__Athletic News:__Boys Basketball and Cheer has begun. Practices in December will lead to the games that will be played in January and February. If you have questions about the schedule, please contact Ms. Bozio.

__Math News:__The top students from each grade are now practicing during Bulldog Time. Of those students practicing, three students will complete in the tournament in February. There will be a final competition the week we return from winter break. Students who are truly interested in making it to the competition team should practice and prepare over winter break.

In January I will be looking to select students to practice for several of the math competitions we will be participating in. Students will be given a placement test. Top scoring students will practice in January and February to compete. Here are some websites that have practice tests and problems for those who want to prepare and have made it their goal to be a Mathlete.

http://www.mathcon.org/study/

http://purplecomet.org/welcome/practice

https://www.artofproblemsolving.com/wiki/index.php/AMC_Problems_and_Solutions

http://www.wismath.org/WMC-Math-Contest

http://www.mathleague.com/index.php/annualcontestinformation/samplecontests

**We are finishing our work in chapter 4 of our text book. Chapter 4 has several single skills that are matched with directions. It is important that your student knows what work and answers should look like for each set of directions. It will be the key to success on the next math test which will take place on Tuesday. For example, when asked to find the prime factorization, students should know that means their work should be factor tress and their final answer is all prime number with their exponents that were in the work they did.**

__Sixth Grade Math-__Please encourage your student to practice for their test over the weekend instead of waiting until Monday night.

**Students have finished the last chapter needed for break and concluded the week with the assessment on that chapter. The chapter included graphing, direct variation, constants and slope. Next week we will review skills by participating in holiday math activities.**

__7A Math--__**Students continued working through chapter 4. The students have finished the lessons for the chapter. We will review for the chapter assessment and have a chapter test on Wednesday of next week. Since all the sections have been learned, students can get a head start studying over the weekend. The assessment will be on proportions, similar figures, scale drawings, and rates/ratios.**

__7B Math--__**Algebra is working on Chapter 6 systems of equations and graphing equations. Students will have a quiz next week and begin preparing for their semester exam. The exam is cumulative covering chapters 1-6. They have already learned 5.5 of the 7 chapters, so they should start preparing. Students should begin preparing their notecard over break. The notecards can have examples, formulas, steps to processes, vocabulary and anything that the student might want to reference for the exam. It needs to be hand written (student’s writing please) or typed and taped to the notecard.**

__Algebra—__**Students have worked through chapter 2 on functions and graphs. Students found this chapter to be more time consuming than difficult and also found that details are very important when trying to get the correct solution. We will learn the final lesson of the chapter on Monday. On Tuesday and Wednesday, we will review and have the assessment on Thursday. This will leave the students with no homework for winter break. Enjoy!**

__Eighth Grade Math--__