Integrated Algebra Grading Policies & Expectations

Open house Algebra

Mrs. Kurzban

NPHS- 2013/2014

Our Goal

Students will be effective, reflective, and confident when working independently and collaboratively on math problems.  Students will engage in authentic open-ended and/or multi-step problems, find and use appropriate resources to help solve problems, and be advocates for their own learning. Students will “make sense of problems and persevere in solving them” and “construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others” (Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice).
  • Come to class everyday and be on time!
  • Come to class with your completed homework assignment.
  • Participate in class by taking notes, working with others to practice problems, and having a “can do” attitude!
  • Only one person speaks at a time and if I am speaking, you shouldn't be!
  • Come to class with all supplies.


  • graphing calculator (TI-84, TI-84 plus)
  • 2 inch loose-leaf binder with dividers
  • Zippered pencil case
  • Pencils (No pens allowed)
  • 2 Highlighters


  • Each block class covers 80 minutes of math material. Students need to be present in class to learn the material. In the event of a legal absence, students need to see me immediately upon their return to school to make up the lesson and homework.

Homework: Extended Practice

  • Homework is expected to be completed and on time. It is an essential piece to the learning process. Students will be given the opportunity to ask questions on the homework every day. Homework will be collected and graded at random.

Grading policies:

  • Your 10 week average is calculated using the points you have earned divided by the points possible multiplied by 100 to get your percent grade.
  • Quizzes and Tests:
      • Homework Drill – There will be a daily quiz based on all previous homework. Each quiz will be worth 5 points. There will be no
        make-ups, however, a student is allowed to miss up to 15 points without being penalized.
      • Quizzes are announced the previous class, but students should always be prepared and/or contact a student in their class if they are absent.
      • Tests are always announced the week before and students will often have a review assignment to help them prepare for the test.
  • Projects:
      • In addition to regularly scheduled homework assignments, students will have an opportunity to complete a problem solving task outside of the classroom. Students are usually given 10 -14 days to complete project assignments.
      • Regents reviews will be given throughout the year as a take home quizzes; they are worth 40 points.

Math support:

  • I am available to help students from 2:20 PM to 2:45 PM daily unless there is a faculty/department meeting.
  • Students should feel free to get help on homework, go over a lesson, get extra practice on a topic, etc.
  • There will be regular review sessions to help all students preparing for the Integrated Algebra Regent in June. The schedule will be sent home.


  • Communication is the key to a successful relationship!
  • You will receive 5 week progress reports and then 10 week report card grades to let you know how your child is progressing.
  • ParentConnect is available for your convenience to check your child's test grades and homework status any time you wish! You may sign up for ParentConnect by filling out the form in the student handbook or calling Guidance.
  • Please feel free to contact me with any concerns about your child at
    (845) 256-4175 Voice mailbox: 69529
    . However, I do prefer emails.
    Visit the website:
    Click on High School, then Teachers, then Mrs. Kurzban.
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Please keep this information sheet for future reference!

Getting to know you Integrated Algebra

Student Name: __________________________________

Please list both first and last names of all the people who live in your household? Then list their relationship to you.

First name Last name relationship


1.___________________________ ___________


2.___________________________ ___________


3.___________________________ ___________

Please write your home phone number or Cell phone: ______________________

Is there any parent/relative you reside with part-time? If so, list below:

First name Last name(s) phone number



Some FUN facts about you…

What after school activities will you be involved in? __________________

I perceive myself to be a __________________ math student.

Describe last year's math experience in a couple of words:



Who was your Math teacher last year:


Now, tell me how you want this year's math experience to be:


What grade do you want to achieve in this class? __________


The following section is for the parent/guardian:

Contact Info:


Name: ___________________ your child's name: ________________

Cell phone number: ___________________________________

Parent's e-mail address please print:



Preferred method of communication: _______________

Are you on ParentConnect*? ____________

If not, please sign up for ParentConnect by filling out the form in the student handbook or calling Guidance.

Is there anything you would like me to know about your child?

Does your child have internet access from home? _______

*ParentConnect: This allows you to check your child's grades and academic progress any time you wish on daily basis!!


Last Modified on October 2, 2013