MS Math Newsletter Winter 2019

Helpful midyear info (and fun) for math students & families

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Winter Diagnostic Assessment

Students just completed or are completing their second mathematics diagnostic for the year. In all of our mathematics classes, we are utilizing the iReady Diagnostic Assessment tool to help inform our instruction multiple times during the year. The goal is for students to demonstrate growth between diagnostics, which teachers review with them. Here is some more information about the tool and the data it provides:
    • iReady provides adaptive diagnostic assessment on the computer that allows us to assess student progress relative to grade-level standards K-8

    • Teachers are able to access detailed score reports to inform instruction for small group and whole class learning needs and goals AND to share feedback with students and help them in setting goals for themselves

    • These tests provide exposure to and practice with standardized assessments that measure college and career readiness in a supportive and low-stakes environment.

    • Provide a progress monitoring tool for students so we can identify needed supports

    • Inform placement decisions in an ongoing way that is specifically related to grade level CCS standards

Poly Up

Fun and interesting game to practice operations and logic

Placement Process for 2019-2020 (6th and 7th Grade)

Believe it or not, our planning for next school year is beginning. We will be working as a department to make placement recommendations for all students. Please see the attached pdf at the bottom of this newsletter for a presentation on the process and the courses that we will be offering next year. If you have questions, you should contact your child's teacher and/or the department supervisor.

Course Recommendations and Selection for 8th Grade

During January and February, all teachers will be making and speaking to students about course recommendations for next school year. Math teachers review assessment data from semester 1 as well as standardized assessment data to make thoughtful and appropriate recommendations. Given the sequential and cumulative nature of mathematics, it is best to follow your teacher's recommendation. There can be significant challenges in choosing a course different from the one that the teacher recommends. If you are considering choosing a different course than the recommended one, we strongly suggest that you talk with your math teacher and/or department supervisor so that they can best advise on the potential challenges and impact of that choice.

Additionally, math teachers may be recommending a computer science (CS) elective in addition to a core math course. The computer science electives are a great way to expand your logic and problem solving skills. You should not plan to take a CS course in place of your math course, but it is a great supplement to your mathematics pathway. For an interactive tool that helps you choose the best CS course for you, go to this site.

For more detailed information, please review the math section of the Program of Studies and the Presentation included at the bottom of the newsletter.

Solve Me Puzzles

Great puzzles for expanding understanding of solving equations

Math Support

If you are noticing that you are rusty on some prior skills as you learn new topics in your current course, consider using Khan Academy for support. The department compiled assignments of pre-requisite skill practice for our core courses. Please review the assignment for your course here.

Khan Academy can also help you to reinforce current skills and topics that you are learning.

If you are finding that you are consistently struggling, talk with your math teacher about other supports we may be able to provide as a department.

Prodigy Math Game

Engaging skill practice that looks and feels like a video game

Middle School Mathematics Department

For more information about our middle school mathematics program, please feel free to reach out to the appropriate department supervisor

Monique Albani-Ethier, King Philip and Bristow, monique_albani-ethier@whps.org

Dr. Michelle Graveline, Sedgwick and Math Intervention, michelle_graveline@whps.org