Middle School Math,
Mrs. Mary DeFrancia

“To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love, For it is in giving that we receive. . .”
~ from The Prayer of Saint Francis



Hello mathematicians, my name is Mary DeFrancia. I am simply overjoyed to become a part of the Holy Cross community. Originally, I come from a small town in California just south of San Jose. I spent my childhood counting cows, cars, and clouds on my way to school. That love for counting random objects transformed over time into a love for math, and eventually, for teaching math.  I graduated from the University of Portland with a degree in education and then received my Master's degree through UP's PACE program.  While this is my eighth year teaching middle school math, this is my first year at Holy Cross!

I've spent the last 7 years teaching middle school math here in Portland where my students continue to bring me joy, laughter, and inspiration. Letting students discover the "whys" behind mathematics is my passion, and I look forward to seeing the many "aha" moments in the year to come.

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We are introducing a new and updated curriculum to Middle School, but a familiar curriculum to our 6th and 7th graders. The entire school is now using Ready Classroom Mathematics (an updated version from Ready Mathematics) and iReady. Below are PDF's that give an overview of what content is being covered this year and roughly when it is being taught. Now, more than ever, we all need to practice flexibility and patience as this is a new curriculum and a "new normal."

A fundamental element of this curriculum is cultivating discourse. Rich discussions can happen in the math classroom just like in a Social Studies or Language Arts class. To achieve this, the structure of our days/weeks will follow the routine: Try It - Discuss It - Connect It. Click HERE to learn more information on this structure.

How to...

... use Google Classroom? This 6 minute tutorial video will address the following questions/topics:

    • How to get to Google Classroom (0:13)
    • How to view your work (0:26)
    • How to see your grade (0:40)
    • How to see what assignments have been assigned/graded/are missing (0:45)
    • How to access the "To-Do" list (1:15)
    • What to find under "Classwork" (1:57)
    • What the icons mean (2:20)
    • How to turn in assignments (3:15)
    • Attaching a file (3:50)
    • Rubric explanation (5:02)

...maneuver iReady website?

...ask for help?

...send an email to a teacher?

Helpful Resources for Students to Avoid the "Summer Slide"

Multiplication Math Facts: It is essential that students know their multiplication facts. Accuracy and fluency are both important. No one likes getting stuck in traffic, taking time to think of these facts that students *hopefully* already know, can lead to that frustrating feeling of be caught in a traffic jam.I expect all students to be fluent in their multiplication facts 1-12. There is nothing wrong with the good old fashion flashcards. Students can make their own and practice for 10-15 minutes a day with a friend or family member. For more practice click HERE, increase the levels as you become proficient.

Khan Academy: Most students have made an account on Khan Academy so they (and I) can track their progress. I challenge you to complete as many skills as you can. You can either complete the skills from the grade you just completed (great way to review and make sure there are no gaps) or you can preview what you are going to learn next school year.

  • 5th Grade Math Skills (7 main categories: Addition & Subtraction, Multiplication & Division, Fractions, Place Value & Decimals, Measurement & Data, Geometry, Algebraic Thinking)
  • 6th Grade Math Skills (8 main categories: Ratios, Rates, & Percentages, Arithmetic Operations, Negative Numbers, Properties of Numbers, Variables & Expressions, Equations & Inequalities Introduction, Geometry, Data & Statistics)
  • 7th Grade Math Skills (7 main categories: Negative Numbers - Addition & Subtraction, Negative Numbers - Multiplication & Division, Fractions, Decimals & Percents, Rates & Proportional Relationship, Expressions, Equations & Inequalities, Geometry, Statistics & Probability)
  • 8th Grade Math Skills (7 main categories: Number and Operations, Solving Equations with One Unknown, Linear Equations and Functions, Systems of Equations, Geometry, Geometric Transformations, Data and Modeling)

Math Playground 

Fostering a Growth Mindset.

Math Drills

Math is Fun

Cool Math

Practice for the High School Placement Test

Graph Paper

Review of the CCSS Standard Math Practices