October 2018

Important Updates for Secondary Math Teachers

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Schedule Changes and New Students

This is the time of year when schools adjust teacher and student schedules. ConnectED will automatically adjust schedules by sharing information in Infinite Campus with McGraw-Hill. ALEKS changes must be done manually.

Each building's ALEKS admins can move students from one teacher to another teacher. They can also create new teacher accounts, if necessary. All teachers have access to move students from one of their own classes to another class they teach.


When a new student enters your class, the first thing you should ask is: "Have you been working in ALEKS in another CCS building?" If yes, let Steve know. That student can continue to work in his/her account while it is transferred. If you create a new account and the student starts over, it becomes much harder to correct. If the student has not been working in ALEKS yet, you can simply enroll the student using the Enroll/Preregister option. Refer to the guide below. You can find a much more comprehensive ALEKS guide in the Digital Resource Binder.


If you have not had a chance to take our math department survey, please take a few minutes to do so. We truly value your opinion and use your thoughts and suggestions to plan future PD and purchase materials. Please choose from the surveys below:

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AIR Support

In addition to students currently enrolled in Integrated Math I and II, students who did not receive the score desired may wish to take a test again. Since the standards have been updated, those students need to be prepared for the new versions of the tests. Here are some recommendations:

1. Students should visit the Ohio Department of Education website and take the practice AIR tests.

2. Teachers can download released items and sample questions from the Digital Resource Binder and share these items with students.

3. Since many of the updates concern geometry standards, special geometry classes are being set up in ALEKS to help students prepare. Watch for information coming soon!

4. Students currently enrolled in courses such as Integrated Math III or AQR can be enrolled in Integrated Math I or II courses instead, or they can work in the new geometry courses being created.

NEW Classes in ALEKS

NEW CLASSES are being created in ALEKS!

These classes will focus on the GEOMETRY standards in Integrated Math I and II. We will let you know when those classes are ready. In the meantime, students should continue to work in their current ALEKS classes.

Add AIR Prep Assignments to Your ALEKS Classes!

ALEKS assignments have been created to help your students prepare for the Integrated Math I and II AIR tests. We created 20 assignments for each subject based on most-missed questions from past AIR test administrations. You can copy these assignments into your own ALEKS courses. Simply follow the directions in the document below.

You Can Still Use ALEKS for Your SLOs

There are several ways you can use ALEKS for your SLOs

Doing so will encourage students to work through the program, plugging in gaps as they learn new content. As the teacher, you can constantly monitor student progress, see where students need extra support, and help keep them on track as they learn. Even better, ALEKS does all the testing for you by providing an assessment after every 5 hours or 20 topics learned. You can also schedule an assessment any time you wish.

Some teachers use the entire ALEKS pie. Instead, let's look at one (or two) pie slices only.

Two examples of an SLO have been created for each of the following subjects:

  • Math 6
  • Math 7
  • Math 8
  • Integrated Math I
  • Integrated Math II

You can adjust the goals for each student (or group of students) as necessary, choose a different pie slice, etc. Keep in mind that for SLOs to be most effective, you should choose topics that are studied during the entire year. That's why we chose decimals and fractions as examples in some middle school courses.

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HS Department Chair Dates

Department chair meetings run from 3:30pm-5:30pm, usually the 3rd Wednesday of each month (see dates at right). Our next meeting will be held on October 17 at Linden-McKinley 7-12.

ALEKS/ConnectED Training

We are pleased to once again offer the training services of Mr. Kevin Thuman of McGraw-Hill. We can arrange to have Kevin come to your building to work with you on ALEKS and ConnectED. He can work with you before/after school, during plan periods, and during the school day. Principals have been sent a form to fill out to request the training. Please work with him/her to select a date and time that work for you. For your convenience, the form is attached (below).

ConnectED Updates

ConnectED is in the process of moving to a new address. For now you should still be able to get there the old way, but the new address is:


You will see a menu such as the one shown at right. Note that the buttons on that image do not actually take you to ALEKS or any other programs... yet. This is something that McGraw-Hill is working on.

You can download a poster to display in your classroom, along with student login information, at the link below.

Middle School Accelerated Math

We are in the process of identifying Math 6 students who may qualify for our accelerated math program. Students must meet on the of the following requirements:

  • Earned 230 or higher on BOY Map this fall
  • Earned 224-229 on BOY Map this fall plus all 3s and 4s on Math 5 report card
  • Identified as Gifted-Talented in math or superior cognition
  • Earned a 4 or 5 on Math 5 AIR test
  • Taking Math 6 as a fifth grader

Watch for more info to come.

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Florence Nightingale Day - OSU Oct. 27 - CCS girls need to be involved!

The American Statistical Association (ASA) and the Caucus for Women in Statistics (CWS) are pleased to host the first annual Florence Nightingale Day on October 27, 2018. This inaugural event will be held for middle and high school female students at the Ohio State University (OSU) campus as well as other locations across the country. This OSU event will be a chance for girls in 8th – 12th grade in Ohio to discover the opportunities for careers in statistics and data science, to do activities with data, and to develop connections.

Please see the flyer below and their website for more information (https://sites.google.com/view/fnightingaledayosu/home).

Ohio Standards - Signs for Your Room!

Ohio's updated Learning Standards have been enlarged and placed on signs, one per page, for you if you wish to post them at the front of your room. No more writing them out! Download them below. Note that you can also find these files in the Digital Resource Binder.

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