2012 ~ 2013 8th Grade Math Syllabus
Teacher: Mrs. Johnston
Course: 8th Grade Math
Textbook: CPM Core Connections 3
Course Description: Topics include Problem Solving, analyze trends, interpret data, describe patterns, develop an understanding of integers, and calculate fractions. Further topics explored include algebraic equations, solve and graph a system of equations, ratios, and geometric calculations. Problems are often linked to real – world applications. Vocabulary, and technical writing will be emphasized.
Grading: You will be given points for all assignments
Homework-points will be given for each problem completed
Scale: Grades will be posted on Family Access.
90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
Classwork: This work will be collected and graded for completeness only. You will receive 3 points for every problem assigned.
Quizzes: There will usually be a quiz every Friday, unless there has been a test during that week. Quizzes will vary in length and the amount of points.
ALL work must be shown on your homework to receive any credit.
ALL graphs should be done on graph paper.
Homework will be assigned at least 4 times a week
Late homework will NOT be accepted.
Homework is considered late if it is not turned in when collected.
Tests will be given after the completion of each chapter.
Each chapter test will be worth 100 points.
Each test may consist of free-response and multiple-choice questions for each chapter as well as review questions.
Important Note: If you are absent on the day of a quiz or test, the only time you may make up the quiz or test is before or after school, during a quiz day, or other arrangements agreed upon by the teacher. You will not be allowed to make up quizzes or tests during classroom instruction time.
#1: You are expected to be ON TIME. Be here early, so you are ready to start at the right time. Note: After 3 tardies a referral will be written.
#2: You are expected to treat EVERYONE in the class with an attitude of respect. If you are unclear about what constitutes an attitude of respect Mrs. Johnston will make it clear to you. This includes the language you use, the attitude you bring to class, the way you respond when asked to do something in class, and the way you respond when asked to work with other students.
#3: You are expected to complete EVERY assignment to the best of your ability BEFORE you get to class. If you are struggling with a concept you may need help outside of class time. It is your responsibility to come talk with me so we can arrange a time for tutoring that will work for both of us. Usually, I am available 30 minutes before and after school.
#4: You are expected to use the entire period productively. This means paying attention, taking notes during times of lecture, actively participating in group work, using any extra time given to you in class to complete your daily work, start your homework, or review for upcoming quizzes and/or tests.
Absences: Being Absent does not excuse you from completing and understanding any material you missed!
All assignments and homework are given to you on a weekly calendar and usually posted on the school website.
Daily Classwork may be completed for credit. (you get one day for every day absent to make up daily work)
It is YOUR responsibility to find out what you missed.
If you are absent on the day of a test, you have 1 week from when you return to make up the test. Exceptions will be made only for extended absences.
BEING ABSENT FOR THE DAY OF REVIEW DOES NOT EXCUSE YOU FROM TAKING THE TEST IF THAT IS THE ONLY TIME YOU WERE GONE.
IF YOU ARE GOING TO BE ABSENT FOR OTHER SCHOOL RELATED ACTIVITIES (Field trips, sports, etc) YOU SHOULD GET YOUR ASSIGNMENTS AHEAD OF TIME.
Consequences: Failure to follow the rules and procedures will result in any of the following:
1. Warning … Student – Teacher conference
2. Referral to an Administrator
Supplies: A list of supplies (other than your book) that will be needed throughout the course of the year.
- One spiral notebook per quarter. All notes and homework should be kept in here.
- Calculators are permitted- (Pi)ח, x² and √ are the most commonly used functions in this class.
- Pencils (I will not be providing pencils)
- Colored pencils
- Ruler or straightedge with inches and centimeters (I suggest something you can see through)
You can reach me at (509) 445-1125, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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