Duxbury Middle School
Grade 8 - Team 8A - Algebra I
Welcome to my website and 8th grade Algebra I!
I am looking forward to our class and our year together! This year you will expand your equation solving skills and your knowledge of exponents, rational and irrational numbers, and radicals. You will learn about and recognize a constant rate of change in data, and you will learn the difference between a relation and a function. In addition, you will learn the components of a line such as its slope, its intercepts, the different forms of its equations, and the various methods to graph a line on the coordinate plane. Throughout the year, concepts are applied to real life situations so you can understand their applications and find relevance. Polynomials are introduced, and graphing quadratic equations will be a new experience as the course moves from lines to curves. Finally, our class will explore the features of the graphing calculator and use it to graph many of the concepts learned in class!
I also believe that it is part of my job to prepare you for high school and ultimately for the 21st Century Workplace. I believe work ethic plays a critical role in one's success, so I try to encourage and cultivate a strong work ethic in my students. For many of you algebra will not be easy, so as the saying goes, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try, again"!!
We all will make mistakes, and that's OK!!!
My class motto is to "Be Better". Every day strive to: "Be Better" in the effort you give in completing your homework; "Be Better" at participating in class; "Be Better" about showing all of your work. "Be a Better" friend. Come prepared with your supplies and assignments, and commit to giving your very best effort each day!
I use Schoology for posting classwork, videos, and homework. Expect assignments to be posted by 5 pm each day for your convenience. This is a backup for your agenda, therefore it is important that you write homework assignments in your agenda or on your laptop so you know your homework responsibilities. I also encourage you to ask questions in class because this is your class, and if you have a question, someone else probably has the same question!! So ask! I'm sure others will be glad you did. If you leave class and you are unsure of something, drop in after school for clarification. I don't want you to begin homework confused!! I am available for help after school most days and I am in Homework Club in the school library on Thursdays. Please drop by if you have any questions, and be assured that a question is never too minor or "stupid"!!! We will work together to find the answer!!
Finally, please be sure to read the tab "Expectations and Supplies" and come to class with all required supplies. Be prepared so you will "Be Better" in class!
Thanks so much, and I look forward to an exciting year of growth at DMS and in Room B342!
Some Eighth Grade pictures:
8th grade algebra class using the TI83 Students gathering data for graphs Students explaining their solution to the class
or TI84 Plus graphing calculators
Volunteering at Rosie's Place in April Canobie Lake Park Field Trip in June
About my family:
My husband Michael and I have two sons, Rich and Phil. I'm a native of Indiana and I graduated from Indiana University with a B.S. in Mathematics and a minor in Germanic Languages. I taught one year of high school Geometry and German in Fort Wayne, Indiana. I then began a career in computer science at Sears, Roebuck, and Co. in Chicago and after three years became one of their data processing instructors.
I met my husband Michael in Chicago. We married and then we lived in various parts of the country: San Francisco where I worked for Bank of America; Madison, CT where I worked for Travelers Insurance in Hartford; Glen Rock, NJ where I worked for Online Software, Int’l; Louisville, KY where we began our family; and now Duxbury, where we have lived for the past 23 years.
This is my 16th year teaching Algebra I in the Duxbury School System. In addition to teaching Algebra at DMS, I run the Thursday Homework Club and for nine years I chaperoned the Eighth Grade Nature’s Classroom Trip. Click on my Nature's Classroom podcast for a glimpse into the experience! I encourage everyone to participate and go on the camping trip because it’s an absolute blast! The past two years, I have taken groups of students to Rosie's Place to volunteer, cook, and serve lunch to their patrons. We go twice a year and it is a wonderful and very reflective experience. I encourage all of you students to think about participating!
When I am not working, I enjoy gardening, knitting, kayaking, reading, exercising, experimenting in the kitchen, and playing with our dog, "Blizzard".
Now a little about my sons:
My older son Richard was a 2008 DHS Grad. While at DHS, he was a member of NHS, played trombone in the band, and he was Captain of the golf, hockey, and baseball teams. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Connecticut in 2012 with a BS in Accounting. He passed the CPA exam and after a few years with PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Duff and Phelps, he now works for Provident Healthcare Partners Investment Banking in Boston. Rich lives in South Boston and continues to golf and play hockey in a men's league at the Rockland Rink.
My younger son Phillip graduated from Virginia Tech with a BS in Finance in 2016. He was a member of the men's baseball team and Captain his Senior year. After graduating he spent a year as the Director of Baseball Operations for Virginia Tech. and now works for JDL Interiors in Boston. He attended DHS for two years, played trumpet in the band, and was on the varsity golf, hockey, and baseball teams with Rich. He transferred to the Noble & Greenough School in Dedham and like Rich, Phil was also Captain of the Nobles' varsity hockey and baseball teams. He still enjoys the game of golf and plays men's softball and hockey.
More family photos:
"Blizzard" Harbor Town Golf Links, In the yard with "Blizzard" Family Vacation!!!
our white golden Hilton Head
Rich Rich fly fishing in the Shucking oysters Rich and my mother
Phil Phil playing baseball at VTECH
On vacation in St. John My "Cool Dudes" Mom's 89th birthday
celebration in July
We enjoy our kayaks in Duxbury Bay "The Bean" in Chicago w/my best friend! My Mom and I
Our beautiful beach at sunset!