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Lisa Purvis

8th Grade Math & Acc. Math

L Purvis

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.”  Oliver Wendell Holmes

All About Me!

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I received my degree from the University of Mississippi.

My Mission Statement

It is my mission to educate my students in a way that will not only provide them with knowledge but also empower them.  Through diverse methods, strategies, and educational opportunities students will learn the skills needed to achieve their goals. I will provide a learning environment that will promote the intellectual, social, physical, and emotional needs of every child.  In order to help all students realize their full potential I will encourage critical thinking, peer support, an exchange of ideas, and serious reflection, in order to produce independent thinkers and dynamic members of society.

Hello!  I am MeLissa Purvis.  However, all of my family and friends call me Lisa.  I received my degree in Education from the University of Mississippi.  I had the pleasure of spending 23 years in the banking and finance industry prior to my decision to change careers and become an educator.  Since making the life changing decision in 2008 I have found that the achievements I desire and hope to accomplish in this career far exceed any that I ever experienced in the past. 

I was born in Georgia and blessed with the fortune and opportunity of living in Japan and Germany while my father was an officer in the army.  I graduated from Lawrence D. Bell high school in Bedford, Texas, in 1982, and started college.  Marriage, starting a family, and work brought me to the Memphis area in 1986.  I am blessed with a wonderful husband, five children, and seven precious grandchildren.  We enjoy spending time with our family, time at our farm, traveling, college football, and especially time with our grandkids.  I love the outdoors and swimming, love  to cook, am pretty good with a paint brush, enjoy sewing and crochet, and love to watch movies.  Most of all, I love children and strive to help them achieve their goals and be the best they can be, both academically and in life.

Andrew Carnegie once said, “Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success.  A whole, clear, glorious life lies before you.  Achieve! Achieve!”  



- Make sure you login to Schoology and work on your assignments EVERY DAY.  This is how roll will be taken.

- Teacher office hours to help you with assignments and to answer questions will happen every day.  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday someone will be available on a ZOOM call from 11:45 to 12:15.  Thursdays, someone will be available from 11:00 to 11:30.  The call in info will be the same every day.


- Make sure you wear your mask!

- Bring all of your supplies to class every day.  No one can share materials, so make sure you keep your supplies in a pouch or pencil box and bring your Binder and Notebook to class every day.

- NO ONE will have a locker, so make sure you have all of your things in a book bag or back pack.

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FYI....As we have assisted parents, students, & teacher who are assisting students, we have discovered that Chrome gives the user the best experience. Most people who are having issues with Edge have the old Edge. Once they get the one that looks like a "Tide Pod" they are good. 

Mac users should not use Safari, and on operating systems Sierra & older, the Teams app may need to be downloaded from because they can't get to the Teams page in their email to download the app from there.  

Instructions for accessing your Pearson Ebook online for Math Assigments

Access your 8th Grade Standards here, including links to activities and games to improve your skills:
Additional Math Resource for Online Learning - PowerPoint with direct links for specific standards

You may need to open the slide show for the links to work.

How to Login to your Student Email Account

Make sure you are using your complete email address for your user ID when you login. If you have issues logging in, and you submit a help ticket, identify the issue as "Password issues" and "Account type - Email/Office365".  Otherwise your ticket will be delayed for going to the wrong dept.   

"We only have what we give. It's by giving of ourselves that we become rich."     Isabel Allende (1941- ) Chilean-American Novelist


ZOOM – Video Conferencing -

Scholastic Learn at Home –

Newsela -

Learning A to Z -

Starfall -

PBS Learning -

Brain Pop -

Khan Academy -

Get Epic Digital Library -

CommonLit -

EverFi -


Students, please organize your binder so you can find what you need quickly.  You should have section dividers which separate each subject: Math, English, Science, & Social Studies.  Your MATH section needs to be divided with the headings of "Bell work", "Notes", "Home Work",  and "Class work". 


Students, it's very important that you not waste time between classes.  Plan ahead!  Know what you are going to need for your next class so you will be prepared. 

Please be careful not to block your classmates from getting down the hall.  YOU NEED TO WALK ON THE RIGHT!

We all have to work together to help each other so everyone can get to their next class on time.


Class Schedule

   7:50 – 8:10   Students go to class

8:10 – 9:05   1st Period

9:10 – 9:55   2nd Period

              10:00 – 10:45  3rd Period                

10:50 – 11:35   4th Period

11:40 – 1:00   5th Period

12:05 – 12:27   1st Lunch

12:32 - 12:56   2nd Lunch

1:05 – 1:50   6th Period

1:55 – 2:40   7th Period

2:45 – 3:30   8th Period

Wish List

Clorox Wipes & Hand Sanitizer

Bags of Candy (Rewards for Students)

Scotch Tape

Page protectors


Black Expo Markers


Links for additional assistance and resources

Video Tutorials

Scientific Notation Explained

Exponent Rules with Examples

One Step Adding and Subtracting Equations

Simplifying Fractions

Comparing and Ordering Decimals

Least Common Multiple

Least Common Multiple Song

Greatest Common Factor

Long Division

Converting Fractions, Decimals, and Percents

Calculating the Percent of a Number

Subtracting Integers

Subtracting Integers on a Number Line

Percents, Decimals, & Fractions

Coordinate Plane


Fraction Song: Converting improper fractions to mixed numbers

Converting Improper Fractions to Mixed Numbers


Writing a Proportion

Area of Complex Figures

Mean, Median, Mode Song (Central Tendency)


Multiplying Fractions Word Problem

Dividing Fractions

Dividing Fraction Word Problem

Reinforcing Distributive Property

One Step Multiplication Equations -

Mean Absolute Deviation

Finding the Mean (Central Tendency)

Box and Whisker Plot #1

Box and Whisker Plot #2

Introduction to Angles

Learning Resources

National Geographic

Videos of Learning


Starfall Games

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