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Straus Math Department
6th Grade Regular Math:
In the Regular Math class, students will progress through the 6th Grade Math state standards (TEKS). Topics covered include fraction and decimal operations, interpreting graphs and data, area of various polygons, proportions, percents, integers, equations, inequalities, financial literacy, and more. Students are given support with tutoring times available. In May, students will take the 6th Grade Math STAAR test.
Accelerated 6th Grade Math:
In the Accelerated Math class, students will progress through the curriculum at a faster pace. By the end of the year, they will have learned all of the 6th Grade Math state standards, (TEKS), and approximately half of the 7th grade TEKS. Seventh grade Accelerated Math covers the remaining 7th grade TEKS, and all of the 8th grade TEKS. This allows students to take Advanced Algebra in 8th grade for a high school credit. Any student can register for the Accelerated 6th Grade Math class. A teacher recommendation is not needed, just contact your child’s counselor to request it. Students in Accelerated Math classes are given needed support and tutoring times are available. In May, Accelerated students will take the 6th Grade Math STAAR test.
7th Grade Regular Math:
In the Regular Math class, students will progress through the 7th Grade Math state standards (TEKS). Topics covered include fraction and decimal operations, interpreting graphs and data, area, circumference, and volume, advanced proportions, percents, 2step equations, inequalities, financial literacy, and more. Students are given support with tutoring times available. In May, students will take the 7th Grade Math STAAR test.
Accelerated 7th Grade Math:
In the Accelerated Math class, students will progress through the curriculum at a faster pace. By the end of the year, they will have learned the second half of the 7th Grade Math state standards (TEKS)  the first half having been covered in Accelerated 6th Grade Math. They will then cover the entire set of 8th grade TEKS, preparing them to move on to Advanced Algebra in 8th grade for high school credit. Students in Accelerated Math classes are given needed support and tutoring times are available. To enroll in Accelerated 7th Grade Math, students must have taken 6th grade Accelerated Math the previous year. If your child took Regular Math in 6th grade, please contact your counselor about the Bridge opportunities offered by the district. In April, Accelerated students will take the 8th Grade Math STAAR test.
Regular 8th Grade Math (PreAlgebra):
In the Regular Math class, students will progress through the 8th Grade Math state standards (TEKS). Topics covered include interpreting graphs and data, volume and surface area, financial literacy, and a heavy emphasis on PreAlgebra topics. Students are given support with tutoring times available. In April, students will take the 8th Grade Math STAAR test.
Advanced Algebra:
In Advanced Algebra, 8th grade students will progress through the state standards (TEKS) for high school Algebra I. They will earn a high school credit with successful completion of the course. Due to the high school credit, high school requirements such as attendance (8 absences or less per semester) and semester exams will be applied. To enroll in Advanced Algebra, students must have completed Accelerated 7th Grade Math the year before. In May, students will take the Algebra I EndOfCourse Exam (EOC). It is one of 5 EOC state exams students must pass as part of high school graduation requirements.
Math SCE:
Math SCE is a support class that a student has in addition to their regular math classes. The SCE teacher works with students to address their skill gaps from previous years, and provides support to help them be successful in their current year math classes.
Mrs. O'Brien is our Math Coordinator at Straus Middle School, she also teaches 6th Grade Math
Mr. Trevino is our Math Specialist at Straus MS.
Ms. Galvan is one of our 6th Grade Math teachers at Straus MS.
Ms. Gray is one of our 7th & 8th Grade Math teachers at Straus MS.
Ms. Hill is one of our 7th Grade Math teachers at Straus MS.
Mr. Hysten is one of our 7th Grade Math teachers at Straus MS.
Mr. Lara is one of our 8th Grade Math teachers at Straus MS.
Ms. Schlough is one of our 8th Grade Math teachers at Straus MS.
Mrs. Tafolla is one of our 6th Grade Math teachers at Straus MS.
In Northside ISD, we believe that all students should have access to the course pathway that will prepare them for college, career, military and beyond. To support this effort, the MS Math Program has multiple entry points from students to access Accelerated and Advanced coursework. The courses offered in the MS Mathematics program are listed below, including a link to the Pacing Calendar for each course.
Middle School Math District Grading Policy
The district grading policy for middle school Math is as follows:
40% Formative
60% Summative
MS Math Course Overview
Course Name & Pacing Calendar 
NISD Prerequisite (or equivalent) 
STAAR/EOC Test 
Math 5 
STAAR 6 

Math 5 
STAAR 6 

Math 6 
STAAR 7 

Math 6 
STAAR 8 

Accelerated Math 6 
STAAR 8 

Math 7 
STAAR 8 

Accelerated PreAlgebra, MS Math Bridge 
Algebra EOC 