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Classroom Expectations

Contact Information

Please stay informed regarding your child's 8th grade experience.

You have several options for your convenience.

This webpage will be updated frequently to keep you posted regarding policies and units of study, as well as link you to online resources for my class.

The school webpage provides a wide variety of information including a schedule of events.

Power School is an online service that offers access to your child's grades and assignments.

And finally, you can contact us via the school phone, 678-757-1479, or my school email account, bworley@polk.k12.ga.us or mowens@polk.k12.ga.us


Grading, Rules & Procedures, What to Expect, and Tips for Parents


This page contains some information that you may want to refer to from time to time throughout the year.


Students will be made aware of performance expectations for the eighth grade.

Classroom assessments will include three types: Daily/Homework grades, tests, and exams.

1. Daily grades will include skills mastery, vocabulary, applications of skills, homework (maintenance sheets) and notebook checks as well as participation. Daily grades will reflect group work, student self-assessments, observations, teacher-student conferences, and students' oral and written reflections.

2. Test grades will measure unit mastery in a variety of formats, which may include free response and/or multiple choice, as well as projects. Students will use written language, which complies with the conventions of Standard English, to demonstrate their understandings of mathematical concepts.

3. A cumulative exam will be given each quarter. The format may be free response or multiple choice. 

The final average will be computed in the following manner:
(60%)(Daily Average) + (30%)(Test Average) + (10%)(Exam)


Rules and Procedures:

1) Students will comply with the Polk School District Handbook policies.
2) Students will be provided detailed, procedural routines that will foster a positive, threat-free environment where they will thrive and learn.
3) Students will be expected to enter the classroom in an orderly fashion, prepare materials for class, and begin the skills maintenance assignment promptly.
4) Students will be responsible for a neat classroom.
5) Students will exit the classroom in an orderly fashion when dismissed by the teacher.
6) Students will be expected to demonstrate appropriate behavior in all school settings.
7) Students must have their math IAN (interactive notebook) in class daily.  They will need also need pencils (NO PENS) and paper in class each day.

8) Pins are not allowed on any type of math work.
9) Students should have an agenda (planner) in class each day to help with organization.

What to Expect:

1) Remind101 and phone calls will serve as a means of communication between school and home.
2) Students will update agendas in class. Entries may include class work, assignments, announcements, future tests, notes from me, and grades.
3) Homework will be assigned Monday and due Friday, unless holidays interfere. See the Homework Policy page for details.

Tips for Parents:

1) Visit the school website for a list of school events.
2) Establish a definite time and place for study.
3) Review assignments with your child.
4) Monitor the completion and quality of your child's work.
5) Plan weekly-supervised opportunities to organize your child's notebook and bookbag.
6) Make sure your child has adequate materials (pencils, pen, paper, etc.).
7) Share ways that you use math at home and at work with your child.
8) Share mathematics as you encounter it in books, newspapers, etc.
9) Present a positive disposition toward mathematics.
10) Treat school and homework as your child's job.
11) Label your child's belongings with his/her first and last names. Remember to label his/her lunch box, jacket, sweater, notebooks, purse, gym bag, etc.
12) Please utilize Power School to view your child's grade report and assignment list online.
13) Please notify the school at 678-757-1479 of your child's daily absences if applicable.