6th and 8th Grade Math

With Ms. Watkins

December 18, 2015

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

I want to wish all of you a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I hope you have a wonderful break filled with family time, joy, and peace. I look forward to seeing all of your children next year.

Office Hours (math help after school)

*** This week I will have office hours on Thursday from 3:15-4:00.

Monday's 3:15-4:00 in room 403 with Ms. Watkins

Wednesday's 3:15-4:00 in room 401 with Miss Brockman.

This is a time when students may come in and begin their homework, work on reassessment, or just receive additional help with math. All middle school students are welcome to come to either or both office hours.


  1. Work on math material first.
  2. Keep voices down so that everyone can focus on their own material.
  3. If a student wants or needs a snack, it must be nut free.

Middle School Math Reassessment Policy

If your child wishes to reassess in Math they must meet with their teacher before or after school within one week of receiving the assessment in the red folder. For example, if red folders are sent home on Friday, your child has until the following Friday to meet with me. During this meeting your child will develop an individual plan with me to determine how they will be reassessed. Reassessments must be completed within one week of meeting with me.

6th Grade Math

This week was all review for the Test. Each time class met for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday students were abel to review and ask questions about the test. On Wednesday the two 6th grade classes played a review game and competed for the most points. In the end surprisingly they earned the exact same number of points! On Thursday students took the chapter 4 test.

When we return from break I will be starting the ratios and proportions unit. This will combine much of the knowledge that has been learned this year (fractions, decimals, percents, and solving equations).

There have been several times that I assign watching a video as part of the homework. This will continue throughout the year. I have talked with the class about the importance of watching the video and taking notes. If your child is having trouble accessing the video please arrange for them to come to school right at 7:40 so that they can watch it in my room on one of the school computers.

8th Grade Math

This week began with a partner quiz on multi-step inequalities. Tuesday (and Wednesday for 8A) students were able to solve absolute value equations and inequalities. Thursday students were able to decide if they wanted to independently review for the test, or if they wanted to ask me questions/review the material with me in the font of the room. Friday I announced to the class that this was the last test of the year. They were very excited for about half a minute until they realized than when they return it is a new year. Today when students finished their tests I was able to meet with students to discuss questions from the chapter 3 teas and briefly do some reteaching.

When we return from break I will start the next unit (linear and exponential relationships). This is the central unit of Algebra 1 and there will be a unit test at the conclusion of it (much like a midterm covering topics from chapters 5, 6, 7, and 8). It may be helpful to have graph paper for this unit as there will be great deal of graphing. I will also provide printouts with coordinate planes for students.

There will be several times that a video will be assigned as part or all of the homework for the rest of this year. If your child is having difficulty accessing or watching the videos please arrange for them to come to school right at 7:40 so that they can watch it in my room or in their homeroom on one of the school computers.