MS Math Newsletter Fall 2020

Important info (and fun) for math students & families

iReady Diagnostic Assessments

In late September to early October, students completed their first 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

Students view their score on the diagnostic as soon as they complete the assessment and can return to their results on their iReady portal. Teachers can review this data with students and parents to explain the meaning behind the numbers.

Students will complete the second diagnostic in January and the goal for each student is to see overall growth from their initial score.

Ready Classroom Mathematics

For Math 6, 7, 8 and Math Honors 6 and 7:

Teachers have given students a worktext for the new Ready Classroom Mathematics where students may reference important information and also answer questions and work out problems directly on the pages of the text.

As is always the case with district provided texts, it is important that students take care of this book and bring it back and forth to class according to teacher instructions. In the event that this book is damaged or lost, we can provide a replacement for the student, but student/parent will need to pay a replacement fee of $25.

Students also have access to a digital version of the text through their i-Ready login (see link below).

IXL Online Practice

All students have access to an IXL subscription for additional math practice. Teachers typically provide direction in their assignments on specific skills that students can work on to improve their understanding of current content as well as prerequisite skills. Students are also welcome to engage in their own individualized practice using the Recommendations or Diagnostic page.

Enrichment Opportunities

KenKen Puzzles

KenKen Puzzles are a type of puzzle created by a Japanese math teacher named Tetsuya Miyamoto. They are similar to Sudoko but require more mathematical thinking and, with a varying range of difficulty, they can be fun for ages 5 to 100+. Sophie Kudler is a Junior at Hall High School and she is a local expert and champion of KenKen puzzles. She has shared that these puzzles have helped to improve her math fluency and problem solving and she works with students and teachers to help them use the puzzles in this same way. She is interested in getting a group of students to participate in KenKen competitions this year or to support anyone who is interested in learning more. Her email is and her YouTube channel is linked below.

Computer Science

As a department, we are encouraging students to become more interested and aware of the many connections between the study of mathematics and computer science. At the high school level, we offer courses in computer science, but we also encourage students to learn more throughout their years about the importance and excitement of computer science. Check out some of the links below.

Middle School Mathematics Department

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

Monique Albani-Ethier