7th Grade Mathematics
There are four critical areas of focus (1) developing understanding of and applying proportional relationships; (2) developing understanding of operations with rational numbers and working with expressions and linear equations; (3) solving problems involving scale drawings and informal geometric constructions, and working with two and three-dimensional shapes to solve problems involving area, surface area, and volume, and (4) drawing inferences about populations based on samples.
The fundamental purpose of seventh grade mathematics is to formalize and extend the mathematics that students learned in the previous grades. The critical areas, organized into units, deepen and extend understanding of linear relationships, in part by contrasting them with exponential phenomena, and in part by applying linear models to data that exhibit a linear trend. Seventh grade standards use algebra to deepen and extend understanding of geometric knowledge from prior grades. The final unit in the course ties together the algebraic and geometric ideas studied.
As a Gifted/Honor student, the inclusion of Project-Based Learning projects (PBL) are used to give students more opportunities for real-world application beyond the standard 7th grade mathematics curriculum. Gifted/Honor students are expected to further develop and demonstrate higher ordered thinking skills, written/oral communication, team collaboration, technology manipulation, as well as, connect with the community. The curriculum enriches, extends, and accelerates learning to assist students in strengthening reasoning skills. With an accelerated curriculum, 8th grade standards on “Exponents”, “Geometric Applications of Exponents”, "Functions", and "Linear Functions" have been incorporated into the curriculum for the gifted/honors course. Gifted/Honor students will focus on application of the standards through evaluations, judgments, speculation, hypothesizing and forecasting. While maintaining the skills of compare/contrast, distinguishing, justifying, analyzing, making inference, and sorting/classifying.
7th Grade Honors & Gifted Honors Mathematics
The text will be distributed to your student early in the year. I will make additional material available to them throughout the course. Check my teacher webpage https://www.rcboe.org/Domain/9455.
Every student should have a dedicated mathematics binder or section of a binder. Assignments MUST be turned in on standard loose leaf paper. They cannot be torn from a spiral notebook. Students will also need sharpened or mechanical pencils, 1 1/2” – 2” three ring binder, loose leaf paper, graph paper, colored pen (purple, green, red, etc.), dry erase markers, and a scientific calculator.
Assignments must be completed in pencil unless otherwise instructed.
Team Assessment Plan:
Summative Assessments (tests/projects) 40%
Formative Assessments (quizzes) 30%
Formative Assessments (classwork/daily) 20%
Alternate Assessments (homework) 10%
*Make-up work will be accepted per Richmond County 5-day policy.
Students who received a score below 75 on certain quizzes or tests (determined by teacher) will be offered an opportunity to complete additional material for them to work on in Khan Academy, USA Testprep, and/or Edgenuity after completing an error analysis. These assignments will be aligned to the particular standard(s) the student needs help mastering and will have a time-definite deadline for completion.
Panther Pull-Up is a program designed and ran by the 7th Grade team teachers to ensure students’ success. The goal of the program is to assist students in meeting the standards by completing classwork or homework assignments not done as required during the week.
Panther Pull-Up is held on certain days during lunch. Students are to get their lunch from the cafeteria, bring it to class and eat as they work. Due to limited time, we recommend, if at all possible, that the student brings his/her lunch from home and come to Panther Pull-Up immediately. At the teacher’s discretion, a special session may be held to provide extended learning.
Students should be in their seats ready to work before the tardy bell rings. Students should come to school prepared to participate and learn every day. That preparation includes having all materials with them at the time class begins.
I will be using Remind as a way for parents to communicate with me and visa verse.
1st offense – documented and warned verbally
2nd offense – documented, parent contacted
3rd offense – documented, detention (lunch or afterschool), parent contacted
4th offense – documented, detention (lunch or afterschool), parent conference
5th offense – referral to the administration
*NOTE – Extreme misconduct may result in an automatic referral to the administration. *
I am available at lunch or on Mondays after school from 3:15-4:00PM with prior notice. Please, let me know by Thursday of the previous week if your child will be staying Monday. Send a note, email or via Remind to let me know your child is staying.
Remind App: Get the Remind App to send and receive messages instantly on your phone. If you have a smartphone, get push notifications. On your iPhone or Android phone, open your web browser and go to the following link: rmd.at/bkaye. Follow the instructions to sign up for Remind. You’ll be prompted to download the mobile app. If you don’t have a smartphone, you can get text notifications. Text the message @bkaye to the number 81010. If you’re having trouble with 81010, try texting @bkaye to (404) 418-4240. If you do not have a mobile phone, go to rmd.at/bkaye on a desktop computer to sign up for email notifications.
Infinite Campus: Grades are updated at least weekly on Infinite Campus. This tool is available to track the student’s progress. If you can, please view it on a computer or electronic device. It is a good habit to check it daily/weekly.
Email: However, the best way to reach me is through email. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am looking forward to teaching your child and working with you this year.
Mrs. Trista Bridgette Kayea, Ed.S