March 24, 2019 Hello middle school families, I hope everyone enjoyed their Spring Break and will be returning to school healthy and well rested. Here are some of our planned activities for the next couple of weeks. Seventh grade math class will be using their newly acquired knowledge of circles to find the areas of compound shapes (irregular shapes that can be broken into rectangles, triangles, and semi-circles). Eighth grade math class will continue to work with the Pythagorean Theorem, using it to solve problems in three dimensions. They will also work through some proofs of the Pythagorean Theorem. Some classic word problems will be mixed in for a change of pace. In science class, we are focusing on what happens on a particle level during a chemical reaction. We’ve worked with solid and liquid interactions that produced a gas, gas and liquid interactions that produced a solid, and now we are trying to determine which amount of reactant is limiting the amount of product. These labs are introducing important ideas about conservation of mass and balanced reactions. Next, we will make our own acid-base indicator and begin testing classroom and household substances. All the best, David DeMarche
January 6, 2019 Hello middle school families I hope everyone had an enjoyable and restful holiday break. As we get ready to return to school Tuesday, I want to remind you and your student of four important tools for school, that you can access online.
A homework help site that provides support for problems in the Review/Preview sections of the book located is at http://homework.cpm.org.
The Homework Help website provides a variety of solutions, hints, and answers. Some problems refer back to other similar problems. The website is designed to assist students in solving problems without doing the work for them.
Checkpoint Materials with examples, practice, and answers are available.
Virtual manipulatives, eTools, videos, and Desmos links enrich understanding through technology.
2. To provide additional and individualized math support we are providing free access to IXL Math /www.ixl.com/math/ I will be assigning specific skill practice for in-class and home use. In addition, any student can select math skills that they need more practice with. There is also an individualized diagnostic assessment that students can use. Please ask your student to show you how they log on and use this site.
3. Salmon Creek Middle School Math and Science website https://ddemarche.weebly.com/Hereyou can find weekly assignments, updated class information, and additional resources to help your student stay current with their work. 4. SchoolWisehttps://harmony.schoolwise.com/user/login Here you can find entered student grades and check for missing assignments.