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5th Grade Syllabus

Mrs. Jackson

5th Grade Math

Room 12


“Math is awesome”!!!!!!!!!!  I wish that’s what I heard from every student that comes through my door, but there are a lot that don’t like math L  I believe that EVERY student can and will excel in Math.  Students will find that I try my best to make Math fun; however, some days will be challenging for me to incorporate fun activities.  I fully expect their attention and participation every day!  As for calculators, students will be able to do work with and without calculators.  I encourage parents to support their child with achieving the goal of reaching proficiency in math by helping with homework, working on multiplication, division, etc.  My goal is for your child to leave the 5th grade feeling confident about their ability to do math and ready to conquer 6th grade math and beyond.  This goal is attainable only if parents, students, and teachers work together.  Any questions or concerns that you may have about your child, please don’t hesitate to email me at hope.jackson@harlanind.kyschools.us or call me at school at 606-573-8794 during my planning period (9:10 – 10:00).  I look forward to having your child in class!!! 

Classroom Rules

  1. Come to class prepared!  This means that you should have the following everyday:

·       Pencils – mechanical would be best J

·       Binder with paper

·       Erasers


  1. Be respectful!  Not only to the teacher, but also to your classmates or anyone else that is in Mrs. Jackson’s room.  I will not tolerate any teasing, bullying, etc.!  You are in my room to learn mathJ Students are not to talk while I am teaching!  This is very rude, and it’s very important that you hear and see what I am teaching.  ATTITUDE IS A LITTLE THING THAT MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE! 
  2. Students will raise their hand to leave their seat!  Students are not to sharpen pencils, throw away paper, etc. while I am teaching.  They need to get permission to do this.  Pencils need to be sharpened before class!  (I know that pencils will break while I am teaching.  It would be nice for students to have an extra pencil and a handheld pencil sharpener.)  It is a distraction to the teacher and the other students if someone is sharpening a pencil, etc. while teaching is taking place.
  3. Be on time!  If you are tardy, appropriate discipline will be administered!  You are considered tardy if you are not in the room when the tardy bell rings! 

Classroom Procedures

  1. Students will sit down quietly in their assigned seats and immediately begin completing the “warm-up” activity on the board.  These “warm-up” activities are used to get students to thinking about math and activate prior knowledge.
  2. Students are expected to participate on a daily basis. It may be on paper or just answering some questions in class.  It also includes participation in any activities we do in class.  Students will also take notes almost every day in class, which will be a grade.   Notes will be taken and kept in a foldable that the student is responsible for keeping up with.  At the end of the unit, students will turn in the foldable for a participation grade worth 100 points.  This is a very easy grade; however, if students choose to not do the foldable, their grade will be affected greatly. 
  3. Students are to leave class when given permission by Mrs. Jackson, not when the bell rings.  Students are to stay in seats until dismissed. 
  4. Bathroom breaks.  Students are given 5 minutes between classes as well as after lunch.  Therefore, students will only be permitted to go the bathroom during class for emergencies only!
  5. At the end of class, students are responsible for copying the homework/class work.  There will be times when homework assignments will be problems on the board or power point.  You must write exactly what is on the board or power point!  If you do not have this completed, you will stay until it is copied and possibly make you tardy for your next class! 
  6. Homework and Tests.  I will be assigning homework 2-3 days a week. Quizzes are worth 50 points, tests are 100 points, and hands-on activities are worth 100 points. 
  7. Homework/Test redo:  If a student makes an “F” on a homework assignment, they have to opportunity to redo that assignment to bring that grade up.  I want them to understand the content that is being taught and have the opportunity to see If a student makes a “not so great” grade on a test, I will have after school sessions where they can come and redo the problems they missed to bring that grade up. 
  8. Make-up work:  It is the students’ responsibility to collect all assignments and notes when absent from class.  If you have an excused absence then you will be able to make up all work missed. 
  9. Finally, I want to make sure all parents know the classroom discipline plan that is in place for my classroom. The first time a student breaks a classroom rule, the student will receive a verbal warning from the teacher.  The second offense, the teacher will have a discussion with the student and/or loss of break time.  The third offense, parents/guardians will be contacted.  Finally, if the behavior continues, the student will be sent to the office.  I know that middle school is a big transition, but we want to create an environment in our classrooms where there are no distractions and everyone can learn. 


Please be patient and open to changes throughout the school year.  Do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns via email or phone.  The best way to reach me is through email, but if you need to call I encourage you to do so during my planning period. 

I am looking forward to an awesome year J


Hope R. Jackson

5th/6th Grade Math Teacher




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Harlan Independent Schools
420 E. Central St.
Harlan KY 40831

Phone: 606-573-8700