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Instructor: Mrs. Tashina Roper

E-mail: troper@uplifteducation.org
Website: https://learnsummath8.weebly.com/

Resident Instructor: Ms. Deborah Okeke

E-mail: dokeke@uplifteducation.org

Instructor Overview:
Welcome to eighth grade! My name is Tashina Roper, I am very excited to have your student in class this year.
I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education and Mathematics from Sam Houston State University. I
have taught for eight years in several different grade levels, but Middle School is my absolute favorite. This is
my first year with Summit, and I am extremely excited to be here. I have high expectations for scholar
academics as well as behavior and I am ready to support scholars in any way necessary to meet those

Resident Instructor Overview:

My name is Deborah Okeke. This will be my first year teaching, and I am elated to start my first year here at
Summit Middle School. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from the University of
Michigan. I am currently enrolled in a master’s program with Johns Hopkins University School of Education. I
look forward to helping your scholars succeed in mathematics.

8th grade Math and Algebra are a STAAR assessed subject! This STAAR assessment covers content from their current
Math class. In addition to passing the STAAR, your scholar’s progress and mastery will be determined through quizzes,
unit assessments, CA’s (common assessments), and MAP data. We will also be laying the foundation for high school
Math. The state standards (TEKS) for 8th grade Math are outlined in the following subject areas:

Math 8
 Numerical Representations and Relationships
 Computations and Algebraic Relationships
 Geometry and Measurement
 Data Analysis and Personal Financial Literacy

 Number and Algebraic Methods
 Describing and Graphing Linear Functions, Equations, and Inequalities
 Writing and Solving Linear Functions, Equations, and Inequalities.
 Quadratic Functions and Equations
 Exponential Functions and Equations


We will be using one textbook this year:
 Math 8 – McGraw Hill Math Course 3
 Algebra – Pearson Algebra 1

scholars will be responsible for a book that is lost, damaged, or stolen before the end of the school year. Scholars will
leave these books at home to use.
Each scholar must be prepared each day with the following materials:

 Math Journal (Spiral or Composition Notebook)

 Pencils

For all assessments, scholars will be graded using a system based on the International Baccalaureate Middle Years
Programme criterion system.

Level Descriptor Range % in Gradebook

The scholar has demonstrated an excellent level of 8- Highly Excellent 100%
understanding. 7- Excellent 94%
6- Accomplished, Approaching
The scholar has demonstrated an accomplished 88%
level of understanding.
5- Accomplished 82%
4- Adequate, Approaching
The scholar has demonstrated an adequate level 76%
of understanding.
3- Adequate 70%

The scholar has demonstrated a limited level of 2- Limited, Approaching Adequate 64%
understanding. 1- Limited 58%
There is a lack of evidence that can accurately
0- Not Submitted, Lack of Evidence 52%
assess the scholar’s understanding.

Clarifications on Level Descriptors and Range

 Excellent: This level is given to scholars who exceed appropriate academic expectations for the assessment. They
have a nuanced or exceptional understanding.

 Accomplished: This level is given to scholars who meet appropriate academic expectations for the assessment.
They have a solid, but not nuanced, understanding.

 Adequate: This level is given to scholars who are approaching appropriate academic expectations for the
assessment. They have a foundational understanding with minor gaps in their learning.

 Limited: This level is given to scholars who are not meeting appropriate academic expectations for the
assessment. They do not have a foundational understanding and have major gaps in their learning.

 Lack of Evidence: This level is given to scholars who have not submitted an assignment or have submitted an
assignment that did not fall within the scope of the objective or category.


Quarterly grades will be determined as follows:


Assessments (Formative and 80%


Participation Preparedness and 20%


A summative assessment measures a scholar’s level of mastery of the knowledge and skills acquired over a given unit.
Examples of the different approaches scholars will be assessed are through unit exams, projects, and labs.

A formative assessment is a frequent measure of a scholar’s progress throughout a unit in order to identify what
adjustments to teaching need to be made to ensure every scholar reaches a mastery level of the knowledge and skills
being acquired. Examples of formative assessments include weekly quizzes or daily exit tickets.

PPO (Participation, Preparedness, and Organization) points are earned each day. A scholar can earn 3 points a day for a
total of 6 (Tue, Thur) or 9 (Mon, Wed, Fri) points a week. If a scholar doesn’t have their homework, doesn’t complete
classwork, does not positively contribute to class, or is not prepared for class with book and supplies they will not
earn their PPO points for the day.

Yearly course grades are determined as follows:

Y1-Yearly Grade
S1-Semester One- 50% of Y1 S2- Semester Two- 50% of Y1
Q1- Quarter One- 40% of S1 Q3- Quarter Three- 40% of S2
Q2- Quarter Two- 40% of S1 Q4- Quarter Four- 40% of S2
E1- Final Exam- 20% of S1 E2- Final Exam- 20% of S2


Scholars who have missed work due to an excused absence have as many class days to make up the work as they were
absent. If a scholar experiences an extended absence, the parent, grade level chair and dean will work together to create
a plan for the scholar to get caught up on their work.

Unexcused or Missing Late Work: If a scholar’s absence is unexcused or are just missing work due to making poor
choices, scholars have the opportunity to turn work in late with a penalty. Parents will be notified of missing assignments
to ensure that scholars are encouraged to get their work done at home and at school. Teachers should also mandate a
time for scholars to make up the work (before school, after school, during lunch, during advisory, during tutoring, etc.)
Scholars will lose PPO points for the week if their assignments are late or missing (unexcused.)

Assessment Retakes: Only when scholars earn a score below 80 on an assessment are eligible for a retake. If a retake
assessment is offered, the scholar may not earn a grade higher than an 80%. The score earned on the retake
assessment must be the recorded grade, not the average or higher of the two grades. Assessments may be retaken only
once. Unless the teacher offers a retake for an entire class, it is the scholar’s responsibility to see his/her teacher within
one week of receiving the failing assessment grade to retake the assessment. Scholars must complete at least one
session of tutoring before they can re-assessment.

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Scholar Agreement:
I have read the class syllabus, and I understand the guidelines and policies. I understand that if I have any questions, I
will proactively reach out to my teacher to clarify any concerns that I have regarding my learning.

Parent Agreement:
I have read the class syllabus, and I understand the guidelines and policies. I understand that if I have any questions, then
I will proactively reach out to my child’s teacher to clarify any concerns that I have regarding my child’s education.

Printed Scholar Name:

Scholar’s Signature _________________________________________ Date: _______________________

Parent’s Signature _________________________________________ Date: _______________________

Class Subject: 8th MATH and ALGERBA