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Welcome, S.M.S. Junior High students and parents!
 
"Flint's Hints" is the website of Mr. Mark Flint, Jr. High Coordinator and Eighth Grade Teacher at St. Mary's School in Melrose, Massachusetts.

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This website is designed primarily for use by Mr. Flint's students and their parents. Students should check this site on a regular basis to obtain homework assignments, receive updates on long-term projects and to look for important announcements pertaining to life at St. Mary's Junior High.
 
Parents are invited to periodically check "Flint's Hints" to verify that all required work is being completed by their son or daughter on time.

My primary goal for all of my students is that they will come to know and experience God by walking the walk of discipleship through prayer, service and dedication to studies.

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SUMMER MATH ASSIGNMENT
(Grade 6 into 7)
In June, you were provided with a summer math packet which contains calendars of daily math activities.The daily activities in this summer math packet will review math concepts and skills of the grade that has just been completed during the 2014-2015 school year. Just a few minutes each day spent “thinking and talking math” will help reinforce the math that has been learned and begin to bridge the foundation for extending to the concepts that will be developed next year. The goal is for you to have fun thinking and working collaboratively to communicate mathematical ideas. While you are working ask how the solution was found and why a particular strategy was chosen.
 

The math practice in the summer packet addresses the Massachusetts Curriculum Framework for Mathematics which incorporates the Common Core Standards addressing these 4 critical areas in Grade 6:

(1) connecting ratio and rate to whole number multiplication and division, and using concepts of ratio and rate to solve problems

(2) completing understanding of division of fractions and extending the notion of number to the system of rational numbers, which

includes negative numbers

(3) writing, interpreting, and using expressions and equations

(4) developing understanding of statistical thinking.

The packet consists of 2 calendar pages, one for July and one for August, as well as directions for math games to be played at home. Literature, worksheets, apps and websites are also recommended to explore mathematics in new ways. You are encouraged to complete at least 15 math days each month. Keep track of all your written math work in a journal, and record your work on the tracking sheets provided in the packet.

 

The packet is due on the second day of school in September! Have fun!

 

SUMMER MATH ASSIGNMENT

(Grade 7 into 8, non-Summer Program participants)

Peterson’s Master the Catholic High School Entrance Exams 2016-2017, published by Peterson’s, copyright 2015. (green and white cover with pictures of students)

 

Directions:

1. Read each section first BEFORE doing the exercises. This will help you to recall and review the material being practiced.

2. Complete the “Exercises” and “Test Yourself” sections on the pages listed below in a brand new notebook. Show all work!        

3. Using the answer key in each section correct your own work. Use a red pen. If an answer is wrong, redo the problem in red ink to show me that you understand where you made your mistake. 

4. Reread the explanation at the beginning of the section to help you with your mistakes, if necessary.

 

PLEASE NOTE: If you find yourself struggling with a particular section, or if you get less than 70% of the problems correct in a given section, please feel free to contact me by email at teacher8a@earthlink.net for some assistance!

 

Assignments:

A) Quantitative Reasoning, pages 209-219

B) Math Concepts, pages 221-234

C) Algebra, pages 234-239

D) Geometry, pages 240-249

E) Word Problems, pages 250-259

F) Series Reasoning, pages 297-315

G) Quantitative Comparisons, pages 317-326

 

Please label each page in your notebook with the specific assignments.

Summer Program participants do not complete this assignment as they are covering this material (and much more!) in the program itself.

 

This assignment is due on the second day of school in September. Have fun!

What are we learning this month?
 
Algebra 8: N/A
 
Pre-Algebra 7: Data Analysis
 
Religion 8: N/A

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A.W.O.W.(Algebra Words of the Week):
N/A
 
P.W.O.W.(Pre-Algebra Words of the Week):
stem-and-leaf plot, frequency, frequency table, histogram, box-and-whisker plot, lower quartile, upper quartile, lower extreme, upper extreme, interquartile range

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8th GRADE ALGEBRA CLASS NOTES BLOGGED!
Get today's Algebra class notes at:
 "Mr. Flint's Math Memos"
Just follow this link:
 
Each day, student scribes from Grade 8 will be blogging the important facts presented in Algebra class. All students and their families are invited to read the daily entries to help them study and to prepare for tests and other assessments.

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MR. FLINT'S EXTRA HELP DAYS:
Wednesday (Grade 8), Thursday (Grade 7) and Friday (Grades 7 and 8)

Blackboard & chalk

Useful Links:
 
Email Mr. Flint
 
For additional Math resources

http://hotmath.com/hotmath_help/games/numbercop/numbercop_hotmath.swf

http://www.aaamath.com/g57-prime-or-composite.html

http://www.superteacherworksheets.com/fractions/fractionstrips-color.pdf

http://illuminations.nctm.org/ActivityDetail.aspx?id=11

http://www.mathleague.com/help/geometry/geometry.htm

http://www.amblesideprimary.com/ambleweb/mentalmaths/protractor.html

http://illuminations.nctm.org/ActivityDetail.aspx?ID=17

http://www.keymath.com/x3314.xml

http://www.nutshellmath.com

http://www.hstutorials.net

http://www.shodor.org/interactivate/lessons/IntroStatistics/

http://amby.com/tests/math/locator.html

http://www.math-play.com/Inequality-Game.html

http://illuminations.nctm.org/ActivityDetail.aspx?ID=64

http://illuminations.nctm.org/ActivityDetail.aspx?ID=11

http://ellerbruch.nmu.edu/cs255/jnord/boxplot.html

http://illuminations.nctm.org/ActivityDetail.aspx?ID=11

www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiHWHT_8WrE

 

For additional Religion resources

(Grade 8):

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_b9UhfhYcYcs/TTDHeW4iLlI/AAAAAAAAAXM/P0a01Sc7xVc/s1600/fra-angelico-the-annunciation.jpg

JUNE CALENDAR OF EVENTS
June 1 - Grade 8 Retreat
June 2 - Awards Ceremony, Class Night Cruise
June 3 - Last day for Grade 8
June 4 - GRADUATION at 7:00 p.m.

SHOW YOUR SMS SPIRIT AND JOIN A CLUB!
Basketball
XCountry
Robotics
Student Council
Band
Strings
Kidstock
 
 

 
 

Congratulations, Class of 2015!
Illustration: Graduation Day

PROBLEM OF THE WEEKEND - GRADE 7
Weekend of TBA
 
Problems of the Weekend have concluded for the year.
Thanks for all of your hard work!

DATE DUE: TBA

 
FCAs
60 - TBA.
30 - TBA
10 - TBA

PROJECT OF THE MONTH - GRADE 8

TBA
 
DATE DUE: TBA
 

 

 

 


ST. MARY'S JR. HIGH PROUDLY SUPPORTS THE BOSTON RED SOX!
 

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SUPPLY LIST - GRADE 8
1 package blue/black pens
1 package red pens
1 dozen # 2 pencils with erasers
2 yellow highlighters
1 12" standard/metric ruler
1 set colored pencils
1 package fine point markers
3 composition notebooks (History, Science, Spanish)
2 5-subject spiral notebooks (Literature, Spanish)
2 3-subject spiral notebooks (ELA, Algebra)
6 2-pocket folders
3 plastic 1" binders with flexible cover (History, Science, Religion)
3 sets binder dividers (History, Science, Religion)
4 packages wide-ruled filler paper
1 homework assignment notebook
2 boxes facial tissue
1 Spanish/English dictionary (if you don't own one)
High School Prep Book: MASTER THE CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL ENTRANCE EXAMS 2016-2017 (published by Peterson's, copyright 2015...green/white cover with pictures of students)

Last updated on June 9, 2015 by Mr. Flint.