• To build a strong foundation for the study of higher mathematics.

    • To explore and develop a conceptual understanding of Pre-algebra using the following mathematical processes: problem solving, reasoning and proof, communication, representation, and connections

    • To practice mental math and to apply algebraic concepts to real-world situations.

    • To make connections between the patterns, rules, tables, and graphs that occur in mathematics.

    • To think and write about math.


    Your Math Grade

    • Your grades will be updated weekly online so you can track your current grade in math.  Grades are calculated and weighted using three types of grades:

    Summative Assessments – 50%

    • Individual Tests (cumulative) – one per chapter

      • Each individual test will be composed of approximately 40% new material and 60% review material.

      • If you are absent, you are expected to make it up the day you return to school in the ARC room unless previous arrangements have already been made


    Participation and Assessments with Resources– 15%

    • Team Reviews–one per chapter (approximately one week before individual test)

      • If you are absent from a team review, you will do the team review individually with your book and notes as a resource, unless other arrangements have been made.

    • Participation Quizzes

    • Team Presentations


    Formative Assessment (homework, classwork, checkpoints, quick checks) – 35%

    • Homework

      • Some assignments will be collected and checked for completion.

      • Some assignments will be collected and checked for quality.

      • Late work is accepted but will not be given full credit. No late homework will be accepted from a chapter once the chapter test has been taken.

    • Quizzes - short assessments composed of new material.


    Required MaterialsPlease bring with you to class every day:  

    3-ring binder with dividers (classwork, homework, and notes), 

    a graphing notebook (kept inside binder), 

    iPad and/or textbook

    CPM toolkit (kept inside binder), 

    TI-34 Multi-view Calculator (some days calculators will NOT be allowed), 

    pencils with erasers, and a pen to correct homework.


    Extra HelpPlease seek help as soon as you are experiencing difficulty.

    • Mrs. Craven and Mrs. Gray are available to help you during the day. Team Support, Study Hall, Math Intervention period (aka Focus)...ask and we will set up a time that works.

    • Ask a parent or friend – have a buddy you can contact at home with questions.

    • Cpm.org website: extra practice problems found in Parent Guide


    Absent Work

    • If you are absent, please check Google Classroom or check the calendar on my webpage to see what you missed.   It is YOUR responsibility to make up that work and turn it in the next day (or however many days you were absent).  If you have questions, ask a classmate or see Mrs. Craven or Mrs. Gray for extra help. 


    Classroom Expectations

    • Be ready to begin when the bell rings, and expect to work hard.

    • Be responsible for your own learning.

    • Be patient and respectful of your teacher, classmates and the classroom.

    • Keep all personal electronics put away unless we are using them in class.


    Team Work Rules

    • Talk about math.

    • Do not talk to other groups.

    • When you are stuck, ask everyone in your group before asking the teacher.

    • Everyone should be working on the same problem at the same time.


    Suggestions for Success

    • Have good attendance.

    • Do homework daily.

    • Work together, learn together.

    • Stay organized.

    • Treat others with respect!

    • We are in this together.  Remember we are here for you!