This Week in Pre-AP Math 8

February 8 - February 12

I hope everyone is having a great weekend and that you are enjoying watching the Super Bowl, the commercials, or doing whatever you are choosing to do if you are watching neither one.

Please Read - Laptops

We will continue to use laptops every single day in class. Students need to be bringing their laptops with them and they need to be fully charged and they should also bring their chargers with them. In a situation where a laptop is out for repairs, they can use their phone, but laptops are needed when at all possible.

I have had many students who are choosing to not bring laptops with them. They are trying to rely on their phones, but the sites we are using work much better on their laptops. Also, there are some days where phones are not going to work for what we need. The only acceptable reason for students not to have their laptop is if it is out for a repair.


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

Benchmark Testing

This week will be our first round of Spring benchmarks. The benchmarks will be on Wednesday and Thursday this week and these will be shutdown testing situations where we try to simulate STAAR conditions to the best of our ability.

8th graders will be taking the benchmark for reading and math during this round of testing. It is important that students attend on these days and that they do their best on these tests. Even though these are not the real STAAR tests, they are going to be used to see what we need to work on in preparation for STAAR, so the results are very important.

If you have any questions about these upcoming tests, please let me know. If I don't know the answer, I can find it out.


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

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 working on unit 9. We will be working on surface area, as we finished our volume discussion last week.
  • Benchmark testing: Wednesday and Thursday
  • Next test: February 18


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: