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**Algebra II Syllabus**

Mr. Heintz

Saxon Overview

Saxon Math’s approach of distributed instruction, practice, and assessment gets results for today’s standards, where mastery learning is required of all students. This approach makes the difference in helping junior and senior high students master the standards and provides an understanding that lasts a lifetime.

Procedures

- When students enter the room, class has begun. Students will come into class, pick up new note sheets, pick up the new quiz, get out their required materials, put their backpacks on a hook in the back of the room, and sit in their seat. At their seat, students should have their math binder, which should have their notes and completed homework in it, pencil, pen, and calculator. Students will not talk just because the bell hasn't rung. Students will then work quietly on the warm-up.
- All assignments should be completed with a pencil and corrected with a red pen.
- Each assignment that will be turned in should have the proper heading in the upper right hand corner: Name, period, date, and lesson number.
- If a student is absent, they should ask the teacher, check the board, and/or check the class website for their assignment and if necessary, make arrangements to attend tutoring or schedule an appointment with me.

A Typical Day

Saxon provides a consistent lesson structure that enhances student mastery. Generally, a typical day will consist of the following:

- Warm Up

At the beginning of each lesson we will complete the Warm Up. This is like stretching before you exercise. It allows students to practice some skills and vocabulary that they have learned and will use in this new lesson. - Quiz

- Check Homework

- New Concepts with Lesson Practice

Next, we learn new material. Each day the New Concepts introduce a new topic through clear explanations and examples that build in-depth understanding and use a variety of methods and real-world applications. The Lesson Practice allows students to practice what they learned in the New Concepts. - PRACTICE

After we finish the Lesson Practice, we will hopefully have time to work on the distributed Practice. It provides students with a depth of understanding. Because students practice the same topic over several lessons, they have “time to learn” the concept and have multiple opportunities to show that they understand.

The semester grade will be calculated by using each of the quarter grades and the semester final. Each quarter is worth 40% (80% total), and the semester final is worth 20%. Each quarter is calculated with the following percentages.

- Tests 35% of the quarter grade
- Participation 20% of the quarter grade
- Homework/Classwork 15% of the quarter grade
- Lesson Quizzes 20% of the quarter grade
- Notebooks 10% of the quarter grade

Grading Scale

Benjamin Franklin High School utilizes the following grading scale:

- 90 - 100% A
- 80 - 89% B
- 70 - 79% C
- 60 - 69% D
- 0 – 59% F

Tests

- Starting at Lesson 10, tests will be given every five lessons.
- There are twenty problems on each test. Each one is worth five points. Which means each test is worth one hundred points.
- A study guide will be handed out at the previous test. Students should complete the study guide to practice and prepare for the test. The study guide will be handed in before the test is taken. Students can earn five extra credit points by handing the study guide in before the test.
- After the test is taken and graded, partial points can be earned by completing a Reteaching worksheet for every lesson of an incorrect problem on the test. These worksheets will be due two tests later. i.e. If a student needs to complete corrections on Test 1, they must be complete the day Test 3 is taken.
- Students will be responsible for tracking their progress of each test taken on the individual test analysis form. This visual will help them see which lessons they need to review. They are able to come in for tutoring in these areas.
- 35% of your quarter grade is from tests.

Participation

- A participation grade is based on the level of participation in class as well as at home (i.e. completing homework and completing practice tests), as well as coming to class prepared and with proper materials.
- Each quarter all students will receive 100 points of “Homework Participation” and 100 points of “Weekly Participation.”
- 10 points will be deducted from student’s “Homework Participation” grade for every missed homework assignment. Although you will still receive a zero for the late assignment, you may earn the 10 participation points back by turning them in anytime before the end of the quarter.
- Points can be deducted from the “Weekly Participation” if the student is not preparing for or contributing to class they way they should. This score will be adjusted weekly.
- 20% of the quarter grade is from participation.

Homework/Classwork

- Homework will be assigned every night, including weekends and holidays.
- Assignments will be due at the beginning of the class period on the due date.
- If students do not complete homework in its entirety, a 0 will be given.
- For every missed or incomplete homework 10 participation points will be deducted. If students turn in the homework that was late or incomplete, now completed, they will still receive a 0 on homework but all 10 participation points will be returned.
- Homework is to be done in its entirety. Not completing all of the homework problems is an incomplete homework assignment.
- If homework is illegible, then it cannot be graded. If it cannot be graded, students will receive a zero even though you may have completed it.
- If students do not understand a math problem, they are to refer back to the lesson that the concept was taught and attempt the problem.
- A homework pass can be earned for every 15 consecutive homework assignments turned in. This is to be tracked by the student via family link. I will not track homework passes.
- Students are responsible for any work that they missed because they were absent. If a student is absent, they will be given two days for every day that they were absent. Any work completed after this will be considered late. No late work will be accepted. Homework will be posted in the room and on the website, www.bfhsheintz.weebly.com,
- If the student’s homework is complete, showing all their work, they will receive full credit.
- Detention Policy - If a student fails to turn in homework assignments, that is a zero for that assignment. After three missed homework assignments in a quarter, students will receive a mandatory tutoring session. After four missing homework assignments the student will receive a detention.
- 15% of the quarter grade is from homework.

Lesson Quizzes

- Lesson quizzes will be one to five problems from a specific lesson. They will be given five lessons after the lesson has been taught. i.e. If we are taking notes on Lesson 56 today, we will take the quiz on Lesson 51 (56-5).
- Partial credit can be earned on quizzes. Students must correct each problem they got wrong on the front of the quiz and complete a problem like it on the back of the quiz. If corrections are correct, students can earn partial credit on their quiz.
- Corrections must be done within 5 lessons of them being taken.
- 20% of the quarter grade is from lesson quizzes.

Notebooks

- Notebooks are graded on neatness and completeness of vocabulary and example problems.
- To get full points for the notebook, students must have the following:
- Note sheets filled out completely
- Homework completed for all applicable lessons.

- Note sheets filled out completely
- Notebooks will be checked every time we take a test in class. i.e. Lessons 1-5 notes and homework will be checked during Test 1.
- If a student is absent from school, it is their responsibility to go to the lesson in the book or website and take notes from that section.
- Full credit will be given to any missing or incomplete notebooks that are fixed and handed in before the next test.
- 10% of the quarter grade is from notebooks.

Semester Exam

- A semester exam will be given at the end of the first semester and at the end of the second semester.
- 20% of the semester grade is from final exams.

Required Materials: Students should bring these materials with them each day.

- 1 inch, 3-ring binder (This is your math notebook and is to be brought to class every day.)
- Dividers for your binder with tabs (Label tabs “Homework”, “Notes”, “Tests”, “Quizzes”, and “Miscellaneous”.
- Several pencils (Lead if mechanical)
- Erasers
- Red Correcting pens
- TI-84 Calculator or equivalent (Many of the instructions for doing calculator problems are given for the TI-84. Other graphing calculators are able to complete the same functions, but I am not familiar with them and may not be able to help as efficiently as with the TI-84.)

- Colored pencils (These may be used for note taking).
- White lined college ruled paper (Loose leaf or spiral notebook. There will be Saxon Grid Homework paper available, but some problems will require more room to complete the entire problem.)
- Graphing paper (May be used for homework if you choose not to use grid paper supplied)
- Highlighters (These may be used for highlighting notes.)