September 8

Week of September 5th through September 8th

Welcome back from a restful Labor Day weekend!

Here is what is coming up this week:

All grades will begin working in Dreambox Learning, a program that continuously assesses students to present them with targeted math lessons. Dreambox technology tracks each student interaction and evaluates the strategies used to solve problems. We will be working in Dreambox one class session per week, however, please encourage your child to work in Dreambox at home for a few minutes each day. With that said, the program is designed for students to work independently so that it can continually adjust to fit their specific math needs. Therefore, when your child is working at home, please make sure they are not using calculators, scratch paper, or receiving your assistance to complete math problems (within Dreambox). Essentially, all their “work” should be done in Dreambox so that they can have a true depiction of their progress.  However, feel free to help them navigate this new program as there is a learning curve involved.  Students will be required to complete a minimum of 3 lessons and log at least 60 minutes of active practice each week for a 50 point grade.

The login for students is their lunch number (username and password).

Here is the Dreambox link: http://play.dreambox.com/login/xe2y/fkzz

Here are the Dreambox Expectations & grading rubric: Weekly Dreambox Grade Expectations-1wyy1w0

Parents, you can create a free parent account to track your child’s progress, download the directions here: https://play.dreambox.com/teachers/pdf_login_info?cid=1293684

Dreambox helpful hints:

  • Be okay with mistakes. As long as students complete lessons, DreamBox will be able to assess their comprehension and adapt.
  • Work independently. Helping a student through a lesson can progress them beyond their current abilities and lead to frustration.
  • Only use the virtual manipulatives. DreamBox lessons are designed for students to think through problems without the use of pencil and paper.
  • Use the help/hint button when needed.
  • Use headphones with the volume on.

 

In addition to Dreambox, all grade levels will also be assessed with a short quiz on the following topics:

6th grade: Addition, subtraction and multiplication of decimals

7th grade: Absolute value and placing positive and negative fractions and mixed numbers on a number line

8th grade:

  • Quiz 1- One and two-step equations
  • Quiz 2- Identifying angle pairs (adjacent, vertical, complementary and supplementary angles) and finding missing angles

Last but not least, two important announcements:

  1. If they have not already done so, please make sure your child has brought in their composition/spiral notebook as we are beginning to use them more frequently.
  2. Math Foundations tutoring from 8:00-8:40 am on Thursdays.

 

Have a wonderful week!

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August 30

Week of August 28th through September 1st

Hello parents,

It’s been a busy week here at Campbell Middle and we’re starting to hit our stride in Math Foundations. Below is a little bit about what we’re studying and working on in each grade level. Please notice that I have attached copies of the parent letter for each grade level for Unit 1. While Math Foundations provides intensive intervention opportunities for students, we also dedicate the largest portion of our time to covering concepts students are also seeing in their regular math classes. This helps build student confidence since it gives them additional opportunities to access grade level material and vocabulary. Please stay tuned to the blog as soon we will be posting information about an exciting new program called DreamBox that students will be using this year!

6th Grade – In sixth grade our Bell Ringer focus has been on adding, subtracting and multiplying decimals. Additionally, students have been setting up their classroom notebooks and finishing a short project dedicated to understanding how the IB Learner Profile Traits function in math foundations class. Our next step is reviewing and practicing the algorithm for long division.

6th Grade Unit 1 Parent Letter-1laucv2

7th Grade – In seventh grade we have been using the Bell Ringer to reinforce the critical concepts of absolute value and placement of rational numbers on the number line. Our primary focus beyond that has been integer computation – primarily addition. Our next steps will focus on subtraction of integers and then application in real world concepts of adding and subtracting integers as well as error analysis to help clarify common mistakes made when adding and subtracting integers.

7th Grade Unit 1 Parent Letter-1b6cff8

8th Grade – In 8th grade our Bell Ringer focus has been in solving one and multi-step equations that include rational numbers. This is a review skill, but a critical one as students will be solving geometric problems that involve equations as well as doing multi-step equations with variables on both sides later in the year. In the other portion of class we have been zoning in on the vocabulary associated with angles – supplementary, complementary, adjacent, vertical, etc. Clarification and practice with the vocabulary helps students to be more successful when doing computation of missing angle measures.

8th Grade Unit 1 Parent Letter-1b9mgum

Thanks!

Mrs. Moyer

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August 9

Updates to Open House Schedule!

Previously our Open House was scheduled to be on August 15th from 6:00 to 8:30, but due to the increase in our size (and to alleviate parking/crowd issues), there will now be TWO Open House nights. The 6th grade will have Open House on the 15th from 6:00 to 8:30 and 7th and 8th grade will have their Open House on the 17th from 6:00 to 8:30.

Please see the flyer below for details/clarification.

Thank you!

Mrs. Moyer

Open House Flyer 17-18

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July 25

Week of July 31st to August 4th

Welcome back Campbell Spartans,

I am excited to see familiar faces and new ones as well! I hope that everyone had a restful and satisfying summer. This week our focus for all grade levels will be on classroom procedures and expectations – as well as getting to know one another. I realize that procedures aren’t the most exciting use of our time, but they help to lay the groundwork for a smooth and successful school year. The syllabus for our course is available online (on this blog), but paper copies will not be given out until next week. You will however receive a copy of our supply list this week. It is our expectation that all students will have appropriate supplies no later than August 14th. I realize that there is a “regular” supply list, but those supplies don’t always make it down to the academy teachers! If there is an issue or question regarding supplies, please feel free to contact me via note, phone, or email at [email protected] Email is the best mode of contact for me as I am not always able to return phone calls during the school day.

Looking forward to a great first week,

Mrs. Moyer

 

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