Lunsford Middle School | 2019-2020
Dr. Oliver | Paul.Oliver@lcps.org
Welcome to Lunsford Middle School! I am looking forward to an exciting, productive and rewarding year. Below, I have outlined the basic structure of this class, including a course overview, class supplies, and our grading policy. If you have any concerns and/or questions throughout the year, please contact me at school or via email.
Teaching Goes Both Ways:
You are now at a point in your education where you can begin to take responsibility for your own learning. You are old enough to know what you need to do when you are having difficulty.
You are in this class to learn math – and in order to be successful you need to:
… come to class prepared every day
… spend quality time practicing concepts
… be an engaged participant in every class
… ask questions
… be kind and respectful to other members of the class, the teacher(s), school, materials, and yourself
Our math classroom is a learning community where you and your peers will work together to solve problems, learn the skills/strategies of math, and achieve success. All members of the class should feel free to participate and take risks in the classroom, where questions and suggestions will be heard. Students will listen and respect each other at all times. Students will also respect my right to present, explain, and share ideas without interruption.
For this class, you are required to have a:
- Bound composition notebook/spiral
- Folder with loose-leaf paper
- Your agenda
- A binder at home (to compile your summative assessments)
Absences and Late Work:
Students are responsible to make up any work they have missed in a timely manner. Late work must be made up before the end of each quarter. Missed assessments will be made up the class after a student returns, unless the teacher decides to extend the time.
Office Hours, Extra Help and Grading Scale:
Feel free to contact me if you desire extra help. I have a set resource block during school hours which might correspond with yours, but I can also meet some mornings before school with prior notice.
A+ 98-100 B+ 87-89 C+ 77-79 D+ 67-69 F 0-59
A 93-97 B 83-86 C 73-76 D 63-66
A- 90-92 B- 80-82 C- 70-72 D- 60-62
Only summative assessments (tests) will be used for the quarterly and final grades. Summative assessments will be noted in the grade book with an S next to it (ex. S - Integers). The S stands for Summative.
Formative Assessments are skill check-ups and are entered into the grade book periodically. These formative assessments are a snap shot of that moment in time and are meant to gauge a student's understanding prior to the summative assessment. They are not calculated into the quarter grade, but they will be entered into the grade book. Formative Assessments will be noted in the grade book with an F next to it (ex. F - Integers). The F stands for Formative.
Diagnostic Assessments are sometimes given. These are typically not entered into the grade book, nor are they calculated into the grade. These assessments are used to quantify a student's understanding.
Independent practice is very important. It enables students to practice and master skills we are working on in class. Attempting and completing independent practice is crucial to student learning and is assigned frequently. I post independent practice on the class website in Phoenix. Homework will encompass many forms, including but not limited to DreamBox (personalized learning) and IXL, as it provides aligned SOL strands for practice. We will utilize shared IXL account access.
If you are absent, it is your responsibility to make up assignments, obtain notes, etc. Please make sure you check the online calendar for information if you are absent. Make-up-assignments must be completed in a timely fashion -- usually this means by within two class blocks.
- If a student scores between a 70%-80% on a summative, they are eligible for a retake, however the highest score that may be earned is an 80%. Optional retakes must be initiated by the student. Being granted a retake is up to the teacher’s discretion and consideration of factors such as but not limited to: the initial completion of homework and the study guide prior to the summative, completion of all additional assignments given to prepare for the retake, time remaining in the quarter, etc. This must occur within two weeks of the summative. Only one optional retake per summative is allowed.
- If a student scores below a 70%, the teacher will schedule a re-teaching session and give the student a retake. The new assessment will also have a cap of 80%. The retake will be different from the original assessment but will assess mastery of the same material. The retakes may be differentiated for different students. Only one retake per summative will be allowed.