• 8th Grade Math

    Ms. Quell

    2019-2020

    It is a pleasure to be your child’s math teacher this year. I am so excited to be part of the Sossaman community and to have the opportunity to work with the outstanding students, families, and staff. I pride myself in my organizational and management skills, along with the ability to create a positive and safe learning atmosphere. The following is a syllabus and course description of what to expect this upcoming school year.

    Contact Information:

    Email:  Kathy.Quell@husd.org

    Phone:  (480) 279-8500  Ext: 8538

    School Hours: M - F 8:50 to 3:50 pm 

    Room: 228

    *Conferences by appointment only

    Homework Help: Tuesday and Thursday 8:15 - 8:45 a.m.

     

    Class Materials:       

    • Composition notebook (preferably graph composition)
    • Markers or colored pencils
    • Tape/Glue Stick
    • Scissors
    • Protractor/ Ruler
    • Mechanical pencils, lead, Red Pens, Highlighters (yellow, blue, pink, green, and orange)
    • Expo dry-erase markers (black only)
    • Dry-erase eraser

     

    Course Objective: Students will be working with the Arizona College and Career Readiness Standards with emphasis in:

    • The Number System: Students will apply and extend previous understandings of operations with fractions to add, subtract, multiply, and divide rational numbers.
    • Expressions and Equations: Students will use properties of operations to generate equivalent expressions, and solve real-life and mathematical problems using numerical and algebraic expressions and equations.
    • Functions: Students will define, evaluate, and compare functions. Students will also use functions to model relationships between quantities.
    • Geometry: Students will draw, construct, and describe geometrical figures and describe the relationship between them. They will also solve real-life and mathematical problems involving angle measure, area, surface area, and volume.
    • Statistics and Probability: Students will use random sampling to draw inferences about a population, draw informal comparative inferences about two populations, and investigate chance processes and develop, use, and evaluate probability.

     

    Course Resources: 

    All resources (PowerPoints, homework and Menu Math) will be uploaded to Canvas.

     

    Homework:  

    Homework is an important part of learning and mastering math concepts. Students should expect to have 15 – 30 minutes of Math homework daily to reinforce concepts taught during class time. Students receive credit for the assignment provided they show their work, document reasonable effort and turn the assignment in on time.  

     

    Grading:  

    We will follow the District Grading Policy. The grading scale is as follows:  

    100%-90% - A  

    89% - 80% - B  

    79% - 70% - C  

    69% - 60% - D  

    59% or below – F  

     

     

    Semester Grades are based on 80% Assessments and 20% Practice:

     

    • 80% Assessments
       
      20% Semester Cumulative Final
         60% Unit/Module Tests, Quizzes, Checkpoints
    • 20% Practice
      10% Weekly Menu Math
         10% Homework/Classwork/ALEKS

     

       

    Assessments (80% of overall grade: 60% for teacher created/unit tests/quizzes, 20% Semester final):

    Students can expect to have a unit assessment for each unit of study this school year. Students will also have checkpoint assessments (1-2 times per week) to measure their understanding of the standards learned for that particular week. Some units may also have an alternate assessment (examples: projects, presentations) that provide different ways to demonstrate understanding of the material besides traditional formal tests/quizzes. 

    Each quarter students will take a district benchmark exam. This exam will cover the standards and objectives that students learned during that time. This will account for 20% of the student’s total semester grade.

     

    Classwork/Homework/ALEKS (10% of overall grade):

    For success to take place in the classroom, students must actively be engaged in their own learning. Students demonstrate this engagement by being prepared for class with their materials and homework assignments complete, appropriately participating in class through volunteering and sharing of ideas as well as working cooperatively with their peers.

    Students are expected to organize their work including class notes, class examples and exercises, and reflections on learning, in their notebook. This notebook will be a showcase of the students work as well as an organizational tool that can enhance their learning.

    Homework is to be completed every night. Students will also have weekly ALEKS assignments that is to be completed on an electronic device. Homework must be fully completed in order to receive credit.

     

    ALEKS   https://www.aleks.com/about_aleks/overview

    Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces is a Web-based, artificial intelligent assessment and learning system that uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately determine exactly what a student knows and does not know in a course. ALEKS then instructs the student on the topics that the student is most ready to learn.

     

    Menu Math (10% of overall grade):

    Menu Math is a weekly assignment handed to students the first day of each week and is to be done during the first 10 minutes of class. There are 15 questions, three per day. This assignment is due the last day of every week. I will grade and hand back to the student the first day of the following week.

     

    If a student does not turn in the assignment by the due date, a zero will be entered into Gradebook. The student will have one week from the original due date to complete and turn in or the zero will stand. If a student has more than seven incorrect or incomplete, the student will earn a zero in Gradebook and will need to correct or complete those missed. They will have one week from the original due date to turn in. I will regrade and enter the new grade earned.

     

    Test/Quiz Corrections:

    SMS encourages students to redo assessments on which they performed below their level of mastery (excluding the Final and District Assessments). In order to be eligible to schedule a redo a student must complete the following tasks:

     

    • All homework must be done before making the corrections.
    • Students must complete Math Corrections Sheet completely; parent signature required.
    • ½ credit only can be earned back on the corrections (if you missed ½ point you cannot receive any credit back.
    • Any corrections must be turned in no later than one week from the date original assessment was handed back to student.
    • Not all assessments will be eligible for corrections.

     

     

    50% Floor:

    SMS incorporates a modified 50% floor policy.  Any assignment submitted by a student that is accepted by a teacher will receive a minimum grade of a 50%. A teacher has the responsibility to not accept assignments from students that do not meet minimal standards of completion. 

    On all assessments given by a teacher, there is no floor.  Students will receive the mark/score they earned on the assessment.

    Any assignment that remains un-submitted one week after the original due date (teacher discretion) will remain/be entered as a zero in the grade book. 

     

     

    General Classroom Guidelines:

    Students are to be on time and prepared for class. Students are given 4 minutes between classes to take care of personal needs (i.e. go to the bathroom or visit with friends) and get prepared to start class (i.e. getting supplies ready before the tardy bell rings. Once class has started, the students are expected to be in their assigned seats and have already begun Menu Math/ALEKS.

    Students will be required to store all cell phones, iPods, or smart watches in their backpacks and placed in the designated area at the back of the classroom. Personal electronics may not be kept on your person at any time while in class unless you have teacher permission.

    Students may not eat in the classroom. Students are allowed to drink bottled water (only) while in class.

    The teacher (not the bell) dismisses class. Students will work until the bell rings.

    The rights, responsibilities, expectations, and policies as noted in the Code of Conduct are extended to our classroom. Students not following the rules/agreements will have an individual conference with Ms. Quell. If the inappropriate actions/behaviors continue, a time-out period in a neighboring classroom will occur along with parents being notified. Continued misbehavior will result in a referral to school administration.

     

    Attendance:

    If a student is absent, they must check the calendar on my teacher page to print off the necessary notes/assignments they missed. If additional help is needed, student may come see me during the designated homework help time.

    It is the student’s responsibility to see me regarding make up tests or quizzes. Failure of completing missed work in a timely manner will result in a zero for those assignments.

    Being absent does not excuse a student from any assignment!

     

    After School Detention (ASD):

    SMS staff and administration believe in the value and importance of teaching student’s responsibility and accountability.  As a result, students may be assigned After School Detention (ASD).  ASD is held three days a week.  Students who are assigned ASD will serve on the next scheduled ASD day. Students will not serve on the day it is assigned to allow parents the opportunity to arrange to pick up their child.  District transportation cannot be provided for ASD.  Students will need to be picked up no later than 4:30 p.m. A teacher, for the following reasons, may assign ASD because the student was:

    • Tardy to Class,
    • Unprepared for Class (missing materials, incomplete homework, etc.)
    • Failure to submit an assignment on the due date.

     

    The ASD program does not address behavior issues in the classroom.  However, a teacher may utilize lunch detention, and/or hold student/parent conferences in order to address inappropriate behaviors in the classroom.  These consequences are not related to the ASD program and will be accompanied by communication from the classroom teacher.

     

    Plagiarism/Copying: 

    Academic integrity is expected on all assignments. Plagiarism is defined as presenting the work of another as one’s own. Cheating on an assignment or assessment is another activity that violates ethics and school rules. Any work that exhibits cheating/plagiarism will result in a zero, parental notification, and disciplinary action will be taken. Students must show all work on all assignments!

     

    Homework Help:

    Assistance is available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:15 – 8:30 a.m. This is a great opportunity to receive help on homework or prepare for an upcoming assessment. Please come with specific questions/math problems.

     

    Checking Assignments and Grades:

    • Assignments – Students are expected to write down the assignment each day in an agenda or notebook. If a student is absent, all assignments are listed on my teacher page on Canvass.

     

    • Grades – Grades will be updated weekly and can be checked on-line as well. Parents and students are encouraged to check this frequently to see their progress in class.

     

    Technology:

    Laptops will be issued to the students and used in the classroom for educational purposes.  Students and parents will be required to sign and adhere to the District Technology Policies and the User Agreement.

     

     

     

    Geometry Course Syllabus

    Ms. Kathy Quell

    Sossaman Middle School

    2019-2020 School Year

    Grow, Learn, Lead

     

    Contact Information:

    Email:  Kathy.Quell@husd.org

    Phone:  480-279-8500 Ext: 8538

    School Hours: M - F 8:50 am - 3:50 pm 

    Room: 228

    Tutoring Hours: Tues and Thurs 8:15-8:45 a.m.

    Conferences are available by appointment.

     

    Course Description

    The curriculum for this course aligns with the Arizona’s College and Career Readiness Standards for Mathematics which may be viewed on the Arizona Department of Education website.

     

    Emphasis will be placed on:

     

    Congruence (G-CO)

    • Experiment with transformations in the plane
    • Understand congruence in terms of rigid motions
    • Prove geometric theorems
    • Make geometric constructions

     

    Similarity, Right Triangles, and Trigonometry (G-SRT)

    • Understand similarity in terms of similarity transformations
    • Prove theorems involving similarity
    • Define trigonometric ratios and solve problems involving right triangles
    • Apply trigonometry to general triangles

     

    Circles (G-C)

    • Understand and apply theorems about circles
    • Find arc lengths and areas of sectors of circles

     

    Expressing Geometric Properties with Equations (G-GPE)

    • Translate between the geometric description and the equation for a conic section
    • Use coordinates to prove simple geometric theorems algebraically

     

    Geometric Measurement and Dimension (G-GMD)

    • Explain volume formulas and use them to solve problems
    • Visualize relationships between two-dimensional and three-dimensional objects

     

    Modeling with Geometry (G-MG)

    • Apply geometric concepts in modeling situations

     

    This course is meant to employ an integrated approach to the study of geometric relationships. Congruence and similarity of triangles will be established using appropriate theorems. Transformations including rotations, reflections, translations, and glide reflections and coordinate geometry will be used to establish and verify geometric relationships. A major emphasis of this course is to allow students to investigate geometric situations. Geometry is meant to lead students to an understanding that reasoning and proof are fundamental aspects of mathematics and something that sets it apart from the other sciences. This course prepares students for more advanced studies of math and science.

     

    Materials

    Students are expected to bring appropriate materials to each class session.  Each student will check out a Geometry textbook that should remain at home.

     

    Glencoe Geometry McGraw Hill Education

    Students should not write in the textbook and must return the textbook at the end of the school year.

     

    Students will also receive individual logins and passwords to access to online McGraw Hill Education (MHE) Resources including ALEKS.

     

    ALEKS   https://www.aleks.com/about_aleks/overview

    Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces is a Web-based, artificial intelligent assessment and learning system that uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately determine exactly what a student knows and doesn't know in a course. ALEKS then instructs the student on the topics that the student is most ready to learn.

     

     

     

     

     

    It is important that students are present and prepared for class.

    • Composition Notebook (preferably graph composition)
    • Sharpened Pencils, Red Pens, Highlighter (yellow, blue, pink and green)
    • Sharpener, Glue Stick, Scissors, Colored Pencils
    • Expo Dry Erase Markers (black only)
    • Protractor/Compass/Ruler/Set Square
    • Folder 3-hole prongs
    • Graphing Calculator (Algebra Courses and higher) for home use.

                              (Recommended TI N Spire CX Graphing Calculator non-CAS)                   

                                 Please ensure that this is the NON-CAS system.

    Calculators are available for students for classroom use.

    This calculator will be used throughout high school and college.  It is allowed on the ACT and college exams.

     

     

    Homework

    Homework is an important part of learning and mastering math concepts. Students should expect to have 15 – 30 minutes of Math homework daily to reinforce concepts taught during class time.   In addition, weekly online assignments will be given and are due by Saturday. Students receive full credit for the assignment, provided they show their work, document reasonable effort and turn the assignment in on time.

     

    Grading

    We will follow the District Grading Policy. The grading scale is as follows

              100%-90% - A

              89% - 80% - B

              79% - 70% - C

              69% - 60% - D

              59% or below – F

    Students who successfully complete Algebra 1 and/or Geometry at an HUSD middle school will have the course posted on their high school transcript. The high school transcripts will reflect the grade the student earned; however, the grade will not be calculated in the student’s GPA. Student will still be required to take a Math course each year in high school (9-12). The purpose of these courses is to accelerate to higher level course work in high school.

     

    Semester Grades are based on 80% Assessments and 20% Practice

     

    • 80% Assessments
       
      20% Cumulative Semester Final
          60% Unit/Module Tests, Quizzes, Checkpoints
    • 20% Practice
      10% Classwork
          10% Homework based on effort, work shown, neatness and completeness

     

    • SMS incorporates a modified 50% minimum grade policy. Any assignment submitted by a student that is accepted by the teacher will receive a minimum grade of a 50%. Assignments will not be accepted that do not meet minimal standards of completion. 
    • On all assessments given by the teacher, there is no minimum grade. Students will receive the grade that they earned on the assessment.
    • Any assignment that is not submitted one week after the original due date (teacher discretion) will remain a zero in the grade book.

     

    Redo and Retake

     

    SMS encourages students to redo/retake assessments on which they performed below their level of mastery (excluding the Final and District Assessments). In order to be eligible to schedule a redo/retake time with a student must complete the following tasks:

     

    • Ensure all assignments for the unit of study are turned in.
    • Meet with the teacher to establish criteria to complete the redo/retake form and associated tasks.
    • Submit a retake form signed by both the student and parent.

     

    A student’s opportunity to redo/retake an assessment is always subject to teacher discretion.

                  

     

     

    Synergy

    Grades will be posted on Synergy and should be reviewed regularly in order to stay current on student performance and progress. Students are responsible for checking their grades and resolving any problems.  I am available by appointment, both for tutoring and for a discussion about grades.

     

     

     

    Plagiarism/Academic Integrity

    Academic integrity is expected on all assignments. Plagiarism is defined as presenting the work of another as one’s own. Cheating on an assignment or assessment is another activity that violates ethics and school rules.  Any work that exhibits cheating/plagiarism will result in a zero, parental notification, and disciplinary action may be taken.

     

    After School Detention (ASD)

    SMS staff and administration believe in the value and importance of teaching students’ responsibility and accountability.  As a result, students may be assigned After School Detention (ASD).  ASD will be held three days a week.  Students who are assigned ASD will serve on the next scheduled ASD day. Students will not serve on the day it is assigned to allow parents the opportunity to make arrangements to pick up their child.  District transportation cannot be provided for ASD.  Students will need to be picked up no later than 4:30PM. ASD may be assigned by a teacher for the following reasons:

    • Tardy to Class
    • Unprepared for Class (missing materials, uncharged iPad, etc.)
    • Failure to submit an assignment on the due date

     

    The ASD program is not meant to address behavior issues in the classroom.  However, a teacher may utilize lunch detention, and/or hold student/parent conferences in order to address inappropriate behaviors in the classroom.  These consequences are not related to the ASD program and will be accompanied by communication from the classroom teacher.

     

    Technology

    Laptops will be issued to the students and used in the classroom for educational purposes. Students and parents will be required to sign and adhere to the District Technology Policies and User Agreement.

     

     

    Attendance

    If you are absent it is your responsibility to make-up missing assignments.

    Do MATH and You Can Do Anything!   NCTM