Syllabus 2018-19


305 Overlook Road
Asheville, NC 28803


Math Syllabus 2018-19

Ms. Sheri Coules

Room 613



Math Curriculum Overview
In middle school mathematics, students continue to build upon numerical concepts and skills learned in elementary grades. The development of fluency skills with numerical expressions and eventually simple algebraic expressions is a vital part of the middle grades standards. The development of formalized algebraic skills begins in 6th grade with the application of numerical concepts to algebraic expressions and reasoning with one-variable equations. Statistical Thinking through the study of statistics and probability will also begin in 6th grade and continue into all the High School Courses. Lastly, one vital area of emphasis in 6th grade is the introduction of ratios and the relationship between equivalent ratios. Work with ratios will continue into 7th grade and be explored in depth to build understanding for the concepts associated with proportional reasoning, a major connection to the study of functions. 8th grade serves as the final year of pre-algebraic exploration. Students study the characteristics of linear and nonlinear functions as they begin to see how patterns of data, in some cases, can be modeled with a linear relationship. The integration of concepts from statistics & probability and geometry continue into the high school courses. 

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   Students are graded on a 10-point scale:

 90-100 = A

80-89 = B

70-79 = C

60-69 = D

<60 = F

     Grades are averaged as follows:

  • Tests 40%
  • Quizzes/Projects 30%
  • Classwork 20%
  • Homework/Participation 10%


Classroom Policies and Procedures

Students are expected to be in their seats and ready for class by 7:40 a.m.  

Each day, students need their three-ring binder, calculator, sharpened pencils with erasers, laptop with charger cord, and any assignments that are due.  If a student is absent, he/she is responsible to check with me, a fellow student, or check on Canvas to see what he/she has missed.  See the Buncombe County Absence Policy.

The use of devices is ONLY for student learning and is entirely at the teacher’s discretion.  It is essential that students learn to use their devices to their academic advantage.  Students will have many regular opportunities to explore and utilize technology that is provided and monitored by Koontz.  For more information on the school policy on devices, visit the Koontz website.

Snacks and water bottles are permitted.  As young adults, I expect 6th graders to recognize when these might be distracting to their or other’s learning. Only HEALTHY snacks are allowed - no chips, cookies, candy or Takis. We will have a designated snack time. Only clear water is allowed - no flavored water (as spills get sticky) or any other kind of beverage. Students may eat/drink what they want during lunch.

Classroom and School Expectations

PBIS, L.E.A.D, and The 7 Habits

The staff at Koontz encourages and expects all students to be leaders.  We use a system called PBIS (Positive Behavioral Intervention Support), which is based on the ideas of encouraging leadership skills and positive work habits, as well as consistently enforcing ground rules and expectations throughout the entire school day.   Part of the mission at Koontz is to prepare each student for the 21st century. We have adopted Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People as a guide to help us ripen our students for the obstacles and challenges that lie ahead of them.

I believe it "takes a village" to teach children to become responsible, productive adults. I provide structure and high expectations for all students, and I will ask parents to support me in my efforts if an issue arises. 

The 7 Habits

  1. Be proactive

  2. Begin with the End in Mind

  3. Put First things First

  4. Think Win-Win

  5. Seek First to Understand, Then be Understood

  6. Synergize

  7. Sharpen the Saw

For more information on the 7 Habits go to the following website:


From me:

Early, regular, and on-going communication between home and school is the backbone of a student’s healthy academic, social, emotional, mental, and physical development.  We will be using REMIND as a communication tool this year.  Instructions for how to sign up for my class are HERE and pasted below!  Additionally, my webpage is an excellent “go-to” source.  Here, you can find a class schedule, syllabus, pacing guide, homework assignments, helpful web links, field trip information, etc.

To me:

Students and their family members may contact me ANY TIME via email or Remind.  I will always try to get back with you within 24 hours.  If for some reason you have not heard from me, please try to contact me again.