• Portland Public Schools

    Middle Level

    Syllabus Template


    School Year             2020-2021 





                                   Kate Sullivan                 

    School:           Mt. Tabor       



    Course Title:  Compacted Year 2                            

    Grade Level(s):8th

    Is high school credit an option for this course? 





    Course description:  This is the 2nd year of a two year accelerated math curriculum. It covers the district required 9th grade Algebra curriculum and the last part of the 8th grade curriculum. It is aligned with the Common Core State Standards.  It covers the following strands:

    • Algebra
    • Statistics
    • Geometry


    There is an emphasis on conceptual understanding of topics, critical thinking and application.  Students will be asked to justify their thinking, generalize relationships, make connections between ideas and reverse thinking to solve problems



    Priority Standards:


    Solving linear equations

    Linear Functions

    Systems of linear equations

    Quadratic functions

    Exponents & exponential functions


    One & two variable statistics

    Sequence & series



    Schedule of topics/units covered:

    • One and Two variable statistics
    • Algebra Connections Chapter 5 (Multiplication and Proportions)
    • Algebra Connections Chapter 6 (Systems of Equations)
    • Algebra Connections Chapter 7 (Linear Relationships)
    • Algebra Connections Chapter 8 (Quadratics)
    • Pythagorean Theorem
    • Algebra Connections Chapter 10 (Simplifying and Solving)
    • Exponential Functions & Sequences
    • Algebra Connections Chapter 9 (Inequalities)
    • Algebra Connections Chapter 11 (Functions and Relations)






    Academic Vocabulary:  Refer to College Preparatory Math Glossary



    District adopted materials


    Open Up Resources


    Supplemental resources:

    District resources on number sense, fractions, algebra and scientific notation



    Differentiation/ accessibility strategies and support (TAG, ELL, SpEd, other):

    • Group work (Norms & Roles)
    • Test Revisions
    • Visuals
    • Graphic organizers
    • Pre-teaching vocabulary
    • Breaking task into smaller pieces
    • Study team strategies (pairs check, dyad, huddle, etc.)





    Final proficiencies: Students will be proficient in the eighth grade common core standards relating to Pythagorean Theorem, 2-D geometry and statistics.  They will also be proficient in ninth grade common core standards for mathematics.


    Essential skills to be

    taught or assessed:

         o            o       Read and comprehend     

         o            o       Write clearly and accurately    

         o            ox     Listen actively and speak clearly     

         o            ox     Apply mathematics 

         o            ox     Think critically        

         o            ox     Personal management and teamwork

         o            ox     Use technology

         o            o       Civic and Community Engagement          

         o            o       Global Literacy          


    Assessment/evaluation/grading policy:  


    Grades on report cards will be marked as Highly Proficient (HP), Proficient (P), Close to  Proficient (CP), and Developing Proficiency (DP).



    Assessments at a Close to Proficient (CP) or Developing Proficiency (DP) may be revised once.  

    To earn high school credit students must earn a PR or higher all four quarters.



    Behavioral expectations:  

    ATTENDANCE:  If a student is absent, they will need to check in with the teacher upon the day they return to see what they have missed and what they will need to make up.  Students will be given a new due date for work missed due to absence.


    RULES: Students are expected to come to class prepared, use class time productively and behave in a manner that is both positive and productive.






    Safety issues and requirements:



    Signature of instructor completing this form:



    Administrator Approval:


    By approving this syllabus the administrator verifies that

    1.  The course code written on this form is accurate and that this code has been correctly placed into eSIS by the school’s data clerk.
    2. The teacher listed on the syllabus meets the endorsement requirements as set forth by ODE and NCLB.
    3. The course meets the requirements of the District required core curriculum including standards.
    4. The teacher is using District adopted materials or has been approved to use other resources.