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        Welcome to your seventh and eighth grade year at Phoenix Community Learning Center! My name is Miss Williams, and I am one of your teachers. We are about to begin nine months of excitement, adventure, new experiences, and education. I am very excited about this school year, as I hope you are!

Growing up and matriculating in an urban community helped me realize I wanted more opportunities for positive and equitable learning experiences for my child than I had. As I went through college, I decided I could help to provide some of those opportunities for other children. I graduated from John Carroll University in 2001 with my Bachelor’s Degree in Education, and I obtained my Master’s Degree in Education in 2012 from the University of Phoenix. I am currently on a journey at Union Institute and University to obtain my Ph.D. in Educational Studies. Education holds a high value in my life, and I couldn’t imagine having any other career. This year I hope to teach you much, especially the importance of the value of hard work and determination and to help develop and enhance belief in your abilities!

I can relate to wanting to know you are in the best hands possible. (My son, Paul Williams, graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2014.) I can assure you that I will work each day to support you with what is in your best interest, and I support Phoenix Community Learning Center. Through my many years of teaching, I have learned the importance of parental involvement in a scholar’s education. I believe that you receive the best education when you, your parent(s)/guardian(s), and your teachers work together as a team. School-to-home communication is very important for your success. Please contact me using the information listed below whenever you have anything you want to discuss with me.

My undergraduate commencement in 2001 and my son's undergraduate commencement in 2014


To Your Success,

Ms. Sandra Williams, MAED

7th & 8th Grade Math

Cell Phone: 513-341-6107




Math Schedule and Meeting Links:
Be sure to use your PCLC provided Chromebook.
7A math students meet Monday-Friday 9:00am-9:55am at this link.
7B math students meet Monday-Friday 10:05am-10:50am at this link.
8A math students meet Monday-Friday 12:35pm-1:20pm at this link.
8B math students meet Monday-Friday 1:30pm-2:15pm at this link.
"Office Hours" (extra help sessions) Monday-Friday beginning at 2:30pm at this link.
Find your daily schedule here.



8th Grade Learning Targets

Week of September 14, 2020

  • I can distinguish between rational and irrational numbers.
  • I can convert fractions to decimals and decimals to fractions.
  • I can write rational numbers as a decimal expansion.
  • I can convert a repeating decimal expansion into a rational number.

7th Grade Learning Targets

Week of September 14, 2020

  • I can find the unit rate in a variety of real-world situations.
  • I can simplify complex fractions.
  • I can convert rates using unit rates and dimensional analysis.
  • I can identify proportional and nonproportional relationships.

Daily Lessons

I am creating Google Slides for each lesson to create a daily routine for our class and to help us maintain time management. Some slideshows will be posted on Google Classroom; some will not. Some slideshows will be required to be completed for a grade; some will be for reference. You will be notified on your class page and on Google Classroom when an assignment has been posted to complete for a grade. As you can see, each lesson consists of five parts. All five parts are essential, so you must be present and on time for each class.
1. Welcome/Warm-Up:
  • Daily check-in
  • Social-emotional activity
  • Learning target(s)
  • Lesson vocabulary
  • Mini-Lesson
2. Student Practice:
  • You try to complete at least one problem on your own.
  • This is where productive struggle comes into play. I want to see how well you persevere in using problem-solving skills. I also want to see what you already know how to do regarding this learning target.
3. Guided Practice:
  • We complete a problem together. 
4. Independent Practice:
  • I will present a problem (usually a test-type question) for you to solve. I will share one or two answers (anonymously) for the class to discuss what were the strengths of the strategy used and what needs to be improved. The discussion will use the terms in the learning target and the lesson vocabulary list.
  • I may also present one way to solve the problem.
5. Wrap Up/Exit Ticket:
  • You will complete a self-reflection about how well you understand the lesson's learning targets. 
  • Then you will complete an Exit Ticket to see if you have mastered the lesson's learning targets.

Google Classroom

Be sure your scholar has enrolled in the Google Classroom for their class. I have included the link on their Class Page on this site. Your scholar must also be present in our live class for the entire 45 minutes each day. Grades are determined by a combination of class participation, assignment completion, and assessment scores. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions or comments.

Parent/Guardian Communication

Yesterday, I sent out an email to all parents for whom I had an address. If you have not receive the email, please let me know at If you have received the email, please respond to it so I'll know. The letter includes some time-sensitive information. Once you read the letter you will understand what this sign up is for.
Thank you in advance,
Sandra D. Williams, MAED

Learning Targets

Learning targets for the week of September 7, 2020
  • I can ask and answer questions about mathematics.
  • I can make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
  • I can show what I know about mathematics.