Craig Joseph

Craig JosephSecondary Mathematics Teacher
Divine Building, Room 306
craig.joseph@cdhl.wa.gov
VP: 360-553-4625

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If you got problems, Craig Joseph, aka Mr. Joe, will be more than happy to help you to solve your problems! In fact, Craig works with problems daily! He joined the Terrier Team in 2016 as the secondary Mathematics teacher, currently in his 5th year at WSD. Craig has been teaching secondary since 2013, starting at Model Secondary School for the Deaf in Washington, DC. Craig obtained a Masters in Deaf Education and two Bachelors in Mathematics and Secondary Education from Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. Fun fact about Craig, he graduated from Washington School for the Deaf (Class of 2004). Go Terriers! 😀

If anything, please feel free to email me, call me, or stop by for a chat. 😀

Tabs on the right will include descriptions and syllabi of Craig’s 2020-2021 courses this year. Additionally, on this tab below, you will find some notes about expectation, grading, and resources.

 

2020-2021 Courses:

  • Middle School Math
  • Middle School Science
  • Life Skills Math

 

Classroom Resources:

There are a few primary classroom resources for Mr. Joseph’s courses.

 

iPad or Technology Help: email parenttechsupport@cdhl.wa.gov

 

Google Classroom (GC):

The Google Classroom is a free web service developed by Google for schools that aim to simplify creating, distributing, and grading assignments in a paperless way. Students sign-in with their school-issued Google account (firstname.lastname@stu.wsd.wa.gov). Students will mainly receive assignments through Google Classroom. It is critical/important that the students have a good habit to SAVE their assignments frequently (avoiding loss of their unsaved works). Contact Craig if you need assistance with Google Classroom.

CLICK —> Google Classroom

 

IXL:

IXL is a website primarily offering educational practice for K-12 students.  IXL Learning offers practice skills for math, English language arts, science, social studies, and Spanish. Skills and practice questions are aligned with Common Core and state standards, and are often used in conjunction with classroom learning and assignments. It also provides analytical tools to track student and classroom performance and identify areas for academic improvement with each student. Student login with their firstnamelastname and WSD wifi password. Craig’s IXL guideline and grading can be found in Mr. Joseph’s Grading, Expectation, and Level System document.  Contact Craig if you need assistance with IXL.

CLICK —> IXL

 

Skyward:

Student’s official grades will be recorded in Skyward. Students’ guardians use Skyward’s Family Access product to stay up-to-date on students’ grades, school schedules, food service accounts, and to communicate with teachers and other district staff. Students use Skyward’s Student Access product to check their own grades and schedules, work on online assignments, and communicate with teachers.

Mr. Joseph’s assignment policy is that the assignment is due before Craig finishes the bulk grading of the assignment.  And if the assignment is turned in after the bulk grading, it will be subjected to be graded with 10% deduction due to lateness.

On the Skyward gradebook, if student’s assignment grade in Skyward is BLANK, that means the assignment is UNGRADED (not missing). BLANK = UNGRADED. If student’s assignment grade in Skyward is ZERO (0), that means the assignment is MISSING. ZERO (0) = MISSING.

Contact WSD secondary assistant David Martin if you need assistance with Skyward (David.Martin@cdhl.wa.gov, voicephone: 360-696-6525 ext 4341, videophone: 360-334-5775).

CLICK —> Skyward

 

School-issued iPad:

WSD students are eligible to check-out/borrow WSD’s iPad for educational purposes. Students can use iPads on-campus and off-campus. Students will need to remember to connect to WIFI and use their internet sign-in username and password (for internet filter) on blue.com. Contact Craig or our Librarian who also is an iPad/Tech Support, Ginger Speranza, if you need assistance with iPad (Ginger.Speranza@cdhl.wa.gov, voicephone: 360-696-6525 ext. 4352, videophone: 360-524-0597).

 

Zoom:

Zoom is a website and app that is used for Video Conferencing as a class, in small groups, or 1:1 with the teacher. We have set up Zoom expectations for students to follow here. We ask that students find a quiet space at home with good lighting. Students are dressed appropriately for school and ready to learn when they join Moom meetings. If you have any problems with Zoom, check out our video tutorial here, or contact Ginger Speranza (Ginger.Speranza@cdhl.wa.gov, voice phone: 360-696-6525 ext. 4352, videophone: 360-524-0597).

Zoom will be used to take attendance, so it is important that students show up on time for class.

 

Course Description

In Middle School Math, we will study and practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, place value, fraction/decimals/percents, geometry, data, time, money, measurements, and word problems. In additional to applying mathematical practices, students will use critical thinking, understand and solve mathematical problems, display and communicate mathematical procedure, utilize mathematics journal, and work cooperatively to increase mathematical knowledge and performance.

 

Course Goals

  • Read, write, explain, compare, and round numbers using numerals, number names, and expanded form and use place value understanding to add, subtract, and multiply multi-digits.
  • Represent and solve problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. And explain patterns in arithmetic and expressions.
  • Develop understanding of fractions, decimals, and percents as numbers with comparison, equivalence, ordering, conversions, and operations.
  • Identify, describe, analyze, compare, compose, and classify shapes based on their attributes including understand, identify, measure, and draw lines and angles while understand, recognize, and calculate perimeter, area, and volume.
  • Represent and interpret data and also solve problems involving time, money, and measurements
  • Represent the context of a word problem with pictures, models, equations and/or variables.

 

CLICK -> Mr. Joe’s MS Math Syllabus 2020-2021

 

Course Description

The middle school science program includes an overview of physical, life, and earth and space science to prepare students for high school credit classes. Students will study the natural world and current events in science through phenomenon- and inquiry-based learning. The goal is for students to become familiar with science concepts and processes, tools used in the field of science, and continue to be curious about the natural world and engage in science literacy.

 

Course Contents

  • Physical Science: Atoms to Molecules; States of Matter; Forms & Transfer; and Force & Motions
  • Life Science: Body System; Cells to Organisms; Reproductions; Organism Relationships
  • Earth Science: Fossils, Rocks, & Minerals; Structure of Earth; Earth & Planets; The Universe; Environments; Weather Patterns & Major Events

 

CLICK -> Mr. Joe’s MS Science Syllabus 2020-2021

Course Description

In Life Skills Math, we will study and practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, place value, fractions, geometry, time, money, measurements, data, and word problems. In additional to applying mathematical practices, students will use critical thinking, understand and solve mathematical problems, display and communicate mathematical procedure, utilize mathematics journal, and work cooperatively to increase mathematical knowledge and performance.

 

Course Goals

  • Read, write, explain, compare, and round  numbers to 1000 using numerals, number names, and expanded form and also use place value understanding to add, subtract, and multiply multi-digits.
  • Represent and solve problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. And explain patterns in arithmetic.
  • Develop understanding of fractions as numbers.
  • Identify, describe, analyze, compare, and compose shapes and their attributes while understand, recognize, and calculate perimeter and area.
  • Tell and write time, identify and calculate with money, represent and interpret data, and solve problems involving measurement and estimation.
  • Represent the context of a word problem with pictures, models, equations and/or variables.

 

CLICK -> Mr. Joe’s Life Skills Math Syllabus 2020-2021