8th Design & Modeling

Rootstown Middle School


Design and Modeling


Mr. Just


Email: just@roversk12.org

Website: http://www.rootstown.sparcc.org


Course Description:


The “Design and Modeling” course is a new, 9 Week, course offered to 8th grade students.  Students in this course will use the design process, sketching, solid modeling, and mathematical models to creatively solve real-world problems.


Course Text:


This year all students will be borrowing a chromebook issued to them by the Rootstown Local School District.  All of the work we do will be done digitally utilizing these chromebooks or will be done using materials supplied by the school.


Late Work:


This year there is a new district-wide homework policy in place.  The deadline to turn in late homework for 100% credit is every Monday, for homework which was due the previous week. This includes the Monday after the grading period ends.


Test Retakes:


A good-faith effort must be made on the original assessment in order to be eligible for reassessment.  Reassessment work may earn up to full credit.  Reassessment will be scheduled via student/teacher conference to be completed by the deadlines outlined below. At the end of the first semester, students in semester-only courses should arrange to complete all reassessments prior to the last day of class.  Please see the retake schedule for the year.  Students should have retakes originally given during the “Time Period” completed by the date under each grading period (GP) column.


Time Period





Weeks 1-5 of grading period

Oct 8

Dec 3

Feb 25

May 6

Weeks 5-9 of grading period

Nov 2

Jan 25

April 5

June 3

Expectations of Students:        


I expect all students to act as if their parents were sitting in class with them.  If a student forgets- or needs to be reminded of how that should look- a parent may be invited to sit with their son/daughter during class for a day, or longer (if needed).


Daily Class Materials:


Students should report to class prepared everyday.  In order to be prepared, all students should have the following available to them:

  • Pen/pencil and eraser

  • colored pencils when needed.

  • Chromebook EVERYDAY!




The grading scale is based on a 10 point scale.  There are still +’s and –‘s, except for A+.


93-100%    A

90-92.9%    A-

87-89.9%    B+

83-86.9%    B

80-82.9%    B-

77-79.9%    C+

        73-76.9%    C

        70-72.9%    C-

        67-69.9%    D+

        63-66.9%    D

        60-62.9%    D-

        Below 60%    F


The 9 Week Grade, Midterm Grade and Final Grade breakdown as follows:

-80% Assessments                -     20% Classwork/Homework


All grades will be entered into “Progressbook” Gradebook. Progressbook, the online grading system, will be updated once a week, typically on Monday’s.  You can find a link to ProgressBook on the district website.