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Math Acceleration in the Middle School. 7 th Graders taking Math 8H or Algebra Honors Thursday, April 22, 2010 Shenendehowa CSD. Presented by…. Brittany Miller Accelerated Math 7H Teacher (6 th Grade) Acadia ~ Gowana ~ Koda Carrie Peverly Mathematics Academic Administrator

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    1. Math Acceleration in the Middle School 7th Graders taking Math 8H or Algebra Honors Thursday, April 22, 2010 Shenendehowa CSD

    2. Presented by… Brittany Miller Accelerated Math 7H Teacher (6th Grade) Acadia ~ Gowana ~ Koda Carrie Peverly Mathematics Academic Administrator Grades 6 – 12 Susie Romano Accelerated Algebra Honors Teacher (7th & 8th Grade) Acadia ~ Gowana ~ Koda

    3. Parent & Student Informational Meeting • Objectives • Review recommendation process • Review implications of those recommendations (impact on schedule) • Share information about Math 8H & Algebra Honors • Answer parent/student questions

    4. Our Acceleration Philosophy • “Challenge without overwhelming” • Accelerated Student Contract • Shenendehowa provides accelerated programs not only to satisfy state mandates, but also to meet the needs of our diverse community of learners. • Being an accelerated student means more than having a strong work ethic. These courses are designed for students who not only have a strong academic aptitude, but students who are driven to learn. It is not only more difficult work, but classes that move at a quicker pace and require inherent student motivation. Accelerated students are eager to participate and consistently provide high quality work.

    5. Recommendation Process • 1st & 2nd Quarter Math 7H Averages • Basic Skills & Conceptual Understanding • Work Habits • Quality of homework • Level of organization • Asking for help if/when needed

    6. Recommendation Process (cont.) • Participation • Asking/Answering questions in class • Involvement in group work/activities • Level of interest in math • Classroom behavior • NYS Math Assessment Score • NYS Grade 5 Math Exam • NYS Grade 6 Math Exam has not yet been administered!

    7. Scheduling • Most students will be recommended to continue with single acceleration. • This means they would be taking the Math 8H course as 7th graders.

    8. Single Acceleration Track

    9. Scheduling • Some students may be recommended to double accelerate. • This means they would be taking the Algebra Honors course as 7th graders.

    10. Double Acceleration Track

    11. When does a student take the Accelerated Math 8H class? • Within the regular school day • Most classes are mixed 7th & 8th graders • 7th grade students taking Math 8H will then automatically be enrolled in Algebra Honors as an 8th grader.

    12. Math 8H Curriculum • Integers • Solving Equations • Angles • Polynomials • Percents • Transformational Geometry • Factoring Polynomials • Functions • Solving Inequalities • Slope • Constructions • Indirect Measurement

    13. History of Accelerated Algebra Honors • Up until September 2007, one section of ninth grade math was taught separately in each building. • 2007 – 2008 approx. 90 students • 2008 – 2009 approx. 110 students • 2009 – 2010 116 students (currently includes 19 7th graders and 97 8th graders)

    14. When does a student take the Accelerated Algebra Honors class? • Within the regular school day • Most classes are mixed 7th and 8th graders from all three middle schools • 7th grade students taking Algebra Honors will have a “Period 0” class when they are in 8th grade.

    15. Algebra Honors Curriculum • The Language of Algebra • Real Numbers • Solving Linear Equations • Graphing Relations and Functions • Analyzing Linear Equations • Solving Linear Inequalities • Solving Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities

    16. Algebra Honors Curriculum (cont.) • Polynomials • Factoring • Quadratic and Exponential Functions • Radical Expressions and Triangles • Rational Expressions and Equations • Statistics • Probability

    17. Algebra Honors • High school course • Regents Exam (June 2011) • HS transcript • Graphing calculator required • Pace of course • Summer work

    18. Algebra Honors Summer Work • Course covers material in eighth grade curriculum as well as Integrated Algebra curriculum. • Seventh grade state test review (separately) in the spring. • Transformational Geometry packet for all students entering Algebra Honors.

    19. The Big Picture!  As you decide which course fits best for your child, you may want to consider… • ELA/SS • Earth Science (8th Grade) • AH to 8H • 8H to AH • Contact Ms. Miller

    20. Discussion & Questions Please return the Algebra Honors enrollment form to Carrie Peverly by May 1st

    21. Contact Information • Carrie Peverly • Mathematics Administrator (6-12) • pevecarr@shenet.org • Brittany Miller • Accelerated Math 7H Teacher • millbrit@shenet.org • http://www.shenet.org/middle/gowana/bmiller/bmiller.htm • Susie Romano • Accelerated Algebra Honors Teacher • romasusa@shenet.org • http://www.shenet.org/middle/acadia/sromano/srwelcome.htm