Hello again from the math department at CCCS. This school year has moved along quickly but we are right on schedule in math. Sixth graders are in the midst of a chapter on geometry. We took our first quiz last week and I think we learned a lot. Note taking skill are being developed in the sixth grade and our students got a taste of how important good notes can be. Most of this material is new to us and the students are doing a fine job. This week we will cover congruent figures, circles, and circle graphs. Sounds easy but that is far from the truth. I know our sixth graders are up to the task!
In seventh grade we just finished a unit on rational numbers. This was a good unit to prep for the upcoming test that qualifiers will take May 1st for the opportunity to experience freshman algebra as eighth graders next year. The unit combined fraction and decimal skill with algebra skills and our students did quite well. Up next we will study the application of proportions in real world situations. Again, this sounds easy but it really is quite tricky.
I am very proud of our eighth graders this year. This is usually a time of distraction with graduation a few short weeks away but these students continue to work hard. We are currently studying a unit on simultaneous equations that is really above level for eighth grade. This unit is not in our text but I added it to give students a taste of what to expect next year. From here we will finish with a chapter on real numbers and coordinate planes. There is absolutely no quit in these students and I have every confidence that they will finish the year strong.
Finally, I would like to thank our seventh grades scholastic bowl team for a fun and competitive season. All of our seventh grade students are new to scholastic bowl and we started the season a respectable 4 and 4. We finished the season with a five match winning streak against formidable competition. These bowlers have a chance to go far next year! A special thanks to parent helpers and to contributors to the generous card with gift cards attached. It is truly my pleasure to coach this team and the gift was an added bonus. Thanks again and go Saints!