Welcome to the mathematics department at Heritage Middle School. Our program provides engaging instruction that is fully aligned with the focus, coherence, and rigor of the New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS). We offer multiple and diverse opportunities to meet our students’ learning needs. In each grade level, instruction is focused on conceptual understanding, application, and procedural skill and fluency in math. Appropriate models of technology are infused throughout the mathematics program.
You may access the NJSLS via this link:
The 7-8 Mathematics Program
Determination of student mathematics placement is data driven and done by way of a math matrix, which tracks individual factors pertinent to math, including report card grades, standardized test scores, placement tests, and teacher ratings of work habits. Besides mathematical aptitude, math success is closely related to developmental readiness in terms of conceptual and abstract thinking. Careful consideration in choosing a path in math is important to ensure that a student is ready for higher level mathematics. Students are not at a disadvantage and will still be able to take advanced courses in math in high school regardless of their initial placement mathematics placement.
In consideration of the various stages of readiness and the demands of the New Jersey Student Learning Standards, we have updated the math program to include more algebraic thinking and an extended Geometry unit in Pre-Algebra 7 and Pre-Algebra 8. Most students in seventh grade take either Pre-Algebra A or Pre-Algebra B. In eighth grade, students may place in Algebra 1 or Pre-Algebra 8. Based on the data collected for placement, a small percentage of students take Algebra 1 in seventh grade and Geometry in eighth grade. Students must meet very strict placement criteria to place in Algebra 1 in seventh grade and must maintain a B average to stay in the course. In order to stay in the Algebra 1 course in eighth grade, students must maintain a C average.
Students who need additional support in mathematics as determined by their grade in previous math courses, teacher recommendation, and/or their performance on the PARCC test in grades 6 and 7 may be recommended for BSI Math instruction. The BSI Math course meets twice a week during enrichment.
Students in grades 7 and 8 use Big Ideas Math by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in the Pre-Algebra program. Students are provided with a textbook and access to the program’s rich online component.
Students in the Algebra 1 program use the textbook Glencoe Algebra 1, Common Core Edition, by McGraw Hill.
Our extracurricular activities provide students with wonderful opportunities to deepen their love of mathematics outside of the classroom. We participate in the following mathematics competitions: AMC 8, Continental Math League, New Jersey Mathematics League, and Math Counts. Students are provided more information about the competitions by their mathematics teacher.
On Saturday, March 11th, 2017, Heritage Middle School’s MathCounts Team competed in the Math Counts State Tournament. The team consisting of Nicholas Wang, Edward Wang, Benjamin Ma, and Jesse Li came in 4th place in the state, with Nicholas Wang earning 5th place in the individual category. This is the first time in the last 18 years that Heritage’s team placed in the top 5 teams in the state. Congratulations to team members and to coaches Gary Silverman and Michele Downey for guiding Heritage’s team to earning high honors in the competition.