For Parents

Best way to contact the Rubicon teachers is through email:

Jamie Bryant: jTbryant (at) rocklinUSD.org

Debra Schuett: dschuett (at) rocklinUSD.org

http://schoology.rocklinusd.org/home#
Find the weekly calendar of assignments, homework AND handouts for both math and science. The calendars provide the ability to download and print handouts from home. See what’s coming up in terms of assignments, projects, and assessments to better help your student stay on top of due dates!

http://cpm.org/parent-support/
This website provides a plethora of resources to help you support your student at home as we transition to the new Common Core standards in the classroom.

CPM Core Connections Course 2 – PARENT GUIDE (pdf)
This pdf guidebook was specifically made to help parents help their students at home!

CPM Core Connections Course 2 – HOMEWORK HINTS
Looking to help your student with their homework? Here are some homework hints.

WHY DOES IT SEEM LIKE MATH IS DIFFERENT NOW? (9 min video)

Yesterday — Focus on Memorization
The mathematics you remember from years ago may have focused on memorized facts and methods for solving problems. In the past, students were considered good in mathematics if they could “do math” quickly even if they didn’t understand what they were doing. Students are still being taught the same skills you learned, but with a greater emphasis on understanding.

Today — Focus on Understanding
Today, more emphasis is placed on thinking and understanding. No matter how well your child can do calculations, this ability is not very useful if he or she doesn’t understand them or know how or when to use particular math skills. The math that students need to know has also changed. Instead of worksheets filled with problems calling only for numerical calculations (which calculators and computers easily do), your child may be bringing home problems that relate to understanding why the algorithms work, and problems related to real life, such as working with salaries and the cost of living and life expectancy, and making decisions based on comparisons.

Because technology is used in so many different ways today, students need to be able to reason about problems and explain mathematics. Real learning is more than just a student listening to a teacher. Advances in science, technology, information processing and communication, combined with the changing workplace, make it necessary for all students to learn more math. The basics are changing. Arithmetic skills, although important, are no longer enough. To succeed in tomorrow’s world, students must understand algebra, geometry, statistics, and probability. Business and industry demand workers who can:

  • solve real world problems
  • explain their thinking to others
  • identify and analyze trends from data, and
  • use modern technology.

~Adapted from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM.org)