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Schoology Groups Online for Each Period

Students, you should log in to your schoology account and look at the top bar for a message from me.  When you see the message, click on the ACCEPT button and you will be in the Group for your class.  This will assist you in getting Math help, getting assignments, and helping others.  Please join the group for class assignment credit.

Trick to Finding Cube Roots (all middle school students should know this!)

I found this great video on how to find cube roots after memorizing the first ten.  It is really pretty cool and I doubt you will ever get it wrong after that! 

Take a look:


Copy, cut and past the URL so you can look too!

Mrs. Dillmore


Amateur Architect Projects (that were due before the winter holiday)

All Amateur Architect Projects are Due on Monday the 8th.  If you have not turned them in completed you must have them done by then.  

On the ones that were already graded, you may get your original project and fix the ones you missed.  You MUST give me an attached list of each page you changed to make it easier to grade.  These corrections will be due on January 9 during your class period.  This will be he only time you will have a chance to fix this project.  

Classroom Behavior

Behavior in a classroom affects every student.  When students are trying to learn subjects that are difficult to them, such as Math, children who talk near them or to them during the teaching will miss some of the instruction, and therefore will not be able to pass the tests that have information that was covered during that moment of teaching.  Not every student thinks at the same speed as the other students, and sometimes it takes a few moments to absorb the meanings or methods of difficult material. 


Students who are eager and willing to learn often suffer at the voices of disruptive students who hold conversations any place in the room because voices carry the noise to them.  Many students do not know the impact of their discussions on their peers.  Please take a moment to discuss with your child their behavior in the classroom when it comes to talking, getting out of seats without permission and blurting out answers when others are trying to answer.  All of these behaviors hurt the other students.


Because of the impact on their peers, students will earn a less than excellent grade if they are disrupting in the class three times in a five week grading period.  If they persist past three incidents, they will earn a grade of U for behavior.  It is patently unfair for students not to be respectful to their peers ability to learn, and we lose time when that student is seeking attention through bad behavior.  All students have the right to learn in a safe and respectful environment.  Be sure your child is being respectful of others in the class and being respectful of the small amount of time we are all together in the class to learn.  Your support is appreciated.

Geometry: The difference between Congruence and Equality properties

What is the main difference between a property of equality and a property of congruence?
In geometry, a "figure" is a set of points in the plane. So, two figures are equal if they have the same points. In other words, two equal figures are exactly equal: the same figure. Congruent figures have the same shape and size (informally) but possibly different points.  Congruence is used for shapes, and equal is used for lines that are equal in length.  Therefore when doing proofs, a line segment that is equal to another line segment would be equal if they have the same length and not congruent.

How to do Financial Literacy Problems page 38

The formula is I=PRT or Interest equals Principal times rate times time.
The Interest is usually what you want to find. The principal is the amount they had to start with or invested, or deposited. The Rate is the interest rate annually or per year. The time is the number of days, weeks, months or years it is invested. All interest is calculated annually or for twelve months.'s like any other problem, turn them all into numbers such as a decimal and multiply them out. If it is one year you would multiply it by one. If it is three months, then this is three of twelve months or one fourth of a year.  If they have $500 in principal, at 4% interest per year and two years of investment, you multiply five hundred dollars times .04 times 2 and that will give you the interest. On the second one, you do the same thing, this time with $350 times 0.062 times 3 will give you the interest. See worksheet for the rest of the problems.

Summer Homework on Khan Academy for all incoming Seventh Grade Students

Make an account if you do not already have one. Use your school email, or a gmail. Do not use facebook or you will not be able to login at school later.  Your parents can also make their own account and create one for you as their child. If you are not able to figure out how to make your own account, email Mrs. Maokhampio at <> and she will make one for you and tell you the login information. 

Login and go to the grade level assigned to you based on your final math grade or math class level.  This will ensure that you are getting the level review that you need as well as the amount of work time necessary for you to be successful next year.

Be sure to start with the mastery challenge when you start a new grade level (dark blue green box). This is a test to see how much you already know. If you answer everything right, then you pass everything faster. If you get the answer wrong, then you get practice topics assigned to you to work on until you master that skill.

Regular Math Classes

F Grade
  If your math grade this year was a F, start with kindergarten topics to practice. Do at least 20 minutes, 5 times a day! Move on ONLY after mastering that grade level.

D Grade
  If your math grade this year was a D, start with 1st grade math to practice.  Do at least 20 minutes, 4 times a day! Move on ONLY after mastering that grade level.

C Grade
  If your math grade this year was C, do math from levels 2nd to 3rd grade. Do at least 20 minutes, 3 times a day!  Move on ONLY after mastering those grade levels.

B Grade
  If you math grade this year was a B, do math from levels 3rd to 4th grade.  Do at least 20 minutes, 2 times a day!  Move on ONLY after mastering those grades levels.

A Grade
If your math grade this year was an A, do math from 4th to 5th grade. Do at least 20 minutes a day!  Move on ONLY after mastering those grade levels.

If you just finished math 6 honors, or math 7 honors, do math from the grade level you just finished. Do at least 20 minutes a day!

If you are in highly accelerated math 6, or accelerated math 7, you are taking 9th grade Algebra 1 next year, so your homework will instead be 8th grade math.  Do at least 20 minutes a day! 

If you just finished Algebra 1, do math from both Algebra 1 and Geometry. Do at least 20 minutes a day!

No matter what teacher you get next year, whether it is Ms. Dillmore, Ms. Shanley, or Ms. Maokhampio, your summer homework MINUTES will be recorded on Khan Academy and that is what we will be using as your first grades in class. If you do not do the summer assignment, you will have extra work during the school year to catch up for missing the work.

Math Study Tips

Parents often ask how they can improve their child's math abilities.  Here are some of the tips I have used with parents over the past twelve years:

  • Buy or create a laminated multiplication chart that you can put up in your tub at home.  Why the tub?  Where else are your children getting complete privacy that they can't take electronics with them?  The tub is a perfect place.  Get a chart with larger numbers if your child wears glasses to read.
  • Look at your child's notes when they come home, especially in Math.  I have a rule:  When I write, you write.  This way they know they have to take good notes in class and that someone at home will look at it.
  • Play math games at home.  Card games, games where dice are used, or other games that are involving addition or multiplication and division are great for them to practice math on the fly.
  • Do flash cards for all vocabulary words and concepts.  Don't use a whole 3x5 card, use half of it.  They are easier to hold and easier to conceal and carry.  Put examples, definitions, concepts on the cards for each chapter, and divide each card set with a colored card so they are easily recognized.  They should have more than two hundred cards each year that cover their concepts.
  • Get Math Apps that the kids can play on their iPads or cell phones.  Factoring games and multiplication games are very helpful.
  • Use for study time.  Fifteen minutes a day using this great site for each of your concepts is very helpful.
  • And last of all, do your homework before dinner.  Do it before you are too tired to think.

Good Luck

Mrs. Dillmore

Math Advanced 7 A and 7B






2017-2018 School Year

Math 7A and 7B Advanced and

Math 8A and 8B


Mrs. Dillmore, M.Ed
Emerson Community Charter Middle School





Math 7A and 7B cover the following skills:

Chapter 1 Ratios and Proportional Reasoning

Math 8A and 8 B cover the following skills:

Chapter 1 Real Numbers






Students will master the skills listed above through in class assignments, homework, projects, quizzes, and tests.  Students evidence of these skills will be demonstrated individually as well as in a groupUpon completion of the seventh grade material, students will move to eighth grade material.  A prerequisite for entering the eighth grade material is to master the seventh grade material evidenced through an exam.


All graded work will be posted on Schoology.  You may view Schoology any time of day any day of the week, and you may communicate through Schoology messaging.  Behavior grades will be tracked separately. Emails for parents is a necessary component of both programs, so please send your email address to me at the above email address.  Contact the counseling office if you need to know how to sign into Schoology.   Make sure both you and your student look at the grade work weekly, so there will be no issues or surprises concerning graded work.


Behavior and Cooperation

The rubric for behavior and cooperation is separate from this document.  Please read and sign a copy of the rubric for student behavior and cooperation.  Disruption of the class for any reason will not be acceptable. Students have a right to learn, and support from all students is necessary to keep the information flow.  Students will be given a U for work habits if they fail to turn in assignments and homework. 



Homework is generally given five nights a week.  Students are required to record their homework assignments on their Emerson CC Middle School planners. Some of the “Work Habits” grade is based upon homework completion. (see the rubric)  There will be periodic homework checks through the process of peer checking and review.  Assignments will be entered into the grade format randomly, and without prior notice, so doing the homework daily is critical.  The process includes accountability and will be a part of the daily homework grade.   Homework must be on time at all times.  Students who turn work in late will not receive credit.  Even if you do not understand the homework, you must make an attempt to complete all questions before it is due.  The only exception is if you have an excused absence and assignments will be due within 24 hours of your return.  Be aware, there is no makeup for missing homework and it may impact your academic grades. 


Student Responsibilities

Students will be on time and ready to work. Students are expected to maintain a B average to remain eligible for this class.  There are ample opportunities to get assistance in math, including via messaging in Schoology, after school program tutoring or after school tutoring by me when I am available. 



Math textbook (consumable) for Course 2

Math Textbook (consumable) for Course 3 (if applicable)

Spiral Notebook for notes

Pencils as needed

Flash drive if needed

Scientific Calculator

Notebook paper to turn in assignments



Marking Policy:

Marking Policy:

Student grades will be standard ten percent increments from A through F.

A= 100-90 percent

B= 89-80 percent

C= 79-70 percent

D= 69-60 percent

F= Below 59 percent


Behavior and Cooperation Rubric:  Please see the separate page for this section.


Ethics:  Cheating is not acceptable, even if it is as simple as copying homework.  All work must be authentic and your own.  


Middle School Math Pathways

Supplies for Seventh Grade Math and Eighth Grade Students

Please make sure when shopping for your school supplies you get plenty of the following:

  • Pencils (don't underestimate the number you might need.  Allow for at least one to two per week)
  • Notebook paper (you must show work on all math tests and quizzes, so get plenty!)
  • Erasers (since pen is not allowed on Math homework or classwork and tests, get erasers for the mistakes you might make)
  • Math Graph paper
  • Protractor
  • Compass
  • Red, Blue, Black and Green pen
  • Highlighters in various colors
  • Composition book for taking notes