8th Grade MATH
 Instructor
 Mrs. Lilia Patriarca
 Grade Level
 8th Grade
Course Description
Welcome to Math class! My name is Lilia Patriarca and I am the middle school teacher in math. I hope that you are as excited as I am about the school year. I want you to become familiar with my expectations and responsibilities. Below is the information that is most likely to have a profound effect on the success and wellbeing of your child in my class.
St. Finn Barr School uses the math curriculum and objectives that are based on the Common Core State Standards of California.
Grade 6Source: CA Common Core Standards 
Grade 7Source: CA Common Core Standards 
Grade 8Source: CA Common Core Standards 
Ratios and Proportional Relationships
The Number System
Expressions and Equations
Geometry
Statistics and Probability

Ratios and Proportional Relationships
The Number System
Expressions and Equations
Geometry
Statistics and Probability

The Number System
Expressions and Equations
Functions
Geometry
Statistics and Probability

The eight Standards for Mathematical Practice are: (Source: http://www.corestandards.org
 Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
 Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
 Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
 The model with mathematics.
 Use appropriate tools strategically.
 Attend to precision.
 Look for and make use of structure.
 Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.
The students are introduced to the following lessons and expected to learn and master the skills at the end of the academic year.
6th Grade Text: California GO Math Grade 6 
7th Grade Text: California GO Math Accelerated Grade 7 
8th Grade Text: CA Algebra 1 Analyze.Connect.Explore 
Unit 1 Numbers

Unit 1 The Number System

Unit 1A Numbers and Expressions

Unit 2 Number Operations

Unit 2 Ratios and Proportional 2 Relationships

Unit 1B Equations and 1B Functions

Unit 3 Proportionality: Ratios and Rates

Unit 3 Expressions, Equations, and Inequalities

Unit 2A Linear Relationships

Unit 4 Equivalent Expressions

Unit 4 Geometry

Unit 2B Exponential 2B Relationships

Unit 5 Equations and Inequalities

Unit 5 Statistics

Unit 3 Statistics and Data

Unit 6 Relationships in Geometry

Unit 6 Probability

Unit 4 Polynomial Expressions 4 and Equations

Unit 7 Measurement and Data

Unit 7 Real Numbers, Exponents, and Scientific Notation

Unit 5 Functions and Modeling

Unit 8 Linear Relationships and Equations


Unit 9 Transformational 9 Geometry


Unit 10 Measurement Geometry

Textbook: GO MATH 2015
At the beginning of school year, each student receives a copy of the print version of their math textbook which they can use to actively participate in their learning. They can explore concepts, take notes, answer questions, and complete their homework right in their textbook. Below are some of the resources that are in the textbook that your child can use to enhance their learning. I hope that the curriculum and resources I am providing the students will motivate them to learn challenging concepts in math and, therefore, will develop strong mathematical thinking.
 Holt McDougal Online
Website: https://my.hrw.com This is an electronic version of the math book. Students can view and/or print the practice pages in case they forget to take their textbook home. To access the website, your child will need to use his or her username and password that I have provided during the first week of school.
 This is a video tutorial that provides stepbystep instructions of the math concepts covered in each example. Students can also scan QR codes with their smartphone to watch Math on the Spot tutorial videos for every example in the book.
 The Personal Math Trainer lets your child practice, take quizzes, and get homework help with instant feedback. It also provides a variety of learning aids that develop and improve their understanding of math concepts, including videos, guided examples, and stepbystep solutions.
 Animated Math provides students virtual manipulatives to interactively explore and practice key math concepts and skills.
IXL is a webbased learning program that integrates home and school learning via the Internet. They help students enjoy math and review math skills taught in the classroom by playing games online as well as mastering the common core standards. It is also a useful tool to help the students advance or review skills in math. Students have access to Kinder through 12th level math. Most of the students enjoy math when they learn new skills and are able to grasp them. Some of the students have told me that using IXL has helped them prepare before a lesson has even been taught which helps them to already know what's happening. IXL is not only useful for strengthening the math skills of the students after the lesson is taught, but it also helps the students understand when they make mistakes in solving the problems because it has correct and detailed explanations with illustrations of the answers to each question. I strongly encourage parents to support and monitor the weekly reports of their child’s progress and achievement. The username and password are the same as in previous years.
Necessary Materials
Your child will need to bring the following materials to class daily: textbook, notebook (strictly for math only), worksheets, pencils, ruler, red pen, binder papers, graph papers, highlighter, and a calculator. Please be sure that your child is prepared with all the needed materials because it can be very disruptive if your child has to borrow items from their classmates.
Classroom Rules and Consequences
In order for your child to have a positive environment for learning, our middle school rules of RESPECT, CONTRIBUTE, and FOLLOW must be observed by all of the students. A classroom is a place for learning, and I expect that my students will work very hard and put forth their best effort even though the work may seem very challenging to them. If a student shows an unacceptable behavior, the discipline consequences will be imposed. See Handbook.
Attendance
Make school ATTENDANCE a PRIORITY. We will be moving through the lessons quickly throughout the school year. Excessive tardies or absences may be detrimental to student success in math. We will follow the middle school protocol for absences and tardiness in the handbook which states that if your child is absent or tardy, it is his or her responsibility to makeup late assignments including finding the resources to help them understand the lesson they missed.
If you are aware that you will not be at school for more than one day due to a vacation you must inform me or the school at least one week ahead of time. I will give you the materials before you go on vacation. You also need to check the assignments posted online so you can turn in all of your assignments as soon as you return back to school. If you need more time to complete your assignments, please see me about an appropriate time schedule for turning in work.
Procedures for Math Class
 Enter the room on time and sit quietly in your assigned seat.
 Read the directions on the board and follow all instructions. Please prepare all the necessary materials. Each student is responsible for classroom materials and supplies that are used during class. If you are borrowing the classroom materials, please put away such materials and supplies to their respective places upon completion of the assignment/activity.
 Use indoor behavior: voices, movements, and actions.
 Raise your hand to request permission to get out of your seat or use the bathroom. Remain seated unless permission is otherwise granted.
 When work is finished early:
 Work on unfinished or ongoing assignments/projects.
 Read a good book. Study your vocabulary.
 Make a card for someone who needs one.
 Draw a picture.
 Keep desks and floor clear of the trash.
 Keep all four legs of the chair on the floor.
 Pack up when given permission—not at the bell.
 Place the desks in their original positions. Return all materials to their places.
 Make sure you wrote down your homework assignments from the board before you leave the classroom.
 Please take ALL personal belongings with you when you leave.
Classwork/Homework
A fivesubject notebook is REQUIRED for students to take thorough notes in class. Notetaking is an essential tool for each student to focus on math and be successful in their studies. The notebook must be neat and organized and the handwriting must be legible. To set up homework papers and classwork pages, write your first and last name, date, and assignment page numbers. I strongly discourage students to use the pages for drawing or doodling unless I ask them to integrate art ideas into assignments being introduced. Math notebook is used for problemsolving and summarizing concepts learned.
I require that students show all work to receive full credit. This stepbystep methodology not only reinforces concepts but prepares students for understanding and solving higherlevel math. If students refuse to follow directions, they will receive a reduced credit. Complete homework INDEPENDENTLY and turn in your work ON TIME. Give yourself a chance to learn by challenging yourself to practice the skills independently. Googling for answers online or copying homework from other students is cheating and not learning at all!. If situations arise and assignments cannot be completed, you must bring a note from your parent (or parent may send an email) in lieu of the assignment and you may then make up the assignment the next day for full credit.
The headings of all assignments must be in the upper righthand corner of the paper with your name, class, date, and assignment name. Failure to write your name will receive zero on the assignment. Homework will be collected in class. Makeup work after absences should be placed in the Makeup Work Tray located on my desk.
Grading Policy
Teachers in middle school use weighted categories to calculate the grades each trimester. We then calculate the average of the threetrimesters grades for students’ final grades at the end of the academic year.
In math, I use points for student’s scores for all their assignments and tests. To calculate points earned:
 Write a ratio: total number of correct problems/total number of problems
 Convert ratio to a percentage  divide the ratio and multiply by 100.
 Round the decimal to the nearest whole number
 Use the corresponding letter grade for the percentage earned.
A 96%100% 
A 93%95% 
B+ 91%92% 
B 87% 90% 
B 84%86% 
C+ 81%83% 
C 74%80% 
C 70% 73% 
D+ 67%69% 
D 63%66% 
D 60%62% 
F 59%  below 
Math Weight Categories
 Quizzes/Projects– 30%
Occasionally, the students will be given short tests or pop quizzes to check students’ understanding of the lessons. It is important that they do their homework because the majority of pop quizzes will be taken from homework assignments. Doing projects in math is essential because math is everywhere and we use math every day.
 Homework (IXL.com,HRW.com, and Worksheets) – 20%
Homework assignments are imperative. They are opportunities for students to study independently and apply the concepts they have learned in the classroom. Additionally, homework is not limited to completing worksheets but includes solving IXL exercises online. To avoid frustration, the students will receive a grade of "A" if their score reaches 90 points. Scores that are more than 90 points will count as extra credit. Aside from IXL, there will be online practices and quizzes that will be assigned from my.hrw.com, and the students are responsible to complete them before the due date, otherwise, they will lose access to the online assignments.
 Classwork (Workbook, Textbook, Participation, Notes) – 20%
Classroom participation and notetaking are essential tools for each student to focus on math. I expect enthusiasm and attentiveness in the classroom. I also expect my students to not only participate in giving out answers but to ask questions if they do not understand the lesson. Students are required to take notes in their math notebook, and it will be graded periodically based on seatwork and homework completion, organization, and neatness. Math notebook is used for problemsolving and summarizing concepts learned.
 Module Tests – 30%
Module tests are important factors in determining whether or not the students have mastered the lessons. In taking the tests, students will show the skills they mastered from each module. Grades will be given based on how efficiently and clearly they have demonstrated the ability to solve the problems and in showing the process.
Communications with Parents
We work as a team and communication is the key to having a successful year for your child. Below are ways to support your child in their studies. If your child has any questions, concerns, and/or problems, please have them come and talk to me. One of my responsibilities as their teacher is to help them understand the required content, therefore, please tell them to not hesitate to ask for additional help in class if they do not understand something.
 Edlio  Aside from writing the assignments on the board, teachers also post the homework online. Go to the St. Finn Barr School website and click your child’s classroom to check their homework every day. Here is also the link to access it. http://www.stfinnbarr.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=174661&type=d&pREC_ID=classes. Please subscribe to your child’s classes so homework will be delivered to your email account.
 School Speak  It is very beneficial if you can check your child’s grades regularly. In previous years, I encouraged parents to give their children the username and password to access their grades. Many of the students became concerned and responsible for their scores and achievements.
 Feel free to email me at l.patriarca@stfinnbarr.org and I will respond as soon as I can.
 Call the school office at 4153331800 and leave a message. I will respond with a reasonable time frame.
I wish the very best to all of you as you begin your new school year. Let us work together to make this year rewarding and productive for us all. Strive and always do your best! God bless you!
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