Welcome To Advanced Math
Syllabus
GENERAL PHILOSOPHY
My goal is to teach you how to be successful both in life and Mathematics. This includes: understanding and interpreting quantitative information, making numerically-based decisions, linear and exponential relations, financial mathematics, essentials of probability and statistics, organizational and study skills, character building, powerful mindsets, and other various skills in preparation of college and careers. Expect to engage in mathematical discourse on a daily basis. I have high expectations of you, just as you should have high expectations of me as the teacher. Math teaches us to problem solve, and challenges us to think in ways that do not come naturally. It can be demanding, but with effort and the right attitude, fun and rewarding.

Materials Required Every Day:
1. Designated math 3-ring binder, notebook, and pencil

2. Calculator TI-83+ or TI-84+. The math department will allow you to check out a TI-83+ graphing calculator if you cannot buy your own. It is your responsibility to take care of this calculator, keep working batteries in it, and return it in good condition. If you plan to check one out, ask me for a checkout sheet.

3. Textbook -- We will use a classroom set.

4. A good attitude!

Grading Weights:
15% Assignments and Participation
70% Tests/Quizzes
15% Semester Exam

BHS has two grading periods (1st semester and 2nd semester). During each semester, progress reports will be updated on power school at the end of 6 weeks and 12 weeks. The semester grade is sent home after 18 weeks. The grading scale is as follows: 90-100 A, 80-89 B, 70-79 C, 60-69 D, below 60 F. Students must show their work to receive full credit. Students caught cheating will receive no points for the assignment or assessment. Academic integrity is critical to character development and the educational process. Students found to have engaged in cheating or plagiarism shall be subject to District and school discipline policies (see BHS Student Handbook).

Homework Assignments
1. For homework to receive full credit, you must copy the problem (when using the black book; not word problems), SHOW YOUR WORK, and complete every problem. You will often be asked to write your solution pathways. This means clearly explaining your thinking throughout the entire problem in complete sentences. Homework will be checked at the beginning of class. Each assignment is worth 4 points and will receive either a 4 or a 0.

2. When class time is given to work on assignments, make sure you use the time wisely!

3. If you choose to work ahead, please only use homework time (not during instruction/class discussion) to do so.

Tests and Quizzes
You can expect about 1 regular quiz per week. Use quizzes as a learning tool to help you review for chapter tests. In order to maintain fairness and eliminate cheating, make-up tests and quizzes are often different and more difficult than the one given on the scheduled test day. If you are absent the day of an assessment, you are expected to make it up on the day of your return outside of class. This is a college course, so no re-take tests will be given. Make sure you are ready for each test! If you are absent the day before the test, you will still be expected to take the test on the scheduled day with the rest of the class.

School Attendance/Makeup Work Policy:
Students late more than 10 minutes are marked absent for the period. “NG” in PowerSchool stands for “No Grade” and signifies that a student has violated the attendance policy for that course by accumulating 11 or more absences (excused/unexcused). This excludes absences coded as Medical, Activity, Discretionary, Bereavement, or Religious. Students in violation of the attendance policy will still earn credit for class if they earn a passing grade by the end of the semester and the corresponding letter grade will be reflected as a “P” on their transcript, which will not count on their GPA. Students earning a 60-69% will still earn a D and students who are failing will not receive credit. If you are absent, you are still responsible for your work and notes that you miss.The appropriate time to approach a teacher with questions regarding missing work is outside of instruction time.

Resources/Extra Help:
Please do not let minor problems you may experience develop into major confusion! If you are having trouble, see me as soon as possible. We can set aside time for a conference during lunch or after school (starting in December when volleyball is over). Free and available resources include: me, your peers, Math Lab, ixl.com, Khan Academy, and many other online websites.

Classroom Rules and Procedures
The class will abide by all rules and regulations in the student handbook. I reserve the right to add/modify any of the expected behaviors below:

1. BE NICE!!!!! Be Respectful (inside and outside the classroom). You will be asked to work with and help your classmates throughout the year. Let your words and actions show respect for your classmates, your teachers, and (most importantly) yourself. Forms of disrespect are bullying, teasing, cursing, cheating, fighting, and other common discourtesies. There will be zero tolerance for disrespect. In return, you can expect to be treated with kindness and respect whether or not it is earned.

2. Be Here-- Be Ready. Your daily routine when you walk into class will be: sit in your assigned seat, have your pencil, calculator, packet, and homework on your desk, put your cell phone on silent and in the caddy, and start working on whatever task the teacher asks. All of this needs to occur within two minutes after the start bell or you will be marked tardy. 3 tardies = 1 lunch detention.

3. Stay On Task, and Stay in the Classroom. You are expected to participate and learn the entire class period. Please use the bathroom, get a drink, etc. before/after class.

4. Ask Questions. Be proactive about your learning. Math builds upon previous knowledge and concepts. Don’t wait to ask a question!!

Other: **Cell phones are not permitted in the classroom, unless they are in the phone caddy. Cell phones caught will be taken to main office. Refusal to release your cell phone will result in a school detention.

I look forward to helping you be successful! Please contact me with any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Obstar
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