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 MIDDLE SCHOOL MATH 

  COURSE DESCRIPTIONS 

MATH 6  (Saxon 7/6)

Mrs. Shannon Sonsky

Course Description:

Saxon 7/6 teaches math with a spiral approach, which emphasizes incremental development of new material and continuous review of previously taught concepts. Building upon the principles taught in Saxon Math 6/5, this Saxon 7/6 textbook introduces functions and coordinate graphing, integers, exponential expressions, and prime factorization. Students will specifically learn about the order of operations, number lines, decimal place value, how to find the percent of a number, how to round decimal numbers, attributes of geometric solids, and more. Lessons contain a warm-up (with facts practice, mental math, & problem-solving exercises); introduction to the new concept, lesson practice exercises where the new skill is practiced, and mixed practice exercises, which includes 25-30 old and new problems. In-depth "Investigations" are provided every 10 lessons, and have their own set of questions.​

Parental Involvement:

Parents commit to personally proctor all tests.  Parents must commit to check homework and tests for proper completion and accuracy at the very least, weekly but preferably, daily.  This involves simply circling any question that has an incorrect or unreadable answer.  Parents do not need to understand the work; they just need to be involved in the process so they will know immediately if their student is having difficulty. Students are required to complete assigned daily work entailing a minimum of an hour a day.  Proper completion of homework and tests involves neatly showing all work - not just answers and not leaving blanks. Students must then correct the mistakes to prevent repetition of the same error on future assignments.  Students must remain current with the class assignments and maintain a minimum 75% average or risk being dropped from the class unless there are extenuating circumstances. Students must never be in possession of the answer keys for tests!  All work must be the student’s own work, not copied from any answer key or solutions manual or other student. Copying from any source for homework or tests is cheating and grounds for dismissal from HEED. 

Required Curriculum: 

1)   Saxon Math 7/6 Student Textbook (4th Edition) 

2)  Saxon Math 7/6 Tests & Worksheets (4th Edition) 

3)  Saxon Math 7/6 Solutions Manual (4th Edition) 

MATH 7 (Saxon 8/7)

Mrs. Donna Kay Davis

​Course Description:

The Foundations for Pre-Algebra course begins with the concrete concepts of arithmetic processes and then builds the beginning framework for the abstract concepts of algebra.  Topics include: various operations with fractions, decimals and percents, order of operations, unit conversions, prime and composite numbers, area, perimeter and positive exponents. 

Parental Involvement: Parents commit to personally proctor all tests.  Parents must commit to check homework and tests for proper completion and accuracy at the very least, weekly but preferably, daily.  This involves simply circling any question that has an incorrect or unreadable answer.  Parents do not need to understand the work; they just need to be involved in the process so they will know immediately if their student is having difficulty. Students are required to complete assigned daily work entailing a minimum of an hour a day.  Proper completion of homework and tests involves neatly showing all work - not just answers and not leaving blanks. Students must then correct the mistakes to prevent repetition of the same error on future assignments.  Students must remain current with the class assignments and maintain a minimum 75% average or risk being dropped from the class unless there are extenuating circumstances. Students must never be in possession of the answer keys for tests!  All work must be the student’s own work, not copied from any answer key or solutions manual or other student. Copying from any source for homework or tests is cheating and grounds for dismissal from HEED. 

 

Required Curriculum:

 Saxon Math 8/7; 3rd Edition; ISBN-9781591413202, Saxon Math 8/7; Homeschool Packet; Tests & Answers; ISBN-9781591413240 Saxon Math 8/7; Solutions Manual; ISBN-9781591413288. 
Prerequisites:

Successful completion of HEED Middle School Math 6 or proficiency as demonstrated on placement test.

MATH 8 PRE ALGEBRA (Saxon 1/2)

Mrs. Donna Kay Davis

Course Description:

This Pre-Algebra course blends concrete arithmetic concepts with increasingly abstract algebraic and geometric topics. Topics include: ratios and proportions, signed numbers, scientific notation, roots, negative exponents, variables, volume and patterns for solving various types of word problems. 

Parental Involvement: Parents commit to personally proctor all tests.  Parents must commit to check homework and tests for proper completion and accuracy at the very least, weekly but preferably, daily. This involves simply circling any question that has an incorrect or unreadable answer.  Parents do not need to understand the work; they just need to be involved in the process so they will know immediately if their student is having difficulty. Students are required to complete assigned daily work entailing a minimum of an hour a day.  Proper completion of homework and tests involves neatly showing all work - not just answers and not leaving blanks. Students must then correct the mistakes to prevent repetition of the same error on future assignments.  Students must remain current with the class assignments and maintain a minimum 75% average or risk being dropped from the class unless there are extenuating circumstances. Students must never be in possession of the answer keys for tests!  All work must be the student’s own work, not copied from any answer key or solutions manual or other student. Copying from any source for homework or tests is cheating and grounds for dismissal from HEED. 

Required Curriculum:  

Saxon Algebra 1/2; 3rd Edition; ISBN-1565771494 or 156577499X,

Saxon Algebra 1/2; Homeschool Packet; Tests & Answers; ISBN-1591411726, 

Saxon Algebra 1/2; Solutions Manual; ISBN-1565771311. 

Prerequisites: Successful completion of HEED Middle School Math B or proficiency as demonstrated on placement test.

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