DAKOTA MEADOWS MIDDLE SCHOOL

COURSE: Pre-Algebra: Holt McDougal Mathematics Course 3 & Course 3 Enriched

TEACHER: Dean Mueller ROOM: 119 Kasota Trail

 
GENERAL COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This year students will be studying Pre-Algebra from Holt McDougal Mathematics Course 3. Pre-Algebra reinforces the use of basic math skills while challenging students to think more abstractly in preparation for Algebra I. This course emphasizes positive and negative rational numbers, exponents, variable expressions, equation solving, functions, proportional thinking, and problem-solving.

EVALUATION AND GRADING PROCEDURE:

Your students’ grade for each quarter and any mid-quarter reports will be determined by the points earned on tests, homework assignments, and enrichment assignments. Assessments (tests) are 80% of their grade, practice/guided notes are 10% of their grade, and enrichment assignments are 10% of their grade.  The grade for the course will be an average of their grades from the four grading periods.


Practice/Guided Notes Grading

Both will be worth one (1) point.

Graded on effort and completeness.

   1 = on time and all work is shown

   empty = not yet completed

   0 = not completed during grading period


Enrichment Assignment Grading

Enrichment assignments will be graded on accuracy. 


Assessments

All assessments will be announced verbally and in writing on the board at least one week prior to the assessment date. The written notice will remain on the board until one day after the assessment. This written announcement will state when the assessment will occur, what the students will be tested on, and what material the students should study.
All students will have the opportunity to retake any test within any the quarter.  

EXPECTATIONS:

In order to have a safe, educational learning environment, all students must comply with the following core values of District 77:

Integrity

Respect

Excellence

Adaptability

Responsibility

Engagement

Collaboration

In addition, I expect that students will:

1. come to class prepared daily with their math book and three-ring binder (which should contain their calculator, guided notes, and loose leaf paper). They should also bring pencils, personal reading book and any other needed materials.

2. be in your seat when the bell rings.

3. complete all assignments on time.

4. participate in class discussion(s) and collaborative work.

5. take responsibility for their own learning. If you have a question, you need to find the answer to your question before the assignment is due. Please make time during your day to get your questions answered by asking Mr. Mueller (before, during, or after school), another teacher, parent, and/or classmate.


AS A PARENT YOU CAN HELP YOUR STUDENT BY:

- checking their scores and grade using Infinite Campus/Parent Portal

Parents: By using Infinite Campus/Parent Portal https://campus.isd77.k12.mn.us/campus/portal/mankato.jsp
 (and also linked from DMMS web-site) you are able to view your student’s scores (and grade) at any time. Scores will be updated weekly and I strongly encourage you to visit this website as often as you need, to keep up-to-date with your student’s scores and grade.

- checking this website. This website is updated every day and the buttons on the left of this screen, will provide you with information about what occurred in class that day as well as the homework assignments, worksheets and online book access.

- visiting the Holt Math website
 http://my.hrw.com/index.jsp

Once on the site, use the following information:


Username:  dmmsy

Password: e3u2p

**Then go down to the third book shown (Holt McDougal Mathematics Course 3 Interactive Online Edition) and choose the first option (Go to the online text book).

This site will provide you with an online book, video tutorials and answers/solutions to a select number of homework problems.

- asking your student questions about their daily in-class work

- checking their assignments (written in their planner)


POINT AT WHICH PARENTS ARE CONTACTED:

With both academic and behavior issues, (in most cases) I will try to resolve the problem by first talking with your student. If the issue is not resolved, I will then call home.


If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me (
 dmuell1@isd77.k12.mn.us) or call me at school (207-3267). The best times are after 7:45 a.m. and before 4:00 p.m.