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Please  continue to save Box Tops.  Each Box Top earns $0.10 for St. Rose School!  You may send in your Box Tops at any time.  Not clipping those Box Tops is like throwing dimes in the garbage or recycle bin. The next contest ends June 1.

Warn Weather Uniform in effect:  Polos may be worn to school. Please review the handbook for specifics. 

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.

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 is being 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?  Please check out www.mathcounts.org to learn more about this great enrichment activity. Also talk to Mrs. Morse.
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
 competition.
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 continue our work in chapter 8 on multiplication and division of fractions and it applications to probability.  Since most of this work is a review of chapter 5 math skills, we will be moving through this chapter quickly. A quiz on sections 8-1 to 8-4 is scheduled for Tuesday.  We will then focus on reviewing some algebra skills ( PEMDAS and solving equations) using fractions.

 During the week I often reserve the tablets for online practice with the concepts presented in class. Students are encouraged to practice independently at home on the website www.thatquiz.org.    In class online quizzes using the tablets will be given periodically.  Feedback from students is that they enjoy the online quizzes and view them as an opportunity to help their average since the online quiz focuses on only one skill or concept.
Please make sure that your student has a notebook dedicated to math only and pencils with which to do math work.  Pens should not be used!!!

Grade 7 Prealgebra: 
We continue our work in geometry in chapter 11 with a focus on 3 dimensional figures.  Students will begin the chapter by constructing models of several polyhedrons.  We will learn about properties of 3d figures and explore the concept of volume.
Students in pre-algebra would benefit by challenging themselves in math by participating on math team. Please encourage you student to participate!


Grade 8 Algebra:
We will continue our work in chapter 10 which explores graphs of quadratic and exponential functions. This week we will learn additional methods to solve quadratic equations. This builds upon the method of factoring which was learned in chapter 9.  The goal is for students to have a variety of strategies for solving quadratic equations. At the end of the chapter your student should learn the secret to becoming financially independent.

 Help Session Schedule:   I am available in the mornings at 7:30am on Mon and Thurs.  
 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.nctm.org
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.


GRADING
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
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.