Dear Student, Parent, and/or Parent Guardian:

 

Welcome to Seventh Grade Math! I hope this letter finds you and your family healthy and enjoying the fresh start of the new school year. I am excited about the opportunity to get to know you and I am looking forward to a happy and productive school year.

My name is Ms. Bereck and I earned my teaching degree from Grove City College located all the way in my home state of Pennsylvania. Last year I travelled cross-country to accept the opportunity to teach Seventh Grade Math at Paseo Pointe. It will be my second year here, at Paseo Pointe, and I have high expectations for Seventh Grade Math. It is because of my Seventh Grade Math teacher, who had strict standards, that I excel in math, value precision, and teach math.

Below is a brief syllabus outlining the procedures and expectations in my classroom:

 

Curriculum areas:

  • Ratios and Proportional Relationships
  • The Number System
  • Expressions and Equations
  • Geometry
  • Statistics and Probability

 

Class Expectations: Everyone in my classroom will be respectful and polite to one another, follow school rules (Responsible Integrity Safe Engaged), be prompt to class and/or with assignments, be organized, and put their best effort forward. It is my goal to create a class where all students are able to reach his or her full potential academically, in the math classroom, and as a life-long learner.

Absences: Students will have one day to make up work for every absence recorded. Work will be available for students upon their return to school; accommodations can be made for students on a case-by-case basis. Students should check the “missing work bin” for assignments.

Other Learning Opportunities (tutoring): If the student is struggling on a topic or has a D average or below in class, I strongly recommend finishing any incomplete practice work outside of class hours. I will be available after school every Tuesday and Thursday or by request for additional help.

Technology: My classroom is a technology friendly environment. Technology, however, is a privilege, not a right. Students are to use technology in an appropriate manner, staying on task and only using Chromebooks for the activity’s outlined purpose. Cell phones will not be tolerated.       

Grading Policy: “Academic grades reflect the mastery of the standard taught, and the effort grade reflects the applied effort toward the academic grade.” -Academic Handbook

Grading Scale

Academic Grade:

A= Proficient in all standards

B= Partially proficient or proficient in all standards

C= Partially proficient in all standards

D= Minimally proficient or partially proficient F= Minimally proficient in all standards

 

Effort Grade:

E= Excellent

S= Satisfactory

N= Needs Improvement


NO EXTRA CREDIT WILL BE OFFERED.

All students always have the opportunity to earn full credit based on the effort or accuracy [dependent on the nature of the assignment] that they contribute. Each day there will be an opportunity to earn points. There will be chapter tests about every other week and any additional projects will include a rubric. Parents/guardians are encouraged to maintain a watchful eye on their students’ grade in my class. Grades will be posted on ParentVue/StudentVue at the end of every week.

 

Syllabus is subject to change and all non-specified policies will fall under school/district guidelines.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me by email or phone. I also welcome appointments to meet in person. You can contact me at (602) 304-2040 Ext. 3868 or jbereck@laveeneld.org.

Let’s work together to make this the best year ever!

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