Dear Students,

Welcome back to the 2015 - 2016 school year! I look forward to being your math teacher during the current term. I am here to help you. I know that for some students math is not a problem and for others it may be a challenge. We will work together to help those of you who need a little extra encouragement as well as challenge anyone who is ready for it.

I will be available after school for questions, comments, or concerns. Tutoring will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school (subject to change) – all students are welcome. This time can be used for extra help or to get homework done. If you need to see me (parent or student) and this time does not work, simply ask and I can set something up.

Classroom Rules are as follows:

  • Show Respect

  • Be in your seat before class begins

  • Have materials ready to use before the bell rings

  • Listen to instructions the first time they are given

  • Follow all school wide rules

  • The teacher dismisses you, not the bell


Supplies:
Pencils,
Colored pencils,
Spiral Notebook with pockets or binder,
Box of tissues,
4 AAA batteries,
Red pens,
and Graph paper
*TI graphing calculator optional. A set will be provided for in-class use. See me for the check-out calculator form.

Math Notebook:
Every student is required to keep a math notebook and bring it to class each day. This should be kept in a spiral notebook with pockets or binder. I will collect these at least once every grading period and will count as a double homework grade. The notes you take are a key part of my class and you can use notes on some quizzes.

K.L.W.
Writing in Mathematics - Weekly math reflection journal is a key component of homework, due every Friday, and counted as a homework grade.

(K)now

I know how to -------


(L)earned

I learned --------



(W)hat else do I you need to know?

I would like help with ---------






Grading Policy:
Informal Assessments 35%
Assignments (Classwork, homework )
Formal - Assessments 65% - Tests and Quizzes
Notes: You will be expected to take notes. Notes may be checked for a daily grade.


Grade Scale:
< 60 F
60-69 = D
70-79 = C
80 -89 = B
90-100 = A
Work must be shown in order to receive full credit.
Quizzes:
If you are not successful on a quiz, you should consider coming to tutorials prior to testing on that unit.

Tests:
A student may retest if he or she receives a failing grade (less than 70%). A student must attend tutorials outside of the normal class time before being eligible to retest. The purpose of retesting an assignment is to demonstrate mastery of 85% or higher.

I look forward to a great school year!!!


Daily Schedule:
Homeroom - morning announcements 8:45 - 9:20
1st 9:20 - 10:27
2nd 10:29 - 11:47
3rd 11:47- 1:47
Lunch 12:45 - 1:05
4th 1:51 - 2:54
5th 3:00 - 4:15
4:10 - 4:15 - Announcements - dismissal

If you need to reach me, the best way is via email at ray.adams@cms.k12.nc.us



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Mathematical Content by Strand:

CMP units develop 4 strands as indicated below. Each unit focuses on one strand more than any other, but every unit makes deliberate connections among strands. If you are looking for general information about the strand to which a particular unit belongs, use the following chart as a guide.

Algebra
Data and Probability
Geometry and Measurement
Number
  • Variables and Patterns (7th grade)
  • Moving Straight Ahead (7th grade)
  • Thinking with Mathematical Models (8th grade)
  • Looking for Pythagoras (8th grade)
  • Growing, Growing, Growing (8th grade)
  • Frogs, Fleas and Painted Cubes (8th grade)
  • Say it with Symbols (8th grade)
  • Shapes of Algebra (7th grade)
  • Data About Us? (6th grade)
  • How Likely is It? (6th grade)
  • What do you Expect? (7th grade)
  • Data Distributions (7th grade)
  • Samples and Populations (8th grade)
  • Shapes and Designs (6th grade)
  • Covering and Surrounding (6th grade)
  • Ruins of Montarek (6th grade)
  • Stretching and Shrinking (7th grade)
  • Filling and Wrapping (7th grade)
  • Looking for Pythagoras (8th grade)
  • Kaleidoscopes, Hubcaps and Mirrors (8th grade)
  • Shapes of Algebra (7th grade)
  • Prime Time (6th grade)
  • Bits and Pieces I (6th grade)
  • Bits and Pieces II (6th grade)
  • Bits and Pieces III (6th grade)
  • Numbers Around Us (7th grade)
  • Comparing and Scaling (7th grade)
  • Accentuate the Negative (7th grade)
  • Clever counting (7th grade)




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