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Deborah  Smith
8th Grade Math
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How do I find out what my child's assignments are? 

     Please email the teacher (smithd@btcs.org) and request a parent access code for Schoology.  This code will provide you with access to everything your child is doing in Schoology.  All daily agendas will be posted there.  Students are expected to finish daily agendas for homework if they are unable to complete it during class.

Frequently Asked Questions: This page contains answers to common questions 
of students and parents.
  1. How do I organize my math file folder?
  2. Why is there so little homework?
  3. What do you expect from your students?
  4. What is your grading policy?
  5. What if my child is having difficulty with homework?
  6. What is your bathroom policy?
  7. How do students find out what their make-up work is?
  8. How do students improve their grade?
  9. What about discipline?
  10. How can I contact Mrs. Smith?
  11. Why does my child have a zero for an assignment?
  12. Why does my child have a one for an assignment?

 

How do I organize my math file folder?

First Section- Homework- This is for tonight's homework only.
Second Section - Centers-  Keep your center contract and any written center work here.
Third Section - Study Guides - Place all study guides in this section
Fourth Section - Tasks - Place all tasks in this section
Fifth Section - Daily- Place all daily practice and any graded homework or classwork in this section
Sixth Section - Assessments - Place all graded tests and quizzes in this section
Last - Place math journal, workbook, calculator, pencil and red pen in this section


Why is there so little homework?

We 'practice' in the classroom as much as possible.  When academic work is done at home, 
sometimes there is too much confusion and aggravation to make it worthwhile.  We'd prefer 
to avoid this as much as possible.  Most homework will consist of preparing for tests.
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What do you expect from your students?

1.  I expect students to be responsible- come to class with all materials and prepared to learn.
2.  I expect students to be respectful- to the school, themselves, each other, and adults.
3.  I expect students to be productive at all times- make the most of the class and the school day.
4.  I expect students to do what is right- follow school rules, etc.

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What is your grading policy?

Daily Work- Which includes Classwork and Homework:  60%
Assessments- Which includes Quizzes and Tests 40%
 
A zero or A on Powerschool denotes that a student was absent and needs to make up that 
assignment.  The zero will remain until the assignment is completed and turned in to 
the teacher. Points will not be deducted for make up work. 
A 1 one Powerschool states that a student was present when an assignment was given 
and chose not to complete the assignment.  30 points will be deducted for work turned
in late. This includes work that is left in the locker or at home.   A zero will be given to a 
student for communication of any kind during a quiz or test.  Assignments with answers 
only and no work is shown will not be accepted.  Ten points will be deducted for completing 
assignments in a color other than pencil or black ink as well as neglecting to put a name 
at the top of the paper.
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What if my child is having difficulty with homework?

Please let me know!  You can write a note or send an email.  This lets me know that 
your student tried to do the homework.  I will help your child at school and give them 
another chance to complete that homework.

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What is your bathroom policy?

The Navigator team policy is that students may go to the bathroom during class change.  
Students should put their books in their next class and check with the teacher that there 
is adequate time to go to the bathroom.  There is typically enough time if the 
door is still propped open, unless the teacher has already begun class.

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How do students find out what their make-up work is?

Students are responsible for getting their make-up work.  Any worksheets that were 
missed will have the student's name written on it and will be in the Make-up Work box. 
 The student should ask the teacher and check the website and Power School to make up quizzes or tests.  
The grade will be a zero until the work is completed and given to the teacher.

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How do students improve their grade?

Grades can be improved in several ways:      
1.One of the best ways is to be in class and involved EVERY DAY! 
Math builds on itself like a story. Missing something can have negative 
consequences for a long time. Getting behind is a definite grade killer.
 
2.Active participation and 100% effort will make a HUGE difference.  Do all of your work. 
Math skills are like basketball skills or baseball skills. You can be out of practice. The 
more you practice, the better, faster, and more accurate you will be. This will make it 
easier to learn new, harder things. You'll also remember it for longer and will perform 
better under pressure, such as on a quiz or test.
 
 3.Check your answers as you do your work. If you get a question wrong, then go back
 and solve it until you get it right. Be sure you understand what your mistake was.  
 
4.Always show your work. Organized work leads to organized thinking. Plus, if you get 
a question wrong, you can go back and see why.
 
5.And finally, chat less and think more!

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What about discipline?

If a student chooses to continually disrupt class or not complete assignments, a 
conference will be scheduled with the student, contact parents, or refer them to 
the office for additional consequences.

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How can I contact Mrs. Smith?

My email address is smithd@btcs.org and the school phone number is 423.652.9449. 
The Navigator team planning period is from 10:50 to 12:20.

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Why does my child have a zero for an assignment?

Your child was absent.  He needs to complete the assignment and turn it in for a grade.
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Why does my child have a one for an assignment?

Your child was present for class and:
 1. Your child did not complete the assignment.
 
2.  Your child completed the assignment, but did not put his name on it.  
The assignment may be found in the class folder in 
the front of the classroom next to the door.  Your child may claim his paper, 
write his name on it, and turn it in for a grade.
 
 3.  Your child wrote down answers but did not show work. Students are 
required to show work on all assignments.
 
4.  Your child may have completed the assignment, but neglected to turn it in for a grade.