8TH GRADE MATH SYLLABUS
Mrs. Ellen Albergo & Mr. Preston Merchant
Sossaman Middle School
Email: email@example.com Phone: 480-279-8578 (voicemail only) Room: 229
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Room: 209
Combined Email Address for Periods 1, 2, and 3: email@example.com
Online: Wednesday 8-9:55 (Albergo)
Wednesday 9- 9:55 (Merchant)
Homework Help: Tuesday & Thursdays 4:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Conferences are available by appointment. The best way for parents to reach me is by email.
- Composition notebook
- Markers or colored pencils
- Tape/Glue Stick
- Mechanical pencils, lead, Red Pens, highlighters (yellow, blue, pink, green, and orange)
- Expo dry-erase markers (black only)
- Dry-erase eraser
Course Objective: Students will be working with the Arizona College and Career Readiness Standards with an emphasis in:
- The Number System:Students will apply and extend previous understandings of operations with fractions to add, subtract, multiply, and divide rational numbers.
- Expressions and Equations:Students will use properties of operations to generate equivalent expressions, and solve real-life and mathematical problems using numerical and algebraic expressions and equations.
- Functions:Students will define, evaluate, and compare functions. Students will also use functions to model relationships between quantities.
- Geometry: Students will draw, construct, and describe geometrical figures and describe the relationship between them. They will also solve real-life and mathematical problems involving angle measure, area, surface area, and volume.
- Statistics and Probability:Students will use random sampling to draw inferences about a population, draw informal comparative inferences about two populations, and investigate chance processes and develop, use, and evaluate probability.
All resources (PowerPoints, videos, notes, homework and Menu Math) will be uploaded to Canvas.
Homework is an important part of learning and mastering math concepts. Students should expect to have 15 – 30 minutes of Math homework daily to reinforce concepts taught during class time. Students receive credit for the assignment provided they show their work, document reasonable effort and turn the assignment in on time.
We will follow the District Grading Policy. The grading scale is as follows:
100%-90% - A
89% - 80% - B
79% - 70% - C
69% - 60% - D
59% or below – F
Grades are based on 80% Assessments and 20% Practice
20% Cumulative Final
60% Tests, Quizzes, Checkpoints
Classwork/Homework/ALEKS (10% of overall grade): For success to take place in the classroom, students must actively be engaged in their own learning. Students demonstrate this engagement by being prepared for class with their materials and homework assignments complete, appropriately participating in class through volunteering and sharing of ideas as well as working cooperatively with their peers. Students are expected to organize their work including class notes, class examples and exercises, and reflections on learning, in their notebook. This notebook will be a showcase of the students work as well as an organizational tool that can enhance their learning. Homework is to be completed every night. Students will also have weekly ALEKS assignments that is to be completed on an electronic device. Homework must be fully completed in order to receive credit.
- Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces is a Web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system. ALEKS uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately determine exactly what a student knows and doesn't know in a course. ALEKS then instructs the student on the topics she is most ready to learn. As a student works through a course, ALEKS periodically reassesses the student to ensure that topics learned are also retained. ALEKS courses are very complete in their topic coverage and ALEKS avoids multiple-choice questions. A student who shows a high level of mastery of an ALEKS course will be successful in the actual course she is taking.
- ALEKS also provides the advantages of one-on-one instruction, 24/7, from virtually any Web-based computer for a fraction of the cost of a human tutor.
Menu Math (10% of overall grade): Menu Math is a weekly assignment handed to students the first day of each week and is to be done during the first 10 minutes of class. There are 15 questions, three per day. This assignment is due the last day of every week. I will grade and hand back to the student the first day of the following week. If a student does not turn in the assignment by the due date, a zero will be entered into Gradebook. The student will have one week from the original due date to complete and turn in or the zero will stand. If a student has more than seven incorrect or incomplete, the student will earn a zero in Gradebook and will need to correct or complete those missed. They will have one week from the original due date to turn in. I will regrade and enter the new grade earned.
- SMS encourages students to redo assessments on which they performed below their level of mastery. In order to be eligible to quiz correct a student must complete the following tasks:
- Student must complete Math Corrections Sheet completely; parent signature required. Circle corrections please.
- ½ credit only can be earned back on the corrections (if you only missed ½ point then you cannot receive any credit back).
- All homework must be done before making the corrections.
- Any corrections must be turned in no later than one week from the date handed back to students.
- Not all assessments will be eligible to make corrections, it will be up to teacher discretion. Students are encouraged to prepare for assessments ahead of time.
- SMS incorporates a modified 50% floor policy. Any assignment submitted by a student that is accepted by a teacher will receive a minimum grade of a 50%. A teacher has the responsibility to not accept assignments from students that do not meet minimal standards of completion.
- On all assessments given by a teacher, there is no floor. Students will receive the mark/score they earned on the assessment.
- Any assignment that remains un-submitted one week after the original due date (teacher discretion) will remain/be entered as a zero in the grade book.
- Academic integrity is expected on all assignments. Plagiarism is defined as presenting the work of another as one’s own. Cheating on an assignment or assessment is another activity that violates ethics and school rules. Any work that exhibits cheating/plagiarism will result in a zero, parental notification, and disciplinary action will be taken. Students must show all work on all assignments!
After School Detention (ASD)
Sossaman Middle School staff and administration believe in the value and importance of teaching our students responsibility and accountability. As a result, students may be assigned After School Detention (ASD). ASD will be held three days a week. Students who are assigned ASD will serve on the next scheduled ASD day. Students will not serve on the day it is assigned in order to allow parents the opportunity to make arrangements to pick up their child. District transportation cannot be provided for ASD. Students will need to be picked up no later than 4:30PM. ASD may be assigned by a teacher for the following reasons:
- Tardy to Class.
- Unprepared for Class (missing materials, pen/pencil)
- Failure to submit an assignment by the assigned due date.
The ASD program is not primarily meant to address behavior issues in the classroom. However, a teacher may utilize lunch detention, after
school detention and hold student/parent conferences in order to address inappropriate behaviors in the classroom. These consequences are
not related to the ASD program and will be accompanied by communication from the classroom teacher.
If a student is absent, they must check canvas to print off the necessary notes/assignments they missed. If additional help is needed, student may come see me during the designated homework help time. It is the student’s responsibility to see me regarding make up tests or quizzes. Failure of completing missed work in a timely manner will result in a zero for those assignments. Being absent does not excuse a student from any assignment!
Positive behavior management will be practiced daily. Students are expected to follow class rules and procedures to ensure a positive, safe, and productive learning environment for everyone in the classroom. Below are some examples of expectations for my class.
- Be respectful to other students and teachers.
- Enter the classroom on time and bring a positive attitude.
- Be prepared by having all materials out and ready…including homework.
- No food, gum, candy, or drinks (other than water) in the classroom.
- No cell phones turned on or out on display.
- Follow school dress code.
- Be polite by raising your hand.
- Be a collaborative team.
Here are examples of corrective actions that could be taken if a student struggles to meet these expectations.
- Verbal warning
- Conference in hallway
- Parent contact made
- Referral to the office
Laptops will be used in the classroom for educational purposes. Students and parents will be required to sign and adhere to the District Technology Policies and the User Agreement.
Proper Social Media Etiquette for Students
- Remember everything you post is public; it doesn't matter whether or not you delete the post: if you've published it, it's traceable. Plus, when you post things online, you're creating a digital footprint. A digital footprint is the trail of stuff you leave behind when you're online.
- Any post deemed inappropriate by the teacher will be removed and consequences will be delivered accordingly.
- Any abusive or inappropriate posts to announcements or discussions will be forwarded to administration.
- Keep your post/reply on topic.
- Refrain from posting emojis, memes, or gifs.
- Remember the golden rule: Treat others the way they would like to be treated.
- If you need to ask if something is okay to post: the answer is probably NO.
When using Zoom or other online web conference software.
- Always sign in using your First and Last Name
- Any unknown names will not be allowed into the chat
- Web conferences are recorded
- Mute your mic when you are not talking
- Use your camera so we can see who we are talking to.