December 13, 2017

Mandatory Summer Math Enrichment for High School

Dear Parents,

In efforts to encourage continued learning, and further develop mastery in various subject areas, we require students to complete a summer enrichment experience.  Two examples of such experiences have been the summer reading assignment  and summer math packets.  This year we have made a few improvements to these assignments to ensure that students are engaging in meaningful and rigorous learning.

The second change is to the traditional summer math review.  This year, instead of giving out written math packets for every grade, we are piloting a new online math review course through a web-based program called Aleks for grades listed below.  Aleks is a math program developed by University of California Berkley to help students review, learn, or remediate math.  It is currently used by school districts such as Grosse Pointe, Ann Arbor, and Farmington Hills, as well as major universities like Purdue, Michigan State,  and Oakland University.  On Friday May 31, 2013, students took an online math assessment through Aleks based on the math course they took this school year.  Once they completed the assessment, Aleks provided a snap shot in the form of a pie chart that detailed the math topics in which students demonstrated mastery and the topics with which they need more help and instruction.  Based on these results, an individualized learning program is created for each student to work through over the next couple of months.  Students will required to do the following to maximize the effectiveness of math summer enrichment:

  1. Complete at least 20 hours of learning time in Aleks over the summer (approximately 2 hours per week)
  2. - Maintain a “show your work” journal that records the math lessons they complete over the summer due on the first day of classes
  3. - Demonstrate at least 30% improvement in their mastery of topics from their first assessment

* Although the minimum progress requirement is 30% a good personal goal would be striving for 85% mastery overall in the Aleks course.*

Students have been provided with a information packet that explains these requirements and general information about Aleks. If you have any questions about Aleks you may contact either Alisa Ruffin by email at aruffin@southfieldchristian.org or Peter Ward at pward@southfieldchristian.org.

 

  • All Algebra 1 students going into Geometry – ALEKS
  • 9th grade students going from Geometry into Algebra 2 – ALEKS
  • 10th grade students going from Geometry into Algebra 2 – Geometry Book
  • 10th grade students going from Algebra 2 into Statistics – HS Math Review Book & Practice ACT (click here for packet Practice ACT)
  • 11th grade students going from Algebra 2 into Statistics – Algebra 2 to Statistics & Practice ACT (click here for packets Algebra 2 to Statistics and Practice ACT)
  • 10th grade students going from Algebra 2 to Precalculus – HS Math Review Book & Algebra 2 to Precalculus (click here for packet Algebra 2 to Precalculus)
  • 11th grade students going from Algebra 2 to Precalculus – Algebra 2 to Precalculus (click here for packet Algebra 2 to Precalculus)
  • All students going from Precalculus to Statistics – Practice ACT (click here for packet Practice ACT)
  • All students going from Precalculs to AP Calculus – ALEKS