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Mr. Tonjes Math 8 Room 410 Syllabus
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Course Description: Eighth grade mathematics is about (1) formulating and reasoning about expressions and equations, including modeling an association in bivariate data with a linear equation, and solving linear equations and systems of linear equations; (2) grasping the concept of a function and using functions to describe quantitative relationships; (3) analyzing two- and three-dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity, and congruence, and understanding and applying the Pythagorean Theorem.

Required Materials: 3-ring binder, Pencil/pen, Lined Paper, Dividers

Recommended Materials: Scientific Calculator TI-30X IIS

Course Outline/Instructional Units:
Unit 1: Integer Exponents     Unit 7: Dilations and Similarity
Unit 2: Scientific Notation Unit 8: Angles and Triangles
Unit 3: Algebra    Unit 9: Scatter Plots
Unit 4: Linear Equations     Unit 10: Volume
Unit 5: Systems of Equations     Unit 11: Rational, Irrational numbers and   Pythagorean Theorem
Unit 6: Transformations & Congruence   

  1. Be Prepared ==> pen and/or pencil, homework, paper, notebook and calculator.
  2. Be Prompt ==> In your seat and doing the warm-up exercise when the bell rings.
  3. Be Polite ==> Don’t talk when “WE” are talking, respect school and others’ property, speak when appropriate and speak appropriately.
  4. Be Patient ==> Wait to be Dismissed-Do Not wait at the door.
  5. Be Paying Attention ==> Listen attentively to teacher, use your time productively.   No headsets, calculator games, or eating in class.
Re-Do Policy: (applies to Quizzes and Tests)

Students are expected to continually work at mastering learning targets. If a student does not master a learning target, they must work to retake the learning target by working through their errors. After they have worked through their mistakes, they will need to schedule a time to come in and retake a New test to show their mastery of the learning target.
Unit Assessments and Quizzes may be retaken IF-AND-ONLY-IF:
1) Student has made a serious attempt on initial assessment.
2) Corrections have been made on a separate sheet of paper (graphs I will provide a new sheet)
3) Scheduled in a timely manner
Grades: All grades will be made available on SchoolTool via parent and student portal. Grades will be updated on a regular basis so all students and parents will know their grade at any given time. Grades will be assigned and weighted based on the following categories:
  • Participation “CP Points” (5%): I expect all students to come to class prepared and ready to learn. In order to grow and have successful learning environment, class participation is a necessity. Participation will be graded on a weekly basis. All students will start each class with 100 participation points and can lose points for infractions of classroom expectations and may also gain additional points each class.                                                     Below are some ways in which points may be lost or gained: 
Using inappropriate language  -50 Cleaning up the room               + 5
Cell phone out without permission  -20 Explaining a problem  +10
Chatting/ Speaking out of turn -10 Helping another student during an appropriate time + 5
Calling out - 5 Passing out papers + 5
Drawing/Putting head down -5    
Not in seat and prepared when bell sounds -5    
Calculators & materials not returned -5    
  • Homework/Classwork (35%): Homework will be given regularly and is expected to be completed before the next class. It is a necessary tool to reinforce the learning that has taken place in class. Homework will be graded on a scale from 0-10. A “0” for an incomplete/missing assignment – “10” for little to no mistakes. If a student is unhappy with a homework grade they can make corrections to receive credit back. If a student chooses to re-do any homework assignment they must be turned in no later than 1 week after that unit of study’s assessment.  
  • Quizzes/Khan Academy (15%): Quizzes will be announced and given during the course of a unit. Quizzes will be designed to highlight the learning standards that have taken place after a few lessons.
  • Tests/Projects (45%): Tests will be administered at the end of a unit of study. During the course of the year some units may have projects assigned. Projects must be turned in by the due date for full credit.
Late Work Policy:
Late work will be accepted if:
1) Legal Absence (for full credit)
2) Done in a timely manner (for partial credit)
Assessments: Each unit will be assessed based on standards for each topic. There will be a New York State Math 8 assessment that I will encourage all students to take.  In addition, there will be a midterm in January and a final exam at the end of the course given in June. The final exam will include all standards assessed throughout the course.
Extra Help:
 If you find that you are struggling in this course. Don’t give up! Ask for help!
I am always looking to help you succeed in any way that I can. If you need extra help please let me know. You can always come to my room during Homebase, 1st period, 5th period, 8th period (Math Lab), before school, and after school. Please let me know in advanced if you plan on coming at any time in the day so I can make the necessary arrangements. You can also always take advantage of homework help after school Monday-Wednesday 3-4, as well as lunch bunch.
***All classroom materials (blank/completed notes; copies of homework; and Videos of lessons) can be accessed on blackboard, my school website, and possibly Office 365 One Drive.***





Dr. Cheryl Thomas, Superintendent
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Newfield, NY 14867

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