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Introduction to Algebra
 
 
(Online) Textbook: Holt Mathematics Course 2: Pre-Algebra
 
Welcome! I am convinced that as we work as a parent/student/teacher team, two great things will occur: students will learn and prepare themselves to be contributing members of a global society, and they will become young men and women of character. The key to this success will be teamwork! As we embrace the IB Learner Profile (see the Student Planner) we will do great and powerful things together.

Course Description:

We will explore connections between math and other subject areas such as science, language arts, history, and even physical education! The course builds a conceptual understanding of important concepts in mathematics, such as properties of real numbers, integers, order of operations, rational numbers, exponents, solving equations, graphing functions, the Pythagorean Theorem, and geometric relationships. The 7th grade standards comprise 75% of the California High School Exit Exam.

Behavior Expectations: Students are expected to follow ALL school-wide rules listed in the Student Planner and behave in a responsible manner. As an IB World Candidate School, we encourage all students to embrace the IB learner profile (see the Student Planner). Parent Communication:

As a partner in your child’s learning, you can stay abreast of his/her progress by calling the school, checking your child’s grade on Aeries, emailing, writing notes to the teacher in your student’s planner, or through biweekly progress reports.

Progress Reports:

Teachers will send home progress reports every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. Please look over the progress report and sign it for your student to return to the teacher.

Back to School Night:

All students and their families are invited to attend Back to School Night, Thursday, September 22nd at 6:30 P.M. at University Heights Middle School. Please plan on attending this very important meeting.

Attendance Policy: Students are expected to be in class. If you are absent one day you have one day to make up the work. If you are absent two days, you have two days to make up the work, etc. Students are considered tardy if they are not in their seat when the bell rings. In addition, students will not be permitted to leave class the first and last 10 minutes of instruction time (NO FLY ZONE) – unless the incident is of a serious nature or the student has been summoned by the office.
 
Course Requirements:

Notebook:Three-ring binder with a section for math organized so that materials can be easily found.Organize by sections: (1) Warm-Ups, (2) Notes, (3) Assignments, (4) Progress Reports
2. LaptopLaptops will be used at home and school. Your laptop is also your textbook.Please remember to safeguard your laptop at all times! You are responsible for your equipment at home and at school. You will not be able to fully participate in class without your laptop.Always bring your laptop cord to school.
3. Classwork:You will be assigned work every day with little exception.All paper assignments will be turned in with the proper format and in pencil. All online assignments will be turned in through your student account on Haiku.Students will NOT receive credit for homework if they do not show their work.

4. Tests:Tests will be given at the end of each chapter.Quizzes will be given in each chapter based on teacher discretion.
Grading Procedure:

Trimester grades are determined by weighting tests 70%, homework 20%, and class work 10%.Letter grades will be based on the following percentage.90% to 100% = A Students: · Students will interact with resources, turn in assignments and participate in discussion boards through this online “class” website.

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