Middle School Math,
Mrs. Marie Vandecoevering
“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
Greetings mathematicians, my name is Marie Vandecoevering. I graduated from the University of Portland with an Undergraduate degree in Education and got my Masters in Special Education from Concordia University. I lived in Oregon for most of my life but did get to experience the sunny life in San Diego for three years after I graduated college. This is my eighth year teaching and my fifth year at Holy Cross.
I love teaching math! I think it is such a fascinating subject that we use in our daily life. As a middle school teachers I think it is just as important to teach students life long skills that will help them in high school and also as adults. Teaching math is just one part of my job, we also teach organization, time management, how to advocate for yourself, teamwork, and so much more.
Let the learning begin.
Special Update: My son, Troy, was born at the end of last school year. I have been very blessed to spend the summer with him as well as the beginning of this school year. I will be returning from maternity leave after Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences (end of October). My long term sub is Mark Gast. Mr. Gast is a retired teacher, an active parishioner, and next door neighbor to Mr. Davis. He is a already an active participant of our community, and now will be an even more active one. Your children are in excellent hands!
Helpful Resources for Students
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)
More Suggestions: I did some research in what other schools/districts recommend for summer work and I really liked what the Lowell Public School District in Massachusetts. To see their recommendations click HERE.
Graph Paper: Don't have graph paper? Need graph paper in a bigger size? Here's some free graph paper, all you need is a printer.
Middle School Events Calendar
Please check below for any major assignments, quizzes, tests, projects, etc. for Middle School.