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Black River High School

This course is designed for students who have had difficulty in Middle-School math with the goal of preparing them for Algebra, Geometry and other topics at the High School level as defined by the Common Core.


Pre-Algebra, Larson et. al., copyright 2012.  Holt, McDougal Publishing.

Graduation Requirements/Enduring Proficiencies: 

EE Expressions and Equations 
 7.EE.A Use properties of operations to generate equivalent expressions.
 7.EE.B  Solve real-life and mathematical problems using numerical and algebraic expressions and equations.
 8.EE.A  Work with radicals and integer exponents. 
 8.EE.B Understand the connections between proportional relationships, lines, and linear equations. 
 8.EE.C Analyze and solve linear equations and pairs of simultaneous linear equations. 
 7.G.A  Draw construct, and describe geometrical figures and describe the relationships between them. 
 7.G.B Solve real-life and mathematical problems involving angle measure, area, surface area, and volume. 
 8.G.A  Understand congruence and similarity using physical models, transparencies, or geometry software. 
 8.G.B Understand and apply the Pythagorean Theorem. 
 8.G.C  Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving volume of cylinders, cones, and spheres.
 NSNumber Sense 
 7.NS.A Apply and extend previous understandings of operations with fractions. 
 8.NS.A Know that there are numbers that are not rational, and approximate them by rational numbers. 
 RPRatio and Proportional Reasoning 
 7.RP Analyze proportional relationships and use them to solve real-world and mathematical problems. 
 SPStatistics and Probability 
 7.SP.A Use random sampling to draw inferences about a population. 
 7.SP.B Draw informal comparative inferences about two populations. 
 7.SP.C Investigate chance processes and develop, use, and evaluate probability models.
Prerequisite Proficiencies for Other Classes
The proficiencies covered here are prerequisite for high school mathematics.

Assignment Grading (Grades are posted to PowerSchool)

Formative Assignments:  These are used for students to learn and practice the knowledge needed to meet a proficiency.  Parents, teachers, and students use the results of these formative assessments to track student progress and their knowledge of the content/skills being covered in class. Scores on formative assessments have no effect on the grade in a course or the transcript.

Summative Assignments: These are used to determine whether or not a student has met a proficiency. Successful completion of all specified proficiencies is required for course credit. Summatives will be evaluated using a scoring rubric that pertains to each proficiency, and the student will be assigned one of the following scores:

  • Proficient With Distinction - The student has gone above and beyond the target.

  • Proficient - The student is competent in the skill and has met the proficiency.

  • Approaching Proficient - The student has demonstrated limited ability to employ strategies needed to understand the skill.

  • Emerging - The student is attempting the skill.

  • Not Attempted - The student has not begun learning this material yet.

TO PASS THE COURSE, a student must be Proficient or Proficient with Distinction for the Course Content Proficiencies in the table above.

Summative Assessments
Students are allowed to retake any summative assessment, given that they meet with the teacher and complete remedial work.

Late Work

  1. While not encouraged, late work will be accepted.

  2. A grade of zero will be entered into the grade book for a Formative Assignment and a “Not Attempted” score will be recorded for Summative Assignments until the work is submitted.

  3. If a student is absent, they must schedule a time outside of class to acquire any missing work.  It is suggested that the student e-mail me at toby.milne@trsu.org asking for missed work.

The school policy on cheating/plagiarism in the student handbook will be strictly followed.

Teacher Contact Information
Mr. Milne's email: toby.milne@trsu.org