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    8th Grade Math

    Mrs. Dzugan's Daily Schedule

    Period 1 and 2: Math 8

    Period 3 and 4: Math 8

    Period 5: Lunch

    Period 6: Algebra I

    Period 7: Algebra I

    Period 8: Planning

    Period 9: Blue Devil Block

     

    The best times to contact me is during period 8 (1:09-1:49) and after school.  I will get back to you as soon as I can during this time.  You can reach me by phone or email.

    Phone Number: 724-947-8100 ex. 5204

    Email: rdzugan@burgettstown.k12.pa.us

     

    About Me: I graduated from high school in 2013 from the Hopewell Area School District.  I then attended Slippery Rock University to receive a Bachelor's Degree in Middle Level Math Education.  I then continued my educational journey at Slippery Rock University and also received my Master's Degree in K-8 Math and Science.  I have always had a passion for math education and am excited to continue my journey here at Burgettstown. 

    Math 8

     

    Course Summary: Math 8 is an introduction class to prepare students for Algebra 1, and we will be using Open-Up Resources.  Topics include simplifying powers, solving and simplifying equations, geometry, functions, linear equations, systems of equations, and data.  This material will prepare students to take the 8th grade math PSSA in the spring. 

     

    Classroom Rules and Procedures

    • Students are expected to arrive on time and be prepared for class to begin. 

    • Students are expected to be engaged in classroom instruction.

    • Students are expected to be respectful to their peers, teacher, and the learning environment.

    • Students are expected to be polite; no foul language.

    • Students are expected to respect their own work and that of others; cheating or plagiarism will not be tolerated.

    • No food or drink besides water (in accordance with school policy).

    • No electronic devices besides those specified to be used during a lesson.

     

    Cell Phones

    Burgettstown Middle/High School is a bring your own device campus.  Cell phones and other unauthorized electronic devices are not to be used in class unless specified by the instructor.  Devices should be in your locker during class; they may not be charged during class.  Devices not only impact a student’s learning, but can also serve as a distraction to those around you.  Students will receive one warning if their phone is not in their locker; failure to comply with this policy will result in disciplinary action.

     

    Class Expectations

    I will be posting what needs to be completed in Google classroom with the necessary links and codes.  Students will be watching videos and working in their workbook when not in the physical classroom.

     

    Grading

    Grades in this course follow the school grading scale shown below:

    93 to 100 A

    90 to 92 A-

    87 to 89 B+

    83 to 86 B

    80 to 82 B-

    77 to 79 C+

    73 to 76 C

    70 to 72 C-

    67 to 69 D+

    63 to 66 D

    60 to 62 D-

    <60 F

    Grades are weighted as follows: 

    Classwork 5%

    Homework 20%

    Formal Assessments 75%

     

    Homework

    Homework is not busy work.  It is an opportunity for students to practice their mastery of a lesson so that they can strengthen their skills or identify areas of weakness to ask for help.  It will be assigned almost daily.  Mathematics requires practice and perseverance, just like playing an instrument or a sport.

     

    De-Bug

    Students will have the opportunity to “De-Bug” all quizzes.  De-Bug means quiz corrections.  Every student can fix any problems missed on the quiz and earn half credit back for their final score.  Students may use their notes to help them and ask questions.  Quizzes and De-Bug papers are not allowed to leave my classroom until everyone has completed their work.  Students can work on De-Bugs during extra class time, homeroom, extended homeroom, BDB, and after school tutoring.

     

    Resources/Tutoring

    Resources besides the course textbook/workbook will be posted and updated in Google Classroom as needed.

    If a student needs additional assistance completing work, they can see me during homeroom, extended homeroom, BDB, or they can attend after school middle school math tutoring.  Times and days will be determined later in the school year.  

     

    Algebra I

     

    Course Summary: Algebra I is a class to prepare students for higher level math classes in high school.  Topics include simplifying powers, solving and simplifying equations, geometry, functions, linear equations, systems of equations, and data.  This material will prepare students to take the 8th grade math PSSA and the Algebra I Keystone in the spring. 

     

    Classroom Rules and Procedures

    • Students are expected to arrive on time and be prepared for class to begin. 

    • Students are expected to be engaged with classroom instruction.

    • Students are expected to be respectful to their peers, teacher, and learning environment.

    • Students are expected to be polite; no foul language.

    • Students are expected to respect their own work and that of others; cheating or plagiarism will not be tolerated.

    • No food or drink besides water (in accordance with school policy).

    • No electronic devices besides those specified to be used during a lesson.

     

    Cell Phones

    Burgettstown Middle/High School is a bring your own device campus.  Cell phones and other unauthorized electronic devices are not to be used in class unless specified by the instructor.  Devices should be in your locker during class; they may not be charged during class.  Devices not only impact a student’s learning, but can also serve as a distraction to those around you.  Students will receive one warning if their phone is not in their locker; failure to comply with this policy will result in disciplinary action.

     

    Class Expectations

    I will be posting what needs to be completed on Google classroom with the necessary links and codes.  Students will be completing practice problems and assignments when not in the physical classroom.

     

    Grading

    Grades in this course follows the school grading scale shown below:

    93 to 100 A

    90 to 92 A-

    87 to 89 B+

    83 to 86 B

    80 to 82 B-

    77 to 79 C+

    73 to 76 C

    70 to 72 C-

    67 to 69 D+

    63 to 66 D

    60 to 62 D-

    <60 F

    Grades are weighted as follows: 

    Classwork 5%

    Homework 20%

    Formal Assessments 75%

     

    Homework

    Homework is not busy work.  It is an opportunity for students to practice their mastery of a lesson so that they can strengthen their skills or identify areas of weakness to ask for help.  It will be assigned almost daily.  Mathematics requires practice and perseverance, just like playing an instrument or a sport.

     

    De-Bug

    Students will have the opportunity to “De-Bug” all quizzes.  De-Bug means quiz corrections.  Every student can fix any problems missed on the quiz and earn half credit back for their final score.  Students may use their notes to help them and ask questions.  Quizzes and De-Bug papers are not allowed to leave my classroom until everyone has completed their work.  Students can work on De-Bugs during extra class time, homeroom, extended homeroom, BDB, and after school tutoring.

     

    Resources/Tutoring

    Resources besides the course textbook/workbook will be posted and updated in Google Classroom as needed.

    If a student needs additional assistance completing work, they can see me during homeroom, extended homeroom, BDB, or they can attend after school middle school math tutoring.  Times and days will be determined later in the school year.  

     

    Online Resources: I post all assignments on Google Classroom.  All assignments, videos, and copies of note packets can be found under the classwork tab.  All homework assignments are also posted in the Class of 28 Google Classroom on the homework chart.

     

    If you have any questions, please reach out.

     

    Looking forward to an amazing year of math!

     

    Rachel Dzugan