Lunsford Middle School          |     2019-2020

    Dr. Oliver | Paul.Oliver@lcps.org


    Welcome to Lunsford Middle School!  I am looking forward to an exciting, productive and rewarding year.  Below, I have outlined the basic structure of this class, including a course overview, class supplies, and our grading policy.  If you have any concerns and/or questions throughout the year, please contact me at school or via email.

    Teaching Goes Both Ways:

    You are now at a point in your education where you can begin to take responsibility for your own learning. You are old enough to know what you need to do when you are having difficulty.

    You are in this class to learn math – and in order to be successful you need to:

    … come to class prepared every day
    … spend quality time practicing concepts
    … be an engaged participant in every class
    … ask questions
    … be kind and respectful to other members of the class, the teacher(s), school, materials, and yourself

    Our math classroom is a learning community where you and your peers will work together to solve problems, learn the skills/strategies of math, and achieve success.  All members of the class should feel free to participate and take risks in the classroom, where questions and suggestions will be heard.  Students will listen and respect each other at all times.  Students will also respect my right to present, explain, and share ideas without interruption.


    For this class, you are required to have a:

    • Bound composition notebook/spiral
    • Folder with loose-leaf paper
    • Pencils
    • Your agenda
    • A binder at home (to compile your summative assessments)

    Absences and Late Work:

    Students are responsible to make up any work they have missed in a timely manner. Late work must be made up before the end of each quarter. Missed assessments will be made up the class after a student returns, unless the teacher decides to extend the time.


    Office Hours, Extra Help and Grading Scale:

    Feel free to contact me if you desire extra help.  I have a set resource block during school hours which might correspond with yours, but I can also meet some mornings before school with prior notice.

    A+   98-100          B+   87-89             C+ 77-79               D+ 67-69              F 0-59

    A     93-97             B     83-86             C    73-76              D    63-66

    A-   90-92             B-    80-82            C-   70-72              D-   60-62


    Grading Policy:

    Only summative assessments (tests) will be used for the quarterly and final grades. Summative assessments will be noted in the grade book with an S next to it (ex. S - Integers). The S stands for Summative.

    Formative Assessments are skill check-ups and are entered into the grade book periodically. These formative assessments are a snap shot of that moment in time and are meant to gauge a student's understanding prior to the summative assessment. They are not calculated into the quarter grade, but they will be entered into the grade book. Formative Assessments will be noted in the grade book with an F next to it (ex. F - Integers). The F stands for Formative.

    Diagnostic Assessments are sometimes given. These are typically not entered into the grade book, nor are they calculated into the grade. These assessments are used to quantify a student's understanding.

    Independent Practice: 

    Independent practice is very important.  It enables students to practice and master skills we are working on in class.  Attempting and completing independent practice is crucial to student learning and is assigned frequently.  I post independent practice on the class website in Phoenix. Homework will encompass many forms, including but not limited to DreamBox (personalized learning) and IXL, as it provides aligned SOL strands for practice. We will utilize shared IXL account access.


    Make-up Work:

    If you are absent, it is your responsibility to make up assignments, obtain notes, etc.  Please make sure you check the online calendar for information if you are absent.  Make-up-assignments must be completed in a timely fashion -- usually this means by within two class blocks.


    Reteaching/Retesting Policy:

    1. If a student scores between a 70%-80% on a summative, they are eligible for a retake, however the highest score that may be earned is an 80%. Optional retakes must be initiated by the student. Being granted a retake is up to the teacher’s discretion and consideration of factors such as but not limited to: the initial completion of homework and the study guide prior to the summative, completion of all additional assignments given to prepare for the retake, time remaining in the quarter, etc. This must occur within two weeks of the summative. Only one optional retake per summative is allowed.
    2. If a student scores below a 70%, the teacher will schedule a re-teaching session and give the student a retake. The new assessment will also have a cap of 80%. The retake will be different from the original assessment but will assess mastery of the same material.  The retakes may be differentiated for different students. Only one retake per summative will be allowed.




    Some of my favorite math websites are listed below.  These sites will give you practice with skills we are learning in class and provide review and enrichment activities.  If you know of additional math websites that are helpful to you, please let me know so I might include them for others to try.


    Scavenger Hunts:

    The Four-Sided Fiasco

    Escape Stormview Mansion

    YouTube's Square Route Tour

    The Case of the Missing Diamond


    DESMOS Math





    Absolute Value Practice Games:






    The Best Math Games!


    This is a fantastic site that has tons of math games designed for FUN!  I use these games often in class for enrichment and challenge opportunities.  The games on this site are so much fun that you often forget you are doing math!





    Jefferson Lab – Similar to the SOL format


    You can select the number of questions and the test generator will provide a practice test for you.   The test questions are similar to the format that the SOL uses for their test.  These are great for practicing test taking strategies and reviewing content. 





    Math Millionaire


    Though you are not going to get real money, answering 15 questions correctly earns you the title of “Math Millionaire”.  Good luck!





    Fun Brain – Variety of Math Games


    Various math review games that will keep your skills sharp!





    Math Playground


    A variety of interactive games to help keep your math skills sharp can be found at this site.  There are also videos that explain many skills we will be learning this year.







    IXL in an amazing site that has practice problems linked to each SOL.  You can practice skills on level, below level for review, or above level.   You can practice up to 20 problems a day without purchasing a subscription.  Purchasing a subscription comes with additional benefits. We will be using this site in class.







    At this site, you can practice middle grade math skills by playing games such as Jeopardy and Millionaire.  Skills include exponents, integers, fractions, and geometry.  Fun, fun, fun!







    Virginia Department of Education:  This site has a list of all of the SOLs for each subject and grade level test.  The parent site also has many other SOL related resources.





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Last Modified on August 20, 2019