• SCHOOL YEAR 2021-2022

    8th Grade Math Syllabus: Mr. A. Aguirre



    https://www.orange.k12.nj.us (Staff Websites)


    Before school (7:30-8:05) Afterschool by appointment


    Students should bring the following items to math class everyday:

    1. Text/Workbook materials
    2. Notebook dedicated for just math
    3. 2 Sharpened Pencils, Eraser (NO pen)
    4. One 2-Pocket Math Folder for Worksheets
    5. Sharpener (optional)



    All assignments in math class are graded on a point system. Grades will be determined using the following weights: 25%-Test, 20%-Quizzes, 20%-Class Work, 25% Authentic Assessment(Projects, Performance Task, Portfolios, etc…) and 10% Homework. Each assignment grade is determined by the percent result of the student's total points earned divided by the number of total possible points. This will result in a percent that can then be assigned a grade:

    90-100% = A

    80-89% = B

    70-79% = C

    65-69% = D

    0%-64% = F


    1. Be on time, be prepared, and remain on task.
    2. Be respectful to each other and the teacher all the time
    3. Stay in your seat
    4. Raise your hand before speaking
    5. Have a positive attitude J


    1. Warning
    2. Detention after school
    3. Phone calls will be made to parents as needed (positive and negative)
    4. Severe or repeated unacceptable behavior will be referred to the main office



    Homework assignments are given to help students master and practice subject material. Daily homework assignments are an important part of a student's grade. All homework assignments are due at the beginning of a class period. All homework assignments are graded either for accuracy or completion.



    Late work will be accepted with points deducted.



    Progress reports will be shown to all students every two weeks. A progress report can be requested at any time by simply sending me an email or sending a note with your child. Student progress can also be accessed through parent portal.



    If a student is absent, it is the student’s responsibility to get all missed work and make it up in a reasonable amount of time that is agreed upon ny the teacher and the student.



    Open-Up Illustrative Math
    Open-Up signature mathematical language routines (MLRs) offer detailed guidance for developing students into mathematical thinkers. The program facilitates and assesses students’ ability to communicate mathematical thinking verbally, visually, and in writing.  Every lesson plan contains topic-specific professional learning resources. Open-Up materials speak intelligently and professionally to educators, meeting teachers where they are in their practice and advancing them.  From below-benchmark to accelerated learners, the program provides content-specific resources within lessons, from warm up to cool down.  The program materials encourage student communication and the development of problem-solving and reasoning skills.  Authored by noted mathematician and standards author Bill McCallum of Illustrative Mathematics, Open-Up uses state standards as a foundation.  All curricula receive quality reviews against acclaimed alignment rubrics (IMET, EQuIP), conducted by leading experts.  For more information visit http://openupresources.org/math-curriculum/


    i-Ready Program
    i-Ready is an interactive online learning program designed to provide individualized instruction based on each child’s unique needs.  i-Ready starts with a test that determines every student’s academic skills in math.  This test is adaptive, which means that the level of difficulty will change as your child answers each question.  The results of the test will identify exactly where your child needs to develop, as well as where his or her strengths are.  i-Ready then provides students digital instruction that meets them where they are and it allows them to work independently on their own personalized online instruction plan. The lessons that are assigned are based on the results from the i-Ready Diagnostic test and teacher recommendation.  For more information visit http://i-readycentral.com/familycenter/


    DreamBox Program

    DreamBox is PreK-8 math solution driven by a technology that's as unique as the students and educators who need it, love it, and use it to go to the next level. It continuously assesses students to present them with targeted lessons. Our Intelligent Adaptive Learning™ technology tracks each student interaction and evaluates the strategies used to solve problems. For more information visit https://play.dreambox.com/login/s39x/7h2z





    Supplies needed for this course:

    Textbooks, workbooks, pen, pencil, eraser, calculator.



    Behavior Expectation:

    Full attention to subject.  Full class participation. Full class attendance.

    Turning in expected work on time


    Prohibited Item Policy:

    No electronic devices in class.

    No food or drinks in class.       



    Sensory, graphic, or interactive support is present through language proficiency at all levels.


    To expand English language where learners can process or produce the language associated with the stated math procedures.


    To promote math vocabulary usage, and language control as students move from one English language proficiency level to the next.


    ACTION PLAN: LEP Students


    1. Encourage a child to figure on their own out problem solving.
    2. Encourage students to use technology (computers) to practice math
    3. Tutorial before and after school to help students stay on task
    4. Use collaborative model providing strategies targeting LEP students.


    Class Modifications for LEP students: Students will be doing regular work with some of the following accommodations if needed:


    Pacing: Adjust time for completion of assignments, allowing additional time.

    Presentation of Subject: give cooperative learning assignments, or group assignments, individual / small group instruction, repeat directions (written and/or verbal)

    Grading: Credit for participation, credit for class-work effort, as well as for homework

    Assignments: Adjust length of assignments


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