Department Philosophy
The middle school math program believes in providing an engaging, problemcentered curriculum that balances acquisition of concrete skills with abstract concepts. The program emphasizes mathematical communication, critical thinking, and connections between mathematical topics. The curriculum follows the Common Core State Standards used in the United States. More information can be found at http://www.corestandards.org/Math.
Course Overview
This course is an integrated math course which will focus heavily on algebraic concepts including linear, quadratic and exponential functions. In addition, this course will cover topics from geometry, statistics, and probability. Students use graphing calculators in this course. A class set of TI84+ graphing calculators is available for students’ use in class; however, students will need to purchase their own graphing TI84+ or graphing calculator app for use at home. This course is equivalent to the high school Integrated Math 1 course.
The units and our core resources, Connected Mathematics and CorePlus Mathematics, are listed below. These will be supplemented to meet the AES curriculum.
Connected Mathematics

CorePlus Mathematics

Information regarding Connected Mathematics can be found at www.phschool.com/cmp2 and CorePlus Mathematics can be found at www.wmich.edu/cpmp/parentresource2. In addition, each teacher provides course information and a homework calendar online. This can be accessed through the AES website, www.aes.ac.in.
Assessment & Grading
Academic Grade
Math Achievement (90% of the final grade)
Students’ mastery of the math standards will be assessed both during the learning process (formative) to provide feedback to inform learning as well as at the end of each unit (summative). Assessments are graded against the objectives set in the AES curriculum and reported using the scale below.
Mastery  Student demonstrates a thorough understanding of the standard  100% 
Mastery  Student demonstrates a thorough understanding of the standard but makes unrelated errors  95% 
Progress High  Student demonstrates a partial understanding of the standard  80% 
Progress Low  Student demonstrates a beginning understanding of the standard  65% 
No progress  Student demonstrates no understanding of the standard  50% 
Homework (10% of final grade)
Students’ timely and thorough completion of work in and out of the classroom.
Effort Grade
Students will be given a quarterly grade that reflects their effort toward academic success (homework completion, active class participation, organization, etc.).
Assignments
Assignments, including homework, provide an opportunity to practice the skills and ideas introduced in class. Homework assignments are due at the beginning of the next class, unless otherwise noted. Students are expected to make an honest effort to complete each assignment, making notes about those things they don’t fully understand. Homework will be assessed on evidence of student thinking, not accuracy. Late assignments will not receive full credit. At the end of each unit, notebooks will be checked for organization and completion. Any missing or unfinished assignments are expected to be completed by this time.
Absences
Students who are absent are expected to complete assignments by the next class meeting or make alternative arrangements with their teacher. Given the sequential nature of mathematics, timely completion of assignments is essential. As per the Middle School Student/Parent Handbook, a student who is absent should make every effort to obtain missed assignments by checking the online calendar, contacting a friend, or emailing the teacher. A student who returns to school on a “nonmath” day should take time to check in with the math teacher. Students who have been absent should also consider attending Period 9.
Materials and Supplies
 Math Notebook (a three or four ring binder, can be shared with another subject)
 Lined and Graph Paper
 Pencils (work will only be accepted in pencil)
 Erasers (changing your mind is part of learning)
 Ruler
 iPad (fully charged)
 Stylus