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Class Syllabus 

 Mrs. Gornto    Algebra 1B and Algebra 2


Class Expectations

Required Materials      I require a Composition book (1 per   semester) for Algebra 1B and a Math Binder for Algebra 2. Algebra 1B will need at least a 4-Function   calculator and Algebra 2 will need a scientific calculator. Graph paper will   be used in both classes.  A classroom set of Algebra 1 books will be used.  Text books will be issued for Algebra 2.  We ask that students take them home for use there. Please don’t leave them in the car or the   bottom of your backpack!! Students   will be issued a math workbook, but there is a $10 replacement cost.

We are asking that every math student send a $10 classroom   improvement donation to provide for purchases that will be used in the math   department. All monies will be   spent this school year to benefit your student!

Requested Materials   I would welcome a ream of   copy paper or a package of dry erase markers.  Kleenex, paper towels,   Lysol wipes or hand sanitizer would also be greatly appreciated.  You will receive a homework pass for up to   2 items!

Lesson Plans     May be found on the website.   We will adhere to them as best we can.   You may also sign up for REMIND!   Please see my website for the codes.   They are also posted on the board in my room. Students and parents may sign up.

Rules     Show respect for yourself, your   peers, your teachers and administrators. Show up on time and be prepared to   learn.  That means you need to have all required materials including a   GOOD ATTITUDE!  Please be aware that bullying, harassment, profanity,   cheating and defiance will not be   tolerated.  All discipline will be handled according to ACBOE policies   and guidelines as set forth in the handbook.   Be on time to class, not walking through the door just as the tardy   bell rings. You must sign the tardy   log immediately upon entering the class tardy. Please do your “Bell ringer” Activity   immediately upon entering the classroom.   2 bathroom passes will be issued to my students per nine weeks; unredeemed,   they are worth 5 bonus points each.   There should be no electronics visible, including headphones, during   the school day. Should you not adhere   to this PHS rule, your device will be taken to the office. Sometimes we will use your phones in class,   but only with prior administration approval.  

Class Participation     Participation is not optional.  It is part of your grade.  Expect to be   called on to answer questions.  Expect to work in groups with your peers.    Expect to do work at the board.  Expect to present material to your   classmates. 

Grading Percentages     Major Grade Category: 60%, includes   Chapter/ Unit Tests, Projects, 9 Weeks Tests, etc. Minor Grade Category: 40%, includes   quizzes, homework, daily grades and notebooks graded for accuracy

Chapter Tests, Quizzes, and   Homework     Chapter Test   dates will be announced well in advance.  Quizzes will not always be   announced.  Homework will be checked randomly. If you consistently do   all of the homework you will have nothing to worry about; with practice you   will increase your chances of being successful.

Make Up Work     The district policy will be   followed.  Late Work     Late homework will not be   accepted.  Missed quizzes and tests that are not made up within the   ACBOE time period will be given a grade of zero.

In the past, PHS has had a re-take policy on tests for the   Math Department. That is no longer   required by Administration.

And finally, ASK!     If you need help with anything, it   is your responsibility to ask for   assistance.  Don't let yourself get behind.   I will come to   school early in the morning or stay at least 30 minutes after school for extra   help. You must make prior arrangements   with me.  You or your parents may email me at  or leave a   message for me with the front office of the school.  My planning period   is 5th period.  I will typically return calls and emails during that   time or after school.