November 13 newsletter

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Math 7/8

We started Unit 3: Ratio and Proportional Reasoning last week. Students did a project on Rational and Irrational Numbers.

The grade for the Unit 2 test and the project will be posted Tuesday night.

This week we will continue unit 3 and we will learn how to write equivalent representations of rational numbers.

 Last quarter students took a six questions quiz. The questions were taken directly from the notes. Students wrote a reflection on their grade to help them understand the meaning of their grade and what they should do to improve.

There are many students that forgot how to multiply and/or divide fractions and decimals. On my website there are videos to help them review.

You can see the results of the reflection and the prior skills test in the following links:

1st hour                          4th hour                    6th  hour


I graded the pre-test and returned it to the students with a reflection sheet to fill out.

Students that need intervention will choose a skill that they want to work on each week. They will watch a video, and do extra practice. Then they will take a post assessment, on Friday, on the concept they chose.


In Algebra 8/Intermediate Algebra

We will finish Unit 2 Solving Systems of Equations and Inequalities this week. This week we will focus on Linear Programing. We will finish the unit 2 projects this week in class. On Thursday students will take the last quiz for this unit. Next Monday they will take the unit test.


Bathroom Break:

I noticed that some students use the bathroom everyday during math class. I am encouraging students to use the bathroom during their passing time before class.


AMC 8 on Tuesday November 14!

On Tuesday, November 14th, your 6th, 7th or 8th grade student will have the opportunity to participate in the American Mathematics Competition 8 (AMC 8) contest being offered at Lake Harriet Community School.

Student will be challenged with math that is new, different and “outside the box.” The problems are designed to be difficult but within reach so that students should feel encouraged if they solve even one or two of the problems correctly. You can learn more about the test at

The test will start at 8:30 a.m. Students should arrive by 8:15 outside room 202 for a room assignment. The test is a 25 question multiple choice exam. It is 40 minutes long and students will be finished in time for their first class. The test is sponsored by the MATHCOUNTS club and funded by the PTA so it is FREE for your student.

Click Here to Pre-Register!


The first 50 pre-registrants or members of the MATHCOUNTS club will be eligible for awards; all students who show up Tuesday will get the chance to test their skills.

For questions or more information e-mail

I highly recommend all 6th and 7th grade advanced students to register. All students are welcome to join.

 Previous years test questions:


This week, I am available Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning from 8:00 AM. And I am available during Lunch B.

Have a great Thanksgiving Holiday!

Thank you very much,

Abir Ismail