South Middle School Combined 8th Grade Syllabi
8th Grade Homework Expectations: In terms of homework, most evenings 8th grade students are expected to have English Language Arts reading and Math skills homework. There will be limited homework in Social Studies and Science. Every Friday, Ms. MacMillan and Mr. Scarcello will check Time-Trackers and complete a Quick Write on the themes of exploration, encounter, and exchange. Please use your student’s Time-Tracker or the teacher’s calendar on the South Middle School webpage to follow their learning and assignments each week.
Class Policies: Students are expected to be respectful, responsible, and safe. All policies stated in the Student Handbook will be observed. As well, electronic devices (cell phones, ipods, etc) need to remain in your locker unless the administration and the teacher have approved electronic devices.
Academic Support: Additional teacher support is available during Extended Learning Time (ELT) with the exceptions of Wednesdays. Reassessments/extra help sessions need to be scheduled individually by the student with the teacher.
Grading Criteria and Categories
Academic grades will reflect a student’s mastery of the subject’s knowledge and skills according to state standards. Extra credit will not be provided. Eighty percent of a student’s grade will be determined on summative assessments based on the proficiencies; twenty percent will be based on daily work and other formative assessments (AKA: Target Practice). Below is an example of what makes up each percentage.
Types of Assessment
English Language Arts
United States History
(A summary of knowledge and/or skills)
Examples: tests, quizzes, projects, essays or speeches
(The formation of knowledge and/or skills, practice, personal management)
Examples: daily assignments, notes, vocabulary, journals, meeting of deadlines
Grading Scale Rubric
Grading Scale - Letter Grade
5 Mastery: Superior academic performance through evidence of in-depth understanding and demonstration of skill/standard.
4 Approaching Mastery: Consistently meets and sometimes exceeds the basic skill/standard and has a complete understanding, and can demonstrate the skill/standard.
B (Approaching Mastery)
3 Proficient: Meets the standard with basic knowledge and demonstration. Some errors may be present.
2 Working Toward Proficient: Occasional demonstration of skill/standard.
F (Not yet proficient)
1 Not Yet Proficient/Insufficient Evidence: Limited achievement of the grade level standards or/and expectations. Proficiency cannot be determined due to missing assignments, and/or length of time in school.