Course 3 Syllabus

  • Dear Students and Families,                                                                   

     

    Welcome to Course 3 8th Grade Math! Students, you will be adding to the concepts you learned last year in 7th grade math. We want to make sure that you are absolutely fluent in real number operations, equations, and graphing before you move on to IM 1 in high school math next year! I’m excited about the opportunity to get to know you (digitally and in person later on), and I’m looking forward to a happy and productive school year.

     

    Curriculum areas we will focus on this year include operations (adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing) with fractions, decimals, and percents; operations with positive and negative integers; problem solving; statistics; graphing and functions (my favorite!), geometry, and solving equations.  We will be using a consumable (you write in it) textbook; I know some of you may not have gotten yours yet, don't worry I have other options until they arrive! The math you will learn this year is vital to success in high school math and beyond.

     

    Grading: You are expected to attend class regularly and are responsible for asking me to provide any missed assignments. You will have two days to make up assignments missed during an excused absence. 

    I expect that students come to class prepared to work every day.  Excellent attendance and conscientious completion of homework is a must in order to learn the material!

     

    The following guideline is used to assign a final math grade for each trimester:

                       Homework Completion      10%

                      Quizzes                             20%

                      Tests                                 70%

                                                               100%

                                                                                                            

      As homework is both practice and a learning experience (I expect you to make mistakes!) it is graded on the basis of completion.   We will go over assigned homework daily and I will work out problems as requested. You are responsible for asking questions if you don’t understand!

     

     

    Grade Recovery: Students may retake ONE test per trimester if their test score is below 80%; maximum make up score will be 80% . Test correction opportunities will be scheduled during synchronous or asynchrous time, depending on the circumstances.  No grade recovery is offered for quizzes, as they are formative in nature.

     

     

    Behavior Expectations:  I will post my Distance Learning Dos and Don'ts separately. I have included below the expections for when we return to class from Distance Learning.In class or online, students  will be reminded daily about my behavior expectations. Any behavior that detracts from our learning experience will be noted in my classroom log and addressed and corrected in the following progressive manner:

    1. Teacher gives a non-verbal warning; for example, eye contact or a note asking them to focus.
    2. Teacher gives a verbal warning.
    3. Student is given a written warning; teacher communicates with home.
    4. Teacher refers student to counselor and schedules a parent conference.
    5. Student is given on-campus suspension, administrative referral, or counseling contact. Teacher communicates with home.

     *I will skip some steps and give more serious consequences if warranted by severe or out-of-control behavior. I will not allow the actions of one or more students to disrupt our classroom learning environment! This is an advanced course and outstanding citizenship is expected.

     

     

    Suggested Materials:

    • Spiral notebook or binder with a specific math section
    • Pencils and erasers; colored pen
    • Lined paper if using a binder
    • Dry Erase marker and wipe
    • Silent reading book

     

    *Parents will be notified in advance if additional materials are needed.

      

    I believe parent-teacher communication is a critical part of providing your student with effective instruction. You can write a note, phone me (after 3:30 please), or email me at any time! 

     

    Let’s make this a great year!!!

     

    Sincerely,

     Ms.  Angela D. Turner  

    Pre AP 2  Math and Course 3 Math

    Sutter Middle School

    294-9035 extension 320802/aturner@fcusd.org