Keystone remediation for Algebra 1 is taking place during our tutorial classes(period 5) on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week. The students will retake the Algebra 1 Keystone Exam shortly after they come back from Christmas break. The testing window runs from January 8th to January 22nd. The students are using Study Island as their resource for preparing for the exam. The test contains two modules that must be passed or the exam will have to be retaken again in May. We ask that you encourage the student to work as hard as possible, have a postive attitude toward the exam and become familiar with a calculator of their choice.
Today’s business world is very competitive. Numerous employers and companies struggle with the same issues: employee training and employee retention. Training employees to be successful at their business can be very expensive. Reaping a return on that investment can be even more challenging if they lose that employee or that employee is not able to learn the required skills. Therefore, employers want to know if applicants are trainable.
For many employers and colleges the answer lies in mathematics. Mathematics can be difficult. If a student is successful at mathematics, they tend to absorb training faster and at a higher level. Mathematics requires student to use logic and reason. Plus, it develops critical thinking skills. For this reason, numerous industries now require an entrance exam, which is highly based on math. The military administers the ASVAB exam to determine which jobs are obtainable to incoming recruits. The ASVAB is comprised of almost 50% math problems or math related problems. Finally, our colleges who are competing for incoming freshman, look to the SAT and ACT to determine which students they will admit each year. Half of both of these exams are based on math. Clearly, mathematics is important and given great weight by society.
Math should be appreciated for the unique challenges it presents and the numerous rewards it offers. Every athlete in today’s society uses the weight room to prepare their body for competition. Mathematics is the weight room for our brains. Let’s start lifting!
First, in the Algebra 2 8-9th grade classes we are trying Flipping the Classroom. This entails, having the students read over and learn the notes for the class at home. They are required to watch videos on the lesson and practice some problems then bring in their work with any questions they have. When they come to class, their questions will be addressed and we start right in working on problems. This way they have their support buddy and the teacher for help as they do the problems. Because we needed to take CDT’s (Classroom Diagnostic Tests) at this time, the students have not had quite as muchtime to do the homework in class. I think the concept is helping because we can gain a day because the lesson is not being taught in the classroom. I will report again on Flipping the Classroom in a later newsletter.
In the Consumer Math classes, the students just finished up a unit on Budgeting. They learned why it is so important to create a budget and set goals throughout their entire lives. They saw how difficult the process can be and why many people don’t budget. Hopefully, they will now have some tools to be successful at budgeting so they can stay financially healthy. Their next unit is on Personal Transportation. They will purchase a car for their Life Simulation job and have to pay a car loan and car insurance. They will learn about car insurance in Pennsylvania. What they need to have for coverage and reasons why minimum coverage may not be enough.
In the Math 7/Math Labs the students are working on the Distributive Property and Simplifying Variable Expressions. The students learn the lessons in Math 7 and then we reinforce the concepts and give them extra practice in the Math Lab.
The students in the math classes are working to get through another year successfully. It would be a great help to the teachers if you would keep your contact information up-to-date in E-Schoolbooks so when there is a concern we can quickly contact you and help your child be successful.