Class Rules, Routines, and Expectations


WELCOME CLASS OF 2019!!!!!!!!

I am excited to work with each family to help our eighth graders to be their best and do their best math in eighth grade. This school year will be fun yet challenging.  We will work it out together. Below you will find a list of things needed for our class as well as classroom rules. I hope you will find this year fun, challenging and rewarding.


We will prepare ALL of our students for college, work and life in high achieving Roselle Public Schools.

Materials needed:

    1(three ring) binder (one section dedicated for Math handouts)

    1 notebook (used only for Math)

    College ruled loose-leaf paper

    1 folder

    No. 2 pencils (Pen will only be allowed for notes.   ALL homework and classwork must be done in pencil.)



    Hand pencil sharpener

    Scientific Calculator-Texas Instrument TI-30XIIS                          


    Flash Drive

    Headphones/Ear Buds


    Crayons/ Colored Pencils,/ Markers

RULES: In this class we LEARN:                                               

     L- Listen for instructions.                           

E- Enter & exit prepared.                             

A- Always try your best.                                  

R- Respect yourself & others.                          

N- No excuses.                                          


  1. Follow all directions.

  2. Follow all rules and guidelines in the student agenda book.

  3. The bell doesn't dismiss the class, the teacher does.



*1st Offense: Verbal Warning

*2nd Offense: Written Warning with a Phone Call Home

*3rd Offense:  Contact Home

*4th Offense: Detention

*If child does not show up for teacher detention he/she will be written up, parent contacted and central detention assigned.

Parents will be notified (by teacher) as to why their child has received Teacher Detention.

***Severity Clause: If your behavior is extreme, the consequence will be extreme.***

REWARDS:                                                     CONSEQUENCES

Positive notes to parents                                   Lunch detention

No Homework passes                                       Teacher Detention

Special class activities                                      Loss of special treats

Special treats                                                     Phone call home



1.  No talking unless you were asked a question, spoken to, or we are having a class   


2.  Raise hand to speak – no calling out.

3   No bathroom use during a lesson, first ten minutes of class, last ten minutes

    of class, period 1 and period 9.  Only one person out at a time.

4.  No PEN (except for notes)  pencil must be used for all classwork and homework.

5.  Be on time.  Tardiness will not be accepted.  If you are late you must have a pass or note.

6.  You will not be allowed to go to your locker during our class time.  You must come to

     class prepared.  

7.  If you are absent, it is your responsibility to get notes and make up any missed work

and homework. You have a day for every day you are absent to make up the missed


8.  Come into the classroom quietly and begin on the Do Now.

9.  Accept each other’s differences and learning styles/speeds.

10.  To have fun in class.  Learning should be exciting, interesting, fun and challenging.

11.  No cell phones permitted in class.  Please make sure cell phones are locked in your locker

      before entering the room.  If your cell phone is on you it will be confiscated.

12.  No use of electronic devices during class time (unless allowed by the teacher for instructional purposes).

13.  No candy, gum, food or drink permitted in class.  (Unless given to you by the teacher)

14.  Keep classroom neat and orderly.  Place all unneeded items in garbage.

Course Description:

8th Grade Common Core State Standards

Exponents, Expressions, and Equations

• Work with radicals and integer exponents.

• Understand the connections between proportional relationships, lines, and linear equations.

• Analyze and solve linear equations and pairs of simultaneous linear equations.

Functions, Equations, and Solutions

• Define, evaluate, and compare functions.

• Use functions to model relationships between quantities.

  • Analyze and solve linear equations and simultaneous linear equations.


• Understand congruence and similarity using physical models, transparencies, or geometry software.

• Understand and apply the Pythagorean Theorem.

• Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving volume of cylinders, cones and spheres.

Statistics and Probability

• Investigate patterns of association in bivariate data.

  • Use functions to model relationships between quantities

  • Understand and apply the Pythagorean Theorem

  • Analyze and solve linear equations and simultaneous linear equations


Tests = 30% of grade (tests will be announced two days before given)

Quizzes = 25% of grade (quizzes may or may not be announced)

Projects/Reports = 20% of grade

Homework = 10% of grade (The purpose of HW is to practice what we have been learning in class.)

*Each homework assignment is worth 2 points.

           2 pts = homework fully completed/on time.

           1 pt = homework partially completed & on time/homework fully completed but late

           0 pts= homework not completed and more than one day late

Class Work, Participation & Behavior = 15% of grade

REMEMBER, WE are in this together!  HAVE A GREAT YEAR!

Ms. Erica Smith


Telephone:  908-298-2066               

Extra Help:  Available before school on Wednesday and Friday mornings:  8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. or by appointment.

Please sign and return to verify that you have seen and read the letter with your child.  If you have any questions, feel free to email me.


Thank you.

Ms. Erica Smith


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