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Course Syllabus Forestville High School Math Education

Course Syllabus Forestville High School Math Education

Geometry & SAT PREP

Instructor: Mr. Elie Tcheimegni                             School phone: 301-817-0400 Ext. 406

Email address: elie.tcheimegni@pgcps.org         Cell phone: 240-604-……..

Website: https://sites.google.com/a/pgcps.org/mr-tcheimegni-mathematics/

Teacher Availability: First period

Dear Students and Parents/Guardians:

Welcome! With parents' help and support, this will be an interesting and productive year. If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to call. In order to ensure that parents have read and understand the following information, please return the signed recognition form at the end of this packet.


A. Rules and procedures are fundamental in life. We follow rules and procedures in our daily lives for things such as approaching a traffic light, starting a car and driving, and making a letter.

There are also rules and procedures in this classroom. These rules and procedures ensure a positive atmosphere in the classroom. They contribute to a controlled and learning environment for everyone.

Daily Classroom Procedures

Students must bring the following to class each day: loose-leaf paper, pen, pencil, textbook or novel, highlighters, and a one-inch, three-ring binder. Please organize and keep all work in this binder. In addition, students need to obtain five dividers: one to separate the two nine week periods contained in one semester, one for handouts/ classwork in the first quarter, one for class notes in the first quarter, one for handouts/ classwork in the second quarter, and one for class notes in the second quarter. Handouts will be numbered like pages in a book; however, the class notes section will be organized by date.

Be aware that binder checks or quizzes may or may not be announced beforehand; therefore, binders must be in class everyday. A model binder located on the student work table in the back of the room will always be available as a guide. Make sure the binder is numbered and in the same order as the teachers'! If students have any specific requests or concerns (such as an updated progress report), please submit these to the teacher in writing by placing them in the designated student inbox on the back table

II. Procedures for Entering the Classroom

A. There is a specific way I want you to enter the classroom. I expect you to follow these procedures:

1. You are not to stand or wait around in the hallway.

2. Enter the classroom quietly without running or pushing.

4. Take your assigned seat

5. Copy the Bellwork assignment from the board in your notebook

6. Work quietly and by yourself

7. Wait for further instructions from the teacher

III. If You Are Late

A. You are late to class if you are not inside the classroom when the bell rings. If you are late to class you must:

1. Walk in quietly making as little noise as possible.

2. Sign-in at the Tardy Sheet. (Name, date, time) If you have a pass leave it in the folder.

3. Take your assigned seat.

4. Join the activity in progress. If you don’t know what the class is doing raise your hand until the teacher sees you.

5. Continue working (waiting) quietly until I get to your desk.

B. Consequences for Tardiness

See Classroom Rules and Consequences.

IV. Make-up Procedure (If You Are Absent)

When a student is absent, it is his/her responsibility to obtain make-up work the first day back to class. It is difficult to converse individually during class, so please refer to the course objectives first to see what assignments you have missed. Then, go to schoolmax, refer to the class calendar, and obtain missing assignments. Students may also visit the teacher before the last bell at the beginning of class or five minutes before the end of class (including teacher’s planning period or lunch) to discuss missed assignments and/or to schedule a time to make up a test, quiz, or essay. Make-ups will only be given during class if the situation permits; otherwise, plan to visit as stated below .

A. It is your responsibility to make-up any assignments or tests in a timely manner when you return from an absence. Follow this procedure:

1) Join the activity in progress. If you don’t know what to do, raise your hand and wait until I reach you.

2) During the last 5 minutes of class or during “privileged time” copy the missing activities and Bellwork. You may get this information from a responsible classmate.

3) If you need to make-up a test you must make arrangements with the teacher during his planning time, lunch or the last 5 minutes of class . Tests can only be made up during teacher planning period or during lunch and only if previous arrangements have been made.

B. E-mail assignments

If you have access to the Internet at home you may e-mail me at: elie.tcheimegni@pgcps.org and ask for missing work. You can also e-mail work if possible. Class work and homework are posted on the website:

www.pgcps.org  or schoolmax.

V. Turning in Assignments

The teacher will sometimes collect group-work or individual work. You will turn these in only when the teacher asks for them but you must turn in homework,  everyday to the teacher .  Make sure the assignment has your full name, period number and date. This should be on the top margin of your paper.

VI. Getting Your Attention

A. There may be times when I may need to get everyone’s undivided attention so that I may give directions,

explanations, answer group questions, etc. or if the noise level gets too loud. When I need everyone to stop talking and pay attention to me:

I will say “Class, your attention please” and raise my hand.

When you see me raise my hand you must:

1. Raise your hand and keep it up until I put down mine.

2. Stop talking and look at me.

3. Wait for me to speak.

This procedure should take us no more than 10 seconds.

VII. Procedure for the End of Class and Class Dismissal

Right before the bell rings everyone should: be in assigned seat, be quiet, gather all their materials and wait for the teacher to dismiss the class.

VIII. When We Have a Visitor

A. When we have someone come into our classroom who is not part of our class (teacher, administrator, student,

Parent, School Board ,etc) you are expected to follow the same classroom rules and procedures. You are expected to be polite to the visitor. Do not talk to the visitor unless he/she is talking to you directly. Continue working on your assignment as usual.

B. If the visitor needs to speak to me privately, I expect you to remain in your seat without talking until I finish

speaking with the visitor.

IX . When You Finish Early

A. If you finish all of your assigned work early you may a) read independently b) work on an assignment for another class c) write d) draw e) work on extra credit. DO NOT TALK OR DISTURB OTHERS.

X. Restroom Policy

A. In order to control the amount of traffic leaving my classroom a maximum of 2 people may go to the

restroom during any given period unless the student has a medical issue which require the instructor to do so.  You may go to the restroom only if:

a) you have finished all of your assigned work

b) the class is working on Individual Seatwork (no passes during Teacher or Guest Lecture)

c) you have not abused this privilege in the past

B. If permission is given to go to the restroom you must provide your own planner and have the teacher sign

Make-up Expectations

Students will have equal class time missed to make up any missed tests, quizzes or assignments. Failure to do so will result in a zero for the missing grade. Any late assignments shall be penalized a letter grade per day late, which is an average of five points per day late. After four days late, the highest possible grade is half credit. Special arrangements can be made for extended absences. Students who are in attendance and do not complete class assignments cannot make them up at a later date and will receive a zero for the missing assignment(s). Do not procrastinate with make-up work.

Tests and Quizzes Policy

Quizzes may be given at any time; however, tests will be announced at least two days in advance. Please refer to the Course Objectives syllabus for a detailed general guideline. Expect to follow all scheduled test dates. If a student is absent the day before a test, he/she will still be expected to take the test on the announced day.

Exam Procedure

Semester exams will be given at the end of the second and fourth nine week grading period ( or as specified by the administration). Keep everything in a binder as study guides for semester exams!

Rules for Classroom Behavior

Students must know and follow all rules in the student Code of Conduct  in addition to classroom rules mandated by the teacher. All school and class rules apply while in class, on field trips, or participating in any FHS activity.  

A. Classroom Rules are posted in the classroom and can be summarized as follow:


Students will:

ü      attend school regularly

ü      arrive to school on time

ü      arrive to class on time

ü      pass quickly and quietly in the halls



Students will:

v     report to school and class with all needed materials

v     participate in class lessons and discussions

v     plan their day so trips to their lockers will be few and brief in duration

v     wear clothing appropriate for weather and school environment

v     leave all dangerous weapons, objects, illegal items and other distractions to learning at home

v     have a completed pass at all times in the hallway unless accompanied by an adult



Students will:

Ø      obey directions or reasonable requests made by adults in authority

Ø      respect the rights, property, and feelings of others

Ø      listen courteously to others

Ø      use appropriate language & not vulgar, obscene, demeaning, or hurtful

Ø      avoid fighting, provoking anger, or encouraging others to fight.  Physical contact will not be tolerated and could result in suspension

respect school property and assist in keeping our school buildings and grounds neat and orderly

 Treat others as you want to be treated. Respect yourself, your fellow students and the teacher. Disrespect will not be tolerated.


Students will:

·        consider their behavior at all times and how it will influence and/or effect others

·        listen to and follow directions

·        report any concerns, problems or information contrary to expectations to an adult

·        remain on school property during the school day unless excused by a written note and signed out in the office before leaving.

·        not possess, consume, or be under the influence of alcohol, tobacco products or illegal drugs on school property or busses at any time.

a. Come to class ready to learn and with a good attitude, and the necessary materials.

b. Safety is a top priority, especially in the laboratory. Follow safety guidelines at all times.

c. Classroom computers are not to be used unless by teacher permission.

d. Use the restroom and get a drink prior to coming to class.

YOU must ask for missed work upon returning to class after being absent

Let’s quickly review what each rule means.

1) Respect the teacher and classmates (You respect the teacher when you do what he says, don’t talk back, do

2) not touch his property without permission, and follow all classroom rules and procedures. You respect your

3) classmates when you follow classroom rules and procedures)

4) Follow directions (This means that you do whatever the teacher tells you to do without complaining or

5) arguing about it. Example: return books, go back to seat, copy from board, stop talking, etc.)

6) Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself (This means you do not throw things, kick things, push people, hit

7) people, etc.)

8) No swearing, teasing, or name calling (You do not use obscene or vulgar language in the classroom for any

9) reason. You do not make fun of or tease another classmate because of his color, race, language, religion, etc.)

10) Be in the classroom when the bell rings (This means I want you in your seat as soon as you come into my

11) classroom and I want you to be on time.)

12) Severe: No fighting, threats, or verbal abuse (It is extremely inappropriate for you to fight with another classmate, threaten anyone, or verbally abuse by insulting.)

13) Be in your assigned seat and prepared to work when the final bell rings.

14) Follow directions the first time given.

15) No arguing in class. Concerns and/ or appeals must be discussed with teacher privately before/ after class or submitted to teacher in writing after class.

16) Raise your hand and wait to be recognized before speaking.

17) Abstain from eating, drinking, chewing and grooming in our classroom.

18) Respect the rights and property of others.

19) Be courteous to your teacher and your classmates.

20) At the end of the period, remain in your seat until you are dismissed.

21) Enter and exit through the designated door .

22) Heads must remain off the desks at all times.

23) Do not write on the classroom desks.

Policy for Severe Behavior

Severely disruptive behavior such as repeated disruptions, fighting, cursing, physical assault, or verbal abuse of the teacher will result in immediate referral to the assistant principal or school security officer.

XIII. Consequences

Consequences for Disruptive Behavior

A. Everything we do in life has consequences. If you choose to run a red light, you must accept the consequences that come with it (traffic ticket, taking someone’s life, crashing your car, etc.). Consequences are the things that happen to you when you choose not to obey a rule. This is what will happen if you choose to violate one of the classroom rules:

1st Offense: A verbal warning will be given when a minor classroom or school rule is broken, unless the discipline code calls for a referral (I will usually look at you to let you know and mark you on my tally sheet ,(I would use www.classdojo.com).

2nd Offense: A 2nd verbal warning will be given and may be accompanied by a telephone call to the parent/ guardian. If a conference is necessary, it will be scheduled through Guidance( the report card from classdojo.com will count towards your classwork participation grade).

3rd Offense: If the problem persists after a verbal warning, students will be given a departmental detention, which will be accompanied by a telephone call to the parent/ guardian(and/or send note home).

4th Offense: If the problem persists after a detention, a discipline referral will be given.

*Any deliberate behavior that violates the safety of oneself or others will result in removal from the classroom/laboratory, and at minimum, a parent conference will be required before the student will be readmitted to class.
*Cell Phones: 1
st Offence Verbal Warning, 2nd Offense Taken for Period, 3rd Offence Taken for Day

Specific Behavior Violations

The instructor is particularly strict with enforcing the consequence for insubordination towards the teacher. Please do not argue with the teacher during class. If you feel you were wrongly identified as misbehaving, submit your explanation in writing and/or prepare to discuss the matter calmly with the teacher after class or after school. If you do not follow this procedure, you will receive a detention. This policy is for the good of the group; please respect that.

This handout is to be shown to your parents/guardians and then kept in your binder for reference. Be aware that when a binder check or quiz occurs, the teacher will look for this sheet. Please detach and return the slip below with the signatures of both you and your parent/ guardian.

X IV. Tracking Your Behavior

A. In order to help you make responsible decisions. I will use classdojo.com to track your behavior .

Key to Violations


B-Dress Code


F-Food or drink

G-Out of seat

I-Inappropriate Comment L-Loitering



N- Name Calling, Swearing,


O-Off task P-Physical contact, throwing, hitting

R-Failure to follow directions



W-MP3 or cell phone

Y- Tardy

 Rule Violations – You start a clean slate every week. Consequences will be enforced only for the repeated violations

committed during that week. If you reach the 4th step two weeks in a row you will be referred to administration


a. Failure to Follow Procedures – See Classroom Rules & Consequences.

Rewards – I will recognize students who choose responsible behavior by offering them a  select a reward from classojo.com  if they have no marks next to their name for two consecutive weeks.

Possible rewards are: a) 5 bonus points on test or quiz

b) excused from one individual assignment

c) grab bag

d) turn in

b. assignment late for full credit or e) open book test

Grading Policy

Class participation is key to student success; therefore, a participation grade is included each quarter. However, student cannot succeed if they are not prepared for class. Hence, the following system applies:

1. Students will automatically be given 50 points for participation. Student will lose up to five points every time he or she is not participating in class. A student is participating when he or she speaks voluntarily, pays attention, listens actively, and works on daily assignments as directed in class.

2. Students will automatically be given 50 additional points for preparedness. Students will lose up to five points every time the he or she is not prepared for class with pen, pencil, paper, binder, textbook or novel. No excuses! Be responsible-- bring the correct materials every day and remember a pencil on test days.

Everyone begins class with a 100% A average, and now it is up to you to keep it.

Total points earned from tests, quizzes, essays, daily and homework assignments will be converted to a percentage/letter grade based on the county grading scale:

90 – 100 =

80 – 89 = B

70 – 79 = C

60 – 69 = D

0 – 59 = E

Cheating/ Plagiarism

Cheating and plagiarism are serious offenses and will not be tolerated. Any student who is found to be cheating on homework, a quiz or a test shall receive a failing grade or zero, shall forfeit the right to make-up the assignment, quiz or test, and shall be dealt with by administration relative to the Student Code of Conduct. Additionally, any classroom material submitted for evaluation determined to be plagiarized shall be given a failing grade or zero, shall forfeit the right to make-up the assignment, and shall be dealt with by administration relative to the Student Code of Conduct.

Be aware that copying from another student or allowing another student to copy from you is not acceptable on any assignment or in any situation other than teacher-assigned group work. This behavior is called cheating, not helping, and will result in the procedures described above.

Extra Credit

Extra credit is given sparingly in this class. Extra credit is extra work and is not meant to replace work not completed in class. One such opportunity is the “Break Packet” extra credit opportunity, which is available during the first quarter. For extra credit, students can take a test on a Break Packet and enjoy points being added to their final quarter average. Most of the time, extra credit assignments will be given to students who have demonstrated positive behaviors in the class or school. You will have a complete grading period (nine weeks) to work on extra credit. Anyone who meets the above conditions may turn in extra credit.

I have read the Math Education Course Syllabus. Furthermore, I understand the rules and policies as they apply to me.

Student Signature: _____________________________________ Date: _________________

Parent/Guardian: I have read the Math Education Course Syllabus. Furthermore, I understand the rules and policies as they apply to my student.  (If not please, call Mr. Tcheimegni for further discussion).

In addition, I give permission for pictures of my son/daughter participating in classroom and FHS activities to be taken and/or used in various publications including newsletter, newspaper articles, and the FHS website.

Parent/Guardian Signature: __________________________________ Date: ___________

Parent/Guardian Contact Information

Parent/Guardian ___________________


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Phone__________________________________ Email___________________________________

Hours and Days available: _____________

Best Times to Call: ______

Best day and time to join us:___

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enjoy sharing with the children, parents, staff,

and/or Parents’ Teachers Association (PTA):


**Please note: I am still new to your community. I would appreciate meeting each of you and any contacts that you could provide me with to assist with student learning and the FHS!

 With your help, we can do so much more! Thank you!