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Daily Schedule




1st Period 7:50-8:45 Math 8
2nd Period 8:50-9:35 Algebra 1
3rd Period 9:40-10:25 Teaming
4th Period 10:30-11:15 Math 8
5th Period 11:20-12:05 Math 8
Lunch 12:05-12:35 Lunch
Dragon Time 12:40-1:15  
6th Period 1:20-2:05 Math 8
7th Period 2:10-2:55 Math 8
8th Period 3:00-3:45 Math Enrichment


Student Assignments

Supply List

  • Graphing Calculator (TI-84 Plus CE is used for class instruction)
  • Folder with pockets and brads or three ring binder 
  • Pencils
  • Highlighter
  • 1 Package of index cards
  • 1 notebook ring/index card ring


Math 8 (Pre-Algebra) Course Description

Math 8 (Pre-Algebra) prepares students with the skills necessary before taking Algebra 1 (a high school credited course).  Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the following concepts:  the properties of mathematics, solving equations and inequalities, rational and irrational numbers, graphing equations and inequalities, proportional and nonproportional relationships, applying algebra to geometry, transformational geometry, functions, data analysis , measurement and personal finance.  Students will use graphing calculators in this course.

Algebra I (8th Grade) Course Description

8th grade Algebra I is an advanced math course (a high school credited course).  Students will explore the following concepts:  linear expressions, equations, inequalities, functions, exponents, expressions, factoring, quadratic equations, arithmetic and geometric sequences.  Students will use technology to model mathematical situations.  Algebra I students will take the STAAR 9th grade End of Course (EOC) state assessment.
Students must meet three of the following to be enrolled in 8th grade Algebra I:  (1) end of year Pre-Algebra average ≥ 90, (2)  Masters Grade Level (Level III) on 8th grade Math STAAR test,  (3)  Meet required standards on RJH Algebra I Placement Test,  (4) Teacher recommendation.  Parent permission is also required in addition to meeting three of the four above criteria.



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