John Adams

Middle School



John Adams Middle School

Mrs. McRae
Room 218

Course Description
Pre-Algebra is a course designed to prepare students for Algebra. The class will cover topics such as: expressions and equations; adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing decimals and fractions; ratios, proportions, and percents; number theory; geometry; and probability and statistics. Throughout the year, students will be expected to complete homework assignments to improve their understanding of these topics and will be assessed through projects, homework checks, and quarterly benchmark tests.

Classroom Expectations
Be respectful – Treat yourself, your classmates, and staff with respect.
Be responsible – Arrive to class on time and with all necessary materials.
Be safe – Walk into the classroom, find your seat and keep your hands and feet to yourself.

Tools for Success
The following materials are necessary for you to be successful in class and should be brought with you every day. 

   Reading Book
   Positive Attitude

Daily Procedures
My expectation is that students come into the classroom quietly and take a seat at their desk right away.  This will be our schedule for most days: 

   Whole Class/Group Work Time
   Independent Work Time
   Reflection/Exit Slip

Homework will consist mostly of reflections and small projects.  Students will have a large amount of time to complete skill practice in class and will have limited homework to bring home.  Due to the limited amount of homework, I encourage you to ask your student about what he/she is learning in Pre-Algebra.

Late Work
It is the responsibility of the student to show me completed late work during an appropriate time that does not disrupt or delay the start of class.  Late work will not be docked points, however work turned in on time may receive a small bonus.

Assessments & Grading Scale
Skills assessments will be given at the end of each unit. I will give sufficient notice so you have plenty of time to prepare.

A skills assessment is essentially a test.  These are the scores that will count toward the grade given at the end of the quarter.  Students may improve their skill assessment score at any time during the quarter by proving to me they have mastered the skill.  Please keep in mind that a 3 means that they have met requirements.  In standards based grading a 3 is essentially what would be an A in traditional grading.

Grade Mark




More Specifically……….


Exceeds Standards

Demonstrates superior understandings.

Exceeds requirements for grade-level work.

Consistently applies and extends learned concepts and skills independently.


Meets Standards

Demonstrates and applies knowledge and understanding.

Meets requirements for grade-level work.

Completes work accurately and independently.


Approaching the Standard

Demonstrates partial understandings.

Beginning to meet requirements for grade-level work.

Requires some extra time, instruction, assistance and/or practice.


Below the Standard

Demonstrates minimal understandings

Seldom meets requirements for grade-level work.

Requires an extended amount of time, instruction, assistance and/or practice.

It is the student's responsibility to find out what information was missed while absent. If an absence is excused the student will be given two days to make-up work for it to be counted "on time". If a skills assessment was missed, the student should see me and we will arrange for the assessment to be completed.

If the student needs a little extra help with any math, here are some options to look into: 

   Find a study group to work with
   Set up a time to meet with me after school
   Use online resources found at

Parents and Guardians
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. You may call me before or after school, send a note with your child, or e-mail me. I will do my best to get back to you in a timely manner.

School Phone: 507.328.5700



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