MS Math Newsletter Summer 2019

Important info (and fun) for math students & families

Placement Process for 2019-2020 (Incoming 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade)

We have finalized mathematics recommendations for all rising middle school students and they are available to review in PowerSchool. For incoming 6th grade students, please keep an eye out for a letter in the mail. Please see the below link for a presentation on the process and the courses that we will be offering next year. If you have questions, you should use the school-specific forms below to submit a request for more information and/or to discuss a possible change to the recommendation.

Summer Practice and Enrichment

We believe that it is absolutely essential for students to practice their mathematical skills over the summer. Please see our district summer assignment as well as the links below for more information.

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.

Low-Tech/No-Tech Math Fun

Looking Forward to Next Year: Ready Math Program and iReady Diagnostic

In Math 6, Math 7, Math 6 Honors, Math 7 Honors, and Math 8, we are going into our third year of using a math program called Ready Common Core as our primary resource. Teachers still adjust and supplement according to the needs of each class, but we are utilizing Ready to provide challenging opportunities for problem solving, understanding of concepts, and meaningful discussion in the classroom. For more information about how to support your students as they complete their math homework from Ready, please review this brief document.


In all of our mathematics classes, we are utilizing the iReady Diagnostic Assessment tool to help inform our instruction multiple times during the year. 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

    • This is one of a variety of measures that we use to monitor student progress and inform our instruction.

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