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Welcome to Mrs. Bird's class page.
 
 
Mrs. Bird teaches 8th grade math, dance PE and is the director of the Sophistikats. She is a graduate of Sam Houston State University. This will be Mrs. Bird's ninth year teaching in Willis. She has had experience teaching everything from Algebra to 6th grade math. This will be her seventh year with the drill team and teaching dance PE. 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.
 
1st Period - Dance PE
2nd Period - Drill Team
3rd Period - Conference
4th Period - Math
5th Period - Math
6th Period - Math
7th Period - Math
 
Mrs. Bird offers tutorials on Friday from 2:45 to 3:35. Other afternoons are available by appointment only. Please contact Mrs. Bird to set up a tutorial time if needed. 
 
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. 
 
 Tutorials will be held daily in room 113 for math. Tutorials will be after school until 3:15. 

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Develop a passion for learning. If you do you will never cease to grow.
- Anthony D'Angelo
 

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Recent Posts

Math Updates 5/15

Good evening parents,
 
Your child is currently working on a project to prepare for Algebra. The project is focusing on writing and graphing linear functions from a variety of forms. This will count as two major grades for our class, along with several daily grades for our check points in class. These projects can have a large impact on your child's grade as we wrap up the year. Your child can work on these at home as well as in class. Please feel free to check in on your child's progress at home. 
 
We will have a final exam next Wednesday 5/24. The final exam will cover the last 6 weeks of material from class including combining like terms and linear functions. Several examples from the project will be included on the final exam. 
 
Please check your child's grade on parent portal for up to date grades. Feel free to email me with any questions or concerns. 

Math Updates 5/10

Good evening parents,
 
As we are wrapping up the year our class will be completing a cumulative project about linear functions. This project will be completed in class and will be due by Friday May 19th. No late work for the project will be accepted due to the time frame to submit grades at the end of the year. The project will be completed in two sections and will count as two major grades, one for each section. Students will be given the opportunity to work in pairs or individually for the project. Any work not completed during class over the next week will need to be completed at home. 
 
Over then next two and a half weeks, please remind your children that the year is not over. They are still expected to participate correctly and behave in class. Sometimes a reminder from home goes a long way. Also they will still need their school supplies, including pencils, for all of their classes. 
 
Please remember you can check your child's grades on parent portal. 
 
If your child had to retake the math or reading STAAR test this week, the state should be sending the results to schools by May 30th. 
 
It has been a pleasure teaching your child this year. I am looking forward to their future and seeing what fantastic young men and women they become. 
 
Sincerely,
Mrs. Bird
Brabham Middle School
8th Grade Math
Sophistikats Director

Math Information 3/31

The 8th grade math students did a fantastic job working hard on their testing this week. We should have the results back from testing in approximately 3 weeks. 
 
The math classes have started a new project to work on slope and y-intercepts. They will be creating a logo that represents themselves and calculating the linear equation for the lines in their logo. The project will be a Major Grade. It is due by Friday 4/7. Each student has been given an outline for the project and a rubric.
 
Next week will be another round of Benchmark testing. 8th grade students will have their Science and Social Studies Benchmarks on Wednesday and Thursday. 

Math Information 3/20

After returning from Spring Break, students will be working on reviewing for their STAAR test. 8th grade students will be testing on Tuesday, March 28th.
 
Our review for the test is focusing on linear functions, proportional relationships, volume and surface area.

Upcoming class information 2/20

Our class will be working on surface area and volume of three dimensional figures this week. They will also be reviewing pythagorean theorem and transformations on the coordinate plane.
 
We have been working on these skills in a variety of interactive formats online. Students are encouraged to continue their work on their own as well.
 
Each student has an IXL.com account that they can use at home to work on skills. Additionally students have been using prodigygames.com as an interactive review of skills. 
 
If you need your child's login information for either of thsee accounts please email Mrs. Bird.
 
Additionally, students have a list of specific skills that they struggled with and skills they were successful with on the Benchmark test. If you would like a copy of this, please email Mrs. Bird. Your child will have a copy that they can keep on Tuesday.
 
Our STAAR test for 8th grade math is taking place on Tuesday March 28th. Students in 8th grade are required to meet the passing standard in order to be promoted. There will be three administrations for the math and reading test
 Students who do not meet standard will be presented to a grade placement committee for a determination of grade placement. The passing standard for math is 46%. There will be 42 questions on the math STAAR this year.
 
Please check parent portal for up to date grades.