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Spring is in the air, and while for most people spring brings April showers and May flowers, for students it can be the most dreaded time of the year. Teachers pile on the things they forgot to cover over the past year, there are no more breaks until summer and the end of the school year is rapidly approaching. Stress can build up very quickly in the fourth quarter, but there are ways to combat the end of the year blues, if senioritis hasn’t struck already.

 

Have some fun
Homework, studying and projects can seem monotonous and stressful if there’s no light at the end of the tunnel. There needs to be something that can keep you going and keep you motivated until all your work is done. Whether it’s going to see a movie over the weekend, making plans with friends or reading a new book you’re interested in, you need something that will encourage you to work. Just think, once done with your homework you will get to enjoy yourself. If you’re going to work hard, you need to play hard.

 

Just do it

Nike had it right: Just do it. Homework, that is. Instead of going on YouTube for a few hours, Facebook chatting everyone you know (including that weird kid from elementary school who keeps talking to you), or zoning out in front of the TV, just start your homework. Don’t wait until midnight to open Google Classroom when you’ll undoubtedly feel the time pressure. Start it as soon as you can. Tik Tok will still be around when you’re done with your math.

 

Sleep

This is probably the single most important thing that students neglect. And while students always say, “I need more sleep” no one takes action to correct the problem. Think of it this way: You can stay up for the better part of the night and answer math questions you’ll probably forget in the morning or you can get some rest and be able to read the questions properly. Sure you can lose sleep and write that essay, but how good is it really going to be? If you really have that much work to do, go to bed earlier, wake up earlier, and do your work in the morning when you’re refreshed and can concentrate.

 

Talk to your teachers

If you’re at your breaking point, most teachers can be reasonable and understanding if you just make an effort to go in and talk to them. Explain the situation, why you’re stressed and ask for their help. See if you can get an extension on that paper, take the reading assessment during your free period or turn in your homework the next day. You’ll never know how lenient a teacher is until you ask. But going in the day an assignment is due probably is not going to do you much good. If you’re responsible and inform them of the situation in advance there’s a higher chance they’ll be sympathetic to your cause. But if you go into it acting like they owe you something, it’s almost guaranteed that you’re not going to get that extension.

 

Plan ahead

There’s a reason you have Google Classroom. With a little planning you can avoid large amounts of stress. When you see just how much time you have to do a project, you can spread the pain out over a week instead of doing it all the night before. If you can see exactly how much time you have you can better organize study groups, force yourself to ask for help in tutoring, and have more time to do what you want to do. Most people don’t even bother looking ahead in Google Classroom even though it could help them prevent stress.

Math Schedule and Meeting Links:
Be sure to use your PCLC provided Chromebook.
All remote students must log in to Zoom classes daily.
 
  • Arrival/Morning Meeting: 8:50 AM-9:30 AM at this link (same as 1ST BELL).
     
  • 1ST BELL: 9:30 AM-10:20 AM = 7A Math at this link (same as morning meeting).
 
 
 
  • Tutoring--8th grade: 12:20 PM-1:00 PM = at this link (same as 7th grade tutoring).
 
      • Lunch--7th grade: 12:20 PM-12:50 PM
 
  • Tutoring--7th grade: 12:50 PM-1:30 PM = at this link (same as 8th grade tutoring).
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      • Lunch--8th grade: 1:00 PM-1:30 PM
 
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  • Afternoon Meeting/Reflection: 3:00 PM-3:30 PM at this link (same as 4TH BELL).
 
  • Dismissal 3:30 PM-4:00 PM
View your complete daily schedule at this link.
 

Classes

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📝CW--There are daily live Zoom classes for remote students and students in classes at home:

Ms. Williams will be teaching; you will be taking notes and practicing the skills and concepts during class. If you are absent from class, it is your responsibility to check Google Classroom for your assignments. All assignments must be completed in their entirety to earn credit for attendance. Your goal should be to earn 70% FW quality or higher.

7th Grade Learning Targets

Q4 W2--Week of April 19, 2021

  • I can find the probability of a simple event and its complement.

8th Grade Learning Targets

Q4 W2--Week of April 19, 2021

  • I can construct and interpret scatter plots for bivariate measurement data to investigate patterns of association between two quantities.

Grade Updates/Make-Up Work

Please check your math Google Sheet (shared with student and parent), Google Classroom, and Thinkwave gradebook periodically. Any and all Qtr 2 make-up work is due no later than Friday, January 15, 2021.
 
Please be sure you are progressing on completing your Qtr 2 project.

I will Update Grades this Weekend

This weekend, I will

     1. score make-up work (any assignments that were due before this week),
     2. score current work (any assignments due this week),
     3. update Google Classroom,
     4. update Thinkwave, and
     5. update spreadsheets.
 
Be sure you have completed all work before Saturday (12/19/20)morning.

Make-Up Work

Mathematicians,
 
Please do not "resubmit" assignments from Q1. I am definitely NOT rescoring any of those assignments. When you submit assignments for Q2, be sure they are not blank. If you are submitting blank assignments, I may begin taking points off of your overall grade for wasting my time. (I actually LOOK at the work to determine the quality of work you've submitted.)
 
I beg you to complete any and all make-up work to help improve your grade. I have reactivated all assignments for Q2 except Exit Tickets (not available for make-ups). Always do your best work to earn a HQW. Don't forget, you can text me at the number listed at the bottom of the welcome letter on my teacher webpage for a faster response than on Google Classroom or email.
 
See you Monday!

Fall Break Assignment

The Fall Break Assignment is located on Google Classroom. (It will be active on November 25, 2020 at 8:00 AM.) Be sure to read each page of the document before beginning to make sure you answer every part of the question.