### Syllabus 2019-20

 CHARLES T. KOONTZ INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL 305 Overlook Road Asheville, NC 28803 828.684.1295 ctkis.buncombeschools.org

Math Syllabus 2019-20

Ms. Sheri Coules

Room 613

Email:

sheri.coules@bcsemail.org

Website:

http://ctkis.buncombeschools.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=96900&pageId=566342

Math Curriculum Overview
In middle school mathematics, students continue to build upon numerical concepts and skills learned in elementary grades. The development of fluency skills with numerical expressions and eventually simple algebraic expressions is a vital part of the middle grades standards. The development of formalized algebraic skills begins in 6th grade with the application of numerical concepts to algebraic expressions and reasoning with one-variable equations. Statistical Thinking through the study of statistics and probability will also begin in 6th grade and continue into all the High School Courses. Lastly, one vital area of emphasis in 6th grade is the introduction of ratios and the relationship between equivalent ratios. Work with ratios will continue into 7th grade and be explored in depth to build understanding for the concepts associated with proportional reasoning, a major connection to the study of functions.

 Grading: Students are graded ona 10-point scale: 90-100 = A 80-89 = B 70-79 = C 60-69 = D <60 = F Grades are weighted as follows:   Tests 40% Quizzes/Projects 30% Classwork 20% Homework/Participation 10%

Classroom Policies and Procedures

Students are expected to be in their seats and ready for class by 7:40 a.m.

Each day, students need their math folder and notebook, calculator, sharpened pencils with erasers, laptop with charge cord and earbuds, and any assignments that are due.  If a student is absent, he/she is responsible to check with me, a fellow student, or check on Canvas to see what he/she has missed.  See the Buncombe County Absence Policy.

Snacks and water bottles (with only clear water inside) are permitted.  As young adults, I expect 6th graders to recognize when these might be distracting to their or other’s learning. Only HEALTHY snacks are allowed - no chips, cookies, candy or Takis.

Students who need to borrow a pencil will use a sign-out system and return the pencil before leaving the class.

Students are expected to be polite and kind to everyone. Students who are disruptive to the learning environment will have consequences which could include think sheets, lunch detention, restitution, restricted recess activities, parent contact, temporary placement in a different classroom, after-school detention, loss of privileges, and minor or major referrals (administrator intervention).

Classroom and School Expectations

PBIS, L.E.A.D, and The 7 Habits

The staff at Koontz encourages and expects all students to be leaders.  We use a system called PBIS (Positive Behavioral Intervention Support), which is based on the ideas of encouraging leadership skills and positive work habits, as well as consistently enforcing ground rules and expectations throughout the entire school day.  Part of the mission at Koontz is to prepare each student for the 21st century. We have adopted Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People as a guide to help students successfully navigate the obstacles and challenges ahead of them.

I believe it "takes a village" to teach children to become responsible, productive adults. I provide structure and high expectations for all students, and I will ask parents to support me in my efforts if an issue arises.

The 7 Habits

1. Be proactive
2. Begin with the End in Mind
3. Put First things First
4. Think Win-Win
5. Seek First to Understand, Then be Understood
6. Synergize
7. Sharpen the Saw

For more information on the 7 Habits go to the following website:

**A rewards system will also be in place which may include ticket drawings and reward time outside.

Communication

From me:

Early, regular, and on-going communication between home and school is the backbone of a student’s healthy academic, social, emotional, mental, and physical development.  We will be using REMIND as a communication tool this year.  Instructions for how to sign up for our team will be sent home at Meet The Teacher!  Additionally, my webpage is an excellent “go-to” source.  Here, you can find a class schedule, syllabus, pacing guide, homework assignments, helpful web links, field trip information, etc.

To me:

Students and their family members may contact me ANY TIME via email or Remind.  I will always try to get back with you within 24 hours.  If for some reason you have not heard from me, please try to contact me again.

PARENT PORTAL
Progress reports come home at the 4.5 week point during each 9 weeks.  Report cards come home at the end of each 9 weeks.  I strongly encourage you to check PowerSchool regularly to see how your student is progressing. While I will likely contact you if your student is failing at the midway point of each semester, I will not contact you for each assignment missed or test failed.  It is the responsibility of the student and parent to monitor grades and assignment completion.  Students also have PowerSchool access through their IAM (NCEdcloud) accounts on their laptops.

Directions to sign up in PowerSchool for parents:

1. Go to Portal.BuncombeSchools.org to access Parent Portal or access it from the Koontz website.

2. Create an account, and then link your student to your account.  You will need your child’s student # and add a Z on the end.  The password will be the date of birth MMDDYYYY.  There are no leading zeroes for single digit days or months, so you could have a format like MDYYYY, for example.

3. Hit ENTER.  Agree to comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Act (COPPA), then enter your child’s date of birth, and hit SUBMIT.