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White Plains Middle School PTA
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th & 8 th GRADE OPEN HOUSE

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2014

7:00 p.m.

We are following "M" day Schedule

 Please do not park in numbered spots.  Parking is available on the blacktop playground, located on the corner of Davis Avenue and Thomas Place, all of the designated parking spaces about the building, as well as the streets surrounding the school.  Car-pooling will also be very helpful.  The PTA will supply refreshments during the lunch periods.

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FROM THE DISTRICT MATH DEPARTMENT

The White Plains Mathematics Department is pleased to announce that we will be piloting Glencoe Math for the second half of the school year.  Each student in grades 6-8, with the exception of Algebra*, has been provided a Glencoe Math textbook to support learning.  Students will also be provided a unique username and password in order to access Glencoe Math online resources.  We encourage you to use these resources and the guidelines below to support your child in his or her study of mathematics:

  • Know what concepts are important for your kids based on their grade level and spend time working on those concepts
  • Be aware of what concepts your child struggled with last year and support your child in those challenge areas moving forward
  • Help your child know and memorize basic math facts. Ask your child to “do the math” that pops up in daily life
  • Talk to your children about their math homework and ask them to teach you new concepts. Help them figure out ways to explain their thinking
  • Provide time every day for your child to work on math at home

If you have any questions, please contact Greg Gorman, the Coordinator for K-12 Mathematics at 914 422 2152  *students in Algebra have had use of a textbook since the start of the school year.

 
 
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 COMMON CORE RESOURCES

 

NATIONAL PTA RESOURCES ON THE COMMON CORE

The National PTA has recently introduced a four part webinar series designed to educate parents on the Common Core State Standards and empower them to support the transition at school and at home.  To access the webinar click on this link: http://www.pta.org/advocacy/content.cfm?ItemNumber=3894.

You can also access other downloadable resources on the website, including an overview of the curriculum for each grade.

REGENTS ALGEBRA 1 EXAM (COMMON CORE)

Informational materials for the Regents Exam in Algebra I (Common Core), including the Educator Guide, 3 webcasts, and additional Sample Items have been posted on EngageNY at:
http://www.engageny.org/resource/regents-exams-mathematics 

The materials and their individuals links are as follows:
 
Educator Guide to the Regents Examination in Algebra I (Common Core)
The Guide was designed to support educators by providing an overview of the new test design.  Information about how the assessment shifts informed test development and how the CCLS will be measured on the new Regents Exam in Algebra I (CC) is specified.
http://www.engageny.org/resource/regents-exams-mathematics-algebra-i-test-guide
 
Algebra I Webcasts

The three webcasts provide: (1) background on the Common Core State Standards along with teaching principles and tools that are crucial for implementing changes in instruction and a mathematics curriculum (2) information for teachers on the test design of the Regents Exam in Algebra I (Common Core) and how it measures the Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) and (3) background information on the sample questions for Algebra I (Common Core).
http://www.engageny.org/resource/regents-exams-mathematics-webcasts
 
Algebra I Sample Questions Fall 2013
Additional sample questions have been provided to help students, parents, and educators understand the instructional shifts under by the Common Core.
http://www.engageny.org/resource/regents-exams-mathematics-algebra-i-sample-items

 
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    FROM THE NURSE

There is concern from the school nurses that students are coming in to school sick or coming back too early from being sick.  Please see the attached letter from the nurse.

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Diane Cassidy and Lori Hardy
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