Ms. Meringolo

Welcome to Mathematics with
Ms. Meringolo!

Greetings, my name is Maria Meringolo. I will be your son or daughter’s mathematics education teacher this year. In this letter I want to briefly describe the mathematics classes that I teach here at Brentwood High School and what your child can expect to learn over the school year in my class. Let me begin, however, by briefly describing my professional background.

My degree is in Mathematics / Secondary Education. This will be my 14th year of teaching. I completed my Master’s Degree from Stonybrook University. I currently teach Integrated Geometry and Intro to Computer Science & Applications. 


Overview of the Courses I Teach and Grading Policy of Each Class


Integrated Geometry (227): This is a non-regents course and will fulfill one math credit needed towards graduation. The students in this course must have passed the Algebra course and the regent’s exam with a grade of 65.

Grading: Grades will be calculated as follows: 40% Tests, 25% Quizzes, 20% Homework, and 15% Class Participation.

Tests/Quizzes: Tests will be announced in advance; quizzes may/may not be announced. Study daily!


 

Intro to Computer Science & Applications (253): (CS Discoveries) is an introductory computer science course that empowers students to create authentic artifacts and engage with computer science as a medium for creativity, communication, problem solving, and fun. The course takes a wide lens on computer science by covering topics such as programming, physical computing, HTML/CSS, and data. The course inspires students as they build their own websites, apps, games, and physical computing devices. In this class you will be earning one elective credit that can be used towards graduation. This credit cannot be used as one of your three Math credits towards the graduation requirement. 

Grading: Grades will be calculated as follows: 50% Projects, 35% Classwork-Participation, and 15% Assessments.

Tests/Quizzes: Tests will be announced in advance; quizzes may/may not be announced. Study daily!


Student Expectations & Requirements

Academic Ethics 

We at Brentwood High School see learning as the most important reason for attending school, and that our learning encompasses not only academics, but also ethical behavior and good citizenship. Good citizens of Brentwood High School always conduct themselves with honor and integrity!  


Student Expectations 

Personal integrity is a possession over which each of us has complete control. One’s reputation is determined by his/her choices and actions. It is expected, therefore, that students will always conduct themselves in a moral and ethical manner. At Brentwood High School it is expected that each student is the author of his/her own work. Plagiarism, the act of representing someone else’s ideas or writings as his own, as well as cheating, the unauthorized receiving or giving of information during tests or quizzes is viewed as academic dishonesty and, as such, is unacceptable behavior. Consequences for academic fraud include, but are not limited to, receiving no credit for the assignment.  


We have high expectations for the students in our room.  We expect the students to achieve academically to their fullest potential.  We expect students to contribute in a positive manner to our classroom.  

Attendance/Lateness: Attendance is crucial. Lateness is unacceptable, and 5 points will be deducted from your participation grade daily for each lateness. It is your responsibility to obtain/complete the notes and homework assignment if you are absent. On the days you are not in school, you will be doing remote learning at home on Teams. Attendance is taken in Teams so be sure to login and complete/TURN IN your assignment during the school day to earn credit for that day. (7 am – 2 pm). Assignments for remote learning students will be posted by 7 am on their remote learning days and are expected to be completed before 2 pm. 

Materials: Students are expected to bring in pens/pencils and have a math section in their binder (which can be used for other classes). Students MUST bring in their own supplies and can NOT share supplies with others at this time. Students should download a free graphing calculator app on their cell phones to use in class. If the student doesn’t have a cell phone, they may bring a calculator to class. At this time, calculators will NOT be provided, that is subject to change in the future. Students may bring in their own personal/pocket hand sanitizers (optional). 

Homework: Homework is very important to reinforce the concepts learned in class. Any missing or incomplete homework must be turned in the next day for half credit, after that it is a zero. 
 
Behavior: Students are expected to be in their seats, ready to work, when the bell rings. Students must behave in a respectful manner to everyone and everything in the classroom. Students are required to wear ID cards at all times in the high school. 
 
Passes: Passes out of the classroom are allowed only for emergencies. 
 
Extra Help: Virtual extra help will be on Teams, Mondays after school (time is TBD), or by appointment. 
 
Office hours: – Due to hybrid learning, I will do my best to answer your emails/chat messages as soon as possible during the school day. All messages received after 4 pm may not be answered until 7 am. the following school day. This is subject to change. 
 
“Parent Square” Updates: Messages are sent out about homework, tests, extra help sessions and other important information about class. ALL PARENTS/GUARDIANS AND STUDENTS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO SIGN UP AND CHECK THE APP DAILY!

Click here to access Parent Square 🌎: https://www.parentsquare.com/



📵Electronics Policy📵


1) Cell phones:

While I understand the importance of cell phones, they will ONLY be needed as calculators in class. Cell phones tend to be a distraction and disruption to our learning

environment. As such, students will be asked to turn their cell phones to SILENT and then store cell phones in their bags/pockets, or they may place them face down on their desk, unless they are using it as a calculator.

2) Other electronics:

Students will need to put away all other electronic devices before entering class (i.e. ear buds, headphones, iPod's, etc…)


*Facial masks should be worn and you MUST adhere to the mask guidelines provided by the district*
 




School Days

Green/Gold Days 
 
Monday/Thursday = Green days 
 
Tuesday/Friday = Gold days 
 
Wednesdays rotate every other week between green and gold. See the school calendar. Please only attend school on the correct days. If you show up on the wrong day, you may not be able to enter class because there are limitations to the number of students we may have in class and possibly sent home.


💻Remote Learning💻


As green and gold days alternate, you will be in school on your designated day and then will be learning from home every other day. Here are some guidelines for remote learning:

✅ Be on time - When you are doing remote learning you will log in to Teams in the morning and look for your assignments due for our class that day. All assignments are due by 2 pm. Be sure to “TURN IN” your assignments or they will not receive credit.

✅ Personal Space – Create/find a quiet place to work with no distractions so you can focus. Don’t try to multi-task, complete one assignment at a time.

✅ Be prepared – Make sure that your device (computer/laptop/tablet) is charged. Get a set of earbuds/headphones, if desired. Have a piece of scrap paper ready with a pen/pencil and your binder/notebook/notes from class ready.

✅ Be kind and considerate- Whether you are completing an assignment or typing a message in a chat, please be kind and considerate. No foul language, disrespect or insubordination will be tolerated. Everything done in teams, including assignments, chats and meetings are ALL RECORDED so act appropriately.

✅ Make a friend – In the first few weeks, exchange numbers with several classmates so that you can call each other and work together on days when you are home doing remote learning. There should be no cheating or copying, but you should collaborate and work together with someone from class, on the phone, on your assignments.

✅ Ask questions - This is a first for all of us, so when you are not sure of something, just ask. Ask questions in class, in a chat, or send an email.

✅ Maintain a growth mindset and stay positive. We will get through this together 😊


In closing I want to invite you to be active and present in your child's daily school life and activities. My door is always open for questions, comments, and/or concerns. I am very excited for the upcoming year in our mathematics education classes at Brentwood High School. I am looking forward to being your child’s mathematics education teacher this year!!!

Please feel free to call, write a note, or e-mail us if you have concerns or questions about your child’s education.  We are always available to schedule a conference to discuss any issue or concern you have regarding your child.

📧 mmeringolo@bufsd.org

📞: 631- 434 – 2391

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Good Luck and Best Wishes to ALL for a wonderful and successful school year!
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