## Policies

Below are Del Mar's math department's policies for the 2017-2018 school year.

## Homework

Homework reinforces skills, concepts, and information learned in class. It encourages students to take initiative and responsibility for completing a task, and it is integral to the success in our middle-school math program.

- Homework will be assigned approximately three times per week.
- Students will receive 2 points for HW turned in complete and on time. Students will earn 1 point for late or incomplete homework. A zero will be recorded for any assignments left undone/not turned in.
- Periodic quizzes will be given that are based off of the homework problems, so students who regularly complete their homework assignments will be most prepared for success on these quizzes.
- These "homework quizzes" will count toward the student's academic grade.
- Homework will also be factored into the citizenship grade as it is critical in developing good habits of learning. Each trimester, five to seven missing assignments (zeroes for HW) garners an N for needs improvement. Eight or more missing assignments will result in a U for unsatisfactory.
- It is the expectation of the math department that students will be checking their nightly homework with the answer key provided online. It is incumbent upon the student to seek assistance for any problems that are still unresolved after checking them. Possible avenues for assistance are the summaries at the end of each lesson, the family resources on the IM website, parental and peer help, Khan Academy, and of course, the teacher!

## Retaking End-of-Unit Assessments

- All students who receive below an 85% on an end-of-unit assessment are eligible to retake the assessment once.
- Retakes are not offered on quizzes or mid-unit assessments.
- Before retaking an end-of-unit assessment, a student must do the following:
- complete all the homework assignments for that unit
- fill out an end-of-unit assessment correction form

- Retakes will be offered for the most recent end-of-unit assessment on a specific day decided by the teacher.
- The student's retake grade will replace their original end-of-unit assessment grade if it is higher.

## Category Weighting

- Homework and Class work - All HW and class work assignments for a trimester will be worth 0% of a student’s academic math grade, however they count toward their citizenship grade as stated above.
- Quizzes and Mid-Unit-Assessments will comprise 35% of their final trimester grade.
- End-of-Unit Assessments will comprise 45% of their final trimester grade.
- Projects will comprise 20% of their final trimester grade.

## Citizenship Grade

- During the last two school years, Del Mar Middle School has been moving to make our citizenship grade more than simply how a student behaves in class.
- "Habits of Learning” includes things like being on time and ready with all materials needed for learning.
- It includes whether homework, class work, and projects are turned in - and whether or not they are done in a timely manner.
- It is meant to represent the components that go into our vision of a Reed Union Graduate.
- "Habits of Learning" is now a part of their citizenship grade.
- Students missing 0-4 assignments will receive an S (Satisfactory), unless, of course, there were other “behavioral” issues.
- Missing 5-7 assignments garners an N (Needs Improvement).
- Missing 8 or more assignments earns the student a U (Unsatisfactory).

## Absences

When students are absent, they will have the same number of days that they were absent to make up missed work or take any missed tests/quizzes. For example, if a student is absent for two days, they will have two days to complete any missed work.

## Pathways

**6th grade students are promoted to either Pathway 1 or Pathway 2 in 7th grade**

Seventh grade students have two pathways available to them:

**In Pathway 1 (Math 7):**7th-grade students take 7th-grade math which prepares them to take 8th-grade math in 8th grade. This pathway prepares them to take Algebra 1 as a high school freshman.**In Pathway 2 (Math 7C):**7th-grade students complete 7th-grade math and the first half of 8th-grade math. In 8th grade they complete the rest of the 8th-grade content as well as the Algebra 1 course. This pathway prepares them to take Geometry as a high school freshman. If your child is accepted into Pathway 2, s/he can expect a rigorous, faster-paced math course with additional homework each night. Students must maintain an 85% grade or above to stay in this course.

Criteria for placement into the 7th-grade Pathway 2 (Math 7C) include consistent demonstration of excellent work, study habits, and the following minimum scores:

- 84% or above on the UC Berkeley Pre-Algebra Readiness Test
- 7 or above on a ten-point performance task rubric
- 90% or above on a summative skills test
- 90% average grade on their 6th-grade math test scores

**7th grade students continue on to either Pathway 1 or Pathway 2 in 8th grade**

Eighth grade students have two pathways available to them:

- In Pathway 1 (Math 8): 8th-grade students take 8th-grade math which prepares them to take Algebra 1 as a high school freshman.
- In Pathway 2 (Math 8A): 8th grade they complete the rest of the 8th-grade content that wasn't covered in Math 7C as well as the Algebra 1 course. This pathway prepares them to take Geometry as a high school freshman. If your child is accepted into Pathway 2, s/he can expect a rigorous, faster-paced math course with additional homework each night. Students must maintain an 85% grade or above to stay in this course.

Criteria for placement into the 8th-grade Pathway 2 (Math 8A) include consistent demonstration of excellent work, study habits, and the following minimum scores:

- 84% or above on the UC Berkeley Algebra Readiness Test
- 7 or above on a ten-point performance task rubric
- 90% or above on a summative skills test
- 90% average grade on their 7th-grade math test scores

**Advancing from Math 7 to Math 8A**

By the recommendation of a teacher and by earning all appropriate math scores (as stated above) your child may still be able to enroll in 8A without having been in 7C.

**This is a VERY rare and special case.**If your child was not in a compacted course in 7th grade, s/he will need to make up the skills and concepts covered in the 7C class on their own in order to be successful in the Pathway 2 class (8A). Should this occur, we will provide you with materials corresponding to the skills necessary to learn. Students will enter 8A for a “probationary period” and MUST maintain a B- grade or above in order to stay in this course.

**New 7th and 8th Graders to the Reed District**

As students coming to us from around the country and even the world have been exposed to many different curricula, we ask that you embrace Del Mar’s high level of rigor. Those students wishing to be considered for placement in Pathway 2 for 7th or 8th grade must take and pass a placement test upon enrollment in the district.

**Additional policy regarding placement**

At the beginning of each school year, all teachers will monitor their students closely and also give appropriate additional testing to ensure that students are correctly placed in mathematics classes.

Learn more about the high school pathways at the Tamalpais Union website.