It is your responsibility to be prepared and on time for class everyday. Preparation includes having your pencil, notebook, calculator and homework ready when class begins. Unless I tell you otherwise (noted on your assignment sheet,) you do not need to bring your textbook to class.
Calculators are an important tool in math class. It is required that students in 623 and MCAS have a scientific calculator and bring it to class everyday!
Students in 681 will learn and use the features of a graphing calculator. A graphing calculator is required. If you can not purchase one, the mathematics department can loan you one for the school year. I recommend a Texas Instrument TI 83 or 84.
Grades will be calculated on a traditional scale. Quizzes, tests, homework and class participation are all integral components of your grade. A midyear and final exam will be given.
Homework: Homework is assigned every night. You will find that this is the most important part of the course and needs to be done carefully and without exception. Students never lose credit for errors on their homework as long as they have done their best. However, if an assignment is not done, or is done poorly, it will lower their overall grade. A paper, which is just a list of answers, will not be accepted for credit. (No work = No credit.) Late homework will not be accepted.
Note: Failure to complete homework has resulted in lower term grades.
If you miss a quiz or test due to an excused absence, you should be prepared to take it within the same number of days you were out. If you are only out one day, you will be expected to take the test/quiz on the day you return. It is your responsibility to arrange a time to make up missed work. You will not be allowed to make up nor will you receive credit for tests/quizzes missed to an unexcused absence.
Extra help (beyond that provided in class) is available Monday and Wednesday during J-Block (in 2201), or by appointment. Help is given on a first come first served basis.
Attendance is required in this math class. I will adhere to the school's policy on unexcused absences and/or frequent tardies. Be sure to have your parent/guardian call the school before 10:00 a.m. on any day that you are absent so that you will be excused.
First Unexcused Absence: The teacher assigns the student detention for
the teacher's next J block.
Second Unexcused Absence: Absence is reported to the students' housemaster
who then assigns the student an administrative
detention. Parents are notified by telephone
call or comment slip.
Third Unexcused Absence: The student will receive a grad of "N"
(failure due to poor attendance) for the term.
Three Unexcused Tardies = One Unexcused Absence
You may email me with any questions. Please remember that I do not check my email regularly from home so if you email me after school closes, I may not get back to you until the next day.