This Week in Pre-AP Math 8

February 15 - February 19

I hope everyone had a great Valentine's weekend!!

Please Read - Laptops

We are still trying to use laptops every day in class. There will be a need for them, so students need to be bringing them and they need to be charged. They also need to be bringing their chargers with them. If there is a situation where laptops are out for repairs, their phone will work, but I will also need to see a receipt from the tech guy that he has their laptop.


I still am having many students who are not bringing their laptops. This is becoming an issue as the sites are are using work best on laptops. Students are able to access them on their phone, but there have been several issues with some of the things not working properly on phones, due to them not being designed for mobile use. Laptops are required as a school supply, and as they were school issued and every student has one, there really isn't an excuse for not bringing them, other than being repaired.


I would really appreciate your help, if you can, in talking to your student about the importance of being prepared for class and your encouragement and reminders to make sure they have their laptops and chargers.

Tutoring

As always, I am available for tutoring after school if your student needs to attend. My normal days are Tuesday and Thursday. As of right now, I will be there on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday this week.


As this is the last week of the marking period, it is important that your student comes to tutoring if they are missing assignments or if they are not understanding something.

Early Dismissal/Student Holiday

This Friday will be an early dismissal day for us in Crowley ISD. Students will be going to their 1st - 4th period classes that day, so I will be seeing both of my Geometry classes.


On Monday, February 22nd, there is an inclement weather day scheduled. As this winter has not produced any bad weather, it will be a student holiday.

Benchmark Testing

As you know, benchmark testing occurred this past week. On Wednesday, students took the reading benchmark and on Thursday, they took the 8th grade math benchmark. I am happy to say that the majority of my Pre-AP students did very well on this benchmark. We will continue to work on STAAR review as the real test approaches.

STAAR and STAAR Review

As much as I hate to say it, STAAR testing is right around the corner and it will sneak up on us before we know it. Now is a great time to have your students thinking about what things they really struggled with so far this year. They can always come to me for help if needed, but anything they struggled on would be a good thing to review (they can access any videos I have posted about any topic on blackboard as well as any old assignments). There will also be some benchmark testing coming up and I will give more details, once I know them.


STAAR Dates (for your reference):

Tuesday, March 29: 8th grade Math (and 7th grade Writing)

Wednesday, March 30: 8th grade Reading


Monday, May 9: 7th grade Math

Tuesday, May 10: 7th grade Reading

Wednesday, May 11: 8th grade Science

Thursday, May 12: 8th grade Social Studies

Checkpoints

As a department, we will start having checkpoint days on Tuesdays and Thursdays to help students prepare for the STAAR test. This will start next week. I do not know all of the details yet, but once I do, I will let you know.

Copies of Assignments

If a student is missing an assignment for any reason, there are several ways they can get a copy of it:


1. I post copies of all daily work and notes pages on blackboard. Students should be able to access them anywhere they have Internet connection. Also on blackboard is a calendar where I post daily entries with detailed descriptions of what was done in class that day. I also post pictures of my notebook on blackboard so that students can see any notes they have missed.

2. I attach copies of anything that is a daily grade in skyward as well. Students (and parents) can access these files.

3. Students can ask me for any work they missed as well, but this method is not the quickest way to get work, as it usually has to wait until there is a chance during class for me to pull that work.


Students are responsible for keeping up with their notebooks and making sure they get any missed notes if they are absent. They are also responsible for getting their missing work.


Tests will NOT be posted online, so if a students misses or needs to retake/correct a test or quiz, they will need to come to tutorials.

This Week In Pre-AP Math 8

  • We will be continuing our work on Unit 9. This week we will finish surface area of triangular prisms and work on surface area of cylinders
  • We will have a test review on Wednesday
  • The Unit 9 Test will be on Thursday
  • Early Dismissal - Friday, February 19
  • No School - Monday, February 22
  • Next Test Date - Thursday, March 3 (tentatively) over Unit 11

Questions??

If you have any questions about anything on this flyer, the class, or your student's progress in class, don't hesitate to email me: heather.elliott@crowley.k12.tx.us