Ms. Staffler and Mrs. Mychajlonka

    Sossaman Middle School - HUSD

    2019 – 2020


    Grow, Learn, Lead


    Contact Information:

    Email:  Erin.Staffler@husd.org  or  Danielle.Mychajlonka@husd.org

    Phone:  480.279.8573 (voicemail only) Room:  225/214

    School Hours:  M - F  8:50 am – 3:50 pm

    Homework Help:  Hours vary please see Canvas for updates

    Conferences are available by appointment.  The best way for parents to reach us is by email.


    Course DescriptionThe curriculum for this course aligns with the College and Career Readiness Standards for Mathematics which may be viewed on the Arizona Department of Education website.  http://www.azed.gov/azccrs/


    Ratios and Proportional Relationships (RP)

     Analyze proportional relationships and use them to solve real‐world and mathematical problems


    The Number System (NS)

     Apply and extend previous understandings of operations with fractions to add, subtract, multiply, and divide rational numbers


    Expressions and Equations (EE)

     Use properties of operations to generate equivalent expressions

     Solve real‐life and mathematical problems using numerical and algebraic expressions and equations


    Geometry (G)

     Draw, construct and describe geometrical figures and describe the relationships between them

     Solve real‐life and mathematical problems involving angle measure, area, surface area, and volume


    Statistics and Probability (SP)

     Use random sampling to draw inferences about a population

     Draw informal comparative inferences about two populations

     Investigate chance processes, and develop, use, and evaluate probability models



    In addition to the above standards, students will also be responsible for understanding the eight mathematical principals associated with out curriculum.  The practices are:



    1. Persevere with Problems
    2. Reason Abstractly and Quantitatively
    3. Construct and Arugment
    4. Model with Mathematics
    5. Use Math Tools
    6. Attend to Precision
    7. Make us of Structure
    8. Use Repeated Reasoning



    This year the students will be using the following curriculum:  Glencoe Math – McGraw Hill Education – Course 2.  Students will be provided with in class materials (course book), but will also have digital access to all curriculum (ebook).  Materials can be accessed by the following link:  http://connected.mcgraw-hill.com/connected/


    Students will also use the ALEKS (Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces) program.  ALEKS is a web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system that follows our curriculum.  ALEKS uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately determine exactly what a student knows and doesn’t know in a course.  ALEKS then instructs the student on the topics she is most ready to learn.




    • Dry Erase Markers and Eraser (Old socks make good erasers)
    • 1 Subject Notebook (Students may need to replenish throughout the school year)
    • Lined Paper
    • #2 Pencils
    • Pencil Erasers
    • Scientific Calculator (Any Brand)

    ***Students may need to restock their supplies throughout the school year***

    Classroom Rules:  District policies are followed as outlined in the school-wide Student Code of Conduct.  Classroom Rules are posted on the bulletin board.  Rules are based on a foundation of Respect & Accountability.


    • Respect your School
    • Respect your Teacher
    • Respect your Classmates
    • Respect Yourself
    • Be Accountable for your Actions and Work


    The progression of consequences if rules aren’t followed:

    1. Verbal warning
    2. Change in seating assignment
    3. Lunch Detention
    4. Complete goal sheet (parent asked to sign and return)
    5. Parent/Teacher Conference
    6. Office Referral

    **In some cases some or all of these steps may be skipped depending on the level of the offense.



    **This class will use internet resources dailyStudents who do not have access to the internet at home will be expected to visit the school or community library.**  Textbooks and curriculum are online. Students will have access to chrome books during class time to assist with online materials. 



    Practice is an important part of learning and mastering math concepts.  Students should expect to practice 15-30 minutes of math concepts daily, in order to reinforce the concepts taught during class.  Students receive credit for the assignment, provided they show their work, document reasonable effort, and turn the assignment in on time.  Students will have 10-15 minutes daily in class to work on this material.


    ALEKS assignments will be accessible on Saturday, each week, and will end on the following Friday at the end of the students’ class period.  No Exceptions.  Weekly ALEKS assignments consist of the following:


    • Weekly Topic – 15 per week (All 417 topics to be Mastered by 05/13/2020 worth 417 points.)
    • ALEKS Homework – 15 questions minimum per week (students ae encourage to retake missed items to improve overall score until due date)
    • Quick Tables (Multiplication and Division)

    Students receive credit for the assignments based on their effort and if the assignments are turned in on time.  Due to the online nature of ALEKS, ALEKS assignments can not be turned in late for credit.  ALEKS assignments must be submitted on the due date.  If a student encounters a Knowledge Check during the week, he/she will need to complete the Knowledge Check, showing improvement, in addition to the week’s assignments.



    Absences / Missed Assignments:

    Students are expected to complete assignments on time.  In the event of an absence, it is the student’s responsibility to check Canvas for notes or assignments on ALEKS.   Tests and Quizzes will be marked ‘0’ until the student returns and takes the assessment. If there are extenuating circumstances that caused the assignment to be missed, parents should contact the teacher to make arrangements.  Always, check Canvas for posts and updates.



    We follow the District Grading Policy.  The grading scale is as follows:

              100% - 90% - A

              89% - 80% - B

              79% - 70% - C

              69% - 60% - D

              59% or below – F


    Weighted Grading Scale:


    Grades are based on 80% Assessments and 20% Practice


    • 80% Assessments
    • 20% Cumulative Semester Final
    • 60% Unit/Module Tests, Quizzes, Checkpoints
    • 20% Practice
    • 20% Classwork and Homework



    • SMS incorporates a zero policy. Assignments will not be accepted that do not meet minimal standards of completion.
    • On all assessments given by the teacher, there is no minimum grade. Students will receive the grade that they earned on the assessment.



      Homework must be complete and “on-time” (ready at the beginning of class). 

      All written assignments need to be done in pencil.

      All supporting work must be shown for each problem.  (Defend your answers!)

      Work must be properly labeled with your name, class hour, and assignment.

      Identify answers

      Extra credit will not be available.




    SMS encourages students to retake Tests on which they performed below their level of mastery (excluding the Final and District Assessments). In order to be eligible to schedule a retake, students must complete the following tasks:


    • Complete the Correction Analysis sheet correctly.
      • Fill out Top Section completely (Name, Date, Assignment correction, Original Score, Parent Signature)
      • Complete the columns as per examples.
      • All work must be shown for each problem that is being corrected.
    • The correction worksheet must be filled out completely including explanations. A student can complete on lined paper, but it must follow the same format. Circle corrections please. Parent signature required.
    • Students are encouraged to attend two homework help sessions; a review (reteach) worksheet will be provided that the students MUST complete prior to retaking the test to ensure understanding.
    • Students may view lessons via Khan Academy. This is highly recommended, especially if a student is unable to attend homework help sessions.
    • Retakes must be done within two weeks of the original testing date. View Canvas for retake dates and times.
    • Only one Retake offered per test and the retake score is the final score.


    A student’s opportunity to make corrections to a test is always subject to teacher discretion.


    Plagiarism/Academic Integrity:

    Academic integrity is expected on all assignments.  Plagiarism is defined as presenting the work of another as one’s own.  Cheating on an assignment or assessment is another activity that violates ethics and school rules.  Any work that exhibits cheating/plagiarism, will result in a zero, parental notification, and disciplinary action may be taken.


    After School Detention (ASD):

    SMS staff and administration believe in the value and importance of teaching students responsibility and accountability.  As a result, students may be assigned After School Detention (ASD).  ASD will be held three days a week.  Students who are assigned ASD will serve on the next scheduled ASD day. Students will not serve on the day it is assigned to allow parents the opportunity to make arrangements to pick up their child.  District transportation cannot be provided for ASD.  Students will need to be picked up no later than 4:30 pm. ASD may be assigned by a teacher for the following reasons:

    • Tardy to Class
    • Unprepared for Class (missing materials, uncharged iPad, etc.)
    • Failure to submit an assignment on the due date

    The ASD program is not meant to address behavior issues in the classroom.  However, a teacher may utilize lunch detention, after school detention, or hold student/parent conference in order to address inappropriate behaviors in the classroom.  These consequences are not related to the ASD program and will be accompanied by communication from the classroom teacher.