Wednesday, May 22, 2013

FREE Box Tops for our school!

Follow these simple instructions to help our school earn some extra cash! :)

Go to the following link:

1. Log into Facebook
2. Like Box Tops for Education
3. Search for PCMS by zip code (66762)
4. Select our school to earn 5 FREE Box Tops worth 50 cents!!

Don't forget to collect the Box Tops from the everyday items you use at home! Save them all summer and bring them back to school to help use earn even more money!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Parent Survey


As the school year is coming to a close I would like to thank you all for your support in the educational progress of your child. Your children have shown tremendous growth in math and I know it would not have been possible without your steady support and at home.

In order for me to continue to grow as an educator it would be very helpful if you could answer the following questions about your child’s school experience this year.

Thank you in advance,
Sarah Dees

Here's the link to the survey:

(Students will have a separate quiz that is taken tomorrow in class.)

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Pre-Algebra Update

In Pre-Algebra, we have been experimenting with a new way to learn.  Using iPads, iPods, and iPhones we have used an app, NearPod.  If you have a student in Pre-Algebra, ask them about this experience. We have had the usual problems with new technology, but have worked through them and had a great learning experience.  

Here are some pictures of students hard at work in the classroom:

Here's the Slope diagram for Pre-Algebra. Students wanted me to share this.'s a fun video from Flocabulary, a rap song, about linear functions and writing equations. Maybe it will get stuck in your head and help you on your test on Friday.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Final Four Challenge!!!

I've told you all how much I LOVE March Madness...SO I'm bringing it to our class!

Fill out the following Final Four Bracket (or draw one that looks like it on your own paper) and include your name.

It's easy!! Just pick which teams YOU believe will be in the final four, then choose the two teams for the championships, and finally choose the national champion. Also, include a final score.

Bring this to me by 3:05 on Tuesday WITH 2 dragon dollars! We will display them. Winners will split all dragon dollars collect (and earn bragging rights!!).

THEN we will use your brackets in our upcoming probability chapter too!

P.S. I'm sure the National Champion will either be Kansas or Wichita State, just saying! :)

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

iPad Mini Giveaway & Great Site

If you already have an Apple product, check out this site for some great Apps for kids to use. I relly like this site and use quite a few apps I have found on their site.

They are also giving away an iPad mini Giveaway

Friday, March 15, 2013

Pi Day Results!

Mrs. Rooks, Mr. Hull and I are so proud of everyone that participated in our contest yesterday. It was very impressive! You all have received many, many compliments from teachers all over the building.



Joey  81
Daniel  53
Courtney  50
Evie  23
Walt  18
Demarrio  17
Cassie  17
Eli  13
Griffin  11
Keith  7
Marque  5
Mr. Wadell 130

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Area & Perimeter Formulas Quiz

Click on the appropriate quiz (number given in class).

Quiz 1:

Quiz 2:

Quiz 3:

When you've completed and submitted your quiz, you may play these games:
Area & Perimeter of Rectangles
Shape Surveyor
Cyber Change
Design a Party
Airlines Builder


Saturday, March 9, 2013

Pi Day is Coming!!

To prepare us for Pi Day on Thursday, here are a few people reciting the number. Remember, you too can join them!

We are having a reciting contest on Thursday 3/14 at lunch in my room. Hope to see you there!

What NOT to do:

Even the young ones are doing it...

How about while performing other tricks?

And the Celebrities...

How about over 600 digits??

I am looking forward to hearing each of you on Thursday!!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Chapter Tests

Do your best, take your time, and I know you will do well!

Remember to always show all work.

Course 2:


Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Baseball Project - Infographic

We will complete our baseball projects by creating an infographic online. This will be a visually pleasing way to show the statistics we have calculated.

Course 2 will use the following website to create their graphic.
Log-in: sdees
Password: Given in Class

*Click: New Infographic
*Choose an appropriate template.

Required for your graphic:
  • Player's Name
  • Player's Team
  • Player's Position
  • Circle Graph showing percent of whole (figured in class)
Here is my example:

Pre-Algbera will use the following website to create their graphic.
Log-in: sdees
Password: Given in Class

*Use the Sporter Theme

Required for your graphic:

  • Player's Name
  • Player's Team
  • Player's Position
  • Circle Graph showing percent of whole (figured in class)

The rest of your graphic is up to you, make sure you are making it look professional. Remember, you are trying to get someone to want to hire your player, no matter their statistics.

Here's my example:

Monday, March 4, 2013

Challenge Problem 3/4-3/8

This Week's Extra Credit Challenge Problem. Remember, answers due by end of the day on Friday.

A cube, painted green on the outside and measuring 15 centimeters on each edge, is cut into congruent cubes measuring 5 centimeters on each edge. How many of the small cubes will have 0 green sides? 1 green side? 2 green sides? 3 green sides?

Sunday, March 3, 2013


Morning FIRE:

  • You may come to school every day at 6:50 AM
  • Work on ANY work or read with me in my classroom
  • Open to ANY PCMS student
  • You may also get your breakfast and bring it in and eat while you work
  • You will have access to many resources: me, books, computers, etc.

Afternoon FIRE:

  • After school programthat is open to ALL students!
  • Homework time each day for about 30-45 minutes
  • Participate in hands on activities and games. 
  • Snack served
  • FIRE is everyday until 5
There is also bus transportation, drop off locations:
  • George Nettels
  • Westside
  • Lakeside
  • Cleveland and Walnut
  • Smelter and Washington
  • 4th and Highland
  • 13th and Rouse
  • 16th and Rouse

If you have any questions, feel free to ask me and I'll find the answer! This is a great opportunity for all of us at PCMS!

Let's Plan a Class Trip!

Work your way through the following video lesson. Be sure to follow all directions.

You will need a pair of headphones, pencil, paper, and calculator.


When you're finished, play these games to practice percents.

Balloon Invaders 
Penguin Waiter Game
Shopping at Troy's Toys
Math at the Mall
Finding the Part
Saloon Snap

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Did you remember your fuzzy mittens?

I have a challenge for YOU!

Will you survive the climb?

Work your way through the following Prezi to find out!


Pi Day is Coming!!!! 
March 14th, to be exact! 

We will have some awesome festivities that day, but there will also be a CONTEST!! 
It will be our SECOND ANNUAL Memorize the Digits of Pi Contest. 
Any 7th grader can participate, just sign up with your math teacher!!

Today's Lesson PowerPoints

It was suggested that I share my PowerPoints with you all. This is the best way I know how. I think this should work pretty well, let me know and I'll be happy to make it better!

Pre-Algebra Lesson 7-6: Percent of Change, Discount, Mark up

Percent of change = amount of change / original amount

Course 2: Discount

Course 2: Sales Tax & Tip

Sock Puppet Percent Review

Here's a little quick review, with the help of Fred and Lucy!

1. 2. 3. 4.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Sock Puppets, anyone?

Watch this video for a little preview of what's to come tomorrow!

Are you on FIRE?

PCMS has an after school program starting on Monday that is open to ALL students!

FIRE is our upcoming after school program.  There will be homework time each day for about 30-45 minutes.  You will also get to participate in hands on activities and games.  There will also a snack served.  It will be a lot of fun and something do after school.

FIRE is everyday until 5. There are sign up forms in the office if you're interested in signing up.

There is also bus transportation when FIRE is over if you're interested.
The following places are drop off spots:
George Nettels
Cleveland and Walnut
Smelter and Washington
4th and Highland
13th and Rouse

16th and Rouse

If you have any questions, feel free to ask me and I'll find the answer! This is a great opportunity for all of us at PCMS!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Videos for Lesson - Wednesday 2/27

Dear Substitute, 

Please show the following videos to the appropriate class BEFORE giving the assignment. These videos should help refresh students' memory of previously taught lessons.

Thank you!

All Core Math Classes:

Percent of a Number

Remember, we learned two ways of doing this....

Percent Proportion

is/of = percent/100 OR part/whole = percent/100

Percent Equation.

part = percent x whole  (percent MUST be a decimal)

YOU may choose YOUR FAVORITE way to solve the problems in your homework, but you MUST show your work.

Course 2 Assignment: EP 16 Part AB #1-20 all

Pre-Algebra Assignment: EP 16 Part 7-5 #1-16 all

Target Math Class:

Integer Addition - remember how we solved them using the sticks. 

As you complete your assignment, you may use the manipulative sticks or draw pictures if necessary.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Videos for Lesson - Monday 2/25

Dear Substitute, 

Please show the following videos to the appropriate class BEFORE giving the assignment. These videos should help refresh students' memory of previously taught lessons.

Thank you!

Course 2 (Hour 2, 7, 8)

Percent of Change (helpful hints are written on the white board)

Homework: Percent Change Worksheet (below) - Due Tuesday!
(Show ALL work, you may use the back or another sheet, if needed.)

Pre-Algebra (Hour 3)

Percent Equation (all problems should be solved with an equation, showing all work)
part = percent x whole --> percents are written as a decimal

Homework: Percent Equations Worksheet (below) - Due Tuesday 
(Show ALL work, you may use the back or another sheet if needed.)

Math Target (Hour 4)

Using Integers in the Real World

Types of Numbers

Classwork: Integer Addition/Subtraction Worksheet
Choose one of the following ways to solve: 
1. Concrete: Use the manipulatives (sticks).
2. Representational: Draw pictures of the sticks.
3. Abstract: Think of the pictures in your head.

*Please complete worksheet and have it graded by the teacher. Correct problems missed until all problems are correct.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

For Your Viewing Pleasure...

We've had a mini-vacation from school these past few days and I'm missing all of my wonderful seventh graders. Since I can't teach you, I thought I could share some YouTube videos about percents with you! 

 Remember, you can always send me a message or email asking for some missing assignments to work on! :)

Percent of a Number Song 

  • defines a percent
  • relates percents, fractions, decimals
  • defines percent of change

Introduction to Percents

(In case the snow day caused you to forget everything you've learned!)

Percent Equation Review

part = percent x whole

Use Percent Equation to find Sale Price

Percent Proportion

is / of = percent / 100 OR part / whole = percent / 100

Percent of Change

(final - original) / original = decimal --> change decimal to percent
positive number --> percent increase
negative number --> percent decrease

Need a little laugh??? Here's a Percent Song!

I think Mrs. Rooks, Mr. Hull and I should do a remake of this song...what do you think??

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!! I hope to see everyone on Monday! :)

Friday, February 15, 2013

Mid-Chapter Quizzes

Use the links below on Tuesday to access your quiz. Remember to show all of your work and label your answers when necessary.

Course 2:


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Extra! Extra! Extra! Extra Credit, that is!

Extra Credit! 
Today we related percent proportions and percent of a number to nutrition labels, advertisements, and graphs. Send me two SPECIFIC (and different) ways you can use percent of a number in life. More points for originality...hint, don't tell me tax, tip, and discount.

You can turn answers in via Facebook message, email, or on paper in class.

Monday, February 11, 2013


Reminder! Student Led Conferences will be this week. Please bring your parent to share your progress at school. 

It's that time of the year again!
Conferences will be held:
Feb 12 3:30-6:30
Feb 13 3:30-6:30
Feb 15 8:00-3:00

You will receive extra credit in math class just for bringing your parent!

Challenge Problem 2/11-2/14

There are 4 red pencils, 4 blue pencils, and 3 yellow pencils in a bag.  A pencil is picked from the bag and then put back.  A second pencil is picked. What is the probability that the first pencil is yellow and the second blue?

Friday, February 1, 2013

Mid Quarter Grades

3rd Quarter is halfway over! 

All Mid-Quarter grades will be turned in next Friday, February 8th.

Make sure your grade is where you want it by turning in all missing work!

Come see me if you need a list of what you're missing.

Parent Teacher Conferences

It's that time of the year again!

Conferences will be held:
Feb 12 3:30-6:30
Feb 13 3:30-6:30
Feb 15 8:00-3:00

Contact your student's homeroom teacher with your preferred conference time!!

I am looking forward to seeing everyone! :)

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Chapter Tests

Here are the links to the chapter tests.

Do your very best!! Show all of your work!!

Course 2 Click Here

Pre-Algebra Click Here

Chapter Reviews

Here are the reviews from class. I am posting these because we have had so many absences. If you have missed class or missed the review, use these before you take the test. The rectangles (blue/yellow) are what originally covered the answers, I just moved them so you can see the answers. Please come see me if you need/want help working ANY of these problems out.

Course 2: (Click to make them bigger)

Pre-Algebra: (Click to enlarge the pictures)

Monday, January 28, 2013

1/28 Assignments

Course 2: Lesson 3B: Area and Perimeter of Similar Figures

Below you will find a copy of today's notes from class. We worked many problems together. Each student had 2-3 problems to work on their own. Homework: Pg 301 #1-10 all

Pre-Algebra: 6-8 Dilations

This is a fun, geometric lesson! We used graph paper to draw figures and their image based on a given scale factor.  Below you will find the copy of the notes taken n class. Homework: Pg 314 #5-14 all

There have been many, many students out with illness these past couple weeks. Please let me know if you have missed a lesson and need help with anything! I have copies of many notes from the last week; I am happy to share them.

Tomorrow, we are working on reviewing the entire chapter to prepare for our test on Thursday. I am going to try to figure out a way to post the chapter reviews tomorrow. Stay tuned!

As always, if you have questions, comments, or concerns just contact me!

Challenge Problem

Good luck!  Answers due on Friday!

The Johnson family has three sons, Billy, Tommy, and Bobby.  Billy is as old as Tommy and Bobby together.  Last year, Tommy was twice as old as Bobby was.  In two years, Bill will be twice as old as Tommy is now.  How old is each son?

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Mid-Chapter Quizzes!

Use the following links to access the appropriate mid-chapter quiz.

Course 2 - click here:

Pre-Algebra - click here

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Happy Friday! How about some Extra Credit?

I'm so excited about Friday that I decided to give you all another chance for some extra credit. Remember to answer, just email or Facebook me the answer. You can also bring it on paper to class!

Course 2: 
Give me a real world example (outside of math class) when you could use proportions.

What is the difference between being precise and being accurate (think about your lab from class today).

Challenge Problem 1/14-1/18

Remember to turn in your answer by Friday, and don't forget your name!

A certain number of passengers board a cruise ship in Miami.  When the ship reaches Jamaica,  of the passengers leave the ship and 40 new passengers board.  At the Bahamas port,  of the passengers leave and 52 new ones board.  When the ship reaches Bermuda,  leave and 35 board.  There are now 163 passengers on board the ship.  How many passengers began the cruise in Miami?