Welcome to Ms. Griffin’s 8th Grade Math Class
Extra Help (Tutoring): Extra help will be provided weekly. Times and dates will be posted weekly in class and on Edmodo.
My name is Andrea Griffin and I will be your child’s teacher this year. This is my third year at Cooley Middle School. I also student taught here for a full year as I finished my program in Elementary Education STEM at Arizona State University.
Over the past few years, I have learned that communication between school and home can make all the difference in a child’s success. It is my hope that this note will be the foundation for a great deal of dialogue throughout the year. We will discuss your child, what is happening in our classroom, and ways you can support your child’s learning at home.
I would like to inform you all of the happy news of my pregnancy and that I will consequently be going on maternity leave starting on July 18th, 2018. In my absence, Mrs. Denisa Beck will be teaching my class. She is a certified teacher with a degree in Elementary Education. Some students may recognize her as she has substituted in Higley Unified School district in the past. I feel confident that she will be a good fit for the needs of my students. During my time of maternity leave, Mrs. Beck will be answering emails and phone calls in my behalf.
Mathematical practices and modeling with mathematics are embedded into the standards for this course to include the study of integer exponents and scientific notation, irrational numbers, geometry including the concept of congruence and similarity, and linear equations and functions. Instructional time and learning focuses on three critical areas: (1) formulating and reasoning about expressions and equations, including modeling an association in bivariate data with a linear equation, and solving linear equations and systems of linear equations; (2) grasping the concept of a function and using functions to describe quantitative relationships; and (3) analyzing two- and three-dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity, and congruence, and understanding and applying the Pythagorean Theorem.
Required Materials for the School Year:
- 2 packages college-ruled paper
- 1 package graph paper
- 2 composition notebooks (1 for each semester)
- 2 two-pocket folders with fasteners (1 for each semester)
- Dry erase markers
- 1 pack colored highlighters
- 1 pack colored pencils
- A pencil box or pouch to house these items since they will be used daily
The course grade-book is broken down into five categories: Assignment (10%), District Midterm (10%), District Final (10%), Quiz (30%), and Assessment (40%). Assessments can be retaken (limit two attempts) within a two-week timeframe of the original score being posted. For more information, please refer to the Cooley Middle School Retake Policy posted on our website and on my teacher page.
Resources and Curriculum:
In this course we will be using McGraw Hill curriculum as well as ALEKS and Edmodo technologies. These resources can be accessed on the school distributed iPad as well as on the web. Please do not hesitate to ask if you would like help navigating these resources.
Make-up Work for work missed due to absences:
Please request missed notes from a classmate or look on my Edmodo account. This is YOUR responsibility. Any handouts will be available on the absent wall as well if you want a printed copy. You will be given the amount of days you missed to make up missed work. Missed assessments and quizzes must be made-up before or after school by appointment. Please see me to arrange a time.If an assignment is due on the date you are absent, it will be due the day you return. You do not get extra time unless the assignment or assessment was to be worked on the date you were absent.
Due Dates/Late Work:
All assessments must be completed in the time allowed. If a student is not finished at the end of the allotted time it will be necessary to schedule a time within the next 24 hours. Failure to do so will result in the assessment being counted as incomplete and graded as is.
If you are present, but refuse or fail to attempt an assessment/assignment, the assignment will automatically receive a 25% score.
Cheating is a non-negotiable issue. Any student caught copying from another student on any work/assignment; any student talking or using an unapproved device during a quiz or test, and any student presenting another person’s work as his/her own will earn a zero for the assignment—no matter if the student has completed the assignment or not. Students will be referred to administration.
Students will be marked as tardy if they are not fully in the classroom with materials ready BEFORE the bell starts ringing. Running into the classroom to avoid being tardy will result in a lunch detention. Students should use time wisely to travel between classes. If you are tardy coming from another class, please have the teacher call me, email me, or send you with a pass.
Other Classroom Policies:
- Dress Code - The HUSD dress code will be enforced. Please check out the HUSD Dress Code on page 7 of the student Code of Conduct from the district website.
- Bathroom: the restroom should be used between classes and during lunch. No student will be permitted to go to the restroom during instruction. During independent work time, permission to leave will be at the teacher’s discretion. Documented medical issues are, of course, exceptions. Please provide documentation if needed.
- Backpacks - Backpacks will be stored under a student’s desk or safely against a wall during class. They may not be in the student’s lap or on top of the desk.
- Behavior - Be respectful. Be responsible. Be kind.
Consequences for failure to follow the classroom rules are a three-strike system:
- First issue: Teacher issues verbal warning to student
- Second issue: Student sent to hallway for discussion or a buddy classroom if the teacher is unable to go out to the hall at the moment. Teacher contacts parents. Student issued lunch detention (Failure to serve the first time becomes two lunch detentions and failure to serves beyond that is an office referral)
- Third issue: Office referral
- The teachers also reserve the right to write a student an office referral at any time if necessary.
The Cooley Middle School expectations that will also be expected in math class are:
- No food, gum, or drink (except water) in classrooms
- No hats in classrooms (hallway/outside/cafeteria hats allowed)
- Cell phones allowed before school, after school, at lunch (music w/ headphones)
- Headphones only allowed out at lunch
- Cell phones and headphones not allowed in hallways (if seen, they will be confiscated)
- Students must leave phones in the classroom when going to the restroom
- Tardy Policy:
- First tardy- warning
- Second tardy- lunch detention
- Third tardy- referral for truancy
- These are per class, not per student in all classes combined
- Several offences may result in loss of student privileges
iPADS & ELECTRONIC DEVICES:
Students will be required to use their school-issued iPad as directed in the classroom and can use other mobile electronic devices with teacher permission and direction. Students also need to follow the expectations outlined in the HUSD Technology User Agreement. If the student misuses electronics in the classroom (personal or school property), in compliance with the three-strike policy: strike one is a warning, strike two is student pickup in the office with parent contact and a lunch detention, and strike three is parent pickup in the office. If the problem continues, an administrator will be notified.