• Welcome to Billy Mills Middle School!  My name is Shana Poettker and I will be teaching 8th grade math to your student.  This is my 19th year teaching here, and I can’t think of a better place to be!


    My goal this year is to help your student become a lifelong mathematician.  I believe that the skills in mathematics, and Algebra especially, are thinking skills that benefit everyone every day.  I have told my students that the math we explore in 8th grade are ideas that they will use throughout their lives at different times.  This year, students will work with a variety of topics.  We will start with expressions and equations as we explore algebra to analyze and make sense of problems.  We will also use geometry to model our world and solve problems within our 3-dimensional world.  Geometry is the language of mathematics that helps us understand the world around us.  As we continue to analyze the information found in our world, we will focus on statistics to analyze and evaluate conclusions based on data.  This data analysis will help to make informed citizens.  Functions and functional reasoning helps to use, organize, and understand data in a variety of situations and contexts.


    I’m looking forward to a great year together!