Math Minute

November 2019

Important November Dates:

November 5th- NO SCHOOL (Professional Development Day)

November 11th- NO SCHOOL (Veteran's Day)

November 27th-29th NO SCHOOL (Happy Thanksgiving!)

Great News! Tech Talk II is FULLY Funded!

Thank you to all of the families who helped fund my Donor's Choose request for 2 more devices and protective cases! I now have 6 devices that can be used as resources for research, accessing digital math resources, and as calculators (Desmos is the best!). We are so lucky to be a part of this supportive school community! Thank you!

Interpreting NWEA/OST scores

We had another round of successful Student-Led Conferences last month! Many parents had questions about how to read/interpret the NWEA and OST reports you received. Rememebr that OST measures the grade level content for the year the student tests (this year MYP students will take thier ELA OST April 7th and 8th, and take Math on April 21st and 23rd). NWEA is an adaptive test and measures where a student is in relation to other children their age. I've attached a link to an NWEA parent toolkit below. Please let me know if you have any questions!

CAS/Study Hall

You may have heard your child talk about our CAS period. CAS stands for Creativity, Action, Service. It is a 40 minute period at the end of our day during which various activities, intervention, choir or club meetings take place. We recently revised our schedule to allow students to use some of this time as a study hall. Seeing as many students have never had a study hall we are working on teaching students ways they can efficiently use this time. Aside from using this time to do homework or catch up on assignments we encourage students to use the time to read or even research/complete a passion project!

Welcome to our CSU students!

We have 2 CSU students who are gaining valuable experiences in our classroom this semester. Mr. Derek Brinkman (not pictured) and Mr. Dylan Nunnari are both working toward becoming 7th-12th grade Math teachers! Mr.Brinkman and Mr. Nunnari spend about 2 hours a week with us, in various classes. They will be taking over and teaching 2 lessons before the end of the semester. We are grateful for their assistance and are happy to be a part of their journey!

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