Classroom Policies

These are the Policies for Fall 2013.
These rules apply to all classes, except where otherwise noted.
If you have any questions, ASK.
  1. On-Time Performance
  2. Academic Dishonesty
  3. Cell Phones and Other Electronic Devices
  4. Class Room Behavior
  5. Written Homework
  6. Make-up & Late Assignment Policy
  7. Notebook (for Geometry A students)
  8. Money in the Classroom
  9. Required Materials

On-Time Performance

When the bell begins to ring, students should be in their seats, quietly working on whatever
assignment has been posted (or prepared to start working, if no assignment is on the board).

Necessary items -- notebooks, pencils, paper, etc. -- should already be removed from backpacks,
which should be stored under seats, not in aisles.

Students who are not in their seats when the bell begins to ring will be marked late for the
purposes of class participation grades. The more often a student is late, the higher the penalty for
each offense.

Students who are not in the room when the bell begins to ring will be listed as "late" on the
attendance roster. Late students without a pass will receive detention. The number of days of
detention will be equal to the number of times the student has been late without a pass.

School policy dictates that students with 7 absences be given a failing grade. Three "tardies"
equal one absence, so a student with 21 "tardies" (or an equivalent combination of absences
and "tardies") will fail.
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Academic Dishonesty

Cheating will not be tolerated. Students are expected to do their own work -- homework, class
work, and assessments. When working in teams, students are still responsible for their own work-
product and for making sure they understand the material.

Students are responsible for protecting the security of their homework and test answers, ensuring
that other students do not have an opportunity to copy from them. Allowing another student to
copy your answers is cheating and will be punished, just as copying is punished.

Students caught cheating on assessments will, at a minimum, receive a zero on that assessment,
be referred to the Dean's Office, and receive detention.

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Cell Phones and Other Electronic Devices

Students are to turn off all electronic devices and put them away before entering the class.

Cell phones that can be seen or heard will be confiscated and turned over to the Dean's Office,
except that cell phones that are turned off (not silent, not sleeping) may or may not be confiscated.

Failure to turn over a cell phone upon request will be punished with detention and a reduction in
grade (in addition to whatever penalty is imposed by the Dean's Office).
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Class Room Behavior

Math is not a spectator sport. Students are expected to come to class prepared to participate, both
physically (with all the appropriate supplies) and mentally (with the right attitude). Class
participation grades will be based on performance -- staying on task, cooperating with
classmates, putting in effort, and being quiet when asked.

Inappropriate behavior in class will result in a reduced grade. If the behavior is also disruptive in
any way, the offending student will be referred to the DeanŐs Office and the parents will be
notified. Continuing disruptive behavior will result in a failing grade.

Class is not over until the bell rings. Students are expected to make the most of class time.
Packing up early and gathering at the door are not appropriate behaviors.
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Written Homework

The purpose of homework is to provide students with an opportunity to practice what they have
learned, to see what they remember from class, and to identify concepts they still do not

The bell at the beginning of class is the deadline for turning in that dayŐs written homework. Any
homework not in the bin at the bell is late and will not be accepted until the next class.

Homework must be legible and done on graph paper. Problems must be submitted in order, with
all work shown. Name, date, and assignment number must be written at the top of each page.
Page fragments will not be accepted, and perforated margins on pages should be removed.

Late/incomplete homework will not receive full credit.

Homework will not be reviewed during class time. Worked-out solutions to homework
problems can be found at Students are expected to use to check their
answers before turning in their homework. If, after consulting, a student still has
questions about a specific problem, the student should make time to come in for help -- during
lunch, nutrition, or after school.
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Make-up & Late Assignment Policy

Missed tests and/or quizzes will result in scores of zero until they are made up.

No make-up test will be permitted until the absence is cleared with the Attendance Office.

Make-ups for tests missed due to school-sponsored field trips will be made up during time
made available by the teacher who sponsored the trip, in accordance with the school policy.

Make-up schedules will be based upon the availability of the instructor outside of class.

Students are also responsible for finding out what they missed during the absence.

Students can submit late homework before the end of each unit. Late assignments will receive
reduced credit.

Opening Exercises and Class Work points cannot be made up.
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Notebook (for Geometry A students)

Geometry A students are required to maintain a notebook in a three-ring binder, which must be
brought to every class.

Each of the tabbed sections should contain all of the designated items from the entire semester,
properly inserted, in order, with the most recent items at the end of the section.

Homework should be done on graph paper.

Each page should have the student's name and the origination date written in the upper right
hand corner.

The notebook should also contain an ample supply of loose-leaf lined paper and graph paper.

Notebooks may be inspected at any time and will be graded on organization, completeness, and

The binder should be a minimum of two inches thick and contain at least five tabs, labeled
Class Work,
Resource Pages, and
Graded Work.
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Money in the Classroom

A student's money should never be visible in the classroom. Business transactions have no place in a geometry class, and there will be plenty of time after class for students who want to inventory their cash.

A student who displays money during class will receive detention and will lose classroom participation points. Perhaps more seriously, the student also risks having the money confiscated.
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Required Materials

Any job is easier when you have the proper tools.

For math class, the basic necessities are pencil, paper, and the textbook. You also might find it
helpful to have different colored pens or pencils and a variety of kinds of paper (e.g., graph,
tracing, lined, unlined).

Calculators are generally not permitted.

Students will need to bring a pack of 3x5 index cards.

Geometry students will a compass (drafting tool, not direction-finder).

Students who do not bring the appropriate materials to class will lose classroom participation
points. The more often the student comes unprepared, the more points will be deducted.
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