COURSE EXPECTATIONS
                                 8th GRADE MATH
                                     MRS. BAIN
                                      Rm#: 820
                        School e-mail:

                                                            8th Grade Counselor: Mrs. Varela

Course Scope:

This course is designed to develop student skills in the following areas: Integers, proportions,
percents, statistics, geometry, probability, data analysis, fundamental algebra and real number
operations. This course will help students gain a firm foundation in general mathematical skills
while integrating fundamental pre-algebra skills in order to prepare students for Algebra I. The
Algebra concepts in this course include simplifying and evaluating expressions, solving
equations and inequalities as well as graphing. Upon successful completion of this course, the
students will have satisfied the requirements for the 8th grade mathematics as outlined in the
state syllabus.

Course Goals:

   1. To explore the learning objectives given in the Nevada Course Syllabus for the 8th grade
      mathematics to gain a firm foundation in general mathematics.

   2. To develop and extend problem-solving skills in order to reason mathematically and
      apply previously learned strategies.

   3. To learn how to communicate and reason mathematically by using a variety of
      mathematical tools including the computer, the calculator, and math manipulatives.

   4. To integrate mathematical problem skills in other disciplines.

   5. To describe and solve problems using algebraic methods.

   6. To increase the understanding of computational skills and to develop greater efficiency
      and accuracy in using them in the real number system including fractions, decimals,
      integers, radicals and exponentials.

   7. To extend the basic operations to include tools such as percents, proportions, probability,
      statistics and its properties.
  8. To apply the properties of real numbers when simplifying algebraic expressions and
     solving equations or inequalities.

  9. To develop informal and formal strategies for solving and graphing linear equations and
     inequalities, with and without technology.

  10. To extend and apply the concepts of measurement and geometry to a variety of concepts
     of practical problems including the use of the customary and metric systems of

  11. To develop the ability to reason and to communicate mathematically in order to apply
     learned concepts to new problem-solving situations.

  12. To formulate problems and strategies for solutions to situations relevant to real-life
     experiences and interests.

  13. To instill confidence in mathematical abilities so that one may achieve at a higher level.

  14. To reinforce correct usage of grammar, spelling, neatness and vocabulary.

  15. To continually review multiplication facts to achieve mastery.

  16. To use words to explain the process taken to solve mathematical problems.

  17. To add, subtract and multiply polynomials.

  18. To collect, organize, display and analyze data using graphical representations including
     line plots, bar graphs, stem and leaf plots, histograms, scatter plots, circle graphs, box and
     whisker plots and pictographs.

  19. To reinforce and extend the concepts of place value and number sense.

Course Materials:

   Students must bring their own paper and pencil to class. None will be provided for them.

Evaluation and Grading System:

 Grading Scale
 90% - 100% = A
 80% - 89%     =B
 70% - 79%     =C
 60% - 69% = D
 Below 59% = F
9-Week Grading Period:
Tests: 50%
         Tests will assess unit(s) and/or multiple concepts

         Types of assessment:
                 Multiple choice, short answer/essay/constructive response—itemizing steps and communicating thought process

Quizzes: 40%
         Normally shorter than cumulative assessment covering less concepts:

         Types of quizzes:
                 Same as tests

Practice: 10%
Students will be graded as:

         OBJ = Objective Met = 100% (does not mean the paper is perfect)

         NI = Needs Improvement = 75% (problems with concept/incomplete)

        BS = Below Standards = 55% (does not appear the student is in control of the objective) student is required to re-do the
assignment for understanding and a better grade. Come in before or after school for help.

         MIA = Missing In Action: = 0% for some reason I have not seen the assignment i.e.: no name, not handed in, see me!

Student may petition to re-take a test or quiz: (cut-off dates TBA)

         Pick-up Petition Form from teacher

No Petition forms will be granted the last week of the grading period.

Remember to keep in mind that each situation will be determined on an individual basis. I want you to be successful in this class.

Please, come in before or after school for help, or any concerns. Check the calendar for availability.

  1st/2nd Quarter……………..45% of semester grade
  3rd/4th Quarter……………..45% of semester grade
  Semester Exams…………..10% of semester grade


Make-Up Work:

  All make-up work is due within 3 days of an absence. It is the students’ responsibility to
  get all make-up work from ParentLink or Missed quizzes and tests must also
  be made-up within 3 days of an absence before or after school Monday through Thursday.
 Missing Assignments:

 Missing assignments is different from make-up work. A student only has make-up work
 when he or she is absent from class. Missing work is when a student is in attendance, but
 chooses not to do the work. In math, as with other subjects, assignments are an integral part
 of the learning experience. In order to master skills and concepts, students must complete
 daily assignments. Missing assignments will be noted on ParentLink. Remember that you are
 able to complete them until mastery is achieved. However, no late assignments will be
 accepted after the chapter test.

Grade Notification:

It is highly recommended that you and your child check your child’s grade on ParentLink
daily. Daily upgraded grades are available on the Internet at the following website:
              and click on the ParentLink

ParentLink: This school Internet site provides parent/guardian/student online access to
student grades, attendance. You must activate your personal access code by contacting the
counseling office at 799-2290, ext. 4300. Using any computer with your favorite browser, you
can log onto the website at and click on the ParentLink. This online access allows you to view assignments, announcements and the use
of tutoring resources.

Classroom and Behavior Expectations:

 In order to maintain a learning atmosphere, I expect my students to conduct themselves in a
 RESPECTFUL, RESPONSIBLE, AND COURTEOUS way. The following classroom
 rules will help ensure that this learning atmosphere is preserved.
   The attendance, tardy, discipline and dress code policies at Schofield Middle School and
      the Clark County School District will be strictly enforced.
   The teacher will dismiss you at the end of class (not the bell).
   Eating, drinking, and grooming are not allowed in the classroom.
   One emergency pass will be given to each student. Use the restroom between classes
      because you only get one emergency pass!
   Listen carefully to the instructor and your classmates. Do not talk while the teacher is
      talking. Be ready to ask questions, but do not interrupt.
   Keep the room neat. Do not write on the desks or walls, and throw away all your trash on
      the way out the door.
   Always come to class prepared with pencils and paper.
    All students have the right to learn in a pleasant quiet environment. Remember that
     disruptions and behavior will be dealt with appropriately.
    Respect the rights of others! This means keeping your hands restricted to your own
     person and belongings.
    Students are to be in their seats working and not talking when the bell rings or they will
     be marked tardy.
    Notes should be taken as instructed. You need them to help you complete assignments
     and to study for tests.
    Appropriate behavior is expected at all times:
        o Attentive at all times.
        o Sitting up straight when instructor is talking & teaching.
        o Taking notes and participating in classroom discussions.
        o Staying on task when assignments are given.
        o Coming prepared to class.

Discipline Plan:

I have in place a progressive discipline plan for infractions of classroom expectations. Keep in
mind that students will be sent directly to the Dean for severe infractions of the discipline Plan.
The Discipline Plan is as follows:

   1.   Verbal Warning by Teacher
   2.   Phone Call Home
   3.   Phone Call to Parents/Parent Letter or Conference
   4.   Student is referred to the Dean


                               assists staff & peers
           O                   exceptional social skills
     OUTSTANDING               always demonstrates responsibility
                               respectful with a positive attitude
                               takes risks by asking engaging questions
                               at least 80% of assignments completed
                               cooperates with staff & peers
           S                   average social skills
     SATISFACTORY              consistently demonstrates responsible behavior
                               consistently demonstrates respectful behavior and has a positive attitude
                               usually participates and takes risks by asking engaging questions
                               at least 60% of assignments completed
                               occasionally unresponsive to teacher request
           N                   occasionally breaks school rules
 NEEDS IMPROVEMENT             occasionally irresponsible
                               does not consistently show respectful behavior or a positive attitude
                               does not consistently participate in class by asking engaging questions
                               occasionally displays inappropriate social skills
                                      repeated disregard for class and school rules
             U                        rarely demonstrates responsible behavior
    UNSATISFACTORY                    rarely shows respect or a positive attitude
                                      rarely participates or asks engaging questions

E-Mail Addresses:
You may e-mail me with any concerns you may have, and I will respond by e-mail. (Please include in the subject line your
child’s name.) Often, it is faster for you to contact me in this way rather than to leave telephone messages. Also, if you
have an e-mail address that you would like me to use to contact you, please e-mail it to me with your child’s name in the
subject line, also.

                                         Mrs. Bain:

The Clark County School District has adopted a new parent communication tool called “ParentLink.” This communication
system will provide our families with phone information and attendance, written information to parent e-mail accounts, and
internet access to student grades, attendance, citizenship, missing assignments and links to the teacher’s web pages at At, parents will find the lesson objectives, homework, and needed resources to for the
weekly lessons. Using any computer with your favorite browser, you can log onto the website at At our school’s website, links will take you directly to ParentLink,, and many
other resources such as: School Events, Teacher’s Class Expectations, Clubs and Activities, the Library, parent monthly
Master Calendars, and more.

ParentLink account information will be mailed to our families during the first two weeks of the school year. New families
should visit our counseling office a couple of days after the registration of your student to pickup your codes. A request
for a ParentLink account code or help with the account due to loss of account information can be e-mailed to:


Include in the body of the e-mail your Child’s Name, Student ID, Home phone number, and the parent’s name that you are
requesting (Note: Any e-mail received missing any of this requested information will not be returned and please note, this
is NOT a school e-mail box to be used for any other e-mail other than ParentLink.)
                           EDUCATIONAL INVOLVEMENT ACCORD
                                          Nevada Department of Education

I understand that as my child’s first teacher my participation in my child’s education will help his/her achievement.
Therefore, to the best of my ability, I will continue to be involved in his/her education by:
              Reading to my child or encouraging my child to read;
              Being responsible for my child’s on-time attendance;
              Reviewing and checking my child’s homework;
              Monitoring the activities of my child, such as the amount of time spent watching television, using a
              computer, playing video games, etc.; and
              Contributing at least 5 hours of time each school year in the area such as:
                               Attending school-related activities;
                               Attending organized parent meetings, such as PTA, PTO, or parent advisory
                               Attending parent-teacher conference(s);
                               Volunteering at the school;
                               Chaperoning school-sponsored activities;
                               Communicating with my child’s teacher(s) regarding his/her progress, as needed.

Parent/Legal Guardian Signature__________________________________________Date:___________________

Print Name___________________________________________________________

I realize that my education is important. Therefore, I agree to carry out the following responsibilities to the best of my
ability by:
              Arriving at school each day on time and being prepared;
              Showing effort, respect, cooperation, and fairness to all;
              Using all school equipment and property appropriately and safely;
              Completing and submitting homework in a timely manner; and
              Reading each day before and after school.

Student Signature___________________________________________Student Number:_____________________

Print Name__________________________________________________________Date: ____________________

We understand the importance of providing a supportive, effective learning environment that enables the children at
our school to meet the State’s academic achievement standards through our role as educators and models.
Therefore, staff agrees to carry out the following responsibilities to the best of our ability by:
              Ensuring that each student is provided high-quality curriculum and instruction, supervision and positive
              Maximizing the educational and social experience of each student;
              Carrying out the professional responsibility of educators to seek the best interest of each student; and
              Providing frequent reports to parents on their children’s progress, and providing reasonable access of
              staff to the parents and legal guardians of students to discuss their concerns.

School Staff Designee Signature__________________________________________Date:___________________

Print Name___________________________________________________________

                                                                                                          Revised 7/07
                                             CODE OF HONOR
                                         Nevada Department of Education

There is a clear expectation that all students will perform academic tasks with honor and integrity, with the support of
parents, staff, faculty, administration, and the community. The learning process requires students to think, process,
organize and create their own ideas. Throughout this process, students gain knowledge, self-respect, and ownership
in the work that they do. These qualities provide a solid foundation for life skills, impacting people positively
throughout their lives. Cheating and plagiarism violate the fundamental learning process and compromise personal
integrity and one’s honor. Students demonstrate academic honesty and integrity by not cheating, plagiarizing or
using information unethically in any way.

         What is cheating?

         Cheating or academic dishonesty can take many forms, but always involves the improper taking of
         information from and/or giving of information to another student, individual, or other source. Examples of
         cheating can include, but are not limited to:

             Taking or copying answers on an examination or any other assignment from another student
             or other source
             Giving answers on an examination or any other assignment to another student
             Copying assignments that are turned in as original work
             Collaborating on exams, assignments, papers, and/or projects without specific teacher permission
             Allowing others to do the research or writing for an assigned paper
             Using unauthorized electronic devices
             Falsifying data or lab results, including changing grades electronically

         What is plagiarism?

         Plagiarism is a common form of cheating or academic dishonesty in the school setting. It is representing
         another person’s works or ideas as your own without giving credit to the proper source and submitting it for
         any purpose. Examples of plagiarism can include, but are not limited to:

             Submitting someone else’s work, such as published sources in part or whole, as your own without
             giving credit to the source
             Turning in purchased papers or papers from the Internet written by someone else
             Representing another person’s artistic or scholarly works such as musical compositions, computer
             programs, photographs, drawings, or paintings as your own
             Helping others plagiarize by giving them your work

All stakeholders have a responsibility in maintaining academic honesty. Educators must provide the tools and teach
the concepts that afford students the knowledge to understand the characteristics of cheating and plagiarism.
Parents must support their students in making good decisions relative to completing coursework assignments and
taking exams. Students must produce work that is theirs alone, recognizing the importance of thinking for
themselves and learning independently, when that is the nature of the assignment. Adhering to the Code of Honor
for the purposes of academic honesty promotes an essential skill that goes beyond the school environment. Honesty
and integrity are useful and valuable traits impacting one’s life.

Questions or concerns regarding the consequences associated with a violation of the Code of Honor may be directed
towards your child’s school administration and/or the school district.

Student Signature____________________________________________Student Number:_________________________

Print Name_________________________________________________Date: __________________________________

                                                                                                            Revised 7/07
                                      OPENING THE LINES FOR PARENT COMMUNICATION

The commitment of parents/guardians to the education of their children is critical to every success as schools work diligently to meet the diverse
learning needs of the Clark County School District student population. Parents often desire contact with various offices or personnel to express
views, concerns, and questions; this process can seem difficult. To assist parents in this regard, some simple tips and guidelines have been
developed. If the concern is a:

       Classroom Issue…………….                  Contact the teacher and allow 24 hours for a return call.

       School Issue………………...                  Secondary parents should contact the school administrator responsible for your area of concern.
                                              This may be a dean of students or assistant principal. Elementary parents should contact the main
                                              office and either the assistant principal or principal will respond. Please remember that a school
                                              administrator’s day is unpredictable and allow him/her to respond to your call within 24 hours.

       Area Issue………………..                     Contact the Area office responsible for your area of concern:
                                                    Area 1:                                799-1719
                                                    Area 2:                                799-0880
                                                    Area 3:                                799-2640
                                                    Area 4:                                799-6620
                                                    Superintendent’s Schools:              799-1222
                                                    Education Services Division:           855-9765

       District Issue………………..                 Contact the office of the Deputy Superintendent of Instruction at 799-5475.

Parent Advisory Committee Meetings:
Each Clark County school schedules regular parent advisory meetings. These are productive forums in which parents can express views and
learn of various opportunities to participate in the educational process of their children. Please call the office manager of your school for dates,
times, and locations. In addition, each Area extends an invitation to attend the Area PAC meetings. Please contact your Area office for
details regarding dates, times and locations for these meetings.

Electronic Communication:
Helpful information regarding the Clark County School District and its schools can be found at The available links provide
detailed information on all aspects of CCSD. Many links include options to email questions and concerns to district personnel. Parents are also
encouraged to call their school to inquire about access to the ParentLink database for up-to-date information on their child’s progress
(grades, attendance, behavior).

Public Concern Forms:
Public Concern Forms are available at all CCSD schools, the Greer Education Center located at 2832 East Flamingo Ave. and the Sahara
Administrative Offices located at 5100 West Sahara Ave. It is strongly suggested that parents/guardians notify and attempt to resolve the issue
with school or Area personnel before taking this step. Often, a solution is readily obtained at these levels to the satisfaction of those involved.
Clark County School District Communication Guide

   Classroom                      School                        Area
        Issue                      Issue                       Issue
       Question                   Question                    Question
         Idea                       Idea                        Idea

 Action: Contact the      Action: Contact the          Action: Contact the
      Teacher             School Administration        Academic Manager

 Issue Resolved           Issue Resolved               Issue Resolved

 YES                     YES                          YES
                  NO                         NO                           NO

 Action: Contact the          Action: Contact the           Action: Contact the
 Teacher’s Supervisor         Academic Manager              Associate Superintendent

           District Concern                    Call 799-5475

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