Marley Park Elementary School

7th/8th Grade Cambridge Academy Syllabus

Phone: 623-523-8200

Ms. Brunk - Math

Mrs. Kaye-Smith - Social Studies

Mrs. Morris - Science

Mrs. Savittieri - ELA

Overview of learning: The Cambridge Academy at Marley Park Elementary School is an advanced academic program for middle school students. It will enable academically motivated students an opportunity to prepare for success in future academic pursuits while obtaining a comprehensive view of the world. An internationally recognized program sponsored by Cambridge University in England, the academy offers a rigorous and relevant curriculum, preparing students to take a series of comprehensive examinations at the end of their 8th grade year. The advanced academic curriculum in Math, Science, English, and foreign language will also prepare students for advanced programs in high school, such as International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced Placement (AP), as well as providing opportunities for students to excel beyond state grade level expectations (Dysart District Website).

Parent/Student Portal: We encourage each student and parent to put the portal APP on their phones and/or login from a computer, and monitor their grades regularly. When students have questions about grades or want to improve, they should contact their teachers ASAP. The more proactive a student is in monitoring his/her work completion and grades, the more success he/she will experience. Follow this link to set up Parent Portal:

Profile of a Cambridge Student:

  • confident in working with information and ideas – their own and those of others
  • responsible for themselves, responsive to and respectful of others
  • reflective as learners, developing their ability to learn
  • innovative and equipped for new and future challenges
  • engaged intellectually and socially, ready to make a difference


Each student will be assigned their own chromebook that he/she will use in each separate period. Students will need to bring non-bluetooth headphones for use in class. Several of the websites and simulators we use will have helpful videos and/or sounds that students will only be able to use if they have headphones. Please be sure to reference the school handbook regarding technology use, expectations and regulations. Technology is a privilege and can be revoked at any time in accordance with the school handbook, as well as at teacher discretion. Students are not to have their own personal electronic device out at any time during the school day (ex: cell phones, personal laptops, handheld game consoles, etc.)

Expectations: (To be followed in accordance with the school-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports as shown below)

  1. Be responsible.
    1. Complete work in a timely manner
    2. Stay task-oriented
    3. Follow directions
  2. Be respectful.
    1. Use positive language in communicating with others
    2. Be mindful of others’ learning space
    3. Leave your workspace better than how you found it
    4. Keep an open mind and presume positive intentions
  3. Be safe.
    1. Use all materials appropriately
    2. Pay attention to your surroundings
    3. Seek assistance if anything appears out of the norm

Interventions: (To be followed in accordance with the school-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports as shown below)

FIRST….. Redirect student… THEN...

  1. Reteach expectation
  2. Conference with student
  3. Buddy room relocation to fill out reflection form
  4. Referral submitted to Administration. Teacher may skip any steps if the behavior is extreme or unsafe.

NOTE: The district discipline matrix in the handbook outlines consequences once the point of an office referral has been reached.


  1. STAR tickets will be utilized school-wide. Tickets will be passed out to students by any staff member on campus who is noticing the student’s exemplary behavior.
  2. STAR tickets will be put into drawings and students will be recognized at the school-level.
  3. Students who do not get past Intervention 2 at any point during the month may qualify for the end of the month reward party within our grade level.


The Cambridge team is consistent in the grading policy across subject areas. We have aligned our grading policy to the district wide expectations. Grading guidelines provide a consistent practice across teachers, grade levels, and schools. The ONLY section in the gradebook open to retakes is assessments. In order to retake an assessment students are required to have 80% of homework completed and proof of remediation. Each grade book will contain the following categories:

Bell Work/Homework/Classwork/Participation: 10%

Finals: 10%

Projects: 20%

Tests/Final Drafts : 60 %

Test retakes:

In order to retake a test, YOU MUST have 80% of classwork done as well an individualized study plan (please be sure to visit the late work policy of this syllabus.) Retakes MUST be done within 4 weeks of the original assessment date or by the end of the gradebook closure at the end of the quarter (whichever comes first.)

Grading Scale:

90%-100% = A

80%-89% = B

70%-79% = C

65%-69% = D

64% and below = F

Late Work:

In an effort to prepare students for their future college careers, the Cambridge team will not be accepting late classwork or homework from students. We understand that extenuating circumstances may arise, so please communicate with the teachers if there is a need for an extension on a deadline before the day the assignment is due.


Due dates for projects will be clearly provided as projects are assigned. Projects may be turned in late with a penalty of 10% off per day, assuming the project would have initially earned a score of 100%.

*Please note that this syllabus can be adjusted when teacher deems it necessary.

Thank you! ~Cambridge Teachers

PBIS Expectations.pdf
PBIS Intervention Flowchart.pdf