This week, we will be starting our new chapter: Decimal Fluency. Students will begin with the basics of decimals, such as vocabulary and converting fractions and decimals. Students will receive a Ticket to Test on Wednesday which will be due on Friday. Our first quiz over Decimal Fluency will be on Friday.
Please be sure to check your student's grade for the Dividing Fractions unit in Powerschool. I will have these entered by the end of the week.
This week, students will be taking the College and Career Readiness test through Acuity. This test is a measure of where he students currently are in their level of knowledge in Math. Students will take this test three times throughout the course of the school year to measure growth and monitor areas that may need more instruction in the classroom. Between the online and paper portions of this readiness test, this will likely take at least two days to complete during math class. Because this is a three and a half day week for students, and most of that time will be spent on Acuity testing, the students will not have homework (Ticket to Test) this week. There will still be a short quiz on Thursday during our 20 minute class period. This quiz will include the 4.0 level problem for the Dividing Fractions unit.
With midterm grades being run tomorrow, I wanted to be proactive in clarifying the Powerschool gradebook. Below are some questions and answers you may have as you look at your student's math scores.
What are the weekly work points? Do they affect my student's grade?
Weekly work points are calculated from homework (Tickets to Test) and bell work each week. 5 points are awarded for homework completed at the required 80% level. 5 points are awarded for a full week of bell work - one point per day. These points do not affect the overall grade; however low weekly work points can be an indicator as to why the overall grade is low. If the students are not doing their homework and bell work, they are not getting the practice they need to do well on the weekly quizzes.
How is my student's grade calculated?
The grade, on the 4.0 scale, reflects each student's level of understanding against that standard. Mastery of the 2.0's and 3.0's are used to find the grade.
Why does my student have a 0 on a 2.0 or 3.0 skill?
A student who has not passed a particular skill twice will be scored at a 0 for that skill until it is passed twice.
How does my student earn a 3.0?
To earn a 3.0, students must show mastery (pass each skill twice) of all 2.0 and 3.0 skills for that standard.
Please comment on this post or emif you have any other questions.
One additional note: I will be updating the gradebook this week to reflect the students' level of mastery with Multiplying Fractions. With midterm right around the corner, it is important that students check that they have demonstrated mastery over this content to the best of their ability. Multiplying Fractions will be the only Standard Score in the gradebook when grades are sent out for midterm even though some students will have begun to show mastery of Dividing Fractions. If you have any questions about your student's grade in PowerSchool, please let me know.
This Thursday I will actually be gone for the day to attend a PDC workday, so the students will have a sub. They will continue reviewing the concepts from this unit that we have previously covered. Students will continue looking at vocabulary, converting between mixed numbers and improper fractions, and finding reciprocals.
Friday, as usual, will be classroom PAT (Preferred Activity Time) followed by the weekly quiz.
Each week a "Ticket to Test" will be assigned on Wednesday and will be due on Friday. Each Friday will be a weekly quiz over the week's material.