• Strategies Course Syllabus 


    Teacher Contact Information:

     Mrs. Karen Mccarthy - IEP Teacher/Case Manager 

    Contact Number: (480)883-5158 (when in person at Hamilton)     

    Email Address: mccarthy.karen@cusd80.com 

    Course Description: This class provides students strategies and assistance focusing on their current general education math class; as well as opportunities to complete and receive assistance on class assignments, tests, as necessary according to the IEPs. 

    Course Goals & Outcomes: The educational goals for this course are: 

    • Students will increase their ability to make sense of math problems and persevere in solving them. 
    • Students will gain independence in self-advocacy, 

    Course Grading Scale 

    Time-on-Task/Participation (Rules) - 30 points daily 

    Lesson/Activity - 10 points daily 

    A: 100-90 

    B: 89-80 

    C: 79-70 

    D: 69-60 

    F:  59 and below  


    Course Structure/Approach: This class provides students with the opportunity to receive math support and specially designed instruction in the area of math, Students are expected to have appropriate assignments/materials from their core math class to complete while in Strategies. 

    Required Materials 

    1. Pencils, pens, highlighters 
    2. Composition notebook or spiral notebook 
    3. Work from core math class (including all necessary materials) 

    *Failure to bring your composition book/notebook to class will result in loss of daily points. 

    Classroom and Virtual Classroom Expectations:  Students are expected to follow all school and classroom rules as stated in the classroom and student handbook. 

    • Food and drink are NOT allowed in classrooms.  
    • Profanity is NOT allowed. 
    • School dress code will be enforced. 
    • All rules apply when a substitute teacher is present.

     The consequences for misbehavior could include: 

    1. Verbal warning 
    2. Conference with student and loss of daily on task points
    3. Phone call to parent/guardian 
    4. Conduct referral submitted to appropriate grade level administrator 

    (Automatic referral given in extreme circumstances) 


    Cell Phone Policy:  Cell phone use will not be allowed without teacher approval. 

    Attendance/Excessive Absences 

    A.R.S. 815-803 (B) states that absences may be considered excessive when the number of absent days exceeds ten percent of the number of required attendance days prescribed in A.R.S. $15-802. Ten percent equates to nine (9) days of absences per semester regardless of whether they are excused or unexcused. Students with excessive excused absences will be required to provide medical documentation to remain in class and excuse any further absences. If additional absences occur, and medical documentation is not provided, the student will be referred to administration, 

    1. Up to three absences no consequences 
    2. Half credit daily time-on-task points for 4th and 5th absence 
    3. Loss of daily time-on-task points for 6th absence and each subsequent absence 

    Tardy Policy: The following sequence will be followed for tardy student: 

    1. Verbal warning for first two tardies 
    2. Loss of half daily time-on-task points for 3rd tardy and each subsequent tardy
    3. After 5th tardy a referral will be made to HHS truancy officer or administrator 

    Virtual Attendance Statement:  Attendance is based on engagement. If a student is not present for synchronous instruction and does not complete the asynchronous/alternative assignment for the daily class meeting, then the student is considered absent. Teachers will contact attendance clerks once a student is determined to be absent. 

    Homework/Classwork Policy:  Students are responsible for making up all daily Strategies work when returning from an absence. Make-up work must be completed within the same amount of time the student was absent from class. 

    Appropriate Use of Technology - Board Policy IJNDC-R: The Governing Board intends that technological resources provided by the District be used in a safe responsible and proper manner in support of the instructional program and for the advancement of student learning. It is the policy of the Chandler Unified School District to maintain an environment that promotes ethical and responsible conduct in all electronic resource activities by staff and students. The District reserves the right to monitor use of the District's systems for improper use without warning or prior consent. Students shall be informed that computer files and electronic communications, including email, are not private and may be accessed by the District at any time. Inappropriate use may result in disciplinary action and/or legal action in accordance with the law and Board policy. Please visit the student handbook at https://www.cusd80.com/handbooks for further details about appropriate use of technology use. 

    On Line Grade Access:  Please access your student's detailed grade report at www.cuşd80.com/Domain/5058 


    Diversity Statement:  All individuals have a right to an educational environment free from bias, prejudice and bigotry. As members of the Hamilton High School educational community, students are expected to refrain from participation in acts of harassment that are designed to demean another student's race, gender, ethnicity, religious preference, disability or sexual orientation. 

    These are trying times and we all need to remain flexible as this is new to all of us. I have modified this document to reflect these changes, however I can not anticipate all issues that may arise at this time, so consider this a living document that can possibly change. You will be notified of such changes as they occur.

    By completing the assignment/acknowledgement of this syllabus, it will act as your agreement to abide by the policies set forth within.