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syllabus for 7th grade pre-AP math class

Seventh Grade Pre-AP Math Syllabus

Jessica Hennig: algebra

Email:  [email protected]

My conference period is during 1st period (8:05-8:50).

Phone: (713) 251-1600 (CSA main line)

7th Grade Pre-AP Math:

This will definitely be a different year but I have full confidence that the kids will still learn everything they need to in order to be successful in their future math classes, whether you have chosen face-to-face or virtual learning. This class will get them ready for algebra; in fact we will begin a couple of very key algebra concepts this year. Encourage your child to advocate for themselves. I won’t be able to see the kids’ faces, so this will hamper how quickly I see confusion. Communication and flexibility will be key.

This class is a combination of pre-algebra concepts and introductory algebra concepts. My goals are: 1. For them to gain confidence in their math abilities and 2. To prepare them algebra next year. No matter how they feel about math or their abilities in math, I want them to leave this school year more confident. This confidence will carry over into algebra the next year. Algebra is the foundation for all future math classes, so the better prepared they are for that class the more successful they are likely to be.

Everything this year will go through itslearning, whether you and your child chose the face-to-face or virtual option of learning. The assignments will be in plans. If your child can’t find something in plans, please have them check the drop down button to make sure the appropriate dates are being shown. Itslearning has messaging; I will check these messages and my email frequently in order to be available to communicate with kids.

I am using IXL for the majority of their homework assignments; this is an online math program. I select specific skills to assign to them for practice. They will usually have multiple nights to work on the assignment. The amount of time it takes will vary quite a bit, depending on how well they know the material. Their score increases when they correctly answer a problem and decreases if they get it wrong (after that it will tell them how to solve it correctly). The kids are required to get a score between 80 (proficient) and 100 (complete mastery). So, the kids are choosing their grade for these assignments.

General Policies

Low test scores:  Students scoring below an 80% will be required to correct their test. Students scoring below a 70% on a test will have the opportunity to retest. If they want to retest, within a week they need to finish their corrections and take the retest for a maximum of 75%.

Extra Help: 

  • “STREAM” – Students have 35 minutes on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10:35 – 11:10 for tutorials. They will go to each core subject one day a week. The day of the week they go will be determined by their class schedule (Tues will be their 4th period class; Wed will be their 5th period class, Thurs will be their 6th period class and Fri will be their 7th period class).
  • After school tutorials will be Tuesdays and Thursdays.  This is a time for students to do make up work, work that was not completed on time, or just a study time for the student.  Teachers may assign it or students can just choose to go.  Parents may pick up their student at 4:10 or the student will ride a bus to their closest elementary school (the bus leaves promptly at 4:15).

Make-up work must be completed in the number of days the student was absent up to a maximum of 5 days.  It is the student’s responsibility to arrange with the teacher to make up missed work.

Late Work will result in assignment 10% per day off the grade.

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