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    Seventh Grade Mathematics 2018 -2019

     

    Teacher:  Kate Sullivan, room 209

    Phone:  503-916-5646 ext.70749 Email:  ksullivan@pps.net

     

    Welcome to the new school year!  Your student will be studying the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics in seventh grade this year.  We will cover the strands of Algebra, Geometry and Statistics.

    Major Topics of the Course:

    Two dimensional geometry

    Operations with positive and negative integers

    Algebra - linear growth and decay

    Proportional reasoning

    Surface area and volume of three dimensional solids

    Probability

    Statistics-using random sampling to compare and draw inferences about populations

     

    Curriculum & Supplies:

    Your student will need a quadrille ruled composition notebook.  They will be using this daily and need the graph paper in it. All homework and classwork will go in this notebook and it becomes an important resource that can be used on assessments.

    We will be using Connected Mathematics Project and Open Up Resources as our curriculum this year.

    Resources:

     

    • My teacher page on the Mt. Tabor website:  is at www.pps.net/Page/8007  Students and families can access this page for explanations of grading policies, a course syllabus, family resources.
    • Synergy, The district’s web based grading program.
    • I use Google Classroom to post each week's assignments and upcoming assessments every Monday.  I do not collect assignments through google classroom, all work should go in students' notebooks.  There is homework Monday through Thursday nights.
    • www.khanacademy.org  This free site offers instruction on just about every mathematical topic via videos.  Very helpful.

     

     

    Proficiency Grading

    Proficiency grading involves a shift from grades based on a combination of test scores, attendance, homework completion, extra credit, behavior and other factors to grades based solely on students’ mastery of the Common Core State Standards for their grade level. The proficiency-based approach makes clear what students know and are able to do by measuring academic progress separately from non-academic factors. Homework and extra credit are not calculated into the final grade.









    What Proficiency Grading Looks Like

    Grades on report cards will be marked as Highly Proficient (HP), Proficient (P), Close to Proficient (CP), and Developing Proficiency (DP). A quarterly grade is determined based on the following calculations.

     

    Final Mark

    Score Patterns

    Rationale

    HP

    A mix of HP and PR marks with 67% or more of the marks being HP.  No CP or DP marks.

    Student consistently hits the learning target with a high level of mastery.

    PR

    A mix of HP, PR and CP marks with at least 71% of the marks being HP and PR and no more than 29% CP.  No DP marks.

    Student consistently hits the learning target.

    CP

    A mix of HP, PR, CP and DP marks with at least 60% of the marks being HP,PR and CP and no more than 40% of the marks being DP.

    Most of the time proficient or nearly proficient.  Student may show some inconsistencies with hitting the target.

    DP

    A mix of HP, PR, CP and DP marks with more than 40% of the marks being DP.

    Student does not hit the target regularly.

     

    I look forward to meeting you at Open House and working with your student.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

     

    Kate Sullivan








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