Ms. Kester's Syllabus

Rosewood Middle School

Course Syllabus

8th Grade Math / Math 1


I.  Lorrie Kester


      RMS phone number:  919-736-5050

Parent conferences are welcomed Monday - Friday, between 11:30-12:45 pm or after school on Monday or Thursday 3:00-3:30 pm. Please call and schedule an appointment.

II. Course Description

Teaching and learning of mathematics that are aligned with the NC standards will be included in both the eighth grade math class and the Algebra 1 class.  Appropriate technology, manipulatives, calculators and web sites will be used regularly for instruction and assessment. Those students who do not have internet access at home will be provided time before school, after school and/or during homeroom in order to complete assignments.

In eighth grade students will be expected to describe and translate among graphic, algebraic, numeric, tabular, and verbal representations of relations and use those representations to solve problems. In addition, the concept of slope and scatter plots become a major focal point.

Math 1 students continue the study of algebraic concepts.  This includes factoring polynomials, creation and application of linear functions and relations, algebraic representations of geometric relationships, and an introduction to nonlinear functions.

III. Course Objectives

Major Work of Grade 8 Math

Major Clusters

Supporting/Additional Clusters

Expressions & Equations

  • Work with radical & integer exponents
  • Understand the connections between proportional relationships, lines, and linear equations.
  • Analyze and solve linear equations


  • Define, evaluate and compare functions.
  • Use functions to model relationships between quantities.


  • Understand congruence and similarity
  • Understand and apply the Pythagorean Theorem.
  • Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving volume of cylinders, cones & spheres.

The Number System

  • Know that there are numbers that are not rational and approximate them by rational numbers.

Statistics and Probability

  • Investigate patterns of association in data.

Major Work of Math 1 (Algebra)

Major Clusters

Supporting/Additional Clusters

The Real Number System

  • Extend the properties of exponents to rational numbers.


  • Reason quantitatively and use units to solve problems.

Seeing Structure in Expressions

  • Interpret the structure of expressions
  • Write expressions in equivalent forms to solve problems.

Creating Equations

  • Create equations that describe numbers or relationships

Reasoning with Equations and Inequalities

  • Understand solving equations as a process of reasoning and explain the reasoning.
  • Represent and solve equations and inequalities graphically.

Interpreting Functions

  • Understand the concept of a function and use function notation.
  • Interpret functions that arise in applications in terms of the context.
  • Analyze functions using different representations.

Building Functions

Build a function that models a relationship between two quantities.

Arithmetic and Polynomials and Rational Expressions

  • Perform arithmetic operations on polynomials.

Reasoning with Equations and Inequalities

  • Solve equations and inequalities in one variable.
  • Solve system of equations.

Building Functions

  • Build new functions from existing functions


  • Experiment with transformations in the plane.

Geometric Measurement and Dimension

  • Explain volume formulas and use them to solve problems.

Interpreting Categorical & Quantitative Data

  • Interpret linear models


IV. Materials Needed (All Year)

Pencils           (2) Thin Expo Markers       Graph Paper     (2) Dividers

Cap Erasers    (1) 3 Subject Spiral Notebook    (4) AAA Batteries      Highlighters    

V. Classroom Rules

    1. Remain on task.

    2. Respect all faculty and peers (note that his includes all custodians, cafeteria            staff, office staff, etc.) Disruption, disrespect and safety offenses will not be          tolerated.

    3. Come to class prepared (work done and supplies on hand).

    4. Follow directions / class procedures.

VI. Grading Scale

Ms. Kester’s expectation of everyone is no grade lower than a C.

          A = 90-100

          B = 80-89

          C = 70-79

          D = 60-69

          F = Below 60

VII. Final Grade Percentages

    The grades for both math classes are weighted as follows:

    Quizzes, Test, Projects = 60%   
    Homework/Classwork 40%     

VIII. Student Fees

    Student fees are $20 

IX. Wish List (used all year long by everyone)

   AAA Batteries     Paper Towels     Cleaning Wipes   Tissues    Thin Expo Markers

  Air Heads or Starburst (yes, 8th graders still love candy!)

XI. Remind 

     Remind is a wonderful way for me to communicate with students, parents and guardians. This is a free service that I will use to “push” information to you while maintaining cell phone number security. To enroll, simply send a text message to 81010 and in the body of the message type the code for your class as shown below and send.  This will automatically assign your number to the message group and you are ready. If you reply to a message, it will send your message to me as an email. This is a great service! More information will be in your open house folder.

     Kester HR: @h7fdf       Smith HR:   @ecege9      Tortual HR:  @7g3h9a

XII: Student Envelopes

     All report cards will be sent home in the same envelopes from open house. You will notice on the envelope that there is a signature block for every nine weeks. Please sign the envelope within 5 days of report card being sent home and return to school. If your student is AIG, please sign those forms and RETURN those forms to school every nine weeks.