# MS Mathematics

Grade 6

The Grade 6 Mathematics students celebrated pi day by making their own “Pi City”. Students used bar graphs to represent each digit of pi. They enjoyed creating their own city as they were given the freedom to be creative in designing their own cities. The students did some excellent work!

The sixth graders have, at this time, done some extensive lessons in fractions. Students are able to master concepts in fraction addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. They are now extending this concept as they apply fraction concepts in ratios, rates and proportions.

Grade 7 Pre-Algebra

How can you use math to describe the steepness of a trail?  Students in Grade 7 Pre-Algebra are finally able to answer this question as they are now learning about slope and rate of change. They will also soon be able to write and graph linear equations in two variables, graph and solve systems of linear equations, and graph linear inequalities.  You may ask yourself  “Why in the world would anyone want to know these things?”   Just ask a 7th grader and they will be able to give you some real-world applications.  Their most favorite example…

Graph the amount of time you spend on your smartphone versus your academic performance?

Well, it’s my favorite!

Grade 8 Algebra

Students in Grade 8 Algebra have just completed the INFAMOUS chapter 9 which involves Polynomials and Factoring.  Factoring is an integral part of Algebra 1 and must be mastered in order to excel in Algebra 2, and that is why we take our time with this section.  We are now beginning Chapter 10 which involves Quadratic Equations and Functions. This is useful for solving real-world situations involving vertical motion.  For example, students will be able to write and solve a quadratic equation to find the time a skier is in the air during a jump. A problem like this is typical when studying Physics and Calculus in the 10th and 11th grade.

# MS Art

Grade 6 artists are finishing up their paintings based on Pop Artist Keith Haring.  Haring is well known for his easily recognizable, solid colored “dancing” figures that are outlined in black.  Haring started creating art in the New York City subway system. His work can be found all of the world. To learn more about Keith Haring, visit http://www.haringkids.com  Some  grade 6 artists challenged themselves by creating their own hues instead of using only primary or secondary colors.

Grade 8B learned about American painter Grant Wood.  Grant Wood is known for his “all American” style of art.  He grew up in rural Iowa in the early 1900s. His paintings show the love he had for the people and farming customs of midwestern United States.  His most famous painting, American Gothic, is the most parodied artwork in history. Eighth grade artists created their own parody, or spoof, based on Wood’s famous painting.  You can check out all of the fabulous Middle School artwork at our annual art show on May 10th.

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