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Syllabus below -
7th Grade Math
Course Description: 7th Grade Mathematics will be paced to cover the entire District 12 standards derived from the Colorado Academic Standards. There are five math Grade Reporting Criteria (GRCs) based on the Colorado Academic Standards.
- Ratios and Proportional Relationships (RP)
- The Number System (NS)
- Expressions and Equations (EE)
- Geometry (G)
- Statistics and Probability (SP)
- Mathematics Communication
- Procedural Fluency
Unit of Study Pacing Guide and Math Gradebook Reporting Criteria Rubric
Attached to the end of the syllabus
Assessing Student Progress
Assessments are used to evaluate student learning on a particular concept or skill and to determine the proficiency level at which the student is achieving that standard by using an essential learning rubric. Assessments are based solely on achievement of content standards – factors such as effort, attendance, behavior, and attitude will be reported separately. The student will receive a score (1-4) regarding his or her progress toward meeting the criteria within a Gradebook Reporting Criteria (GRC) as scored against a rubric. At reporting times, such as the end of the quarter and semester, grades will be based primarily on summative assessment data; however, formative data and evidence will also be utilized to determine a student’s level of proficiency within a GRC.
Parents/guardians will be notified if there are concerns about student progress toward the achievement of standards or if a significant change occurs in student performance. This notice may be in the form of personal conference, telephone conversations, an automated telephone message, a weekly email update concerning the student’s grade, and/or by means of a written report sent home with the student to the parent/guardian.
This contact will be made providing sufficient time to correct issues. At reporting times, teachers use their professional judgment based on evidence to report student progress with the following Standard Based Grading Score Descriptions:
SBG Score Descriptions
4 = Advanced Understanding of the Standard
3 = Meets the Standard
2 = Approaches the Standard
1 = Does Not Meet the Standard
Throughout a unit students will take formative assessments to assess their current level of understanding of the standard. From these assessments and with progress monitoring tools, students will determine if a reteaching/relearning opportunity is needed. These opportunities could include ELO’s, study sessions by appointment, intervention groups, etc. These opportunities will serve as informal (unscored) retakes of the skill. Summative assessments serve as the final/formal (scored) retake opportunity.
Math Masters is a program developed by the Westlake Math Department to increase the Procedural Fluency skills of our students. The program is designed with 15 levels and students work at their own pace through these levels. We will begin the program this year and they will continue to work through the levels over the years they are here at Westlake. Each week the students will receive a Math Masters practice sheet (electronically) that they will have a week to complete and then will take an assessment every other week to assess if they have mastered their current level and are ready to move on to the next. Please review the Math Masters Data Tracker with your student to see the progress they are making with their procedural skills.
Monitoring Student Progress
- Homework is a component to our 7th grade math instructional philosophy. This includes completing the assignment outside of the classroom by the due date so that the student can collaborate with their peers about their learning. The intent of the homework is to help the student with their formative and summative assessments.
- Formative/Quizzes work will be recorded under the practice category in IC.
- Summative work will be recorded under the assessment category in IC.
In accordance with Superintendent Policy 6281, students shall be given a period of at least the same number of days they were absent, plus one additional day to make up the assignments. For example, if the student misses two days of school, the student would be allowed to have 3 days to make up the work. The make-up period begins on the next school day following the absence.
Extended Learning Opportunities (ELO):
Math teachers will be available for students to access additional support and/or complete missing assignments.
ELO will be available at lunch time. The ELO is for students that are struggling academically. If the struggles are a result of disruptive behavior they will not get the privilege of ELO.
Students and parents can view the student progress on a daily basis by using Infinite Campus. If you need access to the Infinite Campus Parent Portal, please contact the Westlake’s registrar at 720-972-5211.
Emails and/or phone calls will be returned within 24-48 hours.
1) Students are expected to enter the classroom at a level zero and copy the Daily Learning Target into their math journal, along with completing the Quick Start.
2) Students are expected to complete all assignments, both practice and assessments.
3) Students are expected to follow Eagle Core Expectations and Westlake Way.
4) Students are expected to have all materials, including the following:
Math Journal/Spiral/Graphing Notebook