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Welcome to Mrs. Bird's class page.
 
 
Mrs. Bird teaches 8th grade math and is the director of the Sophistikats. She is a graduate of Sam Houston State University. This will be Mrs. Bird's tenth year teaching in Willis. She has had experience teaching everything from Algebra to 6th grade math. This will be her eighth year directing with the drill team . She is a proud wife and joyful mother of three children. 
 
The best way to contact Mrs. Bird is by email at tbird@willisisd.org.
Mrs. Bird will respond to your email within 24 hours.
Follow me on Twitter @mrsbirdmath
 
1st Period - Math
2nd Period - Drill Team
3rd Period - Math
4th Period - Math
5th Period - Conference
6th Period - Math
7th Period - Math
 
Tutorials are available by appointment. Please contact Mrs. Bird to set up a tutorial time if needed. A tutorial schedule for all classes will be posted as soon as possible. 
 
Class Expectations:
1. Be prompt - Come to class on time and working when the bell rings.
2. Be prepared - Come to class with all necessary materials. Complete all homework prior to class.
3. Be polite - Treat your teacher, classmates and yourself with respect. 
 
Consequences:
1. Warning
2. Parent Contact
3. ASD with Parent Contact
4. Referral
*Consequences start over each class period, except in cases of automatic referrals. 
 
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Develop a passion for learning. If you do you will never cease to grow.
- Anthony D'Angelo
 

Recent Posts

Math Updates 9/15

This week our class had our very first test of the year. The grades are up to date in my gradebook. Students will be getting their test back on Monday. Students who made below a 70 on the test will have the opportunity to retake the test. They must attend at least 30 minutes of tutorials and come for retakes within 5 school days. We have tutorials each afternoon except for Wednesday in room 315 until 3:15 pm. I also have morning tutorials during our homeroom time. I would suggest that students spend as much time in tutorials as the need to in order to feel confident in their retake. I will be available for retakes on on Thursday 9/21, Friday 9/22, and Monday 9/25. I will stay until 4:00 pm to allow students sufficient time to take their exam without being rushed. Please make sure if your child is staying to take their exam that they have a ride when they are finished. 
 
Week at a Glance for 9/18 to 9/22
Monday - We will be working on Ordering Numbers in the Real Number System. 
Tuesday - Students will complete a Performance Assessment over Unit 1, which will include Ordering Real Numbers, Scientific Notation, and the Real Number System. This will be a quiz grade for students. 
Wednesday/Thursday/Friday - We will begin Unit 3. This unit covers writing, modeling and solving equations with variables on both sides. This is an extension of their 6th and 7th grade equations units. As 6th graders, students learn to write and solve one step equations. 7th grade students learn to write and solve two step equations.
 
Our next test will be on Thursday 9/28. This test will cover ordering real numbers and writing equations with variables on both sides for word problems. Students will also have a few review questions that spiral from our first assessment. 
 
Please remember to check my school website for additional resources and information as well as our class calendar. If you ever have any questions, please email me. I do my best to respond within 24 hours. It is usually sooner than that. 
 
When you have an opportunity ask your child about our Challenge of the Week problem. I had a lot of correct answers this week and will be tweeting our this week's winner on Friday. 
Challenge Problem: Write (5x10^5) + (4x10^4) + (3x10^3) + (2x10^x) + (1x10^1) in standard form and scientific notation.
 
Student grades can be accessed at any time using our Parent Self Serve system. Also if your child is absent from school, please remember to send an absence note to our attendance office. 
 
I am looking forward to getting to meet you at Open House on Wednesday 9/27. 

Sincerely,
Mrs. Bird
Brabham Middle School
8th Grade Math
Sophistikats Director

Week At A Glance 9/11 to 9/15

It has been awesome to be back with my classes this week. We have been working hard in class this week on stations practicing Scientific Notation, Mean Absolute Deviation and the Real Number System.
 
Our Week at a Glance for 9/11 to 9/15
Monday: We will review the real number system and practice identify random samples. Homework for week 3 will be passed out. 
Tuesday: Our class will review for our Unit 1 and 2 test. Study guides for the test should be completed before students come to class. 
Wednesday: Unit 1 and 2 test
Thursday and Friday: We will begin ordering real numbers. This topic is heavily tested on the STAAR test.
 
If your child needs additional practice on any of the topics we are covering in class, there is a link on my webpage for additional practice in each topic. This is a great resource for students who need extra help. There is also a calendar on my webpage for our class. I am working on creating links in the calendar with the resources we are using in class. 
 
Tutorials
There are tutorials each morning during homeroom until 7:45 am. Students may ask for a pass to come to my classroom and get additional help. 
There are also math tutorials each day after school (except Wednesday) in room 315 until 3:15 pm. 
I will hold a Test Review in my classroom after school on Tuesday until 3:15 for any students who would like to attend.
 
Open House has been rescheduled for Wednesday 9/27. I look forward to meeting you then. 
 
Feel free to follow me on Twitter @mrsbirdmath for fun information about our class. You can also follow Brabham @brabhambobkats on Twitter for school updates and information.
 
Please email me anytime you have questions or concerns.  

Sincerely,
Mrs. Bird
Brabham Middle School
8th Grade Math
Sophistikats Director

Week at a Glance 8/21-8/25

Monday - Set up math journals/ Mean Absolute Deviation
     Week 1 Homework Started
Tuesday - Mean Absolute Deviation
Wednesday - Mean Absolute Deviation
Thursday - Performance Assessment Mean Absolute Deviaton
Friday - Scientific Notation, Random Samples, Real Number Systems, Mean Absolute Deviation Stations
*Homework Due

Calculators

Students will use a TI 84plus calculator in class each day and on our STAAR test. You may purchase a calculator for home use, but it is NOT required. There is a program called Wabbitemu that can be loaded on personal computers, laptops and android phones. The program is a functioning TI 84plus calculator and is free of charge. 
 
For any questions about calculators, please email Mrs. Bird at tbird@willisisd.org.

Welcome back to school!

I am excited to welcome you back to school for the 2017-2018 school year. This is going to be a great year in 8th grade math! I look forward to meeting the parents of all of my students at Open House on August 31st. 
 
- Mrs. Bird