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Math Class Policies

Grading Policy


Grades are on a category percentage basis
* Test and Quizzes = 60%

    **NOTE: a minimum score of 50% on all tests and quizzes will be given to any student that receives a score of less than 50%.  Ex: If a student takes a test with 20 questions and only correctly answers 8, then he/she will be given a score of 10 entered into for overall grade calculations.  Also note that the original test score will be noted in the comments section.

* Homework and Class work
(lesson participation /effort) =40%


Re-taking Tests and Quizzes

I will allow any student to retake any math test or quiz over and they will keep the higher of the two grades.


In order for a student to retake a test or quiz, he/she must first redo the previous assessment at 100% explaining their mistakes, as well as a parent signature indicating the student has studied and is ready to retake the test or quiz. After this has been completed the student will then be able to schedule a time to re-take the test/quiz.   If a student wishes to take it a third time then the above process must be completed again.

***NOTE: I will allow a student to continue to retake any test or quiz as long as their "retake" produces a higher score.  For those whose score drops, I will still keep the higher score, but future retakes will be eliminated. So PLEASE study and know why you missed the problems you missed. 


Regarding Math Homework


 ****Regarding Math Homework*****

As both a parent and a teacher I want both my own children as well as my students to love math. I do not want to EVER create a situation that causes any of my students to feel overwhelmed to the point of complete frustration and tears.  I don't want parents to have to fight with students over any mathematical concepts.  As a parent of one middle school student and one high school student, I know what this looks and feels like.  It is my wish therefore that any student that reaches this point please just STOP and bring the problem to me.  However, I don't want this to allow students to miss the opportunity for productive struggle.  It is through productive struggle where our brains grow the most.  I have a "30 min." policy.  If math homework is taking more than 30 minutes (+/-) then just stop and write a letter stating that your child worked (not just during the commercials :-)) on homework diligently for 30 minutes and still could not finish and I will give them full credit.

This notice is not meant as a "copout" for doing or attempting to complete their homework. "There are no tears in math!"


Late Homework

I do accept late homework in math, however it will be marked down 50%.  Also note that although I do not give out "homework passes" I will be "dropping" two of the lowest scores in the homework/class work category.  This is in essence, is two homework passes and those that turn in all their homework will then benefit even more.,