Dear Parents and Guardians,

At Southwest Academy School for Science and Engineering, we pride ourselves on our tradition of academic excellence and high standards.  During the summer is when students tend to release some of their academic knowledge, in order to continue our tradition, we have supplied our students with summer packets to help them return academically focused. 

During the 2016-2017 school year, all students except gifted and talented students will utilize Houghton Mifflin Harcourt GO Math.  The new “text” offers an engaging and interactive approach to covering new state standards.  With the arrival of devices for the 6th grade, their textbook will be digital.  *They will not receive a physical copy of the textbook.* Seventh and Eighth grade students will receive consumable textbooks and have access to the digital content. 


                Common Core Critical Areas for 6th grade

                     Instructional focus on:

  • connecting ratio and rate to whole number multiplication and division and using concepts of ratio and rate to solve problems;

  • completing understanding of division of fractions and extending the notion of number to the system of rational numbers, which includes negative numbers;

  • writing, interpreting, and using expressions and equations; and

  • developing understanding of statistical thinking.

                   Common Core Critical Areas for 7th grade

                      Instructional focus on:

  • developing understanding of and applying proportional relationships;

  • developing understanding of operations with rational numbers and working with expressions and linear equations;

  • solving problems involving scale drawings and informal geometric constructions, and working with two- and three-dimensional shapes to solve problems involving area, surface area, and volume; and

  • drawing inferences about populations based on samples.

                     Common Core Critical Areas for 8th grade

                      Instructional focus on:

  • formulating and reasoning about expressions and equations, including modeling an association in bivariate data with a linear equation, and solving linear equations and systems of linear equations;

  • grasping the concept of a function and using functions to describe quantitative relationships; and

  • analyzing two- and three-dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity, and congruence, and under-standing and applying the Pythagorean Theorem.

    This year was our second year taking the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) test.  The PARCC test is a set of assessments that measure whether students are on track to be successful in college and their careers. These high quality, computer-based K–12 assessments in Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy give teachers, schools, students, and parents better information whether students are on track in their learning and for success after high school, and tools to help teachers customize learning to meet student needs.  Please utilize the link in order for your child(ren) to better familiarize themselves with the skills they will see when they return.  Working on last year sample questions will allow students to build a better foundation.


    PARCC site:


    Respectful submitted,

Talven Pearsell