Teaching Philosophy
Mr. Van Dyk is in his 16th year teaching. This year, he is teaching Seventh Grade Advanced Math and Seventh Grade Standard Math. This is his 15th year teaching at FAMS. In addition to his teaching role, Mr. Van Dyk has coached track, baseball, and girls' basketball in past years at FAMS. Previously, Mr. Van Dyk taught Seventh and Eighth Grade Math at Saint Lucy Filippini Academy in Newark, NJ. He is thrilled to be back and looks forward to another great year with the students and faculty at FAMS.

Mr. Van Dyk earned his Bachelor's Degree from William Paterson College, and has a Master's Degree in Teaching Middle Grades Mathematics from Montclair State University. An avid sports fan, he enjoys rooting for his Boston Red Sox, Dallas Cowboys, NY Rangers, and Boston Celtics. Mr. Van Dyk also enjoys reading, watching movies, and spending time with friends and family.

Mr. Van Dyk tries to break down Math into very basic elements so everyone can be successful.  Students are encouraged to approach Mr. Van Dyk if they are unsure about anything or if they need extra help.  Students are expected to be on time to class, in their seats, and ready to work before the late bell rings.  All students are to report to class prepared every day with their laptops charged, notebooks, homework, and pencils/pens.  Students who arrive late or unprepared repeatedly will discuss potential consequences with Mr. Van Dyk.  If being unprepared becomes a problem, parents will be notified and we will all try to find a reasonable solution to the problem.  The same can be said of homework.  Homework is to be done and handed in on time.  Repeated missed homework assignments will also result in parents being contacted.

Students will be given a hard cover copy of their textbooks to keep at home, in addition to access to the online version of the textbook.  If technical issues arise at home, students will still be expected to complete homework assigned using the hard cover version.  Tests or quizzes could be expected on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.  Quizzes will occur at the end of each Recall Prior Knowledge portion of a chapter and at various points within a chapter.  Notebook quizzes will occasionally be given to inspire organized note taking, as well confirm accuracy of practice problems or corrections with any work they got wrong.  Chapter tests will occur 2-3 times per marking period.
Office Hours

Sept.    19     7:30-8:00 am

Oct.      10     7:30-8:00 am

Nov.      7      7:30-8:00 am

Dec.      5      7:30-8:00 am

Jan.       9      7:30-8:00 am

Feb.      13     7:30-8:00 am

March    3      7:30-8:00 am

April       3      7:30-8:00 am

May        8     7:30-8:00 am

June       2      7:30-8:00 am


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Dec.     16     3:00-3:30 pm

Jan.      27     3:00-3:30 pm

Feb.      10     3:00-3:30 pm

March   20     3:00-3:30 pm

April      28     3:00-3:30 pm

May       26     3:00-3:30 pm

June      5      3:00-3:30 pm