• 7th Grade Math

    Mrs. Arzola Bass

    Cooley Middle School

    Room 215

    Instructor Information:

    Mrs. Denise Arzola-Bass, M.Ed.


    voice mail 480.279.6847


     Office Hours: By Appointments 

    I respond to emails and voice mails within 24 hours. Please note, weekends may be the following business day. If you need to speak with me in person, please contact me to schedule a time to talk.  



    Course Description: This course will be following the Arizona State standards for 7th Grade Math, which are available at the Arizona Department of Education’s website, as well as the Higley Unified School District’s website.



    Aleks is an amazing online resource available to students to help them improve their math knowledge.  Students are given individual logins and passwords to log in.  When signed in, the questions given are to help students further understand mathematics they are individually struggling to understand.  The logins will be supplied after iPads are available to students. Please feel free to visit their website at www.aleks.com for more information.

    MHE is a where the frequently used resources in the classroom or given for independent practice come from. This also includes information and problems from the McGraw Hill Education series. Effective June 29, 2018, an improved login experience is available for the 2018-2019 school year. The digital logins will be available soon afterwards, so be on the lookout for this information to come home after iPads are available. Their website is my.mheductaion.com for more information

    Additional Resources:

                Big Ideas Math – www.bigideasmath.com

                Khan Academy – www.khanacademy.com

                Purple Math – www.purplemath.com

    Edmodo Edmodo is where class work, examples, some answer keys, and announcements will be posted. The best way to know what is happening in class is to use Edmodo. The group code is “fypj9r”. Please keep up with all assignments and study guides on this site. It is available as an app on a phone or tablet or by going online on a computer.


    Parent Vue / Student Vue is the online gradebook for all student courses. Students and parents that need the login information can get it from the front desk with a driver’s license or ID. Cooley values family privacy and confidential information is listed on the Parent Vue / Student Vue portal, thus the need to prove identity. Please check on the online gradebook frequently for updated assignments, scores, and notes about an individual student performance in the class.


    Class Materials:

    • One 2- pocket folder with prongs for agendas
    • 1 packs of wide rule lined paper (that will stay in class)
    • #2 pencils (mechanical or traditional)
    • Erasers
    • Highlighters (multicolored packs preferred)
    • Dry erase markers
    • 1 composition or spiral notebook (write name on them and keep in class)
    • 3 boxes of tissues
    • Disinfectant wipes
    • 1 big bag of candy as positive incentive
    • Snacks for class (chips, granola bar, etc)
    • Calculator ( TI-30X IIS recommended)

    Any materials needed for projects will be communicated before the project starts.

    Each student will also have a file folder in the classroom. Inside of these folders each student will track their progress and mastery.


    Grading Scale: Semester Grades will be given out on the Standard Grade Scale

                                        90-100%          A

                                        80-89%            B

                                        70-79%            C

                                        60-69%            D

                                        0-59%              F         

    All Cooley Mathematics courses will follow a consistent grade breakdown

    • 40% Unit Exams and Class Projects
    • 30% Standard Based Quizzes and Class Activities
    • 20% Midterm Exams and Semester Finals
    • 10% Practice


    INDEPENDENT PRACTICE: This is a student’s responsibility to complete and turn in by the deadline given. These can be in class assignments or home practice. Assignments can be paper/pencil or digital. If a student will not be able to complete a digital assignment, it is the student’s responsibility to either pick up the alternate assignment or contact the teacher a minimum of 8 hours before an assignment is due. Failure to do either alternative choice with result in zero points being recorded. Independent practice is scored on an attempt scale. If a student attempted the assignment, they will receive a minimum of 50%. No attempt, incomplete, not turning the assignment in, or simply writing random numbers down, will result in a 0%. This is a Cooley Middle School policy.


    Make-Up Policy: If a student misses a day of school 1st look at Edmodo, then they can check with me for other work, when they return. Students can also look in the textbooks to learn or review concepts that we are learning in class. If I pass something out, they can look at their Edmodo for the assignments.  A student gets the same number of days to get make up work in as the number of days that they miss. If a student misses 2 days, then they have 2 days to get in the missing work. I am very flexible, and every situation is different, so communication is key.


    Retake/Redo Policy: CMS has a school-wide retake policy. I will communicate home when my specific retake days are. For my class, students are not allowed to redo practice work or assignments. The only items available for retakes are quizzes and assessments.



    • Tuesday: 8:15 – 8:50am and 3:50 - 4:30pm
    • Wednesday: 8:15 – 8:50am and 3:50 - 4:30pm
    • Thursday: During Lunches


    ***** By appointment with me (due to IEP meetings)*****


    General Education teachers will have tutor availability posted on their bulletin board. There will also be specific days during tutoring that are used for test retakes, students will need to check those dates as well.


    CLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS: During the first days of school the students will have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the conduct policy that I will use to guide our learning environment. I believe in a respectful, responsible, and safe learning and teaching environment and will be expecting cooperation from each student in maintaining this atmosphere. The school day is a work day for all of us, and our expectation is that we take advantage of every minute for learning. We will collaborate to build a community of learners by forming the foundational trust necessary to complete our yearlong goals. This starts with students knowing that they have a voice in their learning and that their contribution matters; every day.

    Follow all classroom procedures in all classes, classroom rules for Room 215 are:

    1. Be respectful to others in word and action. YOU are responsible and accountable for YOUR choices. This is shown by: RESPECT towards yourself, your fellow students, and your teachers
    2. Sit in your assigned seat. Movement around the room requires permission.
    3. We want to hear what you have to say, so please raise your hand first.
    4. Please follow the directions the first time as we have many great things to do!
    5. Strive to be here everyday
    6. Expect consequences when making a bad decision
    7. Learn by paying attention, completing work, and asking questions
    8. Do YOUR personal best!!


    Classroom Management Policy: My classroom will be following Cooley’s three step system.

    • Verbal Warning
    • Student Sent to the Hall
      • Lunch Detention(s)
      • Parent Contact
    • Referral
    • For some issues, I may skip the first or second step.

    Electronic Device Rules: IPad will be used in my class. This does not mean that games should be played. If a student is playing a game they will receive a verbal warning, and if the game continues to be played the iPad will be taken and the student will continue the activity without it.

    Phones are not permitted during class time. Phones are allowed before school, during lunch, and after school. This includes headphones.

    If a phone is disrupting the learning environment of the classroom it will be taken for the first offense. The student will be able to pick it up from me at the end of class. The second offense results in the phone taken to the office for student pickup and I will send an email/call home. If the phone has to be taken to the office again, a parent will have to come pick it up. If the action continues then admin will get involved. 


    Hello parents!! My name is Denise Arzola-Bass and I am teaching your student, math. Please read, sign and return the paper copy of the syllabus that was given to my student, I will then make a copy and send it back, via students. I will be going over different aspects of my class on Curriculum Night, which is on Wednesday August 1st, at 5:30pm. I hope that you can attend that night. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email me.


    Due Friday July 27th, 2018.




    Student Name (Print): _________________________   Signature: _______________________




    Parent Name (Print): __________________________   Signature: _______________________


    Extra Comments or Concerns:  please email at denise.arzola-bass@husd.org


     -       Students will work on 7th grade math academics

    -       Students will work on IEP goals

    -       Arizona Math Standards will be followed

    -       Various strategies and modalities will be used