• Maryvale Middle School

    7th and 8th Grade Mathematics – Ms. Pierce



    Dear Student,

              Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! I am looking forward to an absolutely wonderful year with you and your family.  In order to achieve that, there are a few expectations I have of you that I want to make you aware of.  Regardless of how you did last year, or your feelings about math, you possess the ability to succeed this year.  I will work tirelessly to ensure you have the tools necessary to pass math with flying colors, and in return you will work hard, believe in yourself, and come to me with any questions you may have!  Second, math will not always be easy, and that is okay.  You will struggle at times in my class, not because you are not smart enough, but because the material is challenging, and that is how you become a better mathematician!


    • 1 inch 3-ring binder
    • Spiral or composition notebook or loose leaf paper
    • 2 two-pocket folders
    • Pencils with erasers (Lots of pencils!!)
    • Pens

    Grading Policy:

    • Test/Quizzes: of the quarterly grade.  Tests will be announced ahead of time, both in class and on my website.  Tests will cover anything from the notes for that unit.  Tests can be corrected for quarter-points back before the date they are due.  Quizzes may be announced or unannounced.  They will be short and may cover anything we have learned throughout the year.  Quizzes cannot be corrected.
    • Homework: of the quarterly grade.  Homework will be assigned daily and should take no more than 30 minutes.  Homework will always be due the following day, unless specified in the assignment.  Homework is typically worth 2 points per assignment and is graded as such:
      • – All problems were completed, all work is shown, homework is done in pencil, homework is on a separate sheet of paper
      • – Homework is partially done, little work is shown, homework is done in pen, or homework is not completed on a separate sheet of paper
      • – Answers are given but no work is shown, homework is done in the notes and in pen, homework is not completed at all, less than  of the problems were attempted
    • Classwork: of the quarterly grade.  Classwork is comprised of bell work, exit tickets, projects, group work, and other in-class, graded assignments.  Students will always be given enough time to complete classwork in class, thus it will be due the day it is assigned, unless a student is absent.
    • Projects/IXL: of quarterly grade.  Projects are large, lengthy assignments that are given to students to complete over the course of a few days to a week.  Projects will sometimes take place in class, other times outside of class, and most times will be a combination of classwork and homework.  IXL assignments will be assigned weekly.  Assignments are online, so students should utilize study halls and office hours to complete the work in school if they do not have access to a computer or internet at home.


              If you have an excused absence, you will have an extension of 2 days to complete any missing homework or classwork.  You will have 3 days to make up missing tests, quizzes, or projects.  After this time extension, you will receive a late grade for any work turned in from the time you were absent.

              I will provide the notes and assignments you missed during the time you were absent.  It is your job to then fill in the notes that you missed, hand in missing assignments, and meet with me to answer any questions you may have.

    Classroom Rules

    • Be respectful to yourself, your peers, the staff in the building, the school, and the materials you use.
    • Be on time and prepared, meaning you are seated before the bell rings, your homework is out ready to be checked, you have your binder with your notes, a pen, a pencil, a calculator, and a positive attitude.
    • Work hard and do your best and you will be very successful this year. No excuses!

    I look forward to an adventurous and productive year with you!    – Ms. Pierce




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