August 7, 2016

8th Grade Math students need to have graph paper (at least 200 sheets), a ruler, a 3-ring binder with at least 5 tab dividers, and a calculator (not phone) that can do calculations with exponents (a button that looks like yx or ^ ).

July 28, 2015

I have looked around and found that local Staples and Office Depot stores sell a pack of 80 sheets of graph paper (individual sheets, not a pad or spiral) for $2. A couple of these would be great for your school supply list!

Future information for my 8th Grade Algebra classes will be posted on my 8th Grade page – http://dsapresents.org/staff/chris-freark/8th-grade-math/

July 20, 2015

I am again requesting that my Math students have graph paper (at least 200 sheets), a ruler, and a 3-ring binder with at least 5 tab dividers

August 20, 2014

In an effort to make everyone’s back-to-school shopping simpler, since 8th grade uses a substantial amount of graph paper throughout the year, I will be requesting that all work this year is done on graph paper – students do not need any lined notebook paper at all. The only other important supplies are a ruler and 3-ring binder with tab dividers.

July 23, 2014

Well, the school year is about to start, and I’m excited to see everyone! Here is some more information that you might find helpful:

  • If there is anything I need to know about you to help you be successful this year, please let me know as soon as possible – even before school officially starts if you want (a seat up front to see or hear better, a seat in the back so you can stand up once in a while, etc).
  • I respond very quickly to emails. I have a smartphone, iPad, Macbook, and desktop PC and get emails usually within minutes of when you send them. If you ever have any questions, concerns, or need help with homework, I will do my best to get back to you quickly.
  • I would prefer that my students use a pencil, or a blue or black pen to do their work in my class. Mechanical pencils are great, in that they do not require trips to the pencil sharpener. However, if you like using a wooden pencil, feel free to use that in my class. If you are the type of student that tends to erase your work and leave just the answer when you’re done working on a problem, please use a blue or black pen to help break you of that habit – I LIKE to see your work! Please do not use ink colors other than blue or black – I’m old enough that I now need reading glasses. While neon green and neon orange are very pretty colors, I cannot read them very well and I want to make sure I can fully understand your work. Personally, I always have a mechanical pencil and black pen in my pocket at all times.

July 5, 2013

I have posted information on my “8th Grade Math” page regarding skills that incoming 8th Grade students should already have and topics that we will be covering this year in 8th Grade.

July 1, 2013

I am joining Denver School of the Arts for the 2013-2014 school year, having taught 7th & 8th Grade Math in Colorado Springs for the past 9 years (the last 3 in an International Baccalureate middle school). I’m excited to now be in Denver, and thrilled to be part of the DSA family! My credentials include a BS in Information Technology, a MA in Education, licensed by the Colorado Department of Education to teach Secondary Mathematics (7-12) with a Master Teacher endorsement, and I am a National Board Certified Teacher specializing in Mathematics – Early Adolescence.

To be successful in today’s global environment, students need to display certain characteristics. They need to be Inquirers, Knowledgeable, Thinkers, Communicators, Principled, Open-minded, Caring, Risk-takers, Balanced, and Reflective. Additionally, the Standards for Mathematical Practice describe how math students should think and act. These skills include:

  • Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
  • Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
  • Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
  • Model with mathematics.
  • Use appropriate tools strategically.
  • Attend to precision.
  • Look for and make use of structure.
  • Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.


While I have a deep love and appreciation for Mathematics, I do not feel that Math and the Arts are “mutually exclusive” of each other! Prior to my teaching career, I spent over 20 years as a jeweler/goldsmith. Throughout elementary school, junior high and high school I played several musical instruments and was in the Concert and Marching Bands. While in school, I studied Spanish, German and Russian. I have coached middle school football and started a Robotics Club at my previous school. I strongly believe that people should be Balanced (see above).

This year, I hope to not only teach my students math, but to also help them gain or improve the tools they have to become life-long learners and successful students this year and in the future! As we get closer to the beginning of school in August, I will continue to add information to my site that I think will be useful to know. If you have any comments or concerns, feel free to contact me. I look forward to meeting all of you soon!

Mr. Chris Freark



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