Course Syllabus

Math 8 

Mr. Frank & Mr. Goolsby * 


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What Is Math 8? 

In one phrase, this class is about problem solving. Math, at its best, allows us to look at a problem and describe it using relationships between numbers. Those relationships can then be analyzed in order to find a solution to our problem. In Math 8, students will use many types of relationships to solve many types of problems. Specifically, we will examine: 

  • How to describe relationships with constant rates of change; 
  • What a function is and how we can use it; 
  • How to solve systems of equations; 
  • How to use geometry to change shapes and analyze congruence; 
  • How to use statistics and probability to make predictions about the future. 


How Will This Class Work? 

We learn the best when we are learning collaboratively. There will be days we spend taking notes. There will also be many days we spend working together to figure out how to solve problems. The biggest thing I will ask of you students is that you are willing to work together and be generous with your intelligence. Spread it around!  


What Materials Do You Need?

You can’t be successful if you’re not prepared. Here are the supplies you need for this class. Please note, if you’ve already purchased these materials, there is no need to buy more!

  • Spiral or composition notebook (we may end up using more than one this year)
  • 1.5-inch 3-ring binder (can be shared with another subject)
  • Pocket folder for math
  • TI-30x calculator or equivalent
  • Pencils
  • Loose leaf graph paper


Class Expectations & Rules 

We have 3 simple rules in this class. We can create more if we need to. 

  1. Come to class on time and prepared to work when the bell rings. 
  2. Ask questions of each other and your teachers. 
  3. Do not interfere in the learning of others. 


Need Help? 

Any time you need help, you can find Mr. Goolsby or Mr. Frank during our 6th period plan, 7th period study center before school, after school or at another time we set up together. We are here to help you! 


Grades on PowerSchool 

I post grades on PowerSchool regularly and quickly. Please check those often and if you aren’t sure about something, just ask! 


How We Grade 

Students in our class will be graded on quizzes, tests, and projects that they complete through the course of the school year. Quizzes will occur most frequently, typically after each content module (mod) we complete. These quizzes will report grades by section so that students and parents have a strong knowledge of what mathematics content students know well and what content they may need to improve. Students will have the opportunity to retake sections of quizzes to demonstrate stronger understanding. 


Do We Have Homework in This Class? 

Yes. Homework is assigned most nights. It may sometimes be collected for a completion grade. The #1 best way to do great in this class is to do your homework every time it’s assigned and to come to class ready with questions on problems you didn’t understand. 


Miss Time? Get Caught Up & Use Canvas! 

When you miss class, please find any handouts you may have missed in the back of the room. Also, check Canvas for notes and any other instructions from the day. I will use Canvas regularly to communicate with students, to post keys, and otherwise update students and parents about the course. Check it often.

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