Thank you for visiting the St. Mary School Math Program website! Our goal is to create an interactive and engaging environment in our math classrooms while challenging the students to master the math content at a high level.
What curriculum is being used?
In 5th grade (starting in the 2016-2017 school year) we will be using the Bridges math curriculum. In junior high (6th grade through algebra) we are using the College Preparatory Mathematics series. For more information on either series, please visit the links below.
How is math differentiated for students within a grade level?
Students master math concepts at different speeds, so it is our job to meet them where they are and challenge them to be as successful as possible. We use a variety of tools and strategies to support and challenge our students, and are always brainstorming new ideas. One tool that we use often is Khan Academy. All students have personal logins to Khan Academy and their teacher can login and assign various lessons for the student to practice. Remedial lessons can be assigned to students needing extra support, standards-based, grade level lessons can be assigned to students needing extra practice on a current topic and higher (grade) level lessons can be assigned to students that want to challenge themselves beyond the grade-level expectations. We also write specific learning contracts for students that need more individualized support (be it remediation or acceleration).
What can parents do to support their student's math development?
At the bottom of this page you will find a great resource from Stanford University explaining best practices for parents to support their students in math. We also recommend talking to your students about math. Ask them what they are learning. Ask them to explain the process they are learning. Why does it work? Albert Einstein said it best when he said, "If you can't explain it you don't understand it well enough."
The following videos are great for understanding the shifts happening in math.
What resources are recommended if students want to do additional practice outside of school time?
Please visit our "Summer Math Resources" page on the sidebar to see options for online and paper/pencil practice.
What does math look like at St. Mary School?
Problem of the Month Bulletin Board: Every student at St. Mary School participates in the Problem of the Month (3 times per year). These problems have 5 levels (A-E) that get more challenging with each level. The letters do not correspond to any one grade level but A is accessible to kindergarteners and level E is challenging enough for high schoolers. All of the students complete level A and progress as far as they can from there. It is a great way to build math camaraderie throughout the school.
7th Grade Math: Students are measuring distance and time to calculate rate as an introduction to our unit about proportional relationships.
6th Grade Math: Students use their eBooks and eTools during math class to better understand the math concepts. For a closer look at some 6th grade eTools please visit: CPM 6th Grade eTools
8th Grade Math: After our unit on graphing in the coordinate plane, students were given this stained glass graphing assignment. They had to graph certain lines to create the pattern and explain how the lines are related to each other.
8th Grade Algebra: The algebra class practices different strategies for factoring polynomials. For more examples of algebra student work visit the 8th grade algebra page.
Please feel free to email us with any questions. Thank you!