1st Period


8:15 - 9:09

2nd Period

Algebra I

9:12 - 10:06

3rd Period


10:09 - 11:03

4th Period


11:42 - 12:54


11:09 - 11:39

5th Period

Algebra I

12:57 - 1:51

6th Period


1:54 - 2:48

7th Period

Algebra I

2:51 - 3:45

     Gus Garcia Middle School

     8th Grade Math Syllabus

     Christina Hernandez-Rios


     Phone:(210) 444-8075 ext. 2815


Course Objective

            Welcome to 8th grade math! I am excited to be your teacher this year and am looking forward to getting to know each of you. The 8th grade math class covers several strands of mathematics: expressions and the number system, proportional and nonproportional relationships and functions, equations, inequalities, transformational geometry, statistics, and personal financial literacy. We will develop the ability to explore and solve mathematical problems, think critically, work cooperatively with others, and clearly communicate mathematical ideas. Above all, I hope to have an exciting, fun-filled year and provide an environment where you can explore many mathematical concepts!


Rules & Classroom Management Policies

Students are expected to come to class everyday prepared and ready to learn with a positive

attitude. Students are required to act in a behavior conducive to learning, according to Edgewood ISD code of conduct, those rules established by Gus Garcia Middle School, and those rules established in the classroom by the teacher. If students are not able to follow the rules, they will be disciplined according to the steps and procedures detailed in the Student Handbook.


Behavior Guidelines

  1. Be responsible: For example: Follow directions the first time, bring all materials to class, and be in your seat before the tardy bell rings (not standing across the room talking)
  2. Be respectful: For example: Do not talk when the teacher is talking, raise your hand for permission to speak, no put-downs, keep hands and feet to yourself, leave others’ belongings alone, if you mess it up please clean it up.
  3. Be your BEST!!!




1st Offense: Verbal Warning

2nd Offense: 30 minute detention -- Monday or Wednesday (notice requires parent signature)

3rd Offense: Call to parent/guardian with referral to office.


Cell phones will be taken up and turned into the office. Parents will have to pick them up.


Grade Policy

Nine Weeks Average                                                                     

Formative      50%                                                                             A   100 – 90                B 89 – 80

Summative    50%                                                                             C    79 – 75                 D   74 – 70

F   69 and below

Students may make-up any assignments below a 70 for a maximum grade of a 70.

Class work: Participation in class activities and class assignments are important to informally assess student learning and understanding. All students are expected to participate in class. Students will receive a participation grade on a daily basis. Participating in note-taking is a

part of the class experience. Students are expected to take notes in their composition notebooks or 3-ring binder. The notes can be may be used on the quizzes (Teacher’s discretion). Students are responsible for any work missed during the instructional hour.


Homework: Students will receive homework everyday including Holidays to enforce key math concepts. Homework should be done in pencil only. Students are expected to complete and turn in all homework in a timely manner. Homework is usually due the next day, unless otherwise specified by the teacher. In most cases, homework will be graded on effort and completion. Homework will be place in the in-trays that are labeled with you class period.


Quizzes: A quiz will be given at the conclusion of every week in preparation for the Unit test. Students are allowed to replace previous quiz grades satisfactory or unsatisfactory with the current week’s quiz so long as there is a parent signature on the previous quiz. This is only for quizzes not District Test.


Tests: A test will be given at the conclusion of every Unit. Students will have an in class review the day before the test, which will include sample test questions. Tests should be completed independently. Using notes, talking, or cheating during a test is NOT allowed. If a

student is found doing such things, he/she will receive a 0% on the test and can not make up

the test.

NOTE: All Assessments (test/quizzes) will stay inside of the classroom in the students’ folder. If a student is absent, he or she is able to make up missed quizzes or test. However, they must stay after school; unless time is given in class.


Late/Make-Up Work

Students are responsible for obtaining any missed work when they are absent. It is the student’s responsibility to pick up their work. Students are allowed to complete the assignments at home and return to the in-tray. It is the students’ responsibility to

complete it and turn it in within a timely manner. If a student is absent, the student will have two days for each day absent to complete all make-up work. Notes and other missing assignments must be obtained from another student or can be obtained in the daily notebook found in the classroom.



I will have tutorials several times each week. Specific days will be announced during class. If days and times change students will be notify the day of or a day before. Students may attend tutorials with another math teacher if I am unavailable. There will be some Saturday School that will be mandatory to attend.


 Other afterschool tutoring and Saturday School will be provide by the school --TBA 





One Team, One Goal, NO LIMITS! Gus Garcia Middle School







Last Modified on September 2, 2015