Welcome to 8th Grade Math,
This is just a note so that you know what is expected of you in class. It will also address how your grades will be determined and hopefully give you an understanding as to ways to assure you have a happy and successful year.
The expectations of you are fairly simple. First, and most important, DO YOUR WORK!!!! I can’t state it any simpler than this. If you avoid missing work, you will pass this class. In Math, you can expect some sort of assignment, project, or test each day. Each lesson builds upon the previous one so if you miss one, you will miss practicing skills that will help you with later lessons…not only lessons for the remainder of this year but also future high school classes as well.
You are expected to come to class every day, prepared, and ready for whatever That means all of your materials are with you including your notebook/organizer, pencil, and homework. Names, dates, and assignments are on all collected work and make sure your assignments are neat and complete.
If you are absent from class, FIND OUT WHAT YOU MISSED. This is YOUR responsibility. I update the assignments daily on the CRA website page so this is a great resource to visit if you are absent or if you forgot an assignment. If you know you’re going to be gone ahead of time, try to finish your work before you are absent. Use advisor, lunch, and before and after school.
Keep track of and take care of the textbooks that you receive throughout the year. Each of you will be assigned books so please let me know as soon as possible if a problem surfaces. I expect the texts assigned to you will be returned in the same condition that it was when you first got it. Do your best to avoid situations in which these may be damaged, lost, or trashed.
In class assignments, homework, quizzes, and unit tests will all be used to evaluate you. Your grades are determined by dividing the total points you earned by the total that was possible. The grading scale will be 90-100 is an A, 80-89 is a B, 70-79 is a C, 60 –69 is a D, and 0-59 is a F. Check your grades often to make sure you have everything in and it is what you expect it to be. I often offer Extra Credit so take advantage of the opportunities when they come up.
Hopefully this gives you a better understanding of what is expected of you in your new favorite class. Good luck with the new school year and may it be the best. I know I am looking forward to what the next few months will bring and I hope you are as well. One more thing …………… FEED THE BEAST EVERY DAY.