• (3/27) I have created a khanacademy class for Algebra and 8th grade math students. To join the class, you need to create an account and use the correct number (see below). Please email me when you have created an account and I will admit you into the class.
     
    Algebra
    https://www.khanacademy.org/join/HX5FPYK9
     
    8th grade math
    https://www.khanacademy.org/join/4AQFBS4B
     
     
    (3/17)
     
    Governor Baker has closed all public schools in Massachusetts for the next three weeks. While we all hope to have everyone back in school as soon as possible, I feel it is important that you know what the plan is for the remainder of the school year. At this point in time, we are roughly three months away from the end of the 2019/2020 academic year.
     
    Algebra
    The plan was to cover two additional units and a small section of another, spending the remainder of our time preparing for the Algebra proficiency exam. Since this virus has put us in uncharted territory, I do not know how things like MCAS and Algebra exams are going to be affected. However, as many of you were hoping to take Gonors geometry next year, I think it is safe to say that if you do not learn the course content of Algebra 1, there is a very good chance you will retake the course their freshman year. This is only because students who do not master the skills and knowledge they would normally learn in Algebra struggle significantly in Honors Geometry, regardless of how they learned that material.
     
    To avoid this, I am suggesting that you take it upon yourself to start studying the remainder of the course material. Starting today, in the virtual tasks tab on the left, you will be able to find an outline of the remainder of the course content, where you can access the textbook online, and some other online resources to help you in their quest for knowledge. I will be available through email each day to answer questions or provide support when needed.
     
    This work is not mandatory, but a suggestion. If we still have the same proficiency exam at the end of the year, your child will still need to know the material to do well, regardless of whether or not they were in school to learn it. Think of this as an introduction to college learning!
     
    How we come back together when we return is an open question, but the more you all know when we return, the easier the transition will be and the quicker we will be able to move through the curriculum.
     
    8th grade math
    The plan was to cover three additional units and to tie in several other concepts as we went along. For most of you, the goal was for you to take algebra next year. It is important that you take the time to keep up with our coursework as best you can; how well algebra goes for you will be highly dependent on your skills and knowledge going in to it. Starting today, in the virtual tasks tab on the left, you will be able to find an outline of the remainder of the course content, where you can access the textbook online, and some other online resources to help you in their quest for knowledge. I will be available through email each day to answer questions or provide support when needed. None of this work is mandatory, but as this is your education we are talking about, this is your chance to prove to everyone (and yourself) that you are invested in your future and will do what it takes to make sure you are as successful as you can be. 

     

    (3/16)

    Welcome Students and Families!

     
    I hope everyone is doing well during this unprecented, difficult, and concerning time. It will be weeks before we are in school again, so until we return it is important that we maintain our normal routines to the fullest extent we can. I will be available by email, so please feel free to reach out with any questions that come up.
     
    Obviously, there are limits to what can be expected of students both in terms of what they can do, and what they can access. So, to give you all something to think about while you are biding your time, I will be sharing with you a combination of review tasks (to keep up with our understanding) and real life problems (from my own experiences) that will refinforce the value of mathematical relationships. I encourage you to reach out to your classmates, parents, and the internet in general for support in confronting these tasks. Of course, this is all in addition to reaching out to your extended family to make sure they are doing ok and have the supplies they need.  
     
    All of these tasks can be found under a new clickable subpage on the left, titled "Virtual Tasks."
     
     
     
    Wishing you all the best,
     
    Mr. Klansek
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    On the left you will see a series of clickable subpages. 
     
    My Office Hours are Tuesday and Thursday mornings 7-7:45.
     
    You can best reach me through email at tklansek@shschools.com
     
    Please check your powerschool account. If you do not have powerschool access, please contact Tina Rideout at the main office.
     
    In preparation for our MCAS computer testing this Spring, please complete the TestNav tutorial as well as both Math Practice Tests using the links below.  There are also links to PDF files for the Grade 8 Math Reference Sheet and the Equation Editor Guide and Equation Editor Symbols Key.
     
     
     
            Test Nav Tutorial