• Cooley Middle School

    8th-Grade Math Syllabus

    Mrs. Emalie Harrison 

    Course Description:

    This course will follow the Arizona State standards for 8th-grade math, which are available at the Arizona Department of Education’s website, as well as Higley Unified School District’s website. According to the state of Arizona, Grade 8 instructional time should focus 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; (3) analyzing two- and three-dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity, and congruence, and understanding and applying the Pythagorean Theorem. Class time will also be spent on reinforcing core math concepts and skills, working on individual math goals, and getting a head start on homework if time permits.

    Resources:

    • McGraw-Hill Math Course 3 Text Book is the frequently used resource in the classroom and for independent practice.  This resource also includes information and problems from the McGraw Hill Education series.  
    • ALEKS is an amazing online resource available to students to help them improve their math knowledge.  Students are given individual usernames and passwords to log in.  When signed in, the questions are individually selected based on that specific student’s needs. This program is designed to help students further understand mathematics and fill in any gaps they may have. Please feel free to visit their website at aleks.comfor more information.

    Materials:

    • 1 ½ inch Binder
    • 5 Binder Dividers
    • Glue Sticks
    • Dry Erase Markers
    • Pencils
    • Regular Fine Line Markers (Optional)

    Grading Scale:

    Semester Grades will be given out on the Standard Grade Scale

                                        90-100%         A

                                        80-89%           B

                                        70-79%           C

                                        60-69%           D

                                        0-59%             F         

    Make-Up Policy:

    If a student misses a day of school, it is their responsibility to check the classroom absent folders to see what they missed. A student gets the same number of days to get makeup work in as the number of days that they miss. For example, if a student misses two days, then they have two days to get in the missing work.

    Retake/Redo Policy:

    CMS has a school-wide retake policy, which is set in place to help ensure every student has an opportunity to master the material presented in class. Students will be given the opportunity to retake quizzes, tests, and resubmit assignments. It is important to note that the test retake policy is not intended to be used as a regular practice by students. Any student can retake any quiz or test. Arrangements must be made with the teacher before any retake; this includes turning in the CMS Retake Action Plan. Retakes will not be given during class time; arrangements for before or after school drop off and pick will be made on the Retake Action Plan. Retakes must be taken within TWO WEEKS of the date of the original quiz, test or assignment was posted to Parent/Student Vue.

    Late or Absent Policy:

    A student will be considered absent from class if they enter the classroom more than ten minutes after the designated start time. If the student has a valid reason to be late to class, it will be an excused absence. The absence will be considered unexcused if the student is late without being excused by the school administration or the parent signing in the child late. If you would like to receive attendance updates throughout the day, you have the option to sign up in ParentVUE.

    Classroom Expectations:

    • Be on time, prepared with all of the required materials, and ready to learn with a positive attitude.
    • Be respectful to the teacher, the staff, other classmates, the classroom, and yourself.
    • Be responsible for your own actions and learning.
    • Keep all personal electronics put away at all times.

     

    Classroom Management Policy:

    If students are not following class expectations:

    • 1st intervention – Visual/Verbal warning
    • 2nd intervention – Verbal warning, seat change, call home
    • 3rd intervention – Call Home, lunch detention
    • 4th intervention – Office Referral – Call home, After School Detention, the administration is involved

    *   For some issues, the teacher can skip to steps 3 or 4

    Electronics Expectations:

    All electronics will be off and in a backpack, not to be used during class at all. If used during class, it will be confiscated and parents will need to pick them up for the student.