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Mathematics Department Mission Statement:
It is the mission of the A. E. Wright Middle School mathematics department through the coordinated efforts of its faculty to provide a program such that all students will be inspired to achieve and excel in the highest level of math possible. The goal of the mathematics department is to maintain our high state scores by continuing to teach the state standards at the highest level. With the implementation of technology in our instruction, we are using authentic real-world problems in our curriculum.
Below is an excerpt From: Mathematics Content Standards, Introduction, July 23, 2007:
Goals for students to achieve are as follows:
- Develop fluency in basic computational skills.
- Develop an understanding of mathematical concepts.
- Become mathematical problem solvers who can recognize and solve routine problems readily and can find ways to reach a solution or goal where no routine path is apparent.
- Communicate precisely about quantities, logical relationships, and unknown values through the use of signs, symbols, models, graphs, and mathematical terms.
- Reason mathematically by gathering data, analyzing evidence, and building arguments to support or refute hypotheses.
- Make connections among mathematical ideas and between mathematics and other disciplines.
Math Books Used at A.E. Wright Middle School
||Concepts and Skills - Course 1
||Structure and Method - Course 1
||Concepts and Skills - Course 2
||Structure and Method - Course 2
||Algebra, Structure and Method, Book 1
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Mathematics Course Options for A.E. Wright and Las Virgenes High Schools
We believe in placing your child in a math class that will allow him/her to find success and enjoy mathematics. To ensure this, we revaluate the children annually. All incoming 6th graders take a test for placement.
|| 6th grade support
||7th grade support
||8th grade support
||Algebra (2 semester)
||Algebra (3 semester)
||Algebra 2 Honors
||Algebra (3 semester)
||Math Analysis Honors
||Geomettry (3 semester)
||Calculus BC AP
||Calculus AB AP
||Geometry (3 semester)
6th Grade College Prep/High
By the end of sixth grade, students have mastered the four arithmetic operations with whole numbers, fractions, and decimals; they accurately compute and solve problems. They apply their knowledge to statistics and probability in calculating the range, mean, median, and mode of data sets. Students conceptually understand and work with ratios and proportions; they compute percentages (e.g. tax, tips, interest). Students know about Ï€ and the formulas for the circumference and area of a circle. They use letters for numbers in formulas involving geometric shapes and in representing an unknown part of a ratio. They solve 1-step linear equations.
7th Grade College Prep/High
By the end of grade seven, students are adept at manipulating numbers and equations and understand the general principles at work. Students understand and use factoring of numerators and denominators and properties of exponents. They know the Pythagorean theorem and solve problems in which they compute the surface area and volume of basic three-dimensional objects and understand how area and volume change with a change in scale. Students make conversions between units of measurement. They know and use different representations of fractional numbers (fractions, decimals, and percents) and are proficient at changing from one to another. They increase their facility with ratio and proportion, compute percents of increase and decrease, and compute simple and compound interest. They graph linear functions and understand the idea of slope and its relation to ratio.
8th Grade Pre-Algebra
By the end of eighth grade, students understand, use, and connect a variety of techniques for solving linear equations, inequalities, and systems of equations in applied contexts. They understand the meaning of variables, expressions, equations, and inequalities, and their applications in problem solving. Students graph and interpret the graphs of a variety of functions to visually represent connections to real-world problems. Students solve problems involving scale drawings and similar figures that connect geometry and algebra.
Symbolic reasoning and calculations with symbols are central in algebra. Through the study of algebra, a student develops an understanding of the symbolic language of mathematics and the sciences. In addition, algebraic skills and concepts are developed and used in a wide variety of problem-solving situations. Students with less than a B average, will be recommended to retake Algebra in high school.
Accelerated Course Expectations
In this comprehensive course, students work with a full range of topics that are needed for the successful study of mathematics. Emphasis is placed on the strengthening of skills in the use of fractions, ratios, decimals and percents. Variables are introduced early in the curriculum to familiarize the student with algebraic concepts. Operations involving inverse operations are used throughout the curriculum. Problem solving strategies, critical thinking and connections to technology are woven throughout the course. Placement is based on the
test given to all incoming 6th graders.
In this comprehensive course, students work, write and simplify numerical expressions as well as introductory algebraic expressions. They focus on developing problem-solving strategies, especially on writing equations that require the use of signed numbers and several inverse operations for solutions. Emphasis is placed on the use of variables in equations and expressions. Statistics, non-routine problem solving, cooperative learning, functions, geometric formulas, ratios and proportions are explored. Prerequisite: an A average in 6 acc. and teacher recommendation.
8 Accelerated/Algebra Honors:
This honors course is designed to sharpen skills that use variables with real numbers. Students are introduced to polynomials, algebraic functions and the quadratic formula. There is an emphasis on learning strategies for solving word problems. This is a high school level course. Prerequisite: an A average in 7acc. and teacher recommendation.