Math at Whitman MS
Our math vision includes:
- Rigor – setting high expectations for all students
- Support – providing multiple opportunities for struggling students to get help and to have the time to reach mastery
- Communication – developing strong, positive connections with families in an effort to reach every student
- Mastery with Excellence – gaining confidence through demonstrating proficiency while “having fun” while learning math!
What is Math?
- Math is a language of numbers and symbols, logic and critical thinking, and problem solving.
- Students should always be reading “just right” books, and students should always be doing “just right” math.
How to Succeed as Parents and Guardians
- “Trust, but verify” when it comes to completing homework and how your student is doing in class.
- Have student’s show you the work we are doing in the Student Edition ( it’s both textbook and workbook) and their Math Journal.
- Learn how to use Schoology, The Source, and other on-line ways teachers communicate with families instead of relying on only email.
How to Succeed as Students
- Take notes in class and do the practice problems.
- Ask questions!
- Expect homework each day and do the homework so you practice and learn.
- If you are absent you still need to learn what you missed and do any assignments, ask your teacher how to get “caught-up”.
6th Grade Math Placement
- Exposure vs. Mastery
- 6th Grade Math on 5th Grade Report Card WMS Grade 6 CCSS Skill Assessment score
- SBA achievement levels and what they mean about a student’s demonstrated understanding of grade-level math:
- 4 = Thorough Understanding
- 3 = Adequate Understanding
- 2= Partial Understanding
- 1 = Minimal, little-to-no, Understanding
- Students will have at least two opportunities to show they have mastered a skill or concept.
- Re-assessment procedures will look different at different grade levels.
- The new score always replaces the old score.
Seattle Public School District Math Goals
- Students of color who are furthest from educational justice will be proficient in mathematics in 5th grade and 7th grade. Measures Used to Evaluate Success:
- 5th and 7th grade SBA Mathematics proficiency
- All students will have access to Algebra by 9th Grade. Measures Used to Evaluate Success:
- 7th grade SBA Mathematics proficiency
Number of students accessing Algebra in 9th grade, and completing it successfully.