Greetings from Doug Ingamells
On this page you can find links to the Math 6, Math 8, and Geometry classes. Assignment lists, if they are ready, are available there. Please note that the pre-planned dates on the assignments are approximate and will be updated only occasionally. Don't assume that because a particular date doesn't show an assignment that there is definitely not an assignment on that day.
PPS has implemented online grade program (EdBox) for your convenience. You may look up your student to see scores and grades as soon as any teacher enters them. I try to get the assignments listed a week in advance so you may see what will be due during the coming week as well as work already recorded. You should contact the da Vinci office for login information if you have not previously used this system.
Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS)
Standardized testing is a sure-fire way to enhance learning; just ask any politician or bureaucrat. Last year each student had three opportunities to score well on the OAKS test. This year students will have only two opportunities, and if they acquire a score which meets the benchmark the first time they will not be allowed to take the test a second time even if their score goes down. If they do not meet the benchmark the first time they will take the test a second time. I suspect this will make their poor result obvious to their classmates; please contact the Oregon Department of Education with your concerns.
Geometry students will be scheduled for two tests. The first will be the 8th grade test. The second will be either the retest (if any of them get a below benchmark score) or will be the 10th grade test since they are in 10th grade math. The district refers to this as "target up". The PPS math department has told us to do this and the PPS testing department has told us that we must have a parent request to target up, so when your child acquires their 8th grade benchmark score (even if it declines) I will send a consent/request form home with them. Those students who return the forms will take the 10th grade test.
Doug Ingamells's email (preferred method): firstname.lastname@example.org
voice mail: 503-916-3600 ext. 79116
Click on the following links to find specific class information: