6th and 8th Grade Math

With Ms. Watkins

May 13, 2016


Immaculate Conception St. Joseph School invites you to attend a special film screening of Screenagers: Growing Up In The Digital Age on Tuesday May 24, 2016 at 6PM in the Hill Street Gymnasium. This event is recommended for all parents and students in grades 4-8.

In SCREENAGERS, Delaney Ruston takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS

reveals how tech time impacts a child's or adolescent's development and offers solutions on how adults can empower children and young adults to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

Purchase tickets here:



For more information view the Screenagers Trailer or contact Jennifer Hanzel at jhanzel@icsjschool.org.

Attention: Although the film is rated appropriate for any children in grades 4 or older, please be aware that there are three topics/excerpts that touch on inappropriate texting (the story of a girl who texted a picture of herself in her bra and sent it to a boy who sent it to another girl who sent it to everyone in her social media circle), extreme violence in video games, and adolescent language in some of the text examples. The administrative team viewed the movie this week and can answer any questions that you may have regarding the topic. Many local elementary schools and high schools have hosted the screening of this movie in recent weeks. It is definitely worth your time to see it as a parent and discuss it with your child.

Office Hours (math help after school)

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

Tuesday's 3:15-4:00 in room 320 with Mrs. Salgado

Wednesday's 3:15-4:00 in room 401 with Miss. Brockman Due to staff Professional Development after school there will not be office hours next Wednesday after school.

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 I began by teaching about Stem and leaf plots. Some students were experts so they had the opportunity to teach their classmates the basics of stem and leaf plots. After this activity I lead the group in analyzing stem and leaf plots and double stem and leaf plots. Tuesday students were able to review. To kick off the review I talked about describing data using terms like symmetrical, skewed left, and skewed right. After this students were given the study guide and were able to begin studying for the quiz. On Thursday students took their qua on 11.1-11.3. Friday we discussed what a random sample is, identified fair and biased questions, and identified statistical questions.

Next week I will be teaching about estimating population size, using data to persuade, and scatter plots on Monday-Wednesday. Thursday and Friday students will review these topics. The chapter 11 test will be on Monday, March 23.

8th Grade Accelerated Pace

On Monday of this week I discussed angles of elevation and depression. Students were given three problems where they used these along with their trigonometric ratios to solve problems. On Tuesday and Thursday students reviewed concepts from chapter 11. On Friday they will take the chapter 11 test. This is the final math test of the year (there will still be some projects)

On Monday and Tuesday students will be completing a project on angles of elevation and depression. They will use a homemade clinometer to measure angles of elevation and depression around the school and then they will calculate heights or distances that would be difficult to measure by hand. Wednesday there will be no class due to the field trip. Thursday students will learn about counting methods and permutations (12.7) and Friday the discussion will turn to combinations (12.8)