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    Mountain View Middle School

    2400 Perry Avenue

    Bremerton, Washington 98310


    Welcome to MVMS Mathematics



    We would like to welcome you to a great year in mathematics.  Teachers in our math department can be contacted by phone or e-mail.  All e-mail addresses are the teacher’s first name followed by a period and then their last name, and has the school district identifier at the end.  For example:  johnny.jones@bremertonschools.org

    Following is a list of our math teachers:

    (click on the name to get to the teacher's web site) 

    Tim Aiken – 6th  
    Rita Souther – 6th, 7th
    Michaela Balkus - 7th, 8th, Department Head
    Chris Stricklin – 8th, Algebra
    Stephanie Blotzer – Resource Room 6-8
    Brianne Peterson- Resource Room 6-8                                                

    Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.


    Essential Supplies for a Mathematician

    Every day in class you will need:

    • Charged Chromebook
    • Binder with a math section ( when we return to in person learning)
    • 3-subject spiral notebook (7th & 8th only)
    • Pencils/lead for mechanical pencils
    • Eraser
    • Correcting pen and colored pencils
    • Notebook paper/Graph paper
    • Ruler with both standard and metric markings
    • Scientific calculator (TI-30 or TI-30XA)  ***optional for 6th grade
    • Glue stick/tape


    The Common Core State Process Standards will be in the front of the Interactive Math Book.  With the implementation of the Common Core, there is a greater focus on the processes that students use to solve problems and their ability to justify their answers.  These standards will be referenced during class discussions and lessons so that students can make a stronger connection to the “why” of their learning.  In addition to the content standards, we will use these process standards to work towards teaching your student the skills that all good mathematicians should have.  Both the content and process standards are assessed on the Smarter Balanced Assessments.





    Grading Policy



    Students’ grades are weighted on a 90/10 split.  90% of the grade is based on module assessments, quizzes, and Cornell notes.  10% of the grade is on homework and class participation.  Grades will be entered in Skyward within one week of giving a quiz or Cornell note check, and three weeks of module assessments.

            -  Opportunities will be given for students to improve scores on mid-module  and module assessments only.  No redo’s are allowed on quizzes or note checks.

    Retake Procedures:

    Students will be given two options for improving scores on the module assessments:

            Option #1:  Every student is given the oportunity to make test corrections. Students will have one week to make test corrections, starting the day the graded test is returned. Students may get help from classmates, parents, or the teachers;  hovever, they must understand their errors enough to explain them. If the correct work is shown and the error explained, half of the points will be given back for each problem missed. It is the student's responsibility to complete the work and turn it in on the due date.

             Option #2:  This is a full retake. A full reflection where students analyze and rework ALL problems on the test must be completed and signed by a parent. If learning behaviors and (homework completion, Cornell notes, participation) do not indicate the students best efforts, the teacher can deny the right of a retake. The test must be taken at school within two weeks of the date that the corrected exam is returned to the student. The higher score will be entered into the grade book.

    Homework/Class Participation:

    Homework and class participation will count for 10% of the overall grade.  It will be checked for completion and recorded in the gradebook using a 0,1,2,3, or 4.  

    Late Work:

    Work that is not complete/turned in on the day that it is due is considered late, and can be given a 1, 2, or 3 in the grade book. Late/incomplete work is expected to be completed and turned in.  Students have the opportunity to change the mark in the grade book up to a 3.  Late work will be accepted until the mid-module or end-of-module tests, no later.









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Last Modified on August 18, 2021