The Oceanside Middle School math program is characterized by problem solving as the core of an integrated and diverse curriculum. In this context, students develop the ability to reason mathematically as they solve a wide variety of routine and non-routine problems. They learn to communicate, interpret, and evaluate mathematical ideas. Opportunities for small group work are designed to facilitate the capacity to work well and communicate effectively in groups, to enhance motivation, and to further promote mathematical understanding.
Students are expected to come prepared with and make extensive use of the TI-30XIIS scientific calculator in grade 7 and the TI 83plus graphing calculator in grade 8.
The Middle School mathematics program relates math in an interesting and relevant way to other disciplines and to the real world. In addition, connections are continually made as well between the various areas of mathematics.
In the seventh and eighth grade we will continue to move our students through the study of Algebra as they complete the Integrated Algebra mathematics course in the middle school. The students in this course will take the Integrated Algebra Regents Exam at the end of their 8th grade year. Students must pass the Regents examination in June in order to receive credit for the course. The focal point of this course is the algebra content strand. Algebra provides tools and ways of thinking that are necessary for solving problems in a wide variety of disciplines, such as science, business, social sciences, fine arts, and technology. This course will assist students in developing skills and processes to be applied using a variety of techniques to successfully solve problems in a variety of settings.
The Math Workshop class provides additional support and review to students whose standardized test scores are below the state reference point or whose classroom performance indicates that they would benefit from additional assistance. In general, students in this program receive an additional two periods per week of mathematics instruction. The program is designed for maximum flexibility so that students may enter or leave as circumstances warrant.