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Curriculum Night Welcome to Mrs. Rife’s Algebra/Geometry Block Class

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College prep program All honors classes Student responsibility Student self-motivation Extra parental help as needed Faster pace Mastery of the district curriculum Extra challenge to prepare for success at the next levels No Rescue Policy!

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Grading Policy Standard for ACP Homework is corrected, but not graded Homework quizzes are taken directly from the homework Grades are based on mastery of the curriculum 75% Tests and Quizzes 15% Homework Quizzes 10% Warm Up/Projects No retakes of tests or quizzes (summative) Students may retake one homework quiz in each half quarter – about 2 weeks for this class. Must get additional help and bring the signed form.

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Semester Grades There will be a final exam each semester for all students at the end of each quarter! Semester grades are weighted as follows: –40% quarter 1 grade –40% quarter 2 grade –20% final exam grade

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Geometry Not linear thinking No assumptions, information must be labeled, given or proven! Helps develop logical reasoning Most will feel frustration, but be patient. It will get easier! Proofs

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Typical Day Warm up Go over homework Lesson –Groups given a task –Teacher circulates, working with groups, offering tips, suggestions, hints –Whole class discussions when needed –Closure – wrap up the learning –Quick break –Repeat for second lesson, or continue with part 2

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Warm Up Review 8 th grade skills (foundations for algebra 1 and fills any gaps) AIMS review “Gimme” points –The only extra points available –Should never earn less than 5 points –Get help!

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Progress checks Formative (informal) Ticket out the door Homework quiz Observation Skill Mastery Scale Summative (formal) Chapter tests and quizzes Mid-quarter and end-of-quarter exams Final exam each semester

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What students can do if they don’t understand Ask questions Look over notes and examples Ask for help at home Call a friend Go online –Support links on CPM.org –You tube –classzone.com or other math sites Don’t give up!

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What else can parents do? The new text series has excellent student and parent resources. Go to CPM.org and find the parent/student links on the left Homework help Examples with work shown Answers to some homework Parents can even purchase an e-book license (1 year) for $10 – order forms on back table Contact Mrs. Rife right away if you have concerns!

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Mrs. Rife’s Supports Mrs. Rife’s scheduled tutoring days are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday at 7:15 am and Tuesday after school by appointment Students can stop in and get help or get their questions answered any time Not able to provide individual tutoring, but happy to answer questions!!! Weekly e-mails – will recap the current week and give a heads up for next week.

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Helpful Tips Students should keep all notes, examples, homework assignments, quizzes, etc for the current chapter in their binder! After the chapter test, students can remove all of these from their binder, but need to keep them until the end of the semester! Students will need them for mid-quarter and end-of- quarter exams as well as final exams! –Extra binder –Accordion folder –Box –?

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Absences Attendance is particularly important in this class – every day is 2 learning days! Difficult to make up missed lesson and discussion Students are responsible for the learning that was done! Quizzes and Tests made up before or after school I can’t meet individually with every absent student

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In Closing Giving Tree Curriculum Night Handouts I love the new text series! Have a specific question? - Send me an e-mail and I will get back to you ASAP!

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