1st quarter News; Fall conferences

Gr. 7 October Math Update: Midquarter Reports and Conferences

** Hard copy of this letter was sent home with students on 10/24/16**

CONFERENCES:  With Student Led Conferences coming in a few weeks, please note my schedule: As a part-time teacher, on conference days, I am available Wednesday, Oct. 26 from 3:30-6:00 and on Thursday, Oct. 27 from 12:00-3:00 and 4:00- 6:15 (I have a scheduled conference 6:15-7:00).  If you would like to meet and those times do not work, please contact me (tslack@nkschools.org; 396-3256) to schedule another time.

SKYWARD:  If you have not yet been checking your child’s progress on Skyward, with two weeks left in 1st quarter, this is a great time to do so.  If you see missing assignments or low quiz grades, please encourage your student to use Advisory time or to schedule extra help time afterschool/during lunch.

HOMEWORK:  Students do have math homework every night with rare exception.  If students need help on homework, students can reference notes taken in spiral notebooks or access the online textbook (my.hrw.com) which contains video examples for every lesson, as well as textbook pages for reading/review. For example, if an assignment has “5.2” noted, that is chapter 5, lesson 2; go to chapter 5, student resources, videos and activities then select lesson 2, or go to text pages to see written text examples. This is a great resource for you to brush up on your math, and for your students to get reinforcement on current topics.  With a few exceptions, students can logon using student # (ex. 0901234) and password that starts with student’s capitalized initials followed by student # (ex. TS0901234).

STAR MATH:  My students will take the STAR math online assessment every 6-8 weeks as one way to monitor progress.  Students took this test for the second time last week and we saw great growth for many students. Your child has received a printed report to share with you, but in case that didn’t make its way home, another copy will also be included in the SLC folders. Many students have fantastic improvements to celebrate, so please ask them about their scores.

TOPICS UNDER STUDY:  We’ve wrapped up our first unit on algebra concepts, and have just begun a unit on integers and rational numbers that includes adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing positive and negative fractions and decimals.  Additionally, we have a mental math classroom routine called “Number Talks” with which we start most days; with this routine, I have seen improvements in math computation, students’ ability to explain their thinking more clearly and logically, and increased flexibility of thinking.  Ask your child to present you with a problem like 315+97 and see what kinds of strategies you use to solve the problem mentally!

Please don’t hesitate to be in touch with any questions or concernsJ

Ms. Slack   (396-3256)