned on the late work will be reduced by 50%. Some teachers may require students to fill out a LAP (learner action plan) and attach it to the late work.
Students are expected to do assigned work and study for tests to do well in the course. Extra credit assignments should not be expected. If extra credit is offered, it will only be offered to students who have completed all assignments at a proficient level and only for standards-based work. This will ensure accurate, fair, and consistent grades that reflect what the student has truly learned and mastered.
Students are encouraged to seek additional help on any confusing material.
Office Hours: Check with your math teacher to find out what times he/she is available for before and/or after school office hours.
Advisory: Obtain a travel pass before 1st period on Wednesday from your math teacher.
If a student is absent from class, it is his/her responsibility to retrieve missed notes, class work, and homework assignments. Two days will be given for each absence to complete their work. If the student chooses not to makeup a missed in class/homework assignment, quiz, or test within the time allotted, it will become a zero in the grade book. Any work missed due to a school activity must be completed and received on the due date. Students should request work several days ahead of time if they are expecting to be absent. Students suspended from school should contact their teacher to receive their make-up work. If help is needed on make-up work, students should schedule a time to see their teacher during office hours or advisory. Any work assigned before the student’s absence with a due date on the day of the absence is due the first day the student returns to school unless other arrangements have been made.
Attendance (Tardy Policy)
Students need to be in class and on time to be successful in their math course. Mathematics is a subject that continuously builds on previous concepts and daily attendance is critical, especially on a 4x4 block schedule. Students are expected to attend to personal matters between classes and not during class time. Students are considered tardy when they are not in their assigned seat when the bell rings. Please refer to the student handbook or Vista’s website for specifics on the school tardy policy.
Citizenship is reported separately from the academic grades. Course citizenship includes both work habits and attitude/behavior – excessive tardies and unexcused absences will negatively impact a student’s citizenship. Good citizenship is vital to a positive productive school environment. Please refer to the student handbook or Vista’s website for information on citizenship marks.
All Vista students are expected to adhere to the rules of responsible scholarship, requiring all student grades to be earned honestly through hard work and good study habits. More information about the consequences for students who violate Vista’s Academic Honesty Agreement are available on the Academic Dishonesty Policy page of the school website.
First Offense: If a student completes the Saturday School and the reading/writing assignment focused on the importance of honesty and integrity with regards to school and the workplace assigned by the Vice Principals, then he/she may be provided with the opportunity to retake the exam or redo the work. The exam/work will be considered late and the grade earned on the late work will be reduced by 50%. For example, if the exam/work is graded at an 80%, the student will receive a 40% in the gradebook.
Second/Continuing Offense: Students will not be given an opportunity to retake the exam or redo the work. A zero will be entered in the gradebook for the exam/work.
Cell phones may not be out during class time, unless your instructor has asked you to use your phone for the learning activity.
Students should always get permission from their instructor before using a cell phone or other personal electronic device during class.
All electronic devices (cell phones, smart watches, laptops, etc.) are prohibited when tests are out. This includes when tests are being given as well as when tests are being reviewed or corrected. When tests are out, all electronic devices will be placed in backpacks/purses. Students will not be able to access their electronic devices until the end of the testing session or test review (when all students have turned in their tests).
If a student chooses to have any electronic devices out during a testing session or test review, it is considered academic dishonesty and the student will be held accountable with the consequences for academic dishonesty (see section above).
Students are expected to follow the guidelines/expectations outlined in the student handbook. In order to create a safe and positive classroom environment, we expect you to always:
R BE SAFE:
o Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself
R BE RESPONSIBLE:
o Be on time
o Be prepared to learn, love math, and participate
o No gum or food, except water
R BE RESPECTFUL:
o Be a good listener - Avoid interrupting when other people are talking
o Use appropriate language
o Do not distract other students from learning
o Follow directions
Math Class: Parent/Guardian Information
Student Name _____________________________________________________________________
Parent/Guardian Name(s) _____________________________________________________________
Best phone # to call _______________________ Best phone # to call _______________________
Best email to use __________________________ Best email to use _________________________
Preferred school to home communication method: (circle one) phone / email
Do you have internet access at home? ______ Are you able to print documents at home? _______
Please use the back of this paper to tell me a little about your child (interests, hobbies, learning style, etc.).
Course Material Check List: For this course you will need the following supplies. Please let your teacher know during the first week of school if you are unable to provide these items.
o 3 ring binder
o lined paper
o color pens
o glue sticks
o whiteboard marker
o graph paper or graph paper post-it notes
o scientific or graphing calculator - We recommend Texas Instrument calculators: TI-30XS MultiView, TI-30X IIS, or TI-84 Plus.
These course expectations were developed as a guide for students and parents to help answer commonly asked questions that come up during the course of a school year. Our goal is to create a positive educational atmosphere of learning where rules are enforced firmly, fairly, and consistently to all students. Please sign this page as evidence that 1) you have read the course expectations, 2) you have discussed the parameters of this course with your child, and 3) you have are fully aware of and support our policies and procedures.
Student: Please sign this page as evidence that 1) you have read, understand, and will follow the classroom expectations, 2) you have discussed the course expectations with your parent, 3) you will see your teacher as soon as possible if you are ever having problems or difficulties with the course, and 4) you are committed to excellence in this class