HW posted on "mydsd"

Beginning October 2, 2017, homework will be listed on "myDSD" where your grades are calculated. It will be shown as "practice" which means it does NOT count as part of your actual grade but it is listed to help you and your parents keep on top of your work and make certain you do not have missing "stuff". It will be posted under the heading of "participation points" for 7th graders and under the heading of "listening and participation points" for 8th graders.

As posted on our disclosure: ALL homework must be done AND you need a score of 6 or higher to be allowed to retake concepts.


Disclosure Statement- McCarrey- Room 107- Honors 7/Math 8: to develop fluency with rational numbers and proportional relationships, extend skills with measurement, data collection, and analysis.
            e-mail: cmccarrey@dsdmail.net

1.      Explanation of Standards Based Grading:
·         Students learn specific concepts (ex. Solving multi-step equations, calculating unit rates, etc.)
·         Students are assessed on 1-5 specific concepts at a time.
·         A rubric (with scores 1-5) is used to determine students’ understanding of concepts:
     4: Correct solution, showed all work, correct mathematical work and process.
     3: Good understanding of the concept but made simple mistakes; or showed all work but got wrong answer. 
     2: Some understanding of the concept, made procedural errors; may have put the correct answer but did not show how the answer was derived.
     1: Limited understanding of the concept, did not include any work (little evidence of mastery and/or mathematical understanding.)
     0: Showed no understanding of concept; showed no effort; wrote something so as not to leave blank; left completely blank.
 -         Students are given three in-class attempts to show proficiency. (You will have three in-class chances to get a “5”. See below under "can a student redo an assessment?") The best score will be recorded for that concept.)
·         To earn a “5” on a specific concept, students must demonstrate consistency and depth of understanding by earning two 4’s.
·         Students are encouraged and expected to work on each concept and demonstrate proficiency.
What are the benefits?
·         Clear learning goals.
·         A student’s grade reflects her/his understanding of specific concepts.
·         Students, parents, and teacher know exactly what a student understands.
·         Instruction will be differentiated for students.
·         Multiple opportunities to demonstrate learning are given. 
Frequently asked questions:
·         What about homework?
o   Students will be assigned practice on a regular basis. We will correct and score all assigned practice problems, this will be scored 0-10 points. This practice is not calculated in a student’s grade. However, this practice prepares you for the concept assessments. (It is like an athlete or musician- you would never just only play the game or play in a concert. Rather, you would practice to be prepared to do well in the game or concert.)
·         Can a student redo an assessment?
·         Yes, yes, yes!! If the assigned practice (homework and other assignments) has all been completed with scores of 6-10, students may retake assessments. Students will have an additional 4 more tries (these are offered before and after school) beyond the 3-in-class tries, if needed, to show proficiency. Be sure to watch for the deadlines on retakes. These dates will be posted in class. I will also send out a weekly e-mail to parents to remind them what concepts can still be taken, deadlines, etc.
           Can students earn extra credit?
o   Students may earn extra points to help regain lost "p points" but not to add credit to the academic portion of their grade. When a student can demonstrate proficiency on concepts, grades will be improved. Passing concepts with 5's is the easiest way to see your overall grade improve.
·         What if a student is absent when an assessment is given?
o   Each concept is assessed three times. If a student is absent, they simply miss that try and have whatever tries are left in class.
·         Will there be regular tests?
o   There will be concept assessments as described above.
·         There will also be one summative assessment at the end of each term. This assessment will consist of one question covering each concept. (Example: if there were 30 concepts tested in term 1, there will be 30 questions on the term assessment.)

2.      Explanation of grading and citizenship:
·         Grading scale: A: 92-100%; A-: 89-91%; B+: 86-88%; B: 82-85%; B-: 79-81%; C+: 76-78%; C: 72-75%; C-: 69-71%; D+: 66-68%; D: 60-65%; D-: 53-59%; F: 0-52%.
·         Grades will be based on the following areas:
·         Concept assessments: 70%
·         End of term summative assessment: 15%
·         Participation points (“p-pts”): 5%
·         Computer Lab: 5%
·         End-of-term student self-evaluation: 5%  
·         Each week, you will receive 100 “p pts”. These will be used to determine your final citizenship grades of H, G, S, N, and U. These points are also a portion of your academic grade. Points may be deducted for the following:
o   -50 points for cheating on any assessment or assignment (see under "class rules" for definition of "cheating");
o   -40 points for each tardy (You are considered tardy if you are not fully in the room when the bell stops ringing and you did not run in the halls to get here- on your 3, 4, and 5th tardies, as per administrative instruction, you will be asked to go to the office to call your parents and let them know you were tardy to class.); not using class time even after warning(s); disrupting class; for each incidence with a phone (see below for more cell phone info); chewing gum in class; tapping; telling classmates to "shut up"; bothering and/or poking a classmate; bringing toys to class; and breaking class rules. 
·         Most often, you can earn back "p pts" if you come see me and we make arrangements. Please do not wait until the last week of the term to take care of this.
·         Anyone causing trouble for any substitute will have an N, at best.

3.      Class rules and expectations:
         Be nice. Work hard. Respect self, others, teachers and other adults, and property.
As it would be impossible for me to come up with a policy regarding every potential problem, the following will be used as guideline in class:
a.       Come prepared with assigned chapters and topics from our text book in a 3-ring binder (each ring should be at least an inch in diameter), 2 pencils and 1pen (black or blue), a dry-erase marker, and calculator, if you want to use your own. (I have a classroom set of TI-30x11S calculators. You may use one of these. Please treat them with respect. Do not damage or write on them. Put them back in the calculator box before the bell rings.)
b.       No swearing, rude gestures, cruel teasing (including any gender or racial slurs), put-downs, shut-up language, inappropriate touching or vulgar language (including telling peers, "I'm going to kill you", etc. even if meant in joking).
c.       No candy, gum, or mints without permission. Healthy snacks (fruit or protein such as cheese sticks, beef jerky, crackers with cheese on them, veggies, granola bars, fruit snacks- please, no nuts as there are students with nut allergies) and water bottles with regular drinking water are allowed any time unless they become a distraction or litter problem.
d.       Use class time appropriately.
e.       Follow directions.
f.        No tapping of pens, pencils, hands, feet, books, etc. If you tap, you will have the option to either give up citizenship points or the item with which you are tapping (i.e., pen or pencil- this will not be given back). If you are a “tapper”, you may bring a straw with which to tap, tap on your arm so it is not heard, or tap in the air.
g.       Please, no strong-scented perfumes, cologne, lotions, sprays, etc. (Many, including your teacher, have asthma.)
h.       Keep noise to a minimum. A "yacker tracker" will be used in class. Each time it reaches "red", the class owes 15 seconds after the bell has rung. (If you see the "tracker" on yellow, this will be your visual clue to self-monitor the noise and bring its level down.)
i.         No cheating. This means no talking during assessments, no copying answers on practice or other tasks even if working in a group, no looking on someone else’s paper during an assessment, etc.

    4Constitutional Rights: Everyone has these. The fact that rules exist is to make sure that no one's rights are denied. A person's constitutional rights do not include the right to violate rights of others, such as:
a.       Health and safety: A student does not have the right to engage in harassment, bullying, fighting, or running in the halls.
b.       Property loss and damage: A student does not have the right to write graffiti on walls or to take something from someone else.
c.       Legitimate educational purpose: Teachers have the right to select instructional materials, assess student learning, request that students be on time, and so on.

d.       Serious disruption of the learning process: Students cannot express themselves in a manner that seriously disrupts the learning of others.

5.      Cell phones and other electronic devices (see "exception" below):
         I will be following the school policy regarding cell phones. The following comes directly from the student handbook, as posted on the school website:
   "Students may possess and use cellular phones subject to the following:
a.      * Phones must be completely turned off and kept out of sight during class periods. Phones may not be left on vibrating mode.
b.      * At no time may electronic devices be used in restrooms or locker rooms.
c.      * Students may use phones before school, after school, in between classes, and during lunch breaks.
d.      * Phones shall not be used in a way that threatens, humiliates, harasses, or intimidates school-related individuals, including students, employees, and visitors, or violates local, state, or federal law. (This includes taking pictures of people without their permission.) Electronic devices may not be used during assessments such as the Utah Performance Assessment System for Students, assessments unless specifically allowed by law, student IEP, or assessment directions.
e.      * If a student violates this policy, his/her phone will be confiscated. When an employee confiscates a phone he/she shall take reasonable measures to label and secure the phone and turn the phone over to a school administrator as soon as the employee’s duties permit.
6. The following process will be used by school officials regarding phone issues:
a.       1st Offense: Student may pick up phone in the office at the end of the day.
b.       2nd Offense: Phone will only be released to a parent by an administrator.
c.       3rd Offense: Phone will only be released to a parent by an administrator and an administrative U may be given.
d.       Violation of this policy can result in discipline up to an including suspension or expulsion, and notification of law enforcement authorities.
e.       A student who violates this policy may be prohibited from possession of a phone at school.
f.        Failing citizenship grades, removal of privileges for extra-curricular activities, honor privileges or recognition.
g.       Students shall be personally and solely responsible for the security of phones and all electronic devices including personal belongings. The school shall not assume responsibility for theft, loss, damage, or unauthorized calls made with a phone. If phones and devices are loaned to or borrowed and misused by non-owners, device owners are jointly responsible for the misuse or policy violations. Please refer to the cell phone policy in its entirety on the school web page."

·              * Exception: There may be occasions when I will allow the use of cell-phones in class. This is with the understanding that students use the phone in the appropriate and intended way and not to engage in any social media. Also, while in class, please have your phone on top of your desk face up. When you leave the classroom to use a hall pass, please leave your phone on the front table and then pick it up upon your return. If your parent needs to get hold of you or give you something, please have them go through the main office. 

7.      Other general questions, policies, and procedures:
a.       Please sharpen pencils before the bell rings.
b.      Stay in seat during instruction time or otherwise directed.
c.       Hall passes: Each term, you will receive 2 hall passes to be used for emergencies. These are not extra credit if not used. If you need to use a hall pass, please get permission first from the teacher. Then take the class hall pass, leave, then return quickly.
d.       Question of the day: As time allows, we may occasionally have time to answer a “question of the day”. These questions give us the opportunity to get to know each other a little better. The following agreements are in place for the “QOTD”:
1. Everyone, including your teacher, has the right to pass.
2. Please only share things that are legal.
3. Please speak loudly enough so that everyone can hear.
4. Please use appropriate language.
5. If anyone talks, makes noise, or gets up while someone is sharing, that person or persons owe 30 seconds after the bell.
After everyone has had an opportunity to answer the “question”, we will have a short period of “clarifying questions and comments.”
e.       Gifts: It is very thoughtful when a student wishes to show appreciation to me as your teacher, but a kind note or “thank you” is more than sufficient. I keep these in my teaching portfolio- they mean so much to me. Please, I do not need gifts for doing my job. As such, I respectfully ask that no gifts be given to me.
f.        E-mail: E-mail is the preferred method for contacting me. Please include your full name, what class I have you for, and the period. I respond to e-mail in a very timely manner. (If you have not received an e-mail back from me within 24-48 hours, I probably did not receive your e-mail.) I can be reached at: cmccarrey@dsdmail.net
g.       Texting: I do not text students, accept invitations for Facebook or linkedin, "follow" or accept "followers" on my Twitter, nor do I desire to answer personal information about myself that is not pertinent to the learning environment.
h.       Absences: Students who are absent miss necessary instruction and practice. I encourage you to be in class every day. You are responsible for learning and practicing concepts. Check the "absent assignments" folder to see what you have missed.
i.         Back-packs: No back-packs in class or in the hall, unless it is before or after school, or you are checking out.
j.        Last few minutes of class: We will collect and count calculators, etc. When all students are in their assigned seats and quiet, class will be dismissed after the bell has rung. The teacher, not the bell, dismisses you.
k.       Unless there is a medical need, please do not tape-record class (please get my permission before you do this) or wear dark glasses in class. I need to see your eyes- this is one of my ways of monitoring if things are being understood.

TEACHER, STUDENT, PARENT COMPACT: The compact is a contractual agreement between you, your parent, and me about our expectations for your education.  (This compact is for you to sign and keep.)

Jr. High Educational compact for teacher, student, and parent, 2017-2018:


I understand the importance of the school experience for every student and my role as both a teacher and model. Therefore, I agree to carry out the following responsibilities to the best of my ability (I am dealing with several serious health concerns. I am grateful for your patience as I work through them.)

1. Teach necessary concepts to your child so that assignments can be completed.
2. Do my best to be aware of the needs of your child.
3. Encourage your child and you by providing information via computer updates, and/or e-mail, phone calls, and conferences.
4. Use special activities in the classroom to make learning enjoyable.
5. Be available to answer your child's reasonable questions.
6. Help your child learn to resolve her/his conflicts safely, cooperatively, and honestly.
7. Support you by signing daily progress reports and other documents, as needed.

Teacher Signature: Miss McCarrey                  Date: August 23, 2017 


I know my education is important to me. It will help me become a better person. I know my parents want to help me, but I am the one who has to do the work. Therefore, I agree to do the following:

1. Return completed homework on time.
2. Show my assignments and work to my parent/caregiver to help keep them aware of what I am learning.
3. Be at school on time unless I am sick.
4. Be responsible for my own behavior, not blame others for my actions, and act like a student who cares about her/his future.
5. Pay attention and ask for help when needed.
6. Come to school each day with pens, pencils, paper, binder, book and other necessary tools for learning.

Student Signature                                        Date 


I realize that my child’s school years are very important. I also understand that my participation in my child’s education will help her/his achievement and attitude. Therefore, I agree to carry out the following responsibilities to the best of my ability:

1. Give my child a quiet place to study at home.
2. Encourage my child to complete his/her homework and not do it for him/her.
3. Make sure my child gets enough sleep each night and healthy food to eat.
4. Make sure my child is at school on time.
5. Make sure my child reads/writes on a daily basis and sees me reading/writing daily.
6. Attend back-to-school night and parent conferences.
7. Support the school in its efforts to maintain proper discipline.
8. Contact the teacher first if there is a problem regarding my child, and, work at resolving issues together.
9. Be available to answer my child's questions.

Parent/Caregiver Signature                              Date