Phone: 314-652-9282


Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Geraldine Peal

Hello From 8th Grade!
I am Mrs. Peal and I teach 8th grade pre-algebra at Compton-Drew ILC Middle School. I received my Bachelor's Degree from Fontbonne University in 2016 and I am currently working on my Graduate degree in Teaching from Saint Louis University. This will be my 1st year teaching mathematics and I am excited about mastering this new learning platform.
A few things I love to do in my spare time are binge watching streaming services (currently GOT dance of the Dragons and The Handsmaid Tale's), gaming (Destiny 2, God of War, ESO, and Magic the Gathering), and spending time with my family. My youngest daughters are sophomores in high school. My favorite color is blue, my favorite animals are my pets (Charlie and Zoey), and my favorite person in the whole world is my husband. 
I am a product of North Saint Louis. One thing that I plan to bring to the classroom is my culture. North Saint Louis does not receive enough true love for the people, restaurants, attractions, and architecture that make up the area. I was born and raised in the STL and do not plan to live anywhere else. It is my belief that working together as a team outlines success for teachers, students, and parents. As a dedicated educator, it is my goal to work with as many stakeholders as possible to ensure the success of our students. It is my desire to see every child be prepared for high school, college or trade school, and beyond. 
Why I decided to teach:
To be the kind of role model every student needs

    Pre-algebra Math Grade 8

    Mrs. Peal


    Phone and Voicemail: 314-652-9282





    Pre-Algebra Math Grade 8


    Course Description:


    Welcome to Compton Drew ILC Middle School's exciting math course! Get ready to explore the world of mathematics through the dynamic Envision Math 8 textbook. In this course, you'll delve into a wide range of mathematical concepts, from algebraic expressions and equations to functions, geometry, and statistics. With Envision Math 8 as your guide, you'll develop a strong foundation in essential math skills while also honing your problem-solving abilities. Engaging lessons and practical examples will empower you to apply these skills in real-world situations, fostering a deeper understanding of how math plays a crucial role in our daily lives. Join us on this educational journey as we unlock the mysteries of math and its practical applications, all within the supportive and enriching environment of Compton Drew ILC Middle School.




    • Envision Math 8 textbook
    • Supplementary materials, practice problems, and digital resources as provided by the curriculum

    Methods of Instruction:


    We will use a variety of methods to encourage critical thinking. Some of the methods include:

    • Diverse Approach: Blending traditional and modern teaching methods for a well-rounded learning experience.
    • Variety of Techniques: Teacher-led explanations, group activities, hands-on problem-solving, and tech-enhanced lessons.
    • Active Participation: Encouraging students to engage, think critically, and discuss openly.
    • Real-World Applications: Connecting math concepts to practical examples to showcase their relevance.
    • Individual Support: Providing personalized help and feedback to ensure every student's success.



    Course Requirements:



    In the Mathematics course for Grade 8, students are expected to actively participate in class discussions and collaborative activities, complete assigned homework promptly, excel in quizzes and tests, engage in projects that apply mathematical concepts practically, contribute to in-class exercises, and diligently review class materials. Regular attendance, respectful behavior, and responsible use of resources are essential, along with a commitment to continuous improvement and seeking assistance when needed. Through these requirements, students will cultivate a comprehensive understanding of mathematical principles and develop effective problem-solving skills.


    Course Objectives:


    Unit 1: Rational Numbers and Exponents

    • Understanding rational numbers: integers, fractions, decimals
    • Operations with rational numbers
    • Powers and exponents
    • Scientific notation

    Unit 2: Linear Equations and Functions

    • Solving linear equations
    • Graphing linear equations and inequalities
    • Writing equations of lines
    • Functions and their properties

    Unit 3: Systems of Equations and Inequalities

    • Solving systems of equations graphically and algebraically
    • Systems of linear inequalities
    • Applications of systems of equations and inequalities

    Unit 4: Transformations and Congruence

    • Geometric transformations: translations, rotations, reflections
    • Congruence and similarity of geometric figures
    • Properties of polygons and quadrilaterals

    Unit 5: Data Analysis and Probability

    • Displaying and analyzing data using graphs
    • Measures of central tendency and variability
    • Probability concepts and calculations
    • Experimental and theoretical probability

    Unit 6: Geometry and Volume

    • Properties of angles and triangles
    • Surface area and volume of geometric solids
    • Pythagorean theorem and its applications

    Unit 7: Functions and Linear Relationships

    • Representing linear relationships with equations and graphs
    • Slope-intercept form
    • Direct variation and proportionality

    Unit 8: Nonlinear Relationships and Functions

    • Quadratic functions and their properties
    • Solving quadratic equations
    • Transformations of quadratic functions




    Hand in all the work on time!!! Class work is due at the end of the period and homework (if given) is due at the beginning of the period. Late work will be accepted up to one week (1) late for a reduced grade (20% deduction). After one week, no late work assignments will be accepted. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE STUDENT TO MAKE SURE THEY GET ANY MAKE-UP WORK IF THEY ARE ABSENT.


    Homework Policy:


    Homework will not be assigned as general practice. Homework may be assigned for additional practice if needed.


    Exams/Tests/ Quizzes:


    Proficiency assessments will be administered several times a week to check for understanding. The schedule will go as follows:


    • Every FRIDAY, learning objectives for week's assessment (Graded to Tyler SIS)
    • Weekly Proficiency Freckle score: Adaptive practice (Grade to Tyler SIS on Fridays)
    • Weekly Exit Tickets (Graded for Learning Data)
    • Various other assessments (Graded for Learning Data)



    Make-up Assignments/Quizzes:


    Students are responsible for any notes, class assignments and tests missed due to an absence or being tardy. All class assignments and presentations of notes will be uploaded each day (and will follow general assignment rules).


    For scheduled absences for school functions/sports, students are expected to notify the instructor PRIOR to the absence.



    Assignments that are turned in by due date are eligible for unlimited revisions until the end of the quarter assigned.


    Tests/Quizzes are eligible for revision up to one (1) week after being administered.


    Grading Practices:  Approximately three quarters of your grade will be based on Proficiency (Tests, Quizzes, Class work and Textbook assignments). The remaining part of your grade will be based on participation (bell ringers’ completion, exit ticket completion, group work, projects, etc.). Behavior will not be graded but will be assessed for learning data.


    Grades will be calculated on a straight point basis. Projects will be based on a scale of 1 to 100 points depending on the assignment or project.


    Test scores and Quizzes



    Class Work



    Bell Work and Exit Tickets



    Freckle Adaptive Practice








    Grading Scale:


    Letter Grade

    Score range

    Translation in Proficiency


    90 – 100%

    Advance: In-depth mastery, creative problem-solving, exceeds expectations.


    80 – 89%

    Proficient: Solid understanding, effective problem-solving, meets expectations.


    70 – 79%

    Developing: Adequate grasp, struggles with complexity, meets basic requirements.


    60 – 69%

    Limited: Minimal understanding, struggles with fundamentals, needs intervention.


    0 – 59%

    Failing: No understanding, unable to meet standards.



    Sitting Chart:

    • This class has a sitting chart
    • Every student has to respect this sitting chart.

    The teacher may change it whenever she needs for the success of the learning environment.


    Attendance Policy:


    All students are expected to be on time for class with a proper IPad and ready to start at the beginning of the lesson. In the event of an absence, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the teacher to receive all missed assignments and to schedule make-up assessments.




    Unexcused tardiness is not tolerated. You are tardy if you are not in the classroom when the lesson has begun. If you are detained by another school staff person, you must bring a written excuse from that person.




    Students will be given a 10-minute window during period 4 to access restrooms. All other restroom needs should be conducted during transition and lunch periods.


    Classroom Expectation:


    1. Arrive prepared and on time
    2. Be responsible and accountable
    3. Be respectful to yourself and others
    4. Keep desk clean and neat (NO writing on desks)
    5. Ask for permission to leave your assigned seat. NO WALKING AROUND WITHOUT PERMISSION
    6. Keep food, drinks, and chewing gum outside of the classroom
    7. Keep your hands, feet, and objects to yourself
    8. Follow the instructions the first time they are given.
    9. No CELL PHONE/ ELECTRONICS (including headphones) are allowed to be used in class.
    10. Follow ALL SAFETY instructions.


    My classroom will also observe all rules and regulations set forth by the Compton Drew ILC Middle school student handbook (dress code, tardy policy, behavior expectations, etc.)






    1st Offense


    1st Verbal Warning/Redirection

    2nd Offense


    2nd Verbal Warning and Conference with the student

    3rd Offense


    3rd Verbal Warning and Parent Notification

    4th  Offense


    Office Notification and Team Conference

    5th Offense


    Office Referral + Parental Conference


    In severe cases, I may skip the first 1-3 codes, and I may make a parent call or refer you to the dean of students. Please see the Student/Parent Handbook for more details.


    Written Assignments and Academic Misconduct: All written work submitted must be the student’s original work and conform to the guidelines provided by the teacher. This means that any substantive ideas, phrases, sentences, and/or any published ideas must be properly referenced to avoid even the appearance of plagiarism. It is the student’s responsibility to know all relevant school policies concerning plagiarism. Any documented cases of plagiarism can and will result in a failing grade.


    **If there is any conflict between this course syllabus and school policies-student handbook, school policies-student handbook documents will prevail**



    “If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl. But whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.”


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