Posted on August 10, 2016

You will need the following supplies for class **every day**. Please have these supplies as soon as possible.

- 2 Composition notebooks (one per semester)
- Folder or binder section for math only
- Loose-leaf notebook paper (lots!)
- Pencils (don’t forget extra lead for mechanical pencils)
- Colored pens (for correcting)
- Duct tape and paper bag book cover
- Ear buds

Periodically you will also need:

- Glue stick
- Colored pencils
- Handheld pencil sharpener
- Graph paper
- Highlighter

Posted on August 10, 2016

The Helena Public Schools adopted the *Core Focus on Mathematics* textbook series at the end of last school year.

Students in 7th grade math **periods 4, 6 and 7** will complete *three* units this year, preparing them for 8th grade math. Each unit is its own textbook; the units include Rational Numbers and Equations, Proportions and Probability, and Shapes and Angles.

Students in 7th grade math **periods 1 and 2** will complete *four* units this year, preparing them for Algebra 1 in 8th grade. In addition to the three 7th grade units, these students will complete a fourth unit on Geometry.

Books will be assigned to students one unit at a time. At the end of a unit, the unit book will be collected, and the book for the next unit will be assigned. The book **MUST** be covered using a brown paper bag and duct tape. Ideally, the book cover can be removed from one book and put onto the next book at the end of each unit. There is a link on my webpage to a YouTube video with directions for creating a duct tape book cover.

The textbook is also available **ONLINE**. The link to the website is on my webpage, as well as the username and password. The entire textbook, as well as videos of each lesson, Power Point slide shows of each lesson, extra practice worksheets, and links to IXL practice are also available through the online text.

Posted on August 10, 2016

- Students are expected to follow the school rules for appropriate use of technology. If a student uses technology inappropriately, he/she will lose the privilege of using it in class. If a student’s use of technology is interfering with his/her ability to learn, his/her personal technology may be confiscated until the end of class or (if it becomes a chronic issue) until the end of the school day.

- Calculators can be used only on certain assignments in order to prepare you for the state assessments in the spring.
**You will be notified when you are allowed to use a calculator.**Using a calculator when one is expected to complete the calculation mentally or with paper and pencil is considered cheating.

- When using a calculator, problems must still be set up with the mathematical process clearly shown. Each step in the problem must be written down before going on to the next step. (For example: Solve (3 x 4) + 10/5. (12) + 10/5; 12+ 10/5; 12 + 2; 14.)

- If IXL practice is assigned for homework, complete the ten practice problems and take a screen shot of the number of questions answered, time elapsed, and your final SmartScore. Email your screen shot to me at kreed@helenaschools.org in order to receive credit for the homework. Without the screenshot you will not receive credit. If you do not have computer and internet access at home, plan to use your Advisor time and one of my Chromebooks to complete your practice. *Note: your SmartScore will not be your grade for the assignment.

Posted on August 31, 2015

- Use a
**NEW**piece of paper. No half sheets or scraps please. - Head your paper correctly (your name, period, date, and assignment in the upper right corner).
- Redo all of the problems you got wrong. Show your work!
- Staple the corrections
**in front of**your original assignment. - Put the papers in your class period’s “Correction” basket within one week.