8th Grade Algebra- Syllabus by 8ZOi0BQ4

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									Math 8
Course Syllabus

Instructor      Stephanie Long                  E-mail         slong498@spsmail.org
Phone           417.523.2177                    Office Hours   12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
                                                               http://sps.k12.mo.us/pvms or
Room #          Room 147                        Web Page
                                                               http://bluejaymath.blogspot.com
Years at P.V.   Starting my 13th year at P.V.   Subjects       Math 8, Algebra & Media

I’m so excited to have the opportunity to get to know each of you this year. I am expecting great
things from you and I believe this will be a great learning experience for everyone. This syllabus
covers the basic course outline for our class and general policies that will better allow everyone
to be part of an organized, safe, and respected learning environment. ~Ms. Long

Text:
Holt Middle School Math Course 3, 2004.

Description:
Students will be involved in learning how to collect information, communicate information
mathematically, solve problems from a real-world context and justify the solutions to the
problems. This course will integrate the abstract ideas of algebra, including use of patterns,
generalizations, analyzing linear equations and relationships, graphing, and the application of
geometric ideas and concepts.

Course Rationale:
Eighth Grade Mathematics prepares students to become critical thinkers. Through
mathematics, students not only need to develop skills with numbers, but develop the ability
to set up problems, approach problems with a variety of techniques, and understand the
underlying mathematical features of such problems. Problem solving must be a central
theme of our mathematics. Students can explore, create and reason while developing the
ability to work with others to arrive at a solution. Students are encouraged to communicate
and reason mathematically and to believe in the utility and value of their mathematics.

Major Instructional Goals: Can be located at:
http://sps.k12.mo.us/curriculum/migs/index.html#MS

Grading Policy:
        Grades will be assigned using the district-wide grading scale.

100 to 94 = A        89 to 87 = B+         79 to 77 = C+       69 to 67 = D+      59 and below = F
93 to 90 = A-        86 to 84 = B          76 to 74 = C        66 to 64 = D
                     83 to 80 = B-         73 to 70 = C-       63 to 60 = D-

            The grade you earn will depend entirely on the quality of your work and the
             competence you demonstrate in relation to the stated objectives of the course.
             Test and quizzes and other major assessments will make up a larger portion of
             your grade compared to homework, daily work, journals, and special projects.
             Each quarter you will be advised of these percentage weights for that particular
             grading period.
Expectations:
Positive class participation will be factored into your grade and can amount to as much as
10% of your grade. While your grade cannot be affected by your attendance and punctuality
to class, it is almost certain that during this time important information will be discussed and
could affect your performance on missed work. Please take the time to collect all of the
information you missed while gone. Your participation grade will be determined by the
following:

      1.   A positive contribution to class discussion.
      2.   Punctuality to class—being in your seat before the tardy bell rings.
      3.   Bringing your pencil, pen, notebook and other assigned materials to class.
      4.   Compliance with classroom rules.

In addition, it is important to remember that each student deserves the most positive
educational climate possible. I expect each student to be respectful, cooperative, and
courteous at all times. Each student has the right to feel safe and important in the classroom.
When others speak in turn, we will listen and give them our attention. I will follow the
guidelines as well and expect the same courtesy when I speak.

Evaluations:
Students will be given daily in-class assignments. In addition, some homework assignments
may be given as students become comfortable with class concepts. Students will complete
quizzes on a regular basis to help me determine whether they are mastering the concepts.
Some of these quizzes will be graded. Formal and informal assessments will be given in
various forms throughout the year. It is important to develop assessments that will correctly
identify whether a student has mastered the skills necessary for success in Algebra in high
school.

Parents:
I believe this school year can be the best year your child has ever experienced. I know that I
am committed to helping and encouraging your child in achieving those things needed to
pursue a high school career, while also helping to build the life skills necessary for the world
they will one day lead. I hope we share the same commitment and I also hope you will
encourage your child to use all of the help and resources that are offered at Pleasant View. I
will be communicating with you throughout the year to keep you aware of your child’s
progress. Please feel free to contact me at any time with concerns or questions you have
regarding your child. I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank You!




Make special note of the class website at the top of the syllabus. This site will contain daily
information about class, extra practice and instruction for the course.



                                                     *Please keep this syllabus handy for contact information.
                                      *Please sign the attached sheet stating that you have read the syllabus.
I have read the Math 8 syllabus and have discussed it with my child. I agree to the guidelines
presented in the class syllabus.

Parent/Guardian Signature ______________________________________________________

Student Signature _______________________________________________________________

Also, can I reach you by email? Your email address: _____________________________________


Please share with me any concerns you may have regarding your child and his or her
experience in Math or 8th grade this year.

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My goal is to do my professional best to work hand-in-hand with you and your child to develop
learning opportunities that best meet the needs and learning styles of your child. I hope to
provide opportunities for all students to be successful and enjoy learning. Students love both
variety in learning and taking on new challenges. They learn at different paces. And, they all
have preferences about how they like to learn and how they like to show what they have
learned. Please take a minute and tell me some of the interests your child has both in and out
of school, along with the ways you have noticed that he/she learns best. Any input would be
helpful! (Hobbies, past learning experiences that were positive, group or individual activities, learns by seeing, doing
or hearing, needs to move around…)


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Thank you for your insight! I look forward to keeping in contact with you throughout the year.
Please note my email address and phone number on the syllabus. Call or write anytime!

                                                                                            - Thank you, Ms. Long

								
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