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8th Grade Math

Class Syllabus



Mr. Bret Sutton:

Room #812, phone 355-7022, e-mail:


Description of Course:


As students progress in their educational endeavors, more knowledge and skill will be required for each level.  This course will foster a development and understanding of the real number system and algebraic thinking.  Students will acquire skills in adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing signed numbers including integers.  Students solve multi-step equations involving real numbers.  Problem solving in the course includes patterns, multi-step equations, functions, transformations, geometry, measurement, systems of linear equations, and statistics.  It provides remediation for students who are below grade level as well as enrichment for advanced students.


Text and Required Materials:


Mathematics Grade 8 published by Holt McDougal and corresponding workbook. 

Three ring binder, paper and five tabbed dividers



Graph paper/grid paper



Units of Instruction:




Unit 1: Exponents and Scientific Notation Suggested Time: 15 days


Unit 2: Real Numbers and Pythagorean Theorem Suggested Days: 14 days


Unit 3: Multi-Step Equations Suggest Time: 21 days


Unit 4: Angle Relationships Suggested Time: 10 days


Unit 5: Congruence, Similarity, and Transformations Suggested Time: 25 days


Unit 6: Volume Suggested Time: 21 days


Unit 7: Graphs and Functions Suggested Time: 15 days


Unit 8: Modeling Linear Functions Suggested Time: 25 days


Unit 9: Modeling Systems of Linear Equations Suggested Time: 21 days


Unit 10: Statistics and Linear Functions Suggested Time: 21 days


**This schedule may need to be adjusted depending on the needs of the students, testing schedule for MAP and PASS.


Evaluation of Student Progress:


Students will be assessed through teacher observation, class work, homework, quizzes, tests, and exams. Grades will be determined each quarter in the following manner.


• Homework will count as 10% of the grade. Home work will receive a grade of 100 if the student has put forth the effort to complete the assignment and make any corrections in class.

• Class work, Activities and other minor assessments count as 40% of the grade. This includes quizzes.

• Tests count as 50% of the grade. Tests will be given at the end of a unit in most cases. Some units will be broken into parts and tested individually.

• Showing work: Seeing student's steps is an important part in assessing their progress. It is through their work that I am able to find areas of strengths as well as their weaknesses. Students that do not show the necessary work will not receive credit for assignments. This policy also applies to quizzes and tests.

• Notebook: Each student should keep an organized notebook. These are checked periodically and recommendations are made for improvement.


Grading scale

93 – 100 A

85 – 92 B

77 – 84 C

70 – 76 D

Below 70 F


Teaching Methods and Strategies:


Students will be given challenging real-world application projects and assignments.  High quality work is expected.  Classroom activities will include authentic hands-on-activities, problem solving, projects, content based games and research.  Students will work in cooperative groups and pairs, but will be expected to complete individual assignments in relation to the cooperative work.  Formal assessment methods will include written exams, tests, and projects with rubrics, quizzes, and written reports.  Informal assessment will include class content games, student response, and group discussion. Instructional activities are designed based on our district curriculum guide, state standards, and the Common Core Standards. Standards can be found at:



Presentation of Rules and Procedures:


A letter was posted on the teachers’ web page the first week of school. This letter contains information regarding expectations, procedures, grading, materials needed, and behavior. The classroom rules are also posted in the front of the classroom and were discussed during the first week of school. Rules and procedures will be reviewed and discussed as needed.


Rules for Student Behavior:

·       I expect students to follow the school and district policies.

·       Students will stay seated during class unless given permission otherwise.

·       Students should have pencil, textbook, homework, and notebook on their desks at the beginning of class.

·       It is the student's responsibility to make up missed work due to absences.


Procedures  for Non-Instructional Routines:


Students are expected to be on time and to have all assignments and materials needed for the class. Attendance is taken at the beginning of the class period.  As students enter the room, they should get their materials needed for the day, sharpen their pencils, be seated, and begin completing the assigned bell work. Roll is taken at the beginning of the class. Tardies are recorded in our attendance system and addressed through administration. Students are asked not to go to the restroom unless it is an emergency. Instructional time is very important.


All quizzes and class work/home work taken up for grades will be returned as soon as possible. Teacher generated tests will be returned to students. They must be signed by parents if the grade is below a “C”. Students are to keep all returned tests, quizzes, and assignments in their math notebook. District level generated tests will not be sent home. Students will be given these tests back in order to assess their progress and mistakes, but these tests will not be sent home. Parents are welcome to look at these tests by making an appointment.


Extra help will be given as needed. In some cases I will let a student know that it would be in their best interest to arrange a time with me for extra help. If a student feels they are having some difficulties in a particular area, they need to sign up for a day on the sheet next to the door. Extra help time is usually scheduled before school at 07:45 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If they cannot come before school due to transportation problems, then they need to speak with me so we can meet from 3:15 – 3:45 after school. Students staying after school need to make prior arrangements for transportation.


Homework Policy:


Doing homework is essential to learning mathematical concepts. It gives students the opportunity to work independently, as well as reinforce and extend previously learned skills. Homework is checked daily at the beginning of class. The student is given points based on the work completed. All work must be shown. 





Make-Up Policy:


Provisions for the make-up of school work missed during excused absences will be worked out with the teacher(s) concerned and should not exceed five (5) school days after the student returns to school.

Provision for the make-up of school work missed during unexcused absences may be approved only with permission of the principal. It is the responsibility of the student to make this contact prior to the absence.

There will be no make-up of school work missed due to out of school suspensions unless specified by an administrator.


Consequences For Violating Class and School Rules / Policies:


Positive consequences: caught doing good passes and other rewards

Negative consequences: Depending on the severity and number of occurrences the following consequences could be used - warning, student/teacher conference, sent to another classroom for time out, phone call to parent, detention, writing assignment to address the behavior, sent to guidance counselor, parent conference, or referral.

Severity Clause: For blatant misbehavior (fighting, extremely rude or crude behavior, etc.), a student will be sent immediately to the office with a referral.


Attendance and Tardy Policy: Please see Student Agenda, pages 1 and 2.


Plan For Parental Communication:


Beginning of the year letter: A letter was posted on the web page during the first week of school regarding classroom rules and procedures.


Progress Reports: These will be sent home during each quarter for all students. Updated reports will be sent at others times that might be necessary. (Students grades suddenly dropping or a marked improvement in grades.) Updated progress reports will also be sent home with parent requests.


Report Cards: These will be sent home at the end of each quarter. (See information concerning the agenda below.)


Agenda: Student agendas will be used for daily communication when the parents and teacher have agreed that it is in the student’s best interest. All parents are encouraged to use the agenda to communicate with the teacher. Parents are also encouraged to check their child’s agenda on a regular basis for homework assignments and notes from the teacher. There is a calendar located in the front of the agenda which contains dates for progress reports and report cards.


Web Site: Students and parents may access my web site through the district at This site will have updated information about classes as well as weekly assignments.

E-mail: You may contact me via e-mail at

Conferences: Conferences can be scheduled through the 8th grade counselor, Mrs. Moore, at the request of the parent. You can contact Mrs. Moore at 355- 7004. The teacher will also request conferences as the need arises.


Phone calls: Please feel free to call at any time with questions or concerns. (355-7022) If I am not available, leave a message. I will return your call as soon as possible.