• 2020 – 2021 7th GRADE MATH COURSE SYLLABUS                                                         

    Ms. Jacobs

    jennifer.jacobs@husd.org                                                                                                                          

    480-279-8300

    THE OBJECTIVE:

    Ms. Jacobs teaches general education 7th grade mathematics (1st and 2nd hours) and Accelerated 7th grade mathematics (3rd, 5th, and 6th hours).  The objective of this class is to give students lifetime skills that build personal independence.  I want to prepare students for the road ahead to high school and beyond.  I am the facilitator of the learning environment and want students to feel comfortable in the learning space.  Students are required to be the communicators between school and home as it is their class and learning with myself and parents providing support in helping them learn to communicate effectively.  The classroom is about learning at all times.  One of my strongest beliefs is that when students are members of a supportive and involved team, they will have the most successful educational experience possible. Teachers, parents, and students share an equal responsibility to this team and when all three members are working together, success will be achieved.

    CURRICULUM:

    The curriculum for the math classes is based entirely on the Arizona State Standards.  For a full list of the standards, please visit the Arizona Department of Education website at the following address and click on the links for 7th or 8th grade (respectfully): http://www.azed.gov/standards-practices/k-12standards/mathematics-standards/

    COURSE RESOURCES:

    Canvas is where the entire class work, examples, answer keys, and announcements will be posted.  The best way to know what is happening in class is to use Canvas.  The website is husd.instructure.com.  Please keep up with all assignments and study guides on this site.  It is available 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.

    Online Text Book and ALEKS is an amazing online resource available to students to help them improve their math knowledge.  Students click on the blue “Math Curriculum Student Login” on the husd.org website.  When signed in, there is a digital backpack that has both an online version of the math text book and their ALEKS login.  Please use the even numbered class for the ALEKS login.

    Additional Resources

    If you are in need of further help, explanations, or examples, recommended websites for videos and example problems are:

    Schmoop: www.schmoop.com

    Khan Academy: https://www.khanacademy.org/

    Learn Zillion: www.learnzillion.com

    GRADING SYSTEM:

    Middle school and high school grades are on a semester system in HUSD.  Students will have midterms (before fall and spring break) and finals (before winter and summer break).  The semester grade that is completed in December is a reflection of knowledge and growth from July to December. The semester grade that is completed in May is a reflection of knowledge and growth from January to May.

    Student grades are based on the following:

    • 10% Practice
    • 30% Quiz
    • 40% Test
    • 10% Mid-term (Summative Assessment)
    • 10% Semester Final (Summative Assessment)

    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.  In extreme emergencies students must ask parents or guardians to provide a written note (either paper or via email).  Failure to do the alternative choice with result in the minimum points being recorded.  NO LATE ASSIGNMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED.  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.  All independent practice must be complete prior to requesting a test retake (see last 2 pages).

    QUIZZES AND TESTS:

    Formative assessments are any quizzes, projects, tests, exit tickets, or common assessments given in class.  If a student does not finish the quiz or test in class it is their responsibility to schedule a time with the teacher to come in and finish the assessment.  Failure to do so will result in an incomplete to be recorded in the gradebook and the student to have a 0% until it is made up.  Students have 2 weeks from the grades entered into ParentVue/StudentVue to have the make-ups complete.  The 7th grade math grade scale for formative assessments is:

     

    90% - 100%                          A

    80% - 89%                            B

    70% - 79%                            C

    60% - 69%                            D

    ≤ 59%                                   F

     

    MID-TERMS AND FINALS:

    The only summative assessments are the mid-terms and finals.  These are district created and graded standardized assessments given online through the Galileo system.  They are also graded through the Galileo but then teachers hand enters all student scores.  The grade scale for these assessments is the same as the formative assessment scale listed above.  Please be patient after mid-terms and finals are given as teachers are working diligently to post grades as soon as possible.

    COOLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL ASSESSMENT RETAKE POLICY:

    The complete “Second Chance Learning Re-dos and Retakes” explanation, rules, steps, and request form are available in Ms. Jacobs’s room and at the end of the syllabus as the last two pages.  These are some of the important pieces of information:

    • Common school-wide assessment retake policy
    • Students will have two weeks from the day the grade posts in the gradebook to make up the assessment
    • The make-up assessment grade will replace initial assessment grade unless it is lower (no averaging)
    • Students only have two opportunities to retake assessments
    • Retake dates will be set by teachers

    ABSENCES:

    For student absences, both planned and unplanned, the student will be given the same number of days he/she missed to make up the work from the days absent, in addition to the scheduled assignments for the return date. For example, if a student is present Monday, misses Tuesday, and comes back to school Wednesday, then the student will be expected to turn in Monday’s assignment Wednesday, collect Tuesday’s assignments and notes, and complete both Tuesday and Wednesday’s assignment for class on Thursday.  Communication is important when it comes to student absences, so please feel free to email me if you know a student will be gone and I will do everything I can to work with you and your family to find a solution to the student getting all of the assignments complete at full possible credit. Students are encouraged to spend some time outside of class to review missed material if needed.  Tutoring time is NOT a time to come in and expect a one on one lesson on missed material.  Please see the course resources section if additional help is needed.  Students who fail to complete make-up work will have a score of not turned in entered into the gradebook and receive a 0% as the score.

    TUTORING:

    Tutoring is more like a study hall time with a teacher available to answer questions.  Tutoring times are on Thursdays from 8:20 – 8:50 or 3:50 – 4:20 and during all lunches by appointment only.  Retake times are the same as tutoring times. Unfortunately, I cannot sit and explain entire lessons your student has missed.  This is why Canvas is a great resource, offering both the missed assignments and the resources to study from.  If a student needs to retake a test, then, yes, tutoring is required.  Again, this is not a one-on-one study session with just one student.  Students should come to a tutoring session with a list of specific questions or examples of problems with which they need assistance.  Tutoring is not one-on-one or private time for us to work with your student.  It is more of a study hall time where we are an available resource to students.

    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.

    The classroom rules for Room 207 are:

    1. Be respectful to others in word and action. 
    2. YOU are responsible and accountable for YOUR choices.
    3. Be safe for yourself and all the other humans in the classroom.
    4. Please follow the directions the first time as we have many great things to do!

    Consequences for failure to follow the classroom rules are a three strike system:

    • First issue
    • Teacher issues verbal warning to student
    • Second issue
    • Student sent to hallway for discussion or a buddy classroom (another 7th grade math room) if the teacher is unable to go out to the hall at the moment
    • Teacher contacts parents
    • Student has lunch detention (Failure to serve the first time becomes 2 lunch detentions and failure to serves beyond that is an office referral)
    • Third issue
    • Office referral
    • The teachers also reserve the right to write a student an office referral at any time

    The Cooley Middle School expectations that will also be expected in math class are:

    • No food, drink (except water), or gum in classrooms
    • No hats in classrooms (hallway/outside/cafeteria hats allowed)
    • Cell phones allowed before school, after school, at lunch (music w/ headphones)
      • Headphones only allowed out at lunch
    • Cell phones not allowed in hallways
    • Students must leave phones in the classroom when going to the restroom
    • If a student is tardy they must get a pass from the office.
      • First tardy- warning
      • Second tardy- lunch detention
      • Third tardy- referral for truancy
      • These are tardies per class, not per student in all classes combined

    ELECTRONIC DEVICES:

    Students will be required to use the classroom laptop as directed in the classroom, and can use other mobile electronic devices with teacher permission and direction.  Students also need to follow the expectations outlined in the HUSD Technology User Agreement. If the student misuses electronics in the classroom, in compliance with the three strike policy, strike one is a warning, strike two is student pickup in the office with parent contact and a lunch detention, and strike three is parent pickup in the office.  If the problem continues, an administrator will be notified. 

    COMMUNICATION:

    A successful team must have quality communication.  I plan to communicate through Canvas, the online grade system (StudentVue/ParentVue), and if needed, e-mail and phone calls. I ask that you always assume that I have the best of intentions when working with your student and welcome the opportunity to discuss any concerns or questions that arise. I prefer e-mail from parents as I am able to check it when I do not have students in the classroom, and as my schedule permits (usually before or after school).  I am more than happy to meet with you in person if you prefer, but please contact me first so that an appropriate and feasible meeting time can be scheduled.

     

    Virtual Expectations for Students & Parents/Guardians

    Students at all levels are now engaging in virtual class sessions on Teams. To ensure a positive and productive learning environment during these sessions, it is important that all students adhere to the following behavior expectations:

    • Login credentials must not be shared. Sharing of login information violates other students’ and teachers’ rights to confidentiality and could allow class participation by unauthorized persons and/or lead to disruptive behaviors that detract from a productive and positive learning environment.
    • Students who are disruptive, displaying inappropriate behaviors, and/or “trespass” virtual sessions will receive appropriate consequences in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. Consequences may result in communication with parents/guardians, administrative consequences, and/or temporary or permanent loss of technology access, which would prevent the student from participating in virtual sessions. Students receiving this consequence would have assignments provided to the student’s parent/guardian.

    To assure confidentiality for students and teachers during distance learning, all parents/guardians are asked to follow the following privacy guidelines:

    • Virtual classes are designed for students. To prevent disruptions to the learning environment, parents/guardians may observe classes, however, they should not actively participate in sessions. Parents/guardians may assist their child with technology and/or remain nearby.
    • Do not video record, audio record, photograph, live stream, or transmit in any other way any part of a virtual class, including not posting on any social media platform.
    • Any confidential or personally identifiable information related to students participating during virtual classes should not be collected, discussed or shared.
    • Parents/guardians should not engage with students during virtual classes. If you need to speak with your child during a session, first mute your child’s microphone.

    Thank you for your support and cooperation in ensuring that distance learning is a positive, productive and enjoyable experience for all!

     

    All students will begin Remote Learning on Monday, July 27 regardless of whether your family opted for Remote Learning or Online Learning.  Students will follow the schedule below for Remote Learning:

    Time

    Monday

    Tuesday

    Wednesday

    Thursday

    Friday

    8:00-8:55

    1st Hour

    4/ 5/ 6th Hour

     

     

     

     

    Office Hours

    8am – 10am

    1st Hour

    4/ 5/ 6th Hour

    9:00-9:55

    2nd Hour

    7th Hour

    2nd Hour

    7th Hour

    10:00-10:55

    3rd Hour

    8th Hour

    3rd Hour

    8th Hour

    11:00-3:00

    Independent work on mandatory, graded assignments or review additional teacher content/lessons

    Independent work on mandatory, graded assignments or review additional teacher content/lessons

    Independent work on mandatory, graded assignments or review additional teacher content/lessons

    Independent work on mandatory, graded assignments or review additional teacher content/lessons


    Live Synchronous Learning 8-11am

    Twice per week, online in Microsoft Teams, students will have structure for synchronous class instruction.  Students are required to interact and attend each Teams session.  In extenuating circumstances, families will be responsible for communicating directly with the teacher if they cannot be in the Teams session.  Teacher content is located on Canvas, just like 4th quarter last year.

    Extended Learning 11-3pm

    In addition to students participating in synchronous meetings from the schedule above, students are also expected to complete mandatory graded assignments to further enhance key learning targets.  Teachers are creating mini lessons to also support student understanding.  Just as normal class experiences, students will interact with teachers and then complete assignments outside class time.  As students complete these additional learning opportunities, the student day should extend beyond 11am.

    Grading

    Consistent grading policies, assignment deadlines, and attendance will be communicated by each teacher.  Assignments are due Mondays at 8am from the previous week.  Grades will be cumulative for the entire semester through December 17, 2020.  Student work during Remote Learning will affect final report card grades.  Students and families can find official class grades in ParentVue and StudentVue.

    Student Schedule

    Your student(s) Remote Learning schedule will match his/her schedule in StudentVue/ParentVue.  Middle School schedules are viewable on Wednesday, July 22nd.

    Return to Campus

    When schools can resume in-person learning, returning students will cease Remote Learning and return to campus for in-person instruction.  Families that opted for Online Instruction will transition into our new Higley Virtual Academy as detailed in district communication last week.  More information about Higley Virtual Academy from the district office will be shared soon.

    Thank you for your commitment and support as we work together to have a successful school year.

     

    Academic Integrity: A Core Value

    Academic integrity is one of our core values and one of the most important areas of focus as a learning organization. Students who uphold the values of academic integrity will learn more and represent themselves as productive, honest, ethical citizens.

    Academic Honesty means this: work you submit is created by you and is an original representation of your work.
    The Work You Submit Is Yours.

    DO your own assignment research.
    DO NOT copy, borrow, or steal work of others or from the Internet.

    Why?

    Because you must earn credit honestly and demonstrate mastery on your course's content.

    No-no's: Plagiarism and Cheating

    Plagiarism: Deliberate copy of another's work as your own or not citing authorship properly.

    Cheating: Rule breaking, dishonesty, or giving/receiving work from another student.

    For example, if you're taking a foreign language, your teacher wants to assess what you have learned in that language, not what can be copied and pasted from a translation website.

    Your teacher uses proctored exams, online comparison tools, and discussion-based assessments to check your work. So do the right thing: DON'T CHEAT! Help us help you! Always do your own work!

    We care about you and your learning success.

    For questions about Academic Honesty, contact your teacher.

     

    I look forward to working with you and your student this year!

    Respectfully,

    Ms. Jennifer Jacobs

     

    Second chance learning is a strategy which provides additional opportunities to learn and demonstrate what a student knows and can do when assessments indicate that the essential knowledge or skills have not been demonstrated.   The intent is for students to master the content.  Every effort will be made to allow students the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of the concepts and skills of this class. 

    Second Chance Learning:

    • Students will have the opportunity to redo/retake assessments up to two times within two weeks of the posted grade
    • Opportunities to redo/retake assignments are at the teacher’s discretion
    • Redo/retake grade will take the place of the original grade unless it is lower (no averaging of scores)
    • In order to identify gaps in learning, students MUST return a completed redo/retake reflection form
    • Alternative practice work or assessments may be given that will cover the same material but may be in a different format
    • Redo and retakes will not be given during the student’s regular class period, specific retake dates will be determined by the teacher
    • Redo and retakes are not meant to be used as a regular practice by a student or as a substitute for effort
    • Students are NOT eligible for a retake until all missing work related to the unit has been submitted
    • All redo and retakes must be completed within two weeks of the grade posting date

    Steps to Retake/Redo an Assessment

    • Complete the retake/redo reflection form
    • Complete/Redo all practice work relating to the assessment or complete alternate assignments given by the teacher
    • Attend a minimum of one tutoring session with your teacher or another teacher in the content area
    • Turn in the redo/retake reflection form and the practice work to the teacher
    • Retake the assessment on the designated retake day within two weeks of the posted grade

    Reminder:  Students can only retake an assessment two (2) times within the two week retake window

    Name: ______________________________________Class: _____________________Date: ______________

    Directions:  

    Students are required to turn in a form if they want to complete a redo/retake.   All forms must be signed by a parent and turned in prior to retaking the assessment.

    Rationale/Reflection:

    Previous Score: _________________

    Assignment/Test you would like to redo: ______________________________________________________

    What is the reason you did not master the material? Please check all that apply:

    ⃝ I did not study.

    ⃝ I did not study the right materials.

    ⃝ I did not read/annotate ALL the assigned readings.

    ⃝ I did not take good notes in class.

    ⃝ I did not participate fully in class activities.

    ⃝ I did not understand the concepts.

    ⃝ I did not complete the homework/practice problems.

    ⃝ I did not come in for tutoring.

    ⃝ I did not understand the directions.

    ⃝ Other ________________________________________________________

    Why should you be given the opportunity to redo the assignment/test? (complete sentences)

    ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    Steps to Retake/Redo an Assessment

    • Complete the retake/redo reflection form
    • Complete/Redo all practice work relating to the assessment or complete alternate assignments given by the teacher
    • Attend a minimum of one tutoring session with your teacher or another teacher in the content area
    • Turn in the redo/retake reflection form and the practice work to the teacher
    • Retake the assessment on the designated retake day within two weeks of the posted grade

    Request:

    I request the opportunity to redo/retest this concept.  I have completed all parts of the form as well as all assignments for this Unit.

    Student Name:  _________________________________   Student Signature:___________________________

    Signing this form acknowledges that your child has requested to redo an assignment or test.  Before signing, please read both sides of this form and discuss with your child ways to avoid this in the future. 

    Parent/Guardian Signature:    _______________________________________________

    Date:                                       _______________________________________________