# Welcome Page-Mr. Marks-Algebra 8

** Welcome to Algebra 8 at Baker Middle School.**

**We are approaching the halfway point in the 2017-18 school year! I want to remind parents and students that success in high school requires successful completion of Algebra along with two additional years of mathematics. Students who are not earning better than a C grade are in danger of not being prepared for high school mathematics required for graduation. Students should participate fully in class, complete required work, get help when needed, and work to learn each of the standards and show evidence they have learned on classroom assessments. Please stay in touch and ask any questions you have!**

**Email: **kmarks@tacoma.k12.wa.us

**Phone: **253.571.5040

**We are working in our third unit, Linear Functions. In the last week we:**

- Learned hat a function is, and describing the set of inputs as domain, the set of outputs as range, and representing as tables, graphs, sets, mappings, and when we can as an equation rule.
- Learned the importance of mathematical modeling to use mathematics to describe the behavior of real objects and devices.
- Learned what a scatterplot is to display real data and look for trends.
- Learned to approximate linear data sets with a line of best fit and write a mathematical model to communicate trends and make predictions.

**Weeks of 12/4-12/15: Linear Functions**

**Introduce a formal definition of function, domain and range.****Explore the meaning of mathematical modeling.****Model real situations with linear functions in graph, table, and equation form.****Represent data from real situations using mathematical models and draw conclusions from the model.**

**Algebra 8-** We are working through **Unit 3**: **Linear Functions****. **Students can get extra understanding using the links below.

**Retests and Re-scores**

If a student doesn't **meet** or **exceed** standard on an assessment or an assignment, they may demonstrate learning and request a re-test if they:

- Get the help they need to make corrections and demonstrate learning on the targets they did not yet meet.
- Come before or after school, or at lunch, to show me the new learning on the targets they missed.
- Ask for a retest on those targets.

Students should do that as soon as they can after the initial assessment.

**Introduction to Standards Based Grading-** Baker is using a grading system that is based on the work students do that shows how they understand and demonstrate skills on important content standards. Grades in the gradebook will be on 4 performance levels:

Exceeding- Shows thorough understanding of concept or skill and extends beyond requirements of the standard or learning target. |

Meeting- Shows complete and correct understanding of the concept and ability to perform the skill identified in the standard or learning target. |

Approaching- Shows partial mastery of knowledge and basic or incomplete understanding of the concept or inconsistent ability to perform the skill identified in the standard or learning target. |

Beginning- Shows serious misconceptions or lack of understanding of the concept or an inability to perform the skill identified in the standard or learning target. |

No evidence, missing- These scores mean there was not enough student work to evaluate knowledge of the standard, or the work was not turned in. |

We want all students to be MEETING standard. If they aren't there on an assignment or a summative assessment, have them get help, analyze errors, and come in to do a retake on the standards they aren't yet meeting. Students can ALWAYS improve.

**MATH NEWS: Please help your student be prepared with a pencil and paper every day, check their planner and notebook to see what they have been studying. !**

Click on the links in the menu to the left.

**Assignments and Resources-**Copies of homework assignments and classwork to help keep caught up.

**Homework Help Links-**Video links to examples of the work we've been doing if you need to see/hear it again.

If you have any questions, please email at kmarks@tacoma.k12.wa.us or phone at 253.571.5040.

Thank you for supporting Baker Student Mathematicians!!

Ken Marks