**Course Description:**

By the end of grade eight, students will understand various numerical representations, including square roots, exponents, and scientific notation; use and apply geometric properties of plane figures, including congruence and the Pythagorean theorem; use symbolic algebra to represent situations and solve problems, especially those that involve linear relationships; solve linear equations, systems of linear equations and inequalities; use equations, tables and graphs to analyze and interpret linear functions; use and understand set theory and simple counting techniques; determine the theoretical probability of simple and compound events, and make inferences from statistical data, particularly data that can be modeled by linear functions.

**Required Materials:**

Because preparation is essential to student success, each student must bring the following items to class every day: agenda; three ring binder (dedicated to math) with 5 dividers; loose-leaf paper (not paper torn from a composition book), graph paper, and a zippered pencil pouch, which contains at least two number two pencils, a compass, a protractor, a 6 inch ruler (with inch and centimeter markings), red pens, a highlighter, and colored pencils. The text book issued for each unit is three-hole punched and must be kept in the notebook.

**Grading Policy:**

Grades will be derived from the following sources:

1. Tests and Performance Assessments 50%

2. Quizzes and Tasks 25%

3. Daily Work and Warm-ups 20%

4. Homework and Notebook 5%

5. Extra Credit approximately 2%

**Responsibilities:**

Absence and make-up work policies are clearly stated in the FMS Student Handbook. However, the student is responsible for inquiring about make-up work from his or her classmates and picking up any missed worksheets/handouts from the appropriate boxes in the classroom. Although students may make up missed work during excused absences, many of the unique experiences involved in class participation and activities cannot always be recreated. A fee of $10 will be charged for lost or damaged books.

**Extra Help:**

I will offer help sessions Thursday mornings at 7:45 starting the third week of school. The student must secure a pass from me the day before. The student is responsible to ask for extra help and to secure the pass. The student will not be allowed to enter the hallways unless he or she has a hall pass.