Hello! My name is Janelle Tittsworth, but the students usually refer to me as Mrs. T. This is my 7th year at AMS and 23rd year in education. I spent my first seven years teaching math at Valley Center Middle School, where I also coached middle school track and high school basketball. I transferred to the Andover district in 2007. I taught math at ACMS for another six years before going into administration. I was the assistant principal and athletic director at ACMS from 2013-2016. Managing all the evening activities limited my time with my family, so I chose to return to the classroom and teach again. I was blessed to have the opportunity to return to a teaching role in this district. I am thrilled to continue my passion for teaching here at Andover Middle School. This year, I will teach Math 6 Accelerated and Math 7.
Where can I see the expectations?(How can I stay organized?)
Google Classroom – students joined this so they have access to the lesson plans and helpful videos.
Homework assigned online: https://www.bigideasmath.com/BIM/login
Check your school gmail email EVERYDAY and use your agenda to stay organized!
How are we graded?
Students and parents should check PowerSchool consistently for updated grades. Per middle school math policy, grades are weighted.
Practice (homework) is expected for all new skills we are studying. This gives students the chance to experience a variety of problems in preparation for the chapter assessment.
Practice work (homework) counts as 30% of the overall grade.
Assessments (tests/quizzes) count as 70% of the overall grade.
Projects vary in their weight, depending on the complexity of the tasks.
What about late work, re-dos, and test retakes?
Late homework and assignment corrections are accepted PRIOR to the chapter test. No credit will be given for chapter work submitted after the chapter test. Students must earn less than an 80% in order to redo/correct homework. Students must email Mrs. T when they complete/submit late work online in order to update their grade. (Submitting late work in Big Ideas Math does not automatically update your grade in PowerSchool.)
Assessment scores less than 80% may be corrected (on a case-by-case basis). It is the student’s responsibility to visit with Mrs. T, seek permission, and then determine an appropriate time to correct an assessment in person. Per policy, the maximum score you may earn on assessment corrections is 80%.
What do we do if we are absent?
Students must refer to Mrs. T’s Google Classroom and Big Ideas Math to access daily lesson plans and homework. The student handbook states the school policy and timeline regarding absent work. Students must email Mrs. T when they complete/submit absent work online in order to update their grade.
What if I have a question outside of class?
Email Mrs. T and be specific about which assignment and which problem.
What will we be learning?
Accelerated Math 6 covers topics from many areas of mathematics, including: Numerical Expressions & Factors, Fractions & Decimals, Algebraic Expressions, Equations, & Inequalities, Properties, Area of Polygons, Ratios, Rates, Integers, the Coordinate Plane, Surface Area & Volume, Statistical Measures, and Data Displays.
Math 7 covers topics from many areas of mathematics, including: Integers, Rational Numbers, Algebraic Expressions & Equations, Inequalities, Ratios & Proportions, Percents, Constructions & Scale Drawings, Circles & Area, Surface Area & Volume, Probabilities & Statistics
Please don’t hesitate to email me if you have questions or concerns. I am here for you, and I look forward to working with you this year.