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R. J. FISHER MATHEMATICS COURSE INFORMATION SHEET
Dear Student and Parent/Guardian,
Welcome to my Mathematics class. I look forward to the new school year and hope to get to know each of you during the course of the semester. I expect students to:
- Learn to work collaboratively as well as independently.
- Organize and represent information in different forms.
- Communicate their knowledge of mathematics both orally and in written form.
- Use concrete materials to develop understanding of mathematical ideas.
- Gain confidence in their ability to apply mathematical skills and thought in real-life applications.
- Keep track of their own grade via the assignment sheets
Students will be graded on their participation in projects as well as their performance on assignments, tests and quizzes. Written assignments will include mathematical drill practice as well as open-ended questions and investigations. Drill practice and repetition is important in order for students to master the skills and for quality memory retention. The need to communicate in an organized manner is essential in this course and in everyday life. Open-ended questions are one avenue for strengthening communication skills, while investigations train students to explore, conjecture, look for patterns, tests, observe and analyze.
Students will need a 3-ring binder, college ruled lined paper, or a hole punched spiral notebook, graph paper, and pencils with an eraser for this class. This notebook will contain the materials needed for this class along with class notes, warm-ups, homework assignments, and assignment sheets for each chapter. The notebook will be collected and graded at the end of each semester and completed notebook/binders will receive extra credit at this time.
Classroom rules and consequences will be discussed and determined in class during the first week of school.
Each student’s grade is based on the total points accumulated during each grading period. Students are expected to keep their running total of points allowing them to know their exact grade at any point in the semester. The point system per every chapter is as follows:
Chapter Exam 60-100 (6th grade) 100-200 (Algebra)
Homework/Warm-Up Assign. 10 points each (10-20 assign. per chapter)
Quizzes 30 (6th grade) 60-100 (Algebra)
Total Points per Unit 200-330 (6th grade) 300-400 (Algebra)
(Points are approximate and may vary from chapter to chapter)
Approximately half of the book will be covered in the first semester, the second half in the second semester. The grading scale will be as follows: 100-92%=A, 91-90=A-, 89-88%=B+, 87-82=B, 81-80=B-, 79-78%=C+, 77-72=C, 71-70=C-, 69-68%=D+, 67-62=D, 61-60=D-, 59-0%=F.
I am looking forward to a fabulous year!
Mrs. Bouwhuis (Mathematics Instructor)
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