Pre-Algebra (7th) and Algebra 1 (8th):
These courses utilize a mastery learning model, where students work on individualized objectives at their own appropriate pace. The goal is to complete all the Algebra I objectives by the end of the 8th grade year.
Algebra courses focus primarily on analyzing expressions, working with variables, solving equations, applying formulas and properties, graphing linear equations, manipulating polynomials, and evaluating radicals.
8th Grade General Math:
This course utilizes a more traditional, whole and small group instruction model.
Instruction focuses on basic algebra concepts, as well as geometry, probability, statistics, and percent concepts. The focus is always to apply essential mathematical skills to real-world applications.
END OF THE YEAR TRIP
The first fundraiser for the 8th grade trip was a Walk-A-Thon on Saturday, October 8. Students made $2,317.
Selling pasties was the next fundraiser, completed in December and making them $2,476. With over $800 carried over from their 7th grade year, they are well on the way to achieving their fundraising goal for the year of $8,000.
Students in the 7th and 8th grade are rewarded for good behavior at the end of each semester with a fun and educational trip. The guidelines used to determine which students have earned the trips can be found in the student handbook.
The end of the year trip for 8th graders has been a 3 day adventure covering many historical, scientific, and entertaining destinations. In the past, students have visited such places as Bannack, the World Museum of Mining, the Old Prison Museum, Yellowstone Park, Libby Dam, Giant Cedars, and the Daly Mansion. For entertainment, we frequently take students to places such as Triple Play Water Park, Silverwood Theme Park, and have even gone white water rafting.