Classroom Rules and Grading

Classroom Rules: (These rules are covered the first day of class & each student gets a copy of these rules.)

**Pens/Pencils

  • Absolutely No Pens allowed for doing work.
  • If you use ink: I will not correct it – it is a zero. However, I will give you one reminder/warning “free of charge”. Tests, written in ink  will be docked 20% in addition to anything you may have incorrect.
  • You may use pen to correct work only.

**Grading (Also see student handbook)

  • You must show your work for full credit. Points may be docked for not showing work.
  • Work must be neat and legible. If I can not read it, I will not correct it and it will become a zero.
  • Extra credit work is NOT available. There will be, on occasion, bonus or challenge problems available to the entire class.
  • Tests and test corrections are worth 70% of your daily grade. Notebooks, quizzes, worksheets, and study guides are worth 30% of your daily grade. This is not as hard as it seems, because notebooks that are done “correctly” are an easy 100 points. This basically means, as long as you complete your daily work (and turn in on time) it helps your grade. Notebooks will be explained in more detail during class.
  • When calculating your semester grade; 80% comes from daily grades during the semester, and 20% comes from the semester test.

**Late Work (this includes losing it or forgetting to hand it in)

Also see school handbook for absent students and make-up work.

  • You will be docked 20 percent if you hand in your assignment after class is over the same day it is due or if you hand it in under my door before 8:30 the next morning (in addition to anything you may have wrong or have not completed).
  • You will be docked 40 percent if you hand in your assignment the day after it was due between 8:30 a.m. and end of class that same day (in addition to anything you may have wrong or have not completed).
  • You will get a zero for a grade if you hand it in any time past class time the day after it is due. I will not even correct it.
  • Exception: Test / Test corrections and study guides must be handed in, done or not, no matter what. They are still worth at 1/5 points anytime (during the grading period).
  • It is always better to hand in an assignment you are not done with and get partial credit, than to hand in nothing and get no points.
  • You will get one “freebie” for the entire year where you may hand in Notebook/daily lessons late and not be docked late points (if you make arrangements with me).

**Tests

  • You will be informed of tests at least two days in advance. (Test dates are also posted in the room on the assignment board.) This means if you know about a test – you take it. If you miss the day of the study guide/review once, you will be given the option to make up the test within two days. After missing two or more study guides/reviews, you no longer have the optionto make up the test – you take the test when everyone else does and make up the study guide/review on your own time.

**Cheating (Also see student handbook)

  • Automatic zero for that worksheet, or that test, or for that study guide, or for the entire notebook that the lesson is from.

**Calculators

  • 7th grade, 8th grade and Applied Math I – Calculators are NOT allowed in class. Exceptions are made on certain assignments.
  • Algebra I and Applied Math II – Calculators are NOT allowed in class until the teacher says it is O.K. (usually not until second semester for Algebra I).
  • Exceptions are made on certain assignments.
  • Algebra II, Advanced Math, College Algebra and Trigonometry: Scientific calculators are encouraged/needed. I suggest getting:
    • Casio fx260 solar as that what is used in the classroom. Graphing calculators are available for checkout for the college classes. Replacement batteries during the school year, if needed, will be the student’s responsibility and expense.
  • I do have a few calculators available for student to sign out/use. Fines may be assessed if calculators are damaged or not returned.

**Miscellaneous

  • The computer in this room is not for student use. I will write a pass to a teacher supervised room (ex. library or computer lab) if needed or allowed.
  • Pop, juice, candy, food, etc. is not allowed in this classroom. If you bring it to class it will go in the garbage. Gum, breath mints, etc. are allowed as long as I don’t see them or hear them. If I find any gum under a desk, this privilege will be gone. Water will be allowed only if it does not become a problem.
  • For the most part, leaving the room is discouraged, so come to class prepared. This includes the use of the bathroom and getting items from your locker. If you do need to leave the room for any reason, you must sign out/use your planner. Failure to sign out/use planner will result in loss of “leaving the room” privilege completely.
  • Games are available to use only if you are done with all other work. They are my own personal property and I ask that you treat them with care. Use them as they are intended. Return games to where they belong when you are done using them. Any abuse in their use, or damage to games, will result in the loss of “playing privileges” for either that person(s) or the entire class. Failure to return game to its proper place, when you are done using it, may result in removal of game from the classroom. If you notice something broken or missing, please let me know right away.
  • Please deposit all garbage in wastebasket. This is not a gym, so no shooting of baskets! Do your part to help keep this room clean.
  • Please do not sit on counters, tables, or tops of desks.
  • I expect ALL of us to act in a respectful manner towards each other!
  • If you have any questions or concerns with anything – just ask! This includes not only this sheet, but anything we do in class.

As with all “rules” certain exceptions may or may not be made if you talk to me in advance. ~Mrs. Schwalk