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Monday, June 16, 2014

We are coming to the end of the 2013-2014 school year! We will be taking the Chapter 12 Unit Test this Wednesday. Students are allowed to use their foldable/notes and a calculator on this test. Please remind your child to look each lesson over carefully for our FINAL math test!
I do my best to not only teach math, but to develop a positive "can-do" attitude in your children. You, however, are a much more important key in their success. Please continue to encourage you child to do the very best they can and to ask questions if they are unsure. 

Thank you!

Matthew Zigner

Monday, May 12, 2014

We will be wrapping up Chapter 10 soon! My current prediction is that the test will be on Tuesday, May 20th. If your child needs extra help with any Chapter 10 concepts, I am available after school every day! I stay all the way to 4:00 on Thursdays. Chapter 10 is our first Geometry chapter. It focuses on 2-dimensional Polygons. 

This Wednesday, we are taking the Renaissance Star Math Benchmark Test one more time. So far, I have seen significant improvement in my students each time we have taken the test.

This Friday, we will be having our "Incentive" Field Trip to the Wildwood Boardwalk. The cost was $10, but the students get all of it back in quarters to spend at the Lime Rickey games. It should be a fun day!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Chapter 10.....interrupted. 
Well, we've kicked into Chapter 10, Geometry: Polygons!
This week, however, we are pausing to take the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge. (NJ ASK)
In Chapter 10, we will learn about angles, circle graphs, polygons, similar figures, tessellations, translations, and reflections. We will also use logical reasoning to solve problems. 
If your child is struggling with Chapter 10, I stay after school until 3 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. I also run our "Homework Help" time on Thursdays until 4pm. 
As always, feel free to contact me at 
or call me at 465-1834 ext. 4409.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Chapter 9 has begun!
We have begun Chapter 9 today. Chapter 9's "big idea" is Probability. Here is a list of Chapter 9's lessons.
9-1  Simple Events
9-2  Sample Spaces
9-3  Fundamental Counting Principle
9-4  Permutations
9-5  Combinations
9-6  "Act It Out"
9-7  Theoretical & Experimental Probability
9-8  Compound Events

If your child needs extra help, I stay after school until 3 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday, and on Thursdays I hold our "Homework Help" time until 4 pm.

You will be getting a note sent home from school soon showing you how to schedule your April Parent-Teacher conferences online! Each teacher has set up a "" page. Look for the links to the teachers that you want to meet with.


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Happy Spring (2014)! We've had one rough winter! I got 9 inches of snow this past Monday! Feels like I live in Alaska instead of South Jersey! 
Well we are coming to the end of Chapter 8. Chapter 8 is all about Statistics. Specifically analyzing data. Mean, median, mode, range, surveys, and graphs have filled our days for the past couple weeks. I am currently predicting that the Chapter 8 test will be this Tuesday (3/25/14). Students are allowed to have one page of "notes" filled with important information we've learned in Chapter 8. They may use this page on our upcoming test! Please also have your child review their Chapter 8 Student-Built Glossary. Many students have not studied their glossaries and have ended up with lower test grades. 
Middle Township is going "high tech" this year for conferences! I will soon be posting a link on my website for you to set up a conference with me for April's Parent/Teacher Conferences. Keep watching my site for this link at
If you have ANY questions for me,  please email me at

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Chapter 7 is almost finished! We will be testing this chapter on Friday. Please help your child prepare. We covered the Percent Equation, the Percent Proportion, Percent of Change, Sales Tax, Discounts, and tomorrow we will close the chapter with Simple Interest.

If your child is unable to complete any of my online videos and questions, ( please send in a note. I will then allow them to complete the assignment in my room at the beginning of class on one of my spare laptops.

On a TOTALLY random closing note.....Did you know that the U.S.A. is one of only 3 countries that still use the "Customary Measurement System"? Every one else is using the Metric System (grams, meters, liters). I really wish we would switch over! Once you get used to it, you find it makes much more sense than the feet inches, yards, miles, pounds, ounces, cups, pints, and quarts that we currently use.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

2014 - Happy New Year! - 2014

Goodbye Chapter 5! Hello Chapter 6!

We took our Chapter 5 test on Friday. It covered adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing with fractions and mixed numbers. We are now moving into Chapter 6. Chapter 6 is all about ratios (3 apples to 4 bananas) and rates (32 miles per gallon). 
As always, I am available until 4:00 on Thursdays and 3:00 every other day after school. Please feel free to take advantage of this so that I can help you with whatever specific questions you may have.
Mr. Z.