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Mrs. Kayla Simandl 

McNabb Middle School

Hello! My name is Kayla Simandl and this is my fourth year teaching at McNabb. I teach 7th grade math.

I am a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a BA in Middle Level Education. I am currently pursuing my masters degree through Midway University.

In my spare time I enjoy reading, being with friends and family, crafting, and cheering on the UK wildcats.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions!



Seventh Grade Mathematics Syllabus

Mrs. Kayla Simandl

Room 605

Email: Kayla.simandl@montgomery.kyschools.us

Phone: (859) 497-8770


Course Content

This course will teach the 7th grade mathematics national common core standards. This year students will be responsible for learning concepts in the strands of the number system, expressions and equations, ratios and proportional relationships, geometry, statistics and probability.

The Number System

• Apply and extend previous understandings of operations with fractions to add, subtract, multiply, and divide rational numbers.

Expressions and Equations

• Use properties of operations to generate equivalent expressions.

• Solve real-life and mathematical problems using numerical and algebraic expressions and equations.

Ratios and Proportional Relationships

• Analyze proportional relationships and use them to solve real-world and mathematical problems.


• Draw, construct and describe geometrical figures and describe the relationships between them.

• Solve real-life and mathematical problems involving angle measure, area, surface area, and volume.

Statistics and Probability

• Use random sampling to draw inferences about a population.

• Draw informal comparative inferences about two populations.

• Investigate chance processes and develop, use, and evaluate probability models

Standards-Based Grading System

Students will be graded in large part by mastery of the standards. In the grade book a student may receive a 1, 2, or 3 for each learning target in a unit. A score of 1 indicates a student has not mastered the standard and may need assistance, as well as, to complete separate assignments, tests, or quizzes in order to demonstrate mastery. A score of 2 indicates a student is progressing on the standard and still needs assistance. A score of 3 indicates the student has mastered the standard and will proceed to the next standard.   A score of 1 or 2 on any standard can be improved at any time during the nine week period.

Grades will be based on the ability to demonstrate mastery of the seventh grade mathematics learning targets based upon our unit assessments.

75% of your grade is based on achievement of specific learning targets demonstrated on unit tests.

25% of your grade is based on daily work, quizzes, daily assessments, homework & bell work.                   

Interactive Notebooks (INB)

Students do not have a textbook for this course, we will ‘build’ our textbooks in the form of Interactive Notebooks (INB).  We will take notes, enter vocabulary, create organizers and work examples in our INB.  Each unit the notebook will be taken up and graded and will be worth 50 points of each unit’s grade.  If a student is absent it is his/her responsibility to complete the missing work/notes in the notebook.  They can get any notes from a classmate or copy from my notebook as available. 

If a student loses the notebook it his/her responsibility to get a new notebook and recreate any work in the current unit.  Any pages or work not completed will count as a ZERO towards the INB unit grade.


Students should expect to have homework in this course. They will be provided time in class to work on assignments each day but they may need to complete the assignments at home. In any case homework should not exceed 10-20 minutes in a night.  There will not be homework on Fridays.

Absence Policy

If a student has been absent it is his/her responsibility to check for any missed assignment or class work, including bellwork.  It is the student’s responsibility to turn in any work that has been assigned from the date prior to absence and the absent time period.   It is the student’s responsibility to update their math notebook for any days missed. We will follow the school’s policy on the time period for work to be turned in.

Classroom Expectations

Be Respectful!

Understand that we are all different; it is important to be kind and respectful to students, teachers, and visitors.


Be Responsible!

It is important to come on time and prepared for class every day.


Work Hard!

I promise to do my best each day to help you learn and grow.  All I ask is that you give me your best effort to learn and try new things.


Supply List

  • Pencils
  • Paper
  • Folder (2 Pocket with three-hole clip)
  • Composition notebook
  • *items used daily: glue sticks, scissors, and dry erase markers.



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