Math and Science Syllabus

Ms. Best's 8th Grade Science and Math Syllabus   
    I look forward to a great year with your student. Your student’s success is my ultimate goal!
Contact Information
    The best way to contact me is by e-mail,  Please type your student’s full name in the subject line so I know who we are discussing. You may also use the school voicemail system at 919-736-5050 extension 3953  and I will get back to you within 24 hours. I usually leave my telephone set for voicemail so that instructional time is not interrupted. Call the office if you need to notify your child of a change in transportation or other urgent situation. I answer phone calls and e-mails during my planning period from 1:15-2:45 each day. Conference times are by appointment only. You may schedule a conference for Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday at or after 1:15pm by leaving a message on e-mail or voicemail. The class website will be updated weekly. Directions on how to access it will be sent out during the first week of school. My Lesson Plans can also be accessed from the website. I will be available to offer tutoring by request on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:00 to 4:00. Students must provide their own transportation and be picked up promptly at 4:00.

Course Content
    8th Grade Science and Math are aligned with the North Carolina Standard Course of Study.

Nine Weeks

Topic Covered

Quarter 1 - Physical Science

Properties and changes of matter, and conservation and transfer of energy

Quarter 2 - Earth Science

Earth's history, systems, structures, and processes

Quarter 3 - Life Science

Ecosystems, and structure and function of living organisms

Quarter 4 - General Science

Molecular Biology, Evolution, and Genetics

A detailed course description can be found here:   

Quarter 1 - The Number System, Expressions and Equations

Use rational and irrational numbers, work with radicals and integer exponents, analyze and solve linear equations in one variable.

Quarter 2 - Geometry

Understand congruence and similarity using physical models, transparencies, or geometry software. Understand and apply the Pythagorean Theorem. Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving volume of cylinders, cones, and spheres.

Quarter 3 - Expressions and Equations, Functions

Understand the connections between proportional relationships, lines, and linear equations. Analyze and solve pairs of simultaneous linear equations. Define, evaluate, and compare functions. Use functions to model relationships between quantities.

Quarter 4 - Statistics and Probability

Investigate patterns of association in bivariable data

A detailed course description can be found here:

Discipline Plan
    A detailed 8th grade discipline plan will be available on my website and distributed to students the first day.

Classroom procedures and expectations
The following expectations will allow us to start our class quickly so that we may accomplish
many things this year:
1. Come to class with a positive attitude and open mind. 
2. All homework is due at the beginning of class.
3. Be prepared with all materials at the beginning of class – do not ask to use the    
telephone or go to your locker because you forgot to bring something.
4. Your behavior should show respect for yourself, for others and for authority.
All Wayne County, RMS, and team rules and policies apply in class.
5. Personal errands are not allowed during class time unless it is an emergency – students will
be provided with class bathroom breaks throughout the day.  
6. (For Science Lab) You must know and be able to demonstrate safe use of any materials and
equipment before using them in class – safe and appropriate behavior is required at all times
(for Math) treat the calculators and manipulatives with respect.
Assignments and Grades
    Students are responsible for keeping track of their  assignments, upcoming tests and all due dates. Frequent e-mails are provided to help with organization. Homework is due at the beginning of class. Once a unit has been tested, no assignments from that unit will be accepted. 10 points will be deducted per day for late work if the student was present when the work was assigned. RMS policy states that a student may have up to 5 days to make up work when absent. There will be tests to cover each unit in each subject. There will be one major project per 9 weeks for both Science and Math. Time in class will be provided to work on projects, though students will need to work at home as well. We will begin steps to complete the Science Fair Project the first day of school. No extra credit is available. If you complete assignments as requested and to the best of your ability, no extra credit will be needed. Students will be provided with a "My Assignments" sheet to help them chart their progress for both subjects.
    Grades will be weighted according to the following scale:
`    Tests/ Projects    40%    Labs/quizzes    35%    ClassWork/Homework    25%
    Wayne County policy uses a 10-point grading scale.  This scale is as follows:
    A          90 – 100            C          70 - 79        F          59 and below
    B          80 - 89            D          60 – 69       
Parents/Guardians may expect one progress report every three weeks in this class. You may also check grades using online at any time. Grades will be updated weekly. I encourage all students to keep all graded assignments returned to them so they can study and review them. Assignments will be labeled in the top right corner with the day they were completed in class. I will keep graded tests in your student's portfolio in my classroom. You may request a conference to review your student’s work.
Plagiarism and cheating are not acceptable. I want to be sure that all of my students understand the severity of these offenses.  This includes but is not limited to the following:
1. Allowing other student(s) to copy your work
2. Copying another student’s work
3. Having a relative or friend complete an assignment.
4. Cheating of any kind (including communication of any kind during a test or quiz)
5. Copying material from any resource including the Internet without properly citing the
source.  Do not “cut and paste” without citing your source.
6. Working on an assignment with other students when the assignment has not been designated as a group project.
7. Not doing your share of the work on assigned group projects.
Any student who engages in any of the above activities will receive a grade of zero for the assignment.

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