Click this link to see the Expectations/Syllabus document for Honors Common Core 2:
Click this link to see a special letter to parents:Click this link to see a short video about what every student needs to hear about school:
Below is a copy of the "Welcome to Honors HSCC2" Document (without the cool graphics):
WELCOME TO MATH CLASS!
Instructor: Debi Weaver
Course: Honors HSCC2
Phone Number: 350-4340
My website can be found on the Rocky Mountain Website, and it can also be opened from your powerschool math page.
Materials for this class can also be found online at:
I am excited to get to know you and share my passion for math with you.
I plan on helping you have a memorable and successful year of learning.
Pencils – we usually need to erase!
Red pens – all homework grading will be done by the student in red ink
Separate Math 1inch 3 ring Binder
Graph Paper & Notebook Paper
Calculator - TI 83 Plus or TI 84 Plus
Papers from the MVP Materials
An HONORS CLASS is a course that follows the district curriculum but proceeds at an accelerated instructional pace and calls the student to a higher level of responsibility and a higher level of thinking. HONORS CLASSES are meant to prepare you for the rigor you’ll experience in your future Advanced Placement classes. In comparison to the regular HSCC2 class: We will master more material at a higher level of thinking and application, and I will expect you to stay current.
An HONORS HSCC 2 STUDENT should:
Take responsibility for their math education by making good choices during class time (listening, participating, and taking notes)
Do every homework problem
Re-do missed problems
Get and stay organized
Come in for extra help
Prepare for tests by practicing the review numerous times
Come to class prepared and ready to learn
As with any skill-based activity or subject, without practice, perfection cannot be achieved. In this class, if you choose not to faithfully practice until you reach perfection, you should not expect to perform well on test day.
This year RMHS is implementing some new grading policies to be followed by each department in non-concurrent credit classes:
1. Homework (Formative Assessments) will count as 10% of the final grade
2. All late work is accepted with no grade reduction and must be turned in prior to the next unit assessment
3. TWO reassessments will be allowed (the higher grade will be recorded) and must be completed prior to the end of the next unit
Come to class on time with a good attitude and cooperative spirit.
Stay in class upon arrival – go to the restroom only if it is a necessity.
Bring all supplies every day.
Be polite, positive, productive, honest, and responsible for your own actions.
ASK FOR HELP! NO QUESTION IS TOO SILLY TO ASK. I WANT YOU TO SUCCEED!
MATH REQUIRES PRACTICE – JUST LIKE A SPORT!
YOU DO NOT LEARN BY WATCHING SOMEONE ELSE DO IT, SO EXPECT A REASONABLE AMOUNT OF PRACTICE.
YOUR SELF-CONFIDENCE BUILDS AS YOU PRACTICE EACH DAY.
Every assignment is necessary for enhancing student learning. Since math is a sequential discipline, I recommend that you do your utmost to stay current with the assignments, so that you have a better understanding of the material. (New lessons build on the lesson from the day before, so getting behind on assignments causes BIG problems.)
Redoing problems you miss is the best way to learn math!
10% of grade will be from homework (Formative Assessment) category
70% of grade will be from test (Summative Assessment) category
20% of grade will be from the semester exam
Oftentimes, there will be a “hidden” extra credit problem or two on a Test (not on the Retests)
You will be given a calendar every two weeks. Keep this in your math folder. You will see what we will be doing in class each day, what the homework will be, and when tests will be given. The calendars will also be put on my website.
GRIZ PERIOD is a chance for students to make up missing work, check re-done work, get needed help, and better their comprehension, confidence, and grade.
ANYONE who wants me to help them during Griz is invited to come. (If you need to come in and check your absent work, feel free to come – you are ALWAYS welcome in my room!))
You can also come for help at lunchtime or after school.
I want you to succeed….let me help you!!
EXTENDED ABSENSES are a huge detriment in mathematics. Since every day builds on the day before, missing even one or two days is tough for many students.
If you will be gone for a pre-arranged trip, it is your responsibility to get the missing work and have it completed either before you leave or upon your return.
Upon returning to school, you will be expected to do the current work with your classmates.
The two-day policy for absent work is not very logical for mathematics – work must be completed immediately.
You will correct your homework with a red pen every day. I will choose 5 random problems on each assignment. 2pts are earned for getting the problem correct, 1pt for trying the problem but missing it, and 0 pts for not trying the problem at all.
I’ll take a homework grade(s) every day.
I EXPECT HONESTY!
Homework Assignments and “Not-a-Quizzes” are Formative Assessments that are to tell you, the student, how much you understand and which standards/skills/concepts you have mastered and which you need to practice more.
“Late” Homework should be done as soon as possible. You’ll have to come in and grade it on your own time with my answer key. (According to the administration, you actually have until the end of the next module to turn in missing assignments….but you and I both know that it would make better sense to have all homework assignments done before test day!)
RE - DOING THINGS
All Summative Assessments (Module Tests) can be redone, and the higher score will be recorded. You can ReTest TWICE. These ReTests need to be done prior to the next Module’s Test.
If you desire a retest, you will fill out the Re-Test Accountability Form which requires thought about why you earned the score you did and the redoing of the types of problems you missed. It is recommended that you prepare and take the retest on your own time within a week (so you do not get behind on the current material), but students will have up until the end of the next unit to take their ReTests.
Retakes for Semester Exams will not be provided.
MOVEMENT TO THE NEXT CLASS
Honors HSCC2 students who earn a 90% or above both semesters will be recommended to go into (this % is high because of the ability to ReTest) Honors HSCC3, and those below 90% will be recommended to go into HSCC3.
Start on day one working toward the grade that you want!
Practice, Re-do & learn from your mistakes, and Self-Evaluate & drill before Test Day
Be sure that you are always prepared for class.
Check Powerschool often
BE SURE TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF WHEN YOU MISS CLASS
YOU DO NOT NEED ELECTRONICS IN THIS CLASS!
THEY ARE A DISTRACTION TO YOUR MATH EDUCATION!
IF THERE IS EVER A TIME THAT YOU ABSOLUTELY NEED YOUR PHONE (you are expecting a call/text from parents or employer or doctor, etc…), JUST TALK TO ME, AND I WILL MAKE AN EXCEPTION FOR YOU THAT DAY.
WHEN YOU GO TO THE RESTROOM, YOUR PHONE DOES NOT GO WITH YOU!
IF YOU DISOBEY THIS, THE FIRST TIME YOU WILL BE WARNED, AND ANYTIME AFTER THAT, I WILL KEEP YOUR PHONE UNTIL THE END OF THE SCHOOL DAY. (I do not want to do that because I know your phone is important to you!)
RE-TEST ACCOUNTABILITY PAGE
I received a _____% on the Chapter/Module ____ Test.
I realize I got this grade because (check the one(s) that apply):
_____ I should have faithfully done my homework and learned from my mistakes.
_____ I made careless mistakes.
_____ I did not prepare adequately.
_____ I did not understand ____________________________________________
_____ I got too nervous.
_____ I neglected to show my work.
_____ I did not follow the given directions.
_____ I ran out of time, so I hurried.
_____ Something traumatic happened to me, so I wasn’t thinking straight.
_____ Other (please state) ____________________________________________
***** I redid the type(s) of problems I missed (from the chapter review and test). They are on the back of this paper.
Before or during the re-doing of my problems, I got extra help from ___________
As I take the re-test, I’m more confident because I’m going to remember to ___________________________________________________________________
I’ve learned that before the next test I will need to _________________________
_____________________________________________ because taking re-takes is not fun.