Homeroom:  Trimester 1 grades have closed.

                           Earn that Service Cord to wear at graduation!  Remember to have your service
                           record signed by the supervisor of the activity. Please check the middle school bulletin
                           board for cord requirements.

                          New York Trip: Although we have met the minimum number of students to run the trip, 
                          the travel agent has indicated that there are seats still available on the bus.  Mrs. Izzi, 
                          Mrs. Powers and I are presently reviewing on room assignments so if you are still considering
                          having your child attend the trip please send in your deposit ASAP.
                           If you are using the payment plan, please follow the payment schedule. Thank you!                     

Please  continue to save Box Tops.   Each Box Top earns $0.10 for St. Rose School!  Not clipping those Box Tops is like throwing dimes in the garbage or recycle bin.  Proceeds from the Boxtops collections are used to support technology purchases.
Students may bring in their Box Tops at any time.

Math Textbook Information:  Listed below is the textbook information needed to order math textbooks for grade 7 and 8  math classes from your city or town.  No grade 6 textbooks need to be ordered. No grade 7 pre-algebra texts will need to be ordered.

Grade 7 Standard Math                                              Grade 8 Algebra 1
Title: Holt Mathematics: Course 2                             Title: Glencoe Algebra 1, student edition
Author:                                                                        Author:   Holiday
ISBN:  0030385121                                                     ISBN:  0078651131
Publisher: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston                      Publisher:  Glencoe/McGraw-Hill

Crochet Club:  A club for middle school students interested in learning the needlecraft skill of crochet has been formed.  Students may visit with Mrs. Morse during indoor recess days as she is available for instruction and practice.  Practice kits containing a ball of yarn and a crochet hook will be available for students.  Students are also encouraged to bring their own crochet hook or yarn.  Once students are competent with basic crochet stitches the goal will be to use donated yarn to create simple scarves, hats, or blankets for those in need.  Crocheting is a great stress reducing activity and this group is an opportunity to get to know classmates in a non-academic and non-competitive atmosphere.
A great resource to learn crochet by video or print instructions can be found by following the link below.

Math Team News: 

Interested in joining math team this year?  Mrs. Morse is distributing problem sets to all interested student each week.  Please see Mrs. Morse if you did not receive a problem set.
Mathcounts now offers a Training website and app called " Art of Problem Solving" and can be found at www.aops.com/mathcounts_trainer.com.  This site contains a variety of resources to help students become better problem solvers. Students must register with this site.

The state math competition was held on Saturday, March 4 at CCRI in Warwick.  Our math team worked diligently to solve a variety of problems.  Please enjoy some photos from the event courtesy of Mrs. Olea.
Math Team for 2017:
Paige Johnson
Ella Olea
Morgan Walsh
Lucas Fleury

The proctors getting ready to start the                    Paige and Morgan
Ella and Lucas                                                           Ella and Lucas
Look for the St. Rose team in the center two rows among all the middle school mathletes.

 Grade 6:
We have  begun Chapter 4 which introduces students to introductory concepts/skills for algebra. At present we are working with numerical and algebraic expressions. Students are asked to present their work using "triangle form".   I have been very impressed with the quality and organization of student work thus far.
This week we will focus on solving simple one step equations using algebra.  A challenge is that students resist using algebra because they argue that " I can do it in my head."    While that may be true, the more important lesson is that students learn properties of algebra and organization of work when solving.  These skills will be the foundation of their future work in pre-algebra and algebra 1.
A quiz on chapter 4 sec 1,2,3 will be given on Monday.

Many students are struggling with the mechanics of the long division algorithm.  Students can use the website www.thatquiz.org  for additional practice.   Under fraction choose arithmetic.   Then choose division and decimals.  Increase the level as proficiency improves.  Khan Academy is also a good resource for students to have additional review and practice.  Students may also see me during help sessions to get supervised practice of long division.

All students benefit by opportunities to improve their speed and accuracy with basic facts ( also called automaticity).  I have introduces KenKen number puzzles to grade six students to both challenge their logic as well as hone their proficiency with basic facts.   Please ask your child about these puzzles.  Beware as they can become addictive! Raffle tickets are awarded for correctly completed Kenken worksheets.

Homework is recorded in the student's agenda. Something should be written for math in the agenda each day. If there is no homework assigned I direct students to write " No Homework".   
I introduced students to the website  www.thatquiz.org .  This is a great website which provides students with drill and practice.
How can you help your child with math?  Share with your child times that you have to write out a number using words. For example; show your child how you write out a check.  This give them a real life application of what we are discussing in the classroom.  Challenge your child to estimate the cost of groceries or the restaurant bill by rounding each of the individual prices.  Allow your child to add/subtract decimal numbers. Let your child take measurements both linear with a measuring tape and liquid when you are cooking.  Challenge them to estimate measurements.

Grade 7 Prealgebra: 
We are bringing our work in chapter 5 to a close.   On Monday we will review the chapter skills and objectives.  A quiz on sections 8,9,10 will be given on Tuesday and the chapter 5 test will be given on Friday.
On Thursday we will begin chapter 6 which focuses on rate/ratio/proportion.

Grade 8 Algebra:
This week we continue chapter 5 which explores linear functions in depth and will focus on regression lines. A quiz on sections 4,5,6 is scheduled for Monday.  We will review chapter skills and objectives on Friday. The chapter 5 test is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, Dec 19.

 Help Session Schedule:   I am available in the morning at 7:30am on Tuesday.  
 Please note that this is subject to change when I have a morning  meeting that I must attend. Every effort is given to announce changes in advance.  I am also available during recess by appointment. This means if a student approaches me and requests to meet at recess and I am available I will meet with that student.

Websites to Use/Explore:
 www.thatquiz.org   This site is used for graded homework, the summer packet, and general skill practice.
www.sumdog.com   This site is used for the grade 6 online contests and summer math.
www.khanacademy.org   This site provides tutorials/videos for review/reteaching.
www.conceptispuzzles.com  Fun math stuff!
www.padowan.dk   This site will morph your computer into a graphing calculator.
www.aplusmath.com   This is great site to drill basic skills. It contains online flashcards.
 www.mathisfun.com  This site is suggested by Jon Budzenski
www.aops.com   This is the Mathcounts sponsored problem solving site and offers prealgebra videos.

Graded work will be entered on Rediker as follows:
Test grade entered twice
Quiz grade entered once
Graded homework is averaged at the end of the trimester and entered once.
Homework is a communication tool from the student to the teacher to assess learning. It provides students the opportunity to practice skills and apply concepts from classwork without the pressure of being graded. Homework should be presented on the day it is due.  Homework should be completed in the math notebook and clearly labeled with the page number and problem number.  Work should be included to support solutions. An exception to this is when the directions call for mental computation. Showing the work shows what the student was thinking. Students should be prepared to share and discuss their work under the document projector.
All math should be done in pencil.Please allow sufficient space for each problem and the work. Use a ruler as needed. It is helpful to circle your final answer. Make sure you identify the appropriate unit when needed.