Compacted Math Year Two 2020-2021


    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.
    • Canvas. Your student will have a Canvas page for math class that has information about the course, announcements, a class calendar and learning modules. Learning modules have informational pages, links and assignments within them.
    • 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).