|Position:||Math - Honors Geometry & College Algebra, International Baccalaureate - Middle Years Program Coordinator|
Welcome, my name is Ms. Helt. I am originally from a small town in Iowa called Mount Pleasant. Growing up on a farm I always knew I wanted to live in the big city but did not realize I would make it to Arizona. When I graduated from high school I move to Omaha, Nebraska. I spent 8 years in Omaha where I completed my bachelor's degree and started my teaching career. Ryan and I made our dream of moving to Arizona a reality in June 2018. We love to travel, hike, and go back to Iowa to visit family.
My Education and Professional Background
I received my Bachelor's of Science doubling in Mathematics & Sociology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. I also have a Bachelor's of Science in Secondary Education from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Graduate coursework in Sociology through the University of Nebraska at Omaha. I received my Master's in Mathematics Education from Northern Arizona University in April 2021. I started my teaching career in Council Bluffs, Iowa where I taught 7th grade math and science at Woodrow Wilson Middle School. I have been working at Chandler High School since July 2018.
My Educational Philosophy
My philosophy is that everyone can learn math! I believe that we all have a unique way of learning and can use these skills to learn math.
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Honors Geometry Syllabus
Ms. Helt – Room 403
School Phone: (480) 812 – 7803
- Respect the rights and property of others; rudeness will not be tolerated.
- Choose to be polite and kind; use common sense and common courtesy.
- The classroom is a learning environment.
- Students are responsible for their learning.
- Students are to be positive, active learners, contributing to the learning process in class.
III. Students will help maintain a learning environment by being positive, on-task and participating.
- Follow all rules and procedures outlined in the student handbook.
- CHS Dress Code will be followed.
- Students must sit in assigned seat and may not change seats unless approval.
- Food and beverages are not allowed in the classroom, except bottled water.
- Electronic Devices (cell phones, iPod, ear buds, air pods etc.…)
- Will be used for assignments and classroom activities.
- Students may only be using their cell phone when instructed, cell phone use during direct instruction is not allowed.
Ear Buds / Air pods:
- Not allowed for classroom use, unless directed.
Consequences will be based on the action. Depending on the severity of the action, the following actions will occur:
- Speak to the student
- Contact a parent/guardian
- Write a referral to Administration
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.
All individuals have a right to an educational environment free from bias, prejudice, and bigotry. As members of the Chandler High School educational community, students are expected to refrain from participating in acts of harassment that are designed to demean another student’s race, gender, ethnicity, religious preference, disability, or sexual orientation.
Contacting Ms. Helt
Email, Remind, or Phone are the three ways to get in touch with questions or concerns.
When contacting by email, email must be coming from CUSD email student account.
Do not email from personal email account.
When sending email please include in the subject line your name, class you are in
(for example, Student Name – Honors Geometry 2nd Hour).
Please make sure you in your classes Remind.
This will be where important reminders are sent out and you may ask questions.
Chandler High Phone number. (480) 812 – 7803
Messages sent after 3:15 pm (Arizona Time) may be responded to the following school day.
Attendance is extremely important to be successful in this class. If a student is absent from class, it is their responsibility to get the missing work. All work will be posted on google classroom. A student has as many days as they were absent to hand in make-up work for full credit. To excuse an absence, the Parent/Guardian must call the attendance.
Unexcused absences on test / quiz days will result in a zero for that quiz / test.
Tardy to Class
You are considered tardy if you are not in the classroom, seated and prepared to work when the bell rings. It is student’s responsibility to get notes or assignments missed during time missing from class.
Each quarter you will earn a grade for this class. Your final semester grade will be calculated using the quarter grades (40% each) as well as your final exam (20%). You are responsible for keeping track of your own grade and you can access your grades through Infinite Campus online. Students are also able to speak before or after school about their grades.
Grade break down for the class: A standard scale is used:
Tests and Projects 65% 90 – 100% = A
Quizzes 25% 80 – 89% = B
Assignments 10% 70 – 79% = C
60 – 69% = D
below 60% = F
Grades are based on the following:
- Tests – Tests will be given at the end of each unit.
- Quizzes – Quizzes will be given throughout each unit. The number of quizzes will vary depending on the length of the unit.
- Assignments – Given daily and must be done on time. Homework/Classwork may be graded on accuracy or based on participation. Late HW Policy: Students who do not have their homework completed on time, will not earn full credit for late homework. Students have up to the day of each unit test to hand in late assignments.
- Final Exam – The final exam is cumulative and is 20% of the entire semester grade.
Note: Course due dates are subject to change.
Quizzes will not be allowed to be retaken or corrected for credit.
Students may complete quiz corrections for practice.
If a student scores higher on the Unit Test than a quiz in the same unit, the quiz score will be replaced with the test score. If a student scores lower on the Unit Test than a quiz in the same unit, the quiz score will not be replaced.
Example: Unit 1 Quiz Score = 60%, Unit 1 Test Score = 82%, Unit 1 Quiz Score will be replaced with 82%.
Unit 1 Quiz Score = 80%, Unit 1 Test Score = 62%, Unit 1 Quiz Score will remain original score 80%.
Test Retake Policy
In this course there are no test retakes, students will receive their original score on each assessment.
Cheating means, but not limited to the following: copying homework, quizzes, and tests, using electronic devices, or talking during an assessment. Providing the opportunity for another student to cheat off you will also be considered cheating. These behaviors are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
You will receive a contact home and a permanent zero on such assignment, quiz, or test.
Quizzes that are scored as a zero for cheating will not be replaced with the unit test score.
If the behavior is a repeated offence, a conduct referral will be turned into the office.
Tutoring is available every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:30 – 3:15 in room 403.
Tutoring will also be available on Tuesdays during C lunch.
Reminder that tutoring is subject to change, students will be notified if any changes must be made.
You are recommended to bring the following to class every day.
- 1 to 1½ inch 3 ring binder
- 2 - Pocket Folder
- Calculator: Graphing Calculator (e.g. TI-84 or TI-83) or scientific calculator (e.g. TI-30XS)
- 3 – Different Colored Highlighters
- Pencil and Paper
Helpful Math Websites:
Here are some math online resources you can look at if working on assignments at home and have questions.