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Bryson Middle School

Syllabus for Math 8 for 7, 8th grade mathematics
2013 -- 2014

Teacher: Carol Ridenhour

Teacher’s Daily Schedule:          

1st Period        Math 8           
Period     Plan

3rd  Period       Plan

4th Period       Math 7   

5th Period       Lunch (take 4th period)  
6th Period       Math 7

7th  Period       Math 7
8th Period       Math 7


Room:   C 125


E-mail address:

Course Description:
Math 8 for 7th Graders is an advanced seventh grade course designed to prepare students for the rigor of high school mathematics classes.  This Common Core standards-based course completes the middle school curriculum’s intent to help students make the transition from concrete arithmetic to abstract algebraic thinking.  Math 8 for 7th Graders includes pre-algebra concepts and skills that set high expectations for all students.  It makes provisions for enrichment and acceleration for advanced students. The course emphasizes algebraic thinking and applies it to other aspects of mathematics including geometry, measurement, probability, and statistics. 


The content and pace of the course are rigorous.   Tutoring is offered. See the homework calendar for specific dates and times.

At the end of this course, students will be recommended for Algebra I in the eighth grade or Math 8.  This assignment will be based on student performance in 6th and 7th grade math, on the math portion of the MAP test (if it is administered this year), on achievement test (PASS) scores, and upon teacher recommendation.

Course Content Standards: This course will use Common Core standards which are listed on a separate page on my website.

Projected time line (as recommended by the District):  Since this is the first year that we are teaching (only) Common Core standards AND we are using new textbooks, we do not have a time line yet.

Instructional Materials and Resources:


Primary text:    Holt McDougal Larson Pre-Algebra ©2012


Students need:
Spiral notebook (5 section only)
Loose-leaf paper
Pencils and erasers

Calculator (for use at home. A classroom set will be provided.)

Other materials used for instruction :

Promethean board
Colored pencils/crayons
Measuring devices (rulers, compass, protractor)
Graph paper

Number cubes

Dry Erase Boards
3-Dimensional figures

Calculation of grades:

Major Tests: 50%
Quizzes and other graded assignments:  30%
Homework: 20%
Students are generally given a test at the end of each chapter. Quizzes are also given. Certain homework assignments might graded. Notebooks are graded on a regular basis.


To provide extra practice and mastery of skills, homework is given Monday through Thursday. Several nights a week, students will copy notes for homework (thus allowing for skills practice in class.) Students should record daily assignments in an appropriate location. Homework grade reflects completeness. 
 Problems are gone over in class, and students are expected to make their own corrections.

Missed Work/Make-up Policy:

Students have five school days to make up tests or quizzes missed during an excused absence. It is the student’s responsibility to ask the teacher when tests and quizzes can be made up.

Grading Scale:

93 – 100 A
86 – 92 B
77 – 85 C
70 – 76 D
Below 70 F

Rules for Student Behavior :

1. Enter the room in a quiet and orderly manner.
2. Be seated and prepared to begin class promptly.
3. Bring all necessary materials and completed assignments.  (Pencils are to be sharpened before class.)
4. Follow directions the first time they are given.
5. Raise your hand and wait to be recognized before speaking or leaving your seat.

6. Show respect and consideration for others.
7. No gum, candy food, drink, or hats allowed.
8. Obey all school and team rules.

Consequences for Violating Class and School Rules: The school-wide disciplinary steps will be followed:

1st offense: Student warning.
2nd : Parent contact.
3rd : Administrative referral.

Severe clause: Severe disruptions or violations will be referred immediately to an administrator. Steps start over second semester.

Tardy and ID policies are contained in the school handbook which is available on the school's website and in the student's agenda.

Presentation of Rules and Procedures : It is the student’s responsibility to read and be aware of school rules, as stated in the student handbook. Additionally, teachers will explain, clarify, and emphasize rules during the first few days of school. Rules will also be posted in the room as a daily reminder of expectations.

Procedures for Non-Instructional Routines:  
Any student who needs to leave the room, for any reason, will use a teacher-issued cardstock as a pass. Any student who is absent is responsible for collecting their makeup work on the day they return to school.

Communication with Parents:  If you have a question or concern, please let me know. You may …

· send a note or write a note in your child’s agenda
· call me at school at 355-2172
· send an email to
· call 7th grade guidance counselor, at 355-2117 to schedule a conference

I look forward to an exciting and challenging school year!