Course Syllabus

Mrs. Kimble's Syllabus for Period 1

 

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Dear Students:

 

Welcome to 7th grade math!  I look forward to teaching you this year.  Please read through my syllabus and share it with your parents/guardians.  (This syllabus is also posted on my webpage)

 

Mrs. Kimble

 

MATH OVERVIEW

We will be studying Common Core topics this year.  In general, we will cover the number system, statistics, probability, geometry, measurement, ratios and proportional relationships, and expressions and equations.  Specific topics will be posted in the classroom for each unit.

 

MATERIALS NEEDED FOR MATH CLASS

To be successful in math class, you should bring the following to class each day:

  1. Pencils (with erasers)
  2. Pens (blue, black, or red) and highlighter
  3. Spiral-bound notebook reserved specifically for math
  4. Workbook***
  5. Handouts
  6. Calculator (Not needed first quarter)
  7. Completed homework
  8. Assignment notebook

 

***Your TEXTBOOK is a workbook.  Please don’t lose it.  We will take out each unit and keep them in our binders.  The remainder of your textbook will be kept in your locker until it is needed.

You will also have online access to your textbook.  Instructions are posted on Canvas.

 

CLASS EXPECTATIONS

  1. Come to class ready to learn and willing to challenge yourself!
  2. You will have math homework on most nights. I am selective about the problems I give you both in quantity and in difficulty.  My expectation is that you will try to complete the homework to the best of your ability.  Should you find that you cannot complete a portion of the homework, then the best option is to see me for help before the next class period.  I am available for help during Studyhall.
  3. You should come into class prepared to ask questions about homework problems you did not understand. Be a risk-taker!  You are not supposed to know everything.
  4. Be prepared to answer questions asked in class.  
  5. You need to bring the supplies listed above to class every day.
  6. CLASSROOM RULES/PROCEDURES/ROUTINES
  • See Powerpoint presentation as well
  • We want everyone to be able to learn math in a classroom that is supportive and comfortable. At various times we will be working in partners or groups.  We will need to be respectful of others' ideas and opinions. 
  • At NO time will negative comments ever be appropriate or allowed in the classroom.

 

  • Special note about inappropriate language:

Additionally, it is important that you be able to recognize that being in a classroom is a special place and that you will need to adjust to being in the atmosphere of a classroom.  Special places require special ways of acting.  Please be aware that certain words that the Internet, television, music, or people in your environment may find acceptable may not be acceptable in this classroom. Consequences will be established for their usage.

 

  • Restroom Policy: Because of safety procedures, it is important that I know where you are when you are scheduled to be with me.  In order to use the restroom, you must first ask, and then sign out and sign in on the clipboard on the brown desk by the door.  If using the restroom during my class occurs 3 or more times a week, we (you, your parental units, and I) will need to discuss alternate times for you to use the restroom.
    • Phones may NOT be taken to the restroom.

 

  1. Smartphone/Cellphone policy: All phones MUST be turned OFF when you enter the classroom.  

If you have your phone on your person and it goes off in class, the phone will be confiscated and sent to the office.  Phones may NOT be taken to the restroom.

 

NEED HELP ON HOMEWORK OR ASSESSMENTS?

            See me during Studyhall.

 

PARENT/TEACHER COMMUNICATION CONTACT INFORMATION

           

Mrs. Kimble's email (preferred):  janeen.kimble@bexleyschools.org

Voicemail (very rarely checked):  237-4309  VM  6560

It is easier and quicker for me to communicate via email (please allow 24 hours for a response during the week; 48 hours on the weekend).  Parents, please feel free to email with any comments, questions, or concerns you may have.  Students, please feel free to email with any comments, questions, or concerns you may have, and please include your parents in the email.

                       

 

GRADES on POWERSCHOOL

            I will post grades on Powerschool regularly throughout the week.  Please note that scores I post may also contain a “comment.”  You will know there is a comment if the score is colored blue.  To access a comment, simply click on the score you earned on that assignment.

 

 

GRADED WORK

You will receive a grade on the concepts covered by the homework and by previous lessons.  The questions over these concepts are called “P.A.W.S.” - Problems Accurately Worked by Students.  Students who have tried their best on the homework, have asked questions, have taken notes, and have participated in class will experience the most success.  There is a process to this way of checking understanding, and I will explain and demonstrate it in class. 

You will also be assigned CHALLENGE work, which will be due at the end of the unit.  More information will be given when the first CHALLENGE unit is given. 

 

 

GRADING POLICY FOR ASSESSMENTS

You will have quizzes and assessments in this class.  At the end of a unit, you will take a summative assessment over all the material covered in the unit.  Review sheets are often given in order to help you study, but every handout, question, practice problem, and note we took in class will help you study.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GRADING SCALE

 

A

92.5 - 100

 

B-

79.5 - 82.4

 

D+

66.5 - 69.4

A-

89.5 - 92.4

 

C+

76.5 - 79.4

 

D

62.5 - 66.4

B+

86.5 - 89.4

 

C

72.5 - 76.4

 

D-

59.5 - 62.4

B

82.5 - 86.4

 

C-

69.5 - 72.4

 

F

0 - 59.4

 

 

 

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU ARE ABSENT

  • What should I do when I am absent either for math class or for the whole day?
    • Check your file folder in the bin in the front of the classroom for important handouts
    • Get notes from a classmate whom you trust.
    • Log-on to Canvas and check to see what your homework was.
      • Some handouts are accessible via the online textbook.
    • Turn in all your homework!
    • Come in to see me during Studyhall to learn the material you missed!

 

  • If you are absent on the day I give a P.A.W.S., then you need to take it on the day you return to school.
    • I will record the PAWS as a “0” in Powerschool until you take it. Once taken, I will update your score.
  • If you are absent on the day of an assessment, you will take the assessment in class. But, you will be responsible for making up the material you missed. 

 

 

Course of Study

Please note:  These times are approximate.

 

Quarter 1:         The Number System

                       

Quarter 2:         Ratios and Proportional Relationships

Equations and Expressions

Geometry, started

 

Quarter 3:        Geometry, completed

                        Statistics

                        Probability, started

 

Quarter 4:        Probability

 

Course Summary:

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