Math 8 Core Connections

Core Connections 3We Love Math

WELCOME TO CCS 3! I am looking forward to a great year with all of you! In this course, you will learn to use new models and methods to think about problems as well as solve them. You will be developing powerful mathematical tools and learning new ways of thinking about and investigating situations. You will be making connections, discovering relationships, figuring out what strategies can be used to solve problems, and explaining your thinking. The mathematics you have learned in the past will be valuable for learning in this course. That work, and what you learn in this course, will prepare you for future courses.

Required Materials

To successfully complete this course, you will need

General Rules

Classroom Procedures /Expectations

Students are expected to arrive in class with all required materials

Students begin warm-up upon entering class room.


Students will complete all classwork and homework in their spiral notebook

Students are required to maintain a tool kit; tool kits are provided.

Students are required to participate in class discussions

Groups may be periodically assessed on how well they work together.


Homework is assigned WEEKLY and must be completed by the due date for students to receive full credit.

Credit for late work will be given in accordance with the below outlined policy. If exdrorinary circumstances occur - please contact me.

Students are responsible for checking the accuracy; I check homework for completeness.

Students having difficulties are encouraged to meet with me during a mutually agreed upon time. I am available after school until 3:00 or before school starting at 7:15 a.m.


Students are required to make up all missed work when absent. Make-Up Work: Any student with an excused absence will have two days upon return to submit/ complete any missed class and homework assignments tests or other time sensitive deadlines. Students will need to arrange a time to make up any tests, quizzes or projects

Late Work Policy

Students are allowed to turn in missing and late work (not due to absences) in accordance with the following guidelines:

2 days to 1 week past due date: 70% of original credit earned

1 week and day to 2 weeks = 50% of original credit earned



Student understandings of math concepts are regularly assessed using: Unit tests, quizzes, student presentations, projects, group assessments & a course final. Quizzes and unit assessments are timed. Extended time will be permitted for documented IEP students. All students have the opportunity to improve their assessment grades by completing exam/quiz corrections by the assigned date.

Grading Policiy

Grades will be determined by the percentages: Assessments 80%: Unit tests, Exit tickets, formal presentations, and all quizzes including Dreambox assignments and quizzes. All others 20%. They include; Homework, Tool Kit entries, posters, Daily warm-ups, STRAWs (study team review activity worksheets), You Cubed problem solving activities, etc.

Grading Scale

A+ 100%-97% A 96%-93%, A- 92%-90%, B+ 89%-87%, B 86%-83%, B- 82%-80%, C+ 79%-77%, C- 72%-70%, D+ 69%-68%, D 67%-64%, D- 63%- 60%, F < 59%

Parent/Teacher Communication: Communication between teachers and parents is encouraged at any time throughout the school year. Parents may contact teachers or administrators in the following ways:

  • Phone calls 619-956-2477
  • Email - [email protected]
  • Parent/teacher Conferences
  • Guidance Counselor Contacts
  • Principal/Assistant Principal Contacts
  • Daily Communication using the planner