• Curriculum 

    For 8th grade, students have been placed into either the Math 8 course or the Algebra 1 course.  In working with the units for either course, we will focus on what allows math students to be successful at their level in the classroom and beyond. Success in future mathematics courses requires that a student masters current material so that the knowledge can be applied later on.
    At all math levels, students must be able to understand and make sense of the math concepts and how they are related.  Rereading problems to identify the main parts of the information will take time, but is a crucial first step.  As students work with a variety of math topics, being proficient with basic skills, math facts, and mental math procedures without a calculator will allow them to work more quickly.  Calculators are helpful but should not be a hindrance to working efficiently. Students should be able to use mathematical reasoning and to think critically as they apply their knowledge to a variety of problems.  Perseverance with problem solving is a real life skill, not just a mathematical skill. 
    Math 8 Topics:
    The Real Number System - Rational and Irrational Numbers
    The Structure of Expressions
    Equation Solving and Application
    Analyze and Solve Systems of Equations
    Interpreting and Building Functions
    Geometrical Relationships and Applications
    Investigations and Applications Using Statistics and Probability 
    Algebra 1 Topics:
    The Structure of Expressions
    Reasoning with Equations and Inequalities
    Linear Equations
    Quadratic Functions
    Interpreting and Building Functions
    Systems of Equations and Inequalities
    Radical and Exponential Equations
    Rational Equations
    *Students who are placed in the Algebra 1 course should be able to work quickly to master material. 
     Google Classroom
    -Sign up for Google Classroom and utilize the resources posted there.
    -Codes by class period:
       period 1    -   721gsv 
       period 2   -   78dyk8o (this is a letter o at the end)
       period 6   -   dwpywm
       period 8   -   7c3gsps
       period 9   -   9tpzxy

    Student & Classroom Expectations


    -Sign up for Google Classroom and utilize the resources posted there. Contact the teacher for the code for your class period.
    -Be on time to class (in the room seated and ready to start) and be prepared with all daily materials.

    -Complete class work and assignments on time.
    -Use PENCIL to complete math assignments and activities, and use PEN to grade work accurately during discussions.
    -Students should check grade reports at least once a week to verify recorded information.  It is a good idea for parents to keep on top of this as well.  With more difficult concepts being learned this year, your child may struggle.  Catching this as soon as possible will help us to work together to get him/her back on the right track.
    -Participate positively during class and group discussions, respecting the ideas of others.  Put forth your best effort.  You have been given a wonderful opportunity to learn some exciting material and to be able work with others.
    -Use a math binder to keep a complete set of notes and handouts/worksheets on a daily basis.  Record information and examples given in class.  If absent, obtain a copy of the notes as soon as possible.
        BINDER TABS: -class info and resources
                                    -lesson notes and handouts
                                    -graph paper
    Daily Class Materials
    -pencil and pen
    -math binder for math only
    -graph paper and loose-leaf paper (in the binder)
    -calculator (Texas Instruments TI-30 XII recommended) 

    How Parents Can Help


    ·         Please work with your child at home to provide a time and place to practice math. Middle school life is very busy.  Taking time to check the assignment book against a student’s activity calendar ahead of time will teach a child to plan ahead and to not wait until the last minute to complete school tasks or study for assessments in all classes. 

    ·         If your child is having difficulty with math homework, first review the notes and examples from class as well as any textbook information.  Go to Google Classroom and use any resources that may be posted there. Reread the problem out loud.  Ask your child to try some strategies that he or she may have used in class on other problems.  Helpful website resources which may assist the review work at home are posted on my classroom website https://www.cusd200.org//Domain/599.    

    ·        Encourage responsibility in your child as he or she manages homework assignments, packs materials for school, seeks out teachers for help as needed, and catches up from any absences.  It is a student’s responsibility to manage the classroom expectations in middle school, yet parents should provide guidance and support in reinforcing positive actions of the child.  High school is around the corner.  The more responsible a student can become in middle school, the easier the transition will be in the future.  Let your child know that he or she can achieve this goal and that you are there to help.




    The best means of communication is by email at  jean.maxstadt@cusd200.org .  You may also call the office to leave a message.  Parent Vue and Student Vue accounts are used to post assignments and test/quiz dates, record grades, and to send information to parents via email.  Making sure you have updated your email address(es) and contact information in Parent Vue will ensure that you receive these messages.  Class resources may be posted to your student's account as they become available.  Remember to check your child’s grade report frequently to keep up to date on his or her progress.




    Absences from School


    If your child will miss class, please contact me via email or have your child ask another student to pick up information from me.  Daily notes from the day(s) of absence are available for a student by seeing a friend or asking me to see the class notes upon his or her return. If a test or quiz is missed, it may be made up upon a student's return either before or after school. If a student needs some extra help due to absences, he/she may see me to set up a time to meet outside of class.  



    Homework/Classwork  (approximately 10% of the quarter grade)


    ·         Homework is rarely counted for points as it is considered a practice which strengthens understanding that will carry over to quizzes and tests.  Homework and class work will be posted on Parent Vue/Student Vue using the assigned date.  Late work does not receive credit.  Absent work will be treated according to the district policy of one day of make up time for each day absent plus an extra day; with the understanding that extended absences or special circumstances require a reasonable amount of extra time.

    ·         All work is to be completed in pencil.  Students will grade their own work using a pen or colored pencil (no permanent markers). 

    ·         Homework and classwork from the textbook should be completed using the math binder homework section.  The page number and assigned problems should be written at the top of the page along with the name and date.  Notes should include the learning target and the date.

    ·         If the assignment is from a worksheet the work may be done on the worksheet as room allows or on loose-leaf stapled to the sheet.

    ·         Work completion is expected on a daily basis in order to understand current material in a way that will allow the student to apply it to future topics.  A review of notes and class examples on a regular basis is a great study tool.


    Assessments (approximately 90% of the quarter grade)
    • Assessments are given to determine a student’s level of understanding.  These include short problem sets such as check-ins (given often during the week), regularly scheduled quizzes, and longer end of unit tests.
    • All assessments are based on the learning targets and an understanding of vocabulary.  Learning targets drive our daily work and connect to one another to develop a unit of study.  These targets and vocabulary are posted in class and included in the Learning Target Sheets for the units. 
    • Students will be allowed to retake quizzes.  To do so, a student should complete a retake form and set a time to do the retake prior to the test.  The maximum grade increase is up to 75%.  
    • There are no opportunities for corrections or retakes on tests.


    Cell Phone/Device Policy

    • Cell phones and devices are not allowed from 8:00 - 3:00.  If a student has one of these items in class, a referral will be written to the office.
    • It is so important for students to be able to focus on class material and activities. The presence of cell phones and devices is a distraction that will impact teaching and a student's focus and understanding in class. If technology is needed, we will use the chromebooks provided for the classroom.