• Welcome to Mrs. Sobey’s 7th Grade Math Class!

     

    Somerville Middle School

    Room 204

    dsobey@somervilleschools.org

    (908) 218-4107

     

     

    Dear Students,

     

    I am excited to start the new school year!   The following information will help you achieve success in our math class. 

     

     

    Required Materials:

     

    Please bring the following materials to class every day.

     

    1.    Notebook

    2.    Folder (This could be a section in your accordion folder.)

    3.    Sharpened pencils

    4.    Eraser

     

     

    Recommended for use at home:

     

    Calculator

     

     

     

    Classroom Procedures:

     

    ü If needed, sharpen your pencils when you arrive to class.

     

    ü Immediately place your homework on your desk.

     

    ü Complete the warm-up activity.

     

    ü Work diligently to complete classroom assignments.

     

    ü Write the homework assignment in your agenda.

     

    ü Leave your area clean when dismissed.

     

    Classroom Rules and Expectations:

     

    ü Work quietly and complete work on time.

    ü Raise your hand to answer or ask questions.

    ü Participate positively and politely in class.  Respect the thoughts and feelings of others. 

    ü Respect yourself, others, and the property of others.

    ü Ask questions when you don’t understand something, and come for extra help when needed.

    ü Do not adjust shades, lights, or windows.

    ü No gum, candy, food, or drink.

     

    *Failure to follow the above rules will result in a detention, phone call home, and/or discipline referral.

     

     

    Grading Policy:

     

    Various methods of assessment will be used throughout the year.  Your final marking period grade will be calculated based on points.

    Tests – 10 points per question-range of 350 to 370 points during the marking period

     

    Quizzes – 5 points per question – range of 170-180 points during the marking period

     

    Homework/Classwork – 2 points per assignment – range of 60-70 points during the

                Marking period

     

    Graded classwork assignments will be scored on a scale of 0-2. 

    Homework will be graded on a scale of 0-2 based on effort and completion.

    All homework assignments are due when you arrive to class.  No student will be permitted to retrieve homework from a locker.  Late homework will not be accepted. Students are expected to show work on assignments.  All work must be completed in pencil in order to erase mistakes and keep work neat. 

     

     

     

    (Grading Policy Continued)

     

    Projects – Variable points

    Each project will have its own grading rubric.  This rubric will be explained and discussed in class when the project is assigned.  A copy of the rubric will be made available so that it could be used as a reference throughout the project.  

     

    **If you are not in class for any reason (absent from school, band lesson, group meeting, etc.), YOU are responsible for asking me about the work you missed. 

     

     

    Purpose of Homework:

    Homework is to provide you with practice and to help you determine if you understand the material.  The more you practice, the better you become at math.  The effort you apply to homework will help you perform well on quizzes and tests.  If you incorrectly answer many of the homework problems, you need to stay after school for help with the material.  Homework will usually by assigned four days per week including Fridays. 

     

    ***You receive one free math homework pass per marking period.***

    If you lose it, it cannot be replaced.

     

     

    Extra Help:

    I am available many days after school or in the morning.  Please make an appointment with me if you would like extra help.

     

     

    Common Question:

     

    “Why do I have to learn this?”

     

     

    Answers to Common Question:

     

    “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and critically,” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

     

    In the words of Mahatma Gandhi, “ The future depends on what you do today!”

     

     

     

     

    I look forward to a great year with you!

    Sincerely,

    Mrs. Sobey