8th Grade Math

Welcome to 8th Grade Math!  We are very excited to be a part of this important year preparing our students for high school!  Our philosophy of teaching math might be a bit different than you have experienced in the past.  We put our heart and soul into our students in our classrooms.  That means having the students work in small cooperative groups, teaching in small groups based on student needs to fill in gaps or to enrich, using real life stories to teach, and so much more!  What you will NOT see is homework.  WHAT?!?!  What we have found is that with all of the other things we are doing in class that are research supported, we just don't have time to go see who has/hasn't done the work, make parent contacts when students are doing the work, go over homework every day, all the things that make doing homework valuable to the students so that they will actually do it.  We have also found that it is not research supported for students who don't go home to a quiet place with a parent to help them.  That is many of our students in our 8th grade math classes.  However, if you would like for your child to have extra practice at home, we support you in that 100%!!!  

We are also different in our grading practices.  Students will take a LOT of assessments.  How many?  One for each standard the state of NC says we are to learn.  This is a chart that explains our grading method:

Score

Letter

Grade

Descriptor

8

A

100

You have mastered the skill enough to add your own ideas, perspective, and style.You are confident!

7

A

95

You definitely understand, just made a small mistake. You are allowed to re-take with no additional practice.

6

A

90

You have a solid understanding, but are making multiple errors. You must complete a practice activity before retaking. Ask for help if you need clarity on the standard.

5

B

80

You mostly get it, and can meet the target in familiar tasks and situations, but are still stuck with some parts.You must complete a practice activity before retaking.

4

C

70

You have some understanding, but are still confused and need a little help.You must complete a practice activity before retaking, and probably need some help.

3

D

65

You attempted, but are struggling to gain mastery, and probably a bit frustrated.You must complete a practice activity before retaking, and probably need some help.

2

D

60

You attempted, but are not on the right track and probably super frustrated.You must complete a practice activity before retaking, and need to ask the teacher questions.

1

F

50

You attempted, but do not show any evidence of grade level expectations.  REQUIRES a retake after help from a teacher and practice.

0

F

0

The assignment is missing/not attempted.

 
For 8th grade math or Math I you will need at least a 2 inch binder.  In the binder you will need a pencil pouch where you can keep pencils and your calculator (and a highlighter if you like using one in math).  You will also need 6 dividers in this binder.  One labeled DO IT, the second labeled CLASSWORK, and the third labeled Standard Checks.  Those are for math.  Then label one for Social Studies, one for Science, and one for Discovery.  You should also be able to keep your spiral notebook, loose regular paper, and loose graph paper in this binder. 

Please visit the Buncombe County Math website!
 
If at any time you have any questions, please contact your child's math teacher!  
 
We look forward to working with you to ensure a successful year!
Mrs. Rejzer, Mrs. West, and Mrs. McIntosh
 
heather.rejzer@bcsemail.org
rheta.west@bcsemail.org
samantha.mcintosh@bcsemail.org
 
(828) 298-7484 

Score

Letter

Grade

Descriptor

8

A

100

You have mastered the skill enough to add your own ideas, perspective, and style. You are confident!

7

A

95

You definitely understand, just made a small mistake.  You are allowed to re-take with no additional practice.

6

A

90

You have a solid understanding, but are making multiple errors.  You must complete a practice activity before retaking.  Ask for help if you need clarity on the standard.

5

B

80

You mostly get it, and can meet the target in familiar tasks and situations, but are still stuck with some parts. You must complete a practice activity before retaking.

4

C

70

You have some understanding, but are still confused and need a little help. You must complete a practice activity before retaking, and probably need some help.

3

D

65

You attempted, but are struggling to gain mastery, and probably a bit frustrated. You must complete a practice activity before retaking, and probably need some help.

2

D

60

You attempted, but are not on the right track and probably super frustrated. You must complete a practice activity before retaking, and need to ask the teacher questions.

1

F

50

You attempted, but do not show any evidence of grade level expectations. REQUIRES a retake after help from a teacher and practice.

0

F

0

The assignment is missing/not attempted.