Fairbanks, Donna
Grade 7 Math
Harrington, Stacey
Grade 7 Math
McKeon, Kristen
Grade 8 Math
McRae, Michelle
Grade 6 Math
Paone, Michael
Grade 8 Math
Snowling, Janet
Grade 6 Math

KMS and the Common Core State Standards

Math classes at KMS are based on the Common Core State Standards, a rigorous set of standards which have been adopted in 46 US states, whose aim is to prepare students for college and career. Although many parents feel confused and intimidated by what feels like "new math," the main shift we are seeing in math is in the type and intent of instruction. The Common Core urges teachers to teach for deeper understanding of concepts, rather than rote memorization of procedures. This shift can make it difficult for parents to help children at home. However, students will rise to the higher expectations, and will become mathematical thinkers who can apply their learning to real-world situations and to other content areas.

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Smarter Balanced Assessment

The Smarter Balanced Assessment will be administered to students in the spring of 2015. For information about the Smarter Balanced Assessment, visit the website:

Use this link to see a sample Smarter Balanced Assessment:

Math Classes at KMS

At KMS, classes are grouped in each cluster in the following manner:

Grade 6 - Five classes of one math level- all grouped heterogeneously  Programs utilized: Big Ideas Green  Additional supplemental materials vary

Grade 7  -Four classes of one level-all grouped heterogeneously  Programs utilized: Big Ideas Red  Additional supplemental materials vary  - One Accelerated class:Program utilized: Big Ideas Red Accelerated and other supplemental materials

Grade 8  -Four classes of one level-all grouped heterogeneously  Programs utilized; Big Ideas Blue  Additional supplemental materials vary  -One "Topics in Algebra" class:Program utilized; Algebra 1 Glencoe McGraw Hill

Math Websites


The online component of our principle resource, Big Ideas. Students and parents can see all textbook content, as well as additional resources. The ad free version of the site, which includes tutorials aligned to each example in each section, is password protected. Contact your child's math teacher if you need the password.


An instructional site to which KMS subscribes. MobyMax finds gaps in students' knowledge, then provides lessons and practice in those areas.There is also math fluency practice in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Students who are interested but do not know how to sign in should speak with their math teacher.


A resource with an almost unlimited amount of video lessons, practice questions, and interactive challenges. By registering for a free account, students can work at their own pace and track their progress.

ILLUMINATIONS : This is a partnership between the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and the MarcoPolo Education Foundation. There are wonderful activities for students in Pre School to Grade 12.

FIGURETHIS : This site focuses on helping families enjoy mathematics outside school through a series of fun and engaging, high-quality challenges!!! 

MATHCOUNTS : Mathcounts is a national mathematics program, offered by KMS, for middle school students who have above-average math skills and who enjoy math challenges. However, students not involved in Mathcounts, but who are looking for additional challenge will find this site to be perfect! Check out the Problem of the Week!


The Math League is an enrichment program offered to qualifying students in grades 6, 7, and 8. The website offers Sample Contests, which students can complete to help them prepare for the Math League Contest in February. Any student interested in solving challenging and worthwhile problems can try the Sample Contests. Enrolled students are given a username and password to access the Adaptive Learning System.


MathFax is an enrichment program used in grades 6, 7, and 8. The website will allow you to see test scores from this nationwide competition.

Mathematical Habits of Mind

"MATHEMATICAL HABITS OF MIND" (Adapted from "Understanding University Success and A Consensus Model for Preservice Teacher Education in Mathematics and Science".) We are listing all eighteen habits of mind because we believe they truly encapture our philosopy of teaching mathematics and our belief that all students can become successful mathematicians.

We would like students to:

 1. Be curious about "how" and "why" math works  2. Take risks when doing math  3. Work hard and be persistent when doing math  4. Value exploration and investigation when doing math  5. Develop confidence in solving math problems  6. Develop math intuition when solving math problems  7. Develop logical thinking skills when solving math problems  8. Write and discuss math using math terms correctly  9. Learn how to estimate effectively 10. Be able to check answers for reasonableness and accuracy 11. Know when and how to use different problem solving strategies 12. Know how to use technology appropriately and effectively 13. Appreciate that math is the language of nature and science 14. Use math to simplify and make sense of real-life situations 15. Recognize that it is possible to learn from mistakes 16. Become quantitatively literate 17. Be able to work effectively as a member of a group 18. Be able to work effectively alone