Math

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The Middle School math curriculum is designed to strengthen students basic math skills in preparation for higher level math courses. In addition to focusing on content, the preparation includes helping students to overcome any pre-existing math phobias and to see the real-life value and fun of math. The emphasis is jointly on learning how to “do" math and striving to understand why it's done that way. A solid understanding of the math fundamentals are designed to prepare students for explorations in algebra, geometry, and beyond. Eighth graders have a choice of Pre-Algebra or Algebra I. Students with a passion for mathematics are encouraged to participate in American Math Competitions and Math League Contests. 

Courses

Math 6

Math 6 focuses on the basic building blocks for higher level mathematics. Students learn to identify numbers and operations, represent order, compare numbers, and estimate. Algebra is used to analyze and introduce symbols to generalize patterns, recognize properties of operations, and analyze change in various situations. Students are introduced to geometric concepts and taught to analyze and describe the characteristics and properties of 2-D and 3-D shapes, locate and specify points on a grid, and use geometric concepts such as symmetry and transformations. Students learn to determine time, length, perimeter, area, weight, capacity, and temperature. Students collect, organize, analyze, interpret, and display data in tables and graphs and determine the probabilities of outcomes in simple experiments. All concepts are taught with an emphasis on solving real-world problems.

Math 7 

Math 7 students develop their skills in working with fractions, decimals, percentages, measurement ratio and proportion, area, and volume with an emphasis on understanding in order to increase their problem-solving abilities. They study probability, the real number system, equations, and the coordinate plane. Students consider ideas underlying these concepts: Why is a particular skill needed? What kind of problems will it help solve? Mathematics is presented in a manner that is worthwhile, interesting, entertaining, and relevant.

Pre-Algebra

Pre-Algebra focuses on the basic math skills and abstract thinking in preparation for algebra. The first semester is spent working on integers, fractions, decimals, and percents as well as manipulations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Students expand their knowledge of numbers by discussing topics such as exponents, factors, ratios, proportions, patterns, equations, inequalities, triangles, area, and volume. The second semester introduces basic algebra including variables, algebraic expressions, functions, and graphing.

Algebra I 

Algebra I students study the real number system and the basic structure of algebra. Major topics include solving linear equations and inequalities in one and two variables, systems of linear equations, laws of exponents, and basic factoring. Special attention is given to graphing and writing linear equations. Requirement: Recommendation from the 7th grade math teacher or a final grade of 70 or better in Pre-Algebra

Math Faculty

Doug Burns

Doug Burns

Titles: Cissy Patterson Chair in Mathematics, Game Administrator, Outdoor Adventure, House Parent (Watts), Honor Council
Degrees: B.A., Colorado College
M.A., University of Denver
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Melissa Askins

Melissa Askins

Titles: Admission Associate, Mathematics
Degrees: A.A., Business Administration, West Virginia University
B.S., Accounting, University of Charleston
M.A., Education, Cumberland University
Ed.S., Curriculum and Instruction, Tennessee Technological University
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School: 931.463.2129
Margot Burns

Margot Burns

Titles: Mathematics, Assistant Athletic Director, Middle School Soccer (Head), Track and Field (Head), House Parent (Woods)
Degrees: B.A., Colorado College
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School: 931.598.5651 ext. 4130
Neal Johnson

Neal Johnson

Titles: Mathematics, Football, Varsity Boys' Basketball, JV Boys' Basketball (Head), House Parent (Harvey)
Degrees: B.S., Mathematics, The University of the South
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Thomas Priestley

Thomas Priestley

Class of 1996
Titles: Mathematics Department Chair, Middle School Girls' Soccer, Tennis
Degrees: B.A., Philosophy, Davidson College
M.Ed., Learning and Instruction, Vanderbilt University
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Karl Sjolund

Karl Sjolund

Titles: Head of School
Degrees: B.A., Virginia Military Institute
M.A., Columbia University
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School: 931.463.2113