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Mr. Holden

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Course Syllabus 2020-21



Tutoring will be offered on on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings from 7:30-8:15 am.


Math 7

The math course focuses on (1) developing understanding of and applying proportional relationships; (2) developing understanding of operations with rational numbers and working with expressions and linear equations; (3) solving problems involving scale drawings and informal geometric constructions, and working with two and three-dimensional shapes to solve problems involving area, surface area, and volume, and (4) drawing inferences about populations based on samples.


Course Outline

Unit 0: Think Like a Mathematician (Course Overview)

Unit 1: Operations with Rational Numbers

Unit 2: Expressions and Equations

Unit 3: Ratios and Proportional Reasoning

Unit 4: Geometry

Unit 5A: Inferences

Unit 5B: Probability

8th Grade Review



*We will be meeting online on Zoom or Microsoft Teams. All information for the meetings will be posted on my website or through the Canvas platform. Attendance is crucial to having a successful school year.


Course Expectations

Students in my class are expected to develop independent critical thinking skills, writing skills, collaboration skills, and organizational skills that will be crucial in high school, college, and the outside world. 

Students are expected to come to my class prepared and to complete assignments on time.


Missed work

It is the student’s responsibility to obtain any missed assignments, notes or other pertinent information necessary due to an absence or tardy. Students must have a verifiable excuse to receive full credit for missed assignments due to an excused absence.


Class Procedures

RCSS Code of Conduct and Morgan Road Student Handbook outlines the official progressive discipline policy which may be activated based on the student’s behavior and the judgment of an administrator.



  1. Follow Directions the First Time.
  2. No Gum, Food, and/or Drinks unless provided by your teacher.
  3. Cell phones should be OFF and stored in your locker.
  4. Be on time and prepared for class.
  5. Respect Yourself and Others.



  1. Verbal Warning
  2. In-Class Time Out/Reflection
  3. Parent Contact
  4. Silent Lunch
  5. Team Time Out
  6. Morning Detention
  7. Referral


Grading Plan

The DISTRICT GRADING PLAN is applied to points earned by the end of a grading period is as follows:  A =100-90; B=89-80; C=79-75 D=74-70; F=69 and below.

Assignment grades are recorded on a point basis.

A grade may count more than once depending on the skill(s) assessed. Term grades are calculated as a percentage of the total points possible. Areas evaluated will be weighted as follows:

Summative (Tests and Projects)   40%

Formative (Quizzes and Classwork)   50%

Homework   10%

Total   100%

*Parents may access student grades via the Infinite Campus Parent portal.



Homework is usually assigned daily. Please check your student’s agenda and my webpage for updated assignment information.  Homework should be written by the student in the agenda as it is assigned.



  • Spiral notebook or composition notebook.
  • Looseleaf Paper
  • Pencil
  • Earbuds/Headphones
  • Pocket folder
  • Calculator