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  • Hi All, Wecome to our new reality! (Updated 4/13/2020 ) see changes to class meeting times.
    Lesson video Links(in case your computer says they are blocked)
    OK, Questions have been popping up about what you guys need to do in Google Classroom:
    Google Lesson Image
     1. Watch the Video of the Lesson
     2. Complete the lesson work on your own (either print it or use your own paper). I do not need to see this.
     3. Check your work from #2 with this part. 
     4. Think of this as an exit ticket or mini quiz to see if you understood the lesson. You should be able to type on this form. Answer all the questions and then click the Turn-In button. This is the only part you need to submit.
     Remember: I will post Monday and Tuesday's lessons on Thursday. Wednesday and Thursday's lessons will be posted on Tuesday. All four are due by Sunday night.
    Ms. Ziegler's Hours:
    Zoom office Hours aka Tutoring (for help with Google Classsroom Math Assignments): 
         Monday: 3:00-6:00 PM
         Tuesday: 8:00-8:45 AM
         Wednesday: 1:00-4:00 PM
         Thursday: 8:00-11:00
    *We will only have 6 students in the zoom tutoring meeting at a time, you will be placed in the waiting room until a spot opens up.
    ***************Class Meeting Schedule (Class Meetings Every Tuesday): This has changed!!!!!!!!!!!
         1st Period - 8:30
         3rd Period - 9:00
         5th Period  - 9:30
         6th Period - 10:00
         7th Period - 10:30
    *Meetings will last about 15-20 minutes and are for checking in and general questions, not specific math problems.
    What should you be doing?
    (Disclaimer - things are changing almost daily so please be patient)
    Also I will be adding to this as time goes on, please keep checking back.
    Starting 4/13/20 (not now, not tomorrow, but starting Monday) (added 4/7)
    Zoom Meetings 4/9 (Thursday Morning) - (check your Google Classroom for links right before your time)
    1st Period - 9:30-9:45 
    3rd Period - 9:50-10:05 
    5th Period - 10:10-10:25 
    6th Period - 10:30-10:45 
    7th Period - 10:50-11:05 
    Phase 3 aka formal distance learning 
    On 4/13 log into your Google classroom ( I have already checked-everyone is already in the class they need to be) Directions to access Google classroom.
    I will be having office hours each day. Please join if you need help with your assignments(information on this will be coming).  Please note the assignments will start with lesson 1 of Topic 4.  Yes we have already gone over lesson 1 and 2 before break. Will it hurt to do it again?  Absolutely not
    Keep working on Mathia.  For those that have completed all of the 7th grade material I will be opening up the 8th grade Course 3 portion.  No, it will not excuse you from doing it next year, no your progress will not count for next year, just think of it as investing in your grades and math ability for next year and how much quicker you will be able to pick up and understand the 8th grade material during class. 
    * Explanation on explo classes:(added 4/8) In addition to your core classes (Math - most important of course, ELA, Social Studies and Science), you will be asked to do 2 explo assignments per week.  The cool part is you get to pick, no matter what your electives are you have free choice on the lessons you do. So you will pick a lesson, do the lesson, do a little reflective write up on the lesson(there is a form), and you submit to YOUR elective teacher (not the person that teaches that class for the lesson). I would suggest turning 1 into each elective teacher. Now here is the tricky part: if you are taking an intervention class as an elective, turn the explo lessons into your elective teacher that is not your intervention teacher.
    So for example, let's say you have Mrs. Mikesell for intervention and you have Mr. Krill for band.  You do two (2) explo lessons each week and turn them into Mr. Krill. If you have two non-intervention electives, maybe with Mr. Joyner and Mr. Ortega: turn one in to each teacher. 
    Remember: I love you all and this is not meant to stress you out.  It's a difficult time. We are all experiencing this in different ways and it is new to every single one of us, so please use empathy and love when dealing with those in your life. And remember, I'm just an email away.  If you or your family needs help, let me know and I will do my best to find someone that can help.
    Until 4/13/2020: 
    20 minutes a day(Monday thru Thursday): Carnegie Skills Review Packet
    60 Minutes a week: Mathia Directions to access Mathia
                                                  Mathia Tracker - Colored
    District Info: Learn at Home
    Teacher Office Hours:
                                                Office Hours
    Zoom Times for Math: (if scheduled):     Tuesday & Thursday 9:30 -11:00 
    Welcome to 7th Grade Math!


    Mathematics is a subject that builds on concepts learned from the previous day.  Therefore, it is important to have practice and understanding of a concept before moving on to the next.  For this reason homework is assigned nearly every day


    Final Grade consists of the following breakdown:

    Assessments (Tests) = 80%

    Homework Practice (Daily) = 10%

    Classwork Practice (MATHia ®, Math Notes, Projects) = 10%


    Homework (5 points daily)

    Homework is graded each day and points are given according to whether or not the student has completed the assignment.  The full 5 points are given if the assignment is completed in pencil & on timeall steps are shown for each problem, and an answer is given. If homework is not complete, students have an opportunity to turn it in for late credit.  Late work will lose 1/2 point per day late down to 50%. Homework is due at the beginning of class  If an assignment is not turned in, the student is still responsible for understanding the concepts in preparation for the test.  Homework is stamped daily.  Students should keep all homework until the end of each quarter. Late work must be turned in the Friday before the end of the quarter (break).

                                                                                       Late Work


                                                           Quarter Ends            Last Day late work accepted

                              Quarter 1                   10/03/19                            9/27/19

                              Quarter 2                  12/19/19                          12/13/19

                              Quarter 3                    3/06/19                            2/28/19

                              Quarter 4                    5/21/19                            5/15/19


    If a student is absent, s/he has a one day grace period for EACH excused day of absence.  For example, if absent 2 days, the student is allowed to submit missed homework up to 2 days late for full credit.  It is the student’s responsibility to write down what they missed, do the assignments, and then bring them to me. 


    Tests (100 points) & Test Corrections/Retests

    Assessment Tests are given at the end of each chapter.  Each topic students are encouraged to place accurate and helpful examples of the problems they will encounter on the quiz into their math composition book. These books are allowed in the quiz as is a calculator. However, Carnegie pages, study guides and phones are not.  A student earning less than a grade of 80% (B-) on a test is required to take a retest on a scheduled day.  In order to be prepared for the retest, a student must first complete test corrections for the original test.  Test corrections consist of writing out the incorrect problem, showing all work for calculating the new answer, and giving a written explanation of what was done incorrectly.  These completed test corrections are the student’s ticket to take the retest.  Students have several days to complete the test corrections and will be notified in advance when the retest day will be.  


    MATHia® Software

    We use a research-based software companion to the textbook called MATHia® one day per week in math class.  Students work through interactive math lessons customized specifically for their individual learning needs. The software is also available for students to use at home.  Students are highly encouraged to go on Mathia at least 2 hours per week outside of school.  Their productivity will result in a grade worth 100 points. Please encourage your child to keep up with the current math topic in Mathia.


    Calculator use in Math Class

    In 7th grade math class, we use calculators almost every day because calculators help students learn mathematically complicated material and allow them to focus on the reasoning and problem solving ideas rather than on the act of calculating.  Researchers have studied classroom calculator use for several decades.  Rather than hampering mathematical ability, calculator use at the middle school level actually improves student math achievement including improvement of paper and pencil skills computation skills.  Please make sure your child has a calculator in his/her backpack at all times.





    In order to be prepared for math class each day, your child should have the following:

    • Inexpensive but STURDY Calculator (not cell phone!)
    • Headphones to keep in backpack (for MATHia® days)
    • STURDY plastic folder with three prongs for math textbook
    • Sharpened pencils & erasers (continuous supply!)
    • Pen (any color)