Compacted Math Year Two 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 Common Core State Standards for Mathematics in both eighth and ninth grade this year.  


    This is a high school level course.  Your student will learn using ninth grade curriculum and this course will be taught according to ninth grade expectations and pacing.  Any student who earns a PR (Proficient) or higher all four quarters will earn high school credit for Algebra 1-2.

    Major Topics of the Course:

    Pythagorean Theorem

    Linear functions

    Systems of linear equations

    Quadratic functions

    Exponents & exponential functions


    One & two variable statistics

    Sequences & Series




    • 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 and  family resources.
    • Synergy, The district’s web based grading program.
    • I use Google Classroom to post assignments and upcoming assessments.  I do not collect assignments through Google Classroom, all work should go in students' notebooks.  There is homework Monday through Thursday nights.
    • http://homework.cpm.org  On-line homework help for when we are using College Preparatory Mathematics.   It provides support for the exact problems your student is working on.
    • 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



    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.



    Kate Sullivan



    Please print your student’s name and sign that you have received this parent/guardian letter.  Please keep the letter for reference and have your student return this bottom section to me by Thursday, 8/30.  Thank you!


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      Student Name Parent/Guardian Signature


    Return this section to Kate Sullivan-209-Compacted Math Year 2