Math 8 Syllabus

 Jill Fernandez- Instructor

Learning Outcomes:  "Math is the way to understand all sorts of things in the world around us."  Galileo

 Students will accurately communicate and successfully demonstrate a variety of mathematical ideas and concepts.   Students will develop and incorporate diverse mathematical skills in their everyday lives to solve real-world problems.  

Text:    Mathematics, Course 3, by Bennett, Burger, Chard, Hall, Kennedy, Renfro, Roby,

            Scheer, Waits, published by Holt McDougal     

Course Description:   Eighth grade mathematics focuses on teaching numerous math topics aligned to the Tennessee State Standards for Mathematics, with an emphasis on communication, collaborative learning, problem-solving skills and applicable use of technology.  Major topics include, but are not limited to:

·          Principles of Algebra  

·          Number Theory

·          Equations and Inequalities                             

·          Linear Equations and Functions

·          Ratios, Proportions, and Similarity

·          Data and Statistics

·          Probability

·          Foundations and Principles of Geometry and Measurement

For more information on the state mathematics standards visit

Materials:    A binder dedicated to math, paper, and a calculator.

***Daily classwork and homework assignments are posted in advance on my website under the word "Assignments." The math textbook, lesson tutorials, extra-practice and homework worksheets are available online. The link, username and password are located on the "Assignments"  page as well. If a student is absent, they are expected to retreive their missing work and any worksheets from this website.

Grading System and Class Expectations: Weighted grade system with tests accounting for 60%, quizzes 30% (may include graded classwork), and homework 10%.  

Homework will be assigned a minimum of Monday through Thursday, and will be checked at the beginning of class. To receive full credit for an assignment ALL PROBLEMS must be attempted with the process shown. Late homework will result in a reduction of the weekly homework grade. Homework may be graded, therefore, accuracy, completion and effort are important for every assignment.  Class participation and active questioning for clarification play a vital role in your success in this class. Students are encouraged to seek additional support during Guided Study period or before school.  

EXTRA CREDIT: There will be one extra credit opportunity per 9-weeks.  The topic and due date will be announced at the beginning of each term.  The extra credit can be used to replace one low quiz grade.


In order to create a positive learning environment and to help us meet our goals, the following rules outline my expectations for student behavior.

Classroom Rules:

1. Follow directions the first time they are given.

2. Pay attention in class and participate.

3. Be prepared with books and materials.

4. Respect the people, equipment, and furnishings of the classroom.

5. Observe all rules in the University School Handbook and Middle School Planner.

Behavior Consequences:

1st time: verbal warning

2nd time: conduct slip issued & signed by parent/guardian

Severe disruption: immediate discipline referral to office

 ** Any major or chronic situation may result in an automatic conduct slip and/or referral to Ms. Jungkeit.