Mrs. Ariyan

 Grading Policies

Classwork/Participation Policy :  Classwork and textbook homework will be completed 
in your notebook.  Classwork and class participation will count as 20% of your grade.  
Please click on the rubric below to see the criteria used for this portion of your grade.

Homework Policy : Homework will be given daily, with few exceptions and counts as 20% of your grade.  Homework will be 
posted on the homework page every day and remain up for the week.  If the assignment 
is from your  textbook , you will be required to

  • Date your notebook page   
  • Include the page and problem numbers for the assignment
  • NEATLY  copy the problem  in your notebook 
  • Show all your work
  • Check your odd answers - mark each problem with a red check and make
  • corrections if possible

If the assignment is a worksheet it will be available for download on the homework page, by date.  Your work is to be done NEATLY on the worksheet if there is room, or on looseleaf and stapled to the worksheet. All work must be shown to receive credit.  Homework will be collected or checked daily and counts as 20% of your final grade.  

Homework is graded, as per the criteria below:

  • complete - 4pts,
  • didn't check answers - 2pts
  • incomplete - 1pt
  • no homework - 0pts.  

Homework may be submitted 1 day late with a 50% reduction in your grade for that assignment. NOTE:  If you are absent, you should see me to talk about making up 
missed work. The homework will remain on the homework webpage for the entire week. 
There will be 3 homework passes built into your homework grade. Make sure you check 
the website daily.

Quizzes :  There will be a section "Quick Quiz" after every one or two sections. 
Quizzes count as 20% of your overall grade. There will be a weekly 
basic facts quiz every Monday.  

Chapter Tests :  There will be one Chapter Test at the end of every chapter. Test problems will primarily come from your homework and the quick quizzes. These will count as 40% of your grade. Tests will be announced at least 5-7 days in advance and we will spend at least one day reviewing for all major tests.  If you are absent on the day of a test or quiz you must see me the day you return to school to schedule a 
make-up. Remember, it is all about PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY!!
If your test score is 80% or below you may make corrections to receive 20% of your score back.

Extra Help:  Every morning from 7:30-8:00 in room 306. 
                     Weekly extra help: Tuesday 2:15-3:00 also in room 306.

Participation Rubric 2018-Rev 9-18.pdf

Homework/Test Prep Help

Homework Help : The attached links provide some excellent video and/or visual instruction which students may use to reinforce a new concept or review something previously learned. It is like having a teacher in your home! There are test prep sites as well for the HSPT and SSAT. is a website that I subscribe to and make available for all SJA students. See the username and password below. Please email me with any questions.

UN: gscirocco       PW: sjaisthebest

Mathhelp        KhanAcademy        SSAT        HSPT
SSAT             SSAT                     HSPT        HSPT

 Extra Credit 
 There will be 5 extra credit assignments attached in the homework box every chapter.  They will be added at the beginning of the chapter. I will let you know when you should be able to complete the worksheets as we go through the chapter. They are due on the same day as the final cumulative test for that chapter. You will receive 1 point added to your test grade for every assignment you turn in for a total of 5 points. You must earn a minimum of 70% for each worksheet to receive credit. These extra credit worksheets will also help you prepare for the test. There will be reminders posted on the homework page well in advance. Come and see me early if you need help with the extra credit!!

**I strongly urge you to start extra credit 
early and come and see me or hand 
them in as you complete them so I can
 pick up on any errors you may have.


We will be using IXL for several types of problems.  Every week you will be given either a new or basic concept to complete using IXL.  This will serve as a refresher for concepts you have learned in previous years such as working with fractions, decimals and percents or an extra practice for newly learned concepts. These problems must be completed by the following Sunday night at 6pm.   You should aim to achieve a SmartScore of 100, however, you  do not have to spend more than 20 minutes a week on the assigned problems.  You can do this in one day or spread it out over the week. It is imperative that you log in for your score to be recorded.  I will check the reports weekly.


Test Taking Strategies

There are several ways to approach taking standardized tests. You need to find the strategy that works best for you. I like to use a "Reverse Triage" (starting with the easiest) method as follows:

  2. Look over the whole test or section. This will reduce some of your natural anxiety as soon as you realize you REALLY do know some of the answers.
  3. Start at the beginning.  Do the easy ones first - As this is a timed test it will give you more time to spend on the more difficult problems.
  4. As you come to a difficult problem, if you can't solve it right away, find a way to mark it in your test booklet - a light star or circle and MOVE ON.
  5. **Be sure you answer the next question in the right spot on your answer sheet as these are usually a scan sheet and if you miss one, all the rest of your answers will be wrong.
  6. Go back to the circled ones and try to figure them out. Always be mindful of the time you have remaining.
  7. If time remains, go back over & review all the questions, even the easy ones.  Sometimes you will spot a common mistake.  Remember, the testing companies will use common mistakes in their answer choices.