• 8th Grade Math

    Mrs. Gilbert

    Cooley Middle School

    Room 202



    Course Description: This course will be following the Arizona State standards for 8th Grade Math, which are available at the Arizona Department of Education’s website, as well as the Higley Unified School District’s website.


    Canvas is where all of the notes and resources can be found for my class. Parents can create an account in Canvas, and pair it with their student. Once this is done, a parent can see all of the content, announcements, and assignments that the students have in Canvas. There is more information on this later in the syllabus.

    ALEKS is an amazing online resource available to students to help them improve their math knowledge.  Students are given individual logins and passwords.  When signed in, the questions given are to help students further understand mathematics they are individually struggling to understand.  Students will access ALEKS through the HUSD website. I will also have a link to ALEKS on the Canvas page.

    MHE is the math book that the students have access to during the class. Even though we do not follow the book every day, it is a great place to find additional resource and information about the content in the course. The MHE materials will be accessed through the HUSD website. I will also have a link to the MHE materials on the Canvas page.

    Additional Resources:

                Khan Academy – www.khanacademy.com (Links to an external site.)

                Purple Math – www.purplemath.com (Links to an external site.)

    Big Ideas Math – www.bigideasmath.com (Links to an external site.)

    Class Materials:

    • 3 ring binder
    • Composition Notebook
    • Folder for class papers
    • Pencils
    • Dry Erase Markers and Eraser
    • Loose Leaf Paper
    • Calculator (TI-30X IIS recommended)



    Any materials needed for projects will be communicated before the project starts.

    Each student will also have a file folder in the classroom. Inside of these folders each student will track their progress and mastery.



    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         

    All Cooley Mathematics courses will follow a consistent grade breakdown

    • 40% Tests
    • 30% Quizzes
    • 20% Midterm Exams and Semester Finals
    • 10% Practice

    Make-Up Policy: If a student misses a day of school, they can always email me to get anything that we did in class. Students can always login to Canvas and see what they missed. Once a student returns, they can find the missed work in the tray for the day(s) they missed. A student gets the same number of days to get make up work in as the number of days that they miss. If a student misses 2 days, then they have 2 days to get in the missing work.

    Retake/Redo Policy: CMS has a school-wide retake policy. Students can retake something two weeks from the time that the quiz or test is put into the gradebook. I have attached the entire form at the end of my syllabus, so everyone knows what this looks like. For my class, students are not allowed to redo practice work or exit tickets. The only items available for retakes are quizzes and tests. Please refer to the attached Redo/Retake Form if you have any questions or concerns.


    • Tuesday: 8:15 – 8:50 am and 3:50 - 4:30 pm
    • Thursday: During Lunches


    Classroom Rules:

    • Strive to be here every day on time.
    • Show RESPECT towards yourself, your fellow students, and your teachers.
    • Follow classroom procedures in all classes.
    • Expect consequences when making a bad decision.
    • Learn by paying attention, completing work, and asking questions.
    • Do YOUR personal best!!

    Classroom Management Policy: My classroom will be following Cooley’s Pyramid of Expectations.



    Electronic Device Rules: Computers will be used in my class. This does not mean that games should be played. If a student is playing a game they will receive a verbal warning, and if the game continues to be played the computer will be taken and the student will continue the activity without it.

    Phones are not permitted during class time. Phones are allowed before school, during lunch, and after school. This includes headphones.

    If a phone is disrupting the learning environment of the classroom it will be taken for the first offense. The student will be able to pick it up from me at the end of class. The second offense results in the phone taken to the office for student pickup and I will send an email/call home. If the phone has to be taken to the office again, a parent will have to come pick it up. If the action continues then admin will get involved.