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PRE-ALGEBRA

FORT CAROLINE MIDDLE SCHOOL
2015-2016 SYLLABUS FOR MA TH 8
Ms. Tangela S. Ennis
(904) 745 – 4927
Email: ennist@duvalschools.org
Website: www.msennist.com
SUPPLIES

TEXTBOOKS & TECHNOLOGY

BRING EVERYDAY!!!

Textbooks: Pearson Digits (Grade 8) Series

School-Wide 4” Binder (w/ Dividers)

Paper: Cornell Notes, Graph Paper Cornell Notes,
Lined Paper, Computer/Copy Paper

Utensils: Pencils (NO PENS), Colored Pencils

Other: Pencil Bag, Glue, Tape, Earbuds

Completed Assignment

GRADE POLICY & SCALE

TOPICS COVERED

Grades in this course will be based on the following criteria.

Notebook/Binder

10%

Participation

20%

Assessments

35%

Assignments

35%

A = 100 – 90
Excellent

B = 89 – 80
Very Good

Your notebooks/binders are to be
brought to class EVERYDAY. This
is essential to your success in this
class. There will generally be one
notebook/binder quiz per unit.
Using Class Dojo, students will
receive weekly participation
grades. Visit www.msennist.com
to see the full list of participation
grades.
Mid-Unit Quizzes, and Unit
Assessments will be given for each
unit, in addition to any District
Assessment requirements.
Assignments will consist of mainly
of classwork and (some)
homework assignments that will
be collected and graded.

C = 79 – 70
Satisfactory

D = 69 – 60
Needs
Improvement

F = 59 – 0
Unsatisfactory

TUTORIALS
I will have tutorials several times each week. Specific days
will be announced during class and will be available on
msennist.com.
Morning tutorials: 8:15a – 9:00a
Afternoon tutorials: 4:20a – 5:00p

This course will have materials available on the Internet
through Pearson School, and FOCUS. Having access to the
internet is not required, but can only enhance your
educational experience. If you do not have Internet access on
a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or personal computer, consider
using the on-campus computer labs. Check FOCUS and/or
www.msennist.com often for assignment updates and course
announcements.

Quarter 1
Rational and Irrational Numbers
Linear Equations in One Variable
Integer Exponents
Scientific Notation
Proportional Relationships, Lines and Linear Equations
Defining and Comparing Functions
Quarter 2
Linear Functions
System of Two Linear Equations
Congruence
Similarity
Reasoning in Geometry
Quarter 3
Using the Pythagorean Theorem
Surface Area and volume
Scatter Plots
Analyzing Categorical Data
Quarter 4
Integer Exponents (Extension)
Congruence (Extension)
Surface Area & Volume (Extension)
Scatter Plots (Extension)
Algebra I Prep

EXPECTATIONS

CONSEQUENCES

 Be Polite: Follow directions the FIRST time they are given
 Be Prompt: On Time, On Task, and Prepared to learn when the
bell rings.

 Be Prepared: NO Grooming, Food/Drinks, or Electronics
(unless included in activity).

 Be Positive: No Cursing or Teasing.

Respect the TEACHER,

CLASSROOM, and other STUDENTS.

 Be Private: Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself.
 Be Productive: Be responsible for your own learning…and
HOMEWORK

CLASS PROCEDURES
Classroom Policies & Procedures, Rules, and
Progressive Discipline Plan can be found on
my website (www.msennist.com). Or you
can scan the following QR Code for a direct
link.

Attendance

Each class will introduce new material, concepts, and skills,
some of which may not be in your instructional materials. If
you miss class, YOU are responsible for finding out what
information was covered by 1) viewing the appropriate
website, 2) talking with fellow classmates, or 3) arranging a
special session with the instructor and then submitting the
information in a timely manner. Examinations, quizzes, and
assignments are based on ALL material covered, including
information that is disseminated only in class.

Participation

Being prepared for class, participating in class activities, and
completing home activities are essential to the success of this
course. Class participation grades will mainly be kept on
www.classdojo.com. Visit www.msennist.com to learn more
about how to sign-up to receive updates on participation and
behavior.

Fast Track

Many assignments will be available to students on a ‘Fast
Track’ basis. Students will be given a video to watch, and take
notes on and submit to Ms. Ennis that they are ready for the
‘Fast Track’ of that lesson. Since these students have already
taken notes on the lesson, when they return to class they will
be ‘FastTracked’ to the practice problems, and the
assignment. These students will have the opportunity to
complete most (if not all) of their assignment in class, where
they can get assistance from the instructor or other
classmates. It’s also a great opportunity for students to
extend their thinking and learning.

School-Wide Binder System

Each student will be required to bring the School-Wide
Binder to class daily (receiving DOJO points). This binder is a
way of collecting, organizing, and processing information.
Students will be given strict instructions to follow in setting
up and maintaining the Math Section of the School-Wide
Binder. These guidelines should make YOUR math section
informative and interesting.

1.

Teacher/Student conference (verbal warning).

2.

Seat change.

3.

Parent/Teacher conference via telephone.

4.

Discipline Referral to Administration.

5.

Parent/Teacher conference scheduled face-to-face.

LATE/ABSENT ASSIGNMENTS
Assignments must be submitted by the due date, unless
otherwise indicated. Assignments more than 3 class
days late will receive no higher than a 70% grade. If you
miss class on the day of an assessment, you must logon
to www.msennist.simplybook.me to schedule an
appointment to make-up the exam. Assessments more
than 2 weeks late will receive no higher than a 70%
grade.

MSENNIST.COM
Did you accidentally lose your homework packet or left it at
school? Were you absent and wonder what we did in math
class? Then I have a solution for you! Go to
www.msennist.com and you can find out what you missed.

PROGRESS REPORTS
School-wide progress reports will be sent home once
each quarter. The FOCUS grade portal is available at any
time, and both students and parents are encouraged to
check it regularly. Grades are updated weekly. Login
instructions are available via the school website
(www.duvalschools.org/fcm).

Let’s have a
FABULOUS year