March 2020

Secondary Math Updates

MS Accelerated Math

It's almost time for the MS Accelerated Placement Test!

Identified students are encouraged to work in the Math 7 ALEKS account and try the online practice test in Edulastic.

Testing runs from March 16 - 20. Dates chosen by schools appears at right. Schools with no dates listed are still scheduling dates and times.


AIR Test Prep

High school students should become familiar with the Desmos graphing calculator before testing. Many problems can be solved using this powerful tool.

We've taken all the sample test questions and released items for Math I and Math II and combined them into one document for each course. Additionally, we found many problems that could be solved using Desmos. Screen shots are provided showing how it was done.

Below are the documents for Math I and Math II. You can also find them in the Digital Resource Binder on our website.

Textbook RFP

We are making progress on our K-12 textbook and resource adoption. A committee is being formed to review materials and make final decisions. Stay tuned!

Exciting Summer Opportunities!

We are overhauling summer school for middle and high school this year.

The application is now available on the CCS Intranet.

MS Summer School

Students will be immersed in a six-week, collaborative experience in which they will use design-thinking strategies to solve real-world problems in the areas of aviation, drones, eSports, food science, medicine, robotics, and 3D modeling. Students will gain experience as a researcher, designer, entrepreneur, and communicator.

Teachers: We need you! All teachers with interest in any of these areas are encouraged to apply, regardless of licensure/certification.

Teachers will work in teams to design the actual summer plan. Watch for more details to come!

HS Summer School

High school summer school plans are being finalized. We plan to offer 9th grade courses in a blended format at five locations. Credit Recovery will be offered for 10th-12th grade students. Please stay tuned for more details as we work through the planning process.

AIR (EOC) Tests

Students currently taking Integrated Math I will take the AIR test for Integrated Math I.

Students currently taking Integrated Math II will take the AIR test for Integrated Math II.

The state is changing the graduation requirements to include a test for Algebra 1.

Since we are not teaching that yet, we are not having our students take that test.

Algebra 1 and Algebra 1 Part 1

We are excited about new courses that are coming to the math department next year. We are transitioning from the Integrated Pathway into the Traditional Pathway. Here's what that means starting with the 2020-2021 school year.

Incoming freshmen will have a choice between taking Algebra 1 and Algebra 1 Part 1. Algebra 1 Part 1 allows students to spend more time learning Algebra since the course is spread out over two years. Students taking Algebra 1 Part 1 as 9th graders will then take Algebra 1 Part 2 as 10th graders. They will earn two math credits on this pathway. They will not take the AIR test until that second year. Note that NCAA only recognizes a two-year course as one credit.

Factors for deciding between Algebra 1 and Algebra 1 Part 1:

  • AIR/OST scores
  • MAP data
  • Grades
  • Attendance
  • EVAAS projections
  • Recommendation of teacher/guidance counselor/administrator
  • Parent / student wishes

No single factor outweighs the others. All of these details need to be taken into consideration as a whole. That last point is very important: what course does the student want to take? If the answer is Algebra 1, he or she should be enrolled in that course.

One great thing about the two year option: students can still take courses in summer school or Credit Flex to advance. They can also take more than one math class in a school year. This will allow students on the two year pathway to still reach Math 4 courses.

Integrated Math II / Geometry

Students currently taking Integrated Math I will take Integrated Math II next year. Geometry will replace Integrated Math II the following year. It is important for our students to not miss important content while transitioning. Details are being worked out concerning how to teach the course while implementing a new textbook adoption.

Integrated Math III / Algebra 2

The state considers Integrated Math III and Algebra 2 to be the same course.

We plan to simply rename the course for next year.

New Courses: Math 4 Options

Students completing Integrated Math III this year will have the following options for next year:

  • Precalculus (all schools)
  • Financial Literacy Math (all schools)
  • ODE Modeling and Reasoning Pilot course (select schools)
  • Other subjects offered at each building (CCP, Stats Through Social Justice, etc.)

We are piloting two options for Financial Literacy Math. Below is the course description:

Areas of study taught in Financial Literacy Math include sources of income, budgeting, banking, consumer credit, credit laws and rights, personal bankruptcy, insurance, spending, taxes, investment strategies, savings accounts, mutual funds and the stock market, buying a vehicle, and living independently. This is a Math 4 course.

Department Chairs/Liaisons

Below are the dates for the remaining MS Curriculum Liaison and HS Department Chair meetings. All meetings are held at Southland Center, 3700 South High Street.

MS Curriculum Liaisons

4:00pm - 6:00pm

March 17, 2020

May 19, 2020

We will schedule a make up meeting sometime in April. Stay tuned.

HS Department Chairs

3:30pm - 5:30pm

March 4, 2020

April 1, 2020

May 6, 2020


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