March 2017 Tangent Times

DPS Secondary Mathematics

DPS 4th Annual K-12 Math Fair Results

Grades 5-6

1st Place - Callum Breaden and Will Breaden (Forest View)
2nd Place - Webb Cummings (Lakewood Montessori Middle)
3rd Place - Arian Mehrotra (Sherwood Githens Middle School)
Honorable Mention(s) - Payton Barnes, Angela Bean-Ross

Grades 7-8
1st Place - Sarah Williams and Thao Nguyen (Sherwood Githens Middle School)
2nd Place - Joshua White (Carrington Middle School)
3rd Place - Grace Miller (Lakewood Montessori Middle School)
Honorable Mention(s) - Victoria Henry, Lucy Kraus (Lakewood Montessori Middle School)

Grades 9-12
1st Place - Christina Boxberger and Lauren Lee (Durham School of the Arts)
2nd Place - Davonya Cheek (JD Clement Early College High School)
3rd Place - Carlton Ellis and Jazmin Santillo (JD Clement Early College High School)
Honorable Mention - Ella Thomas (Riverside High School)

Event pics can be viewed. Anyone that wants to see them will need this link, so please feel free to forward.

Regional MathCounts 2017

The regional MathCounts competition was held on Feb. 21st at the SDC. Public schools from Durham, Orange and Wake competed to score the most points during competition rounds. The Lakewood Montessori Middle team, under the direction of Coach JJ Van Vickle, came in 4th place. Good Job Team!


Pi Day is March 14th!

Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159.

Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point. As an irrational and transcendental number, it will continue infinitely without repetition or pattern. While only a handful of digits are needed for typical calculations, Pi’s infinite nature makes it a fun challenge to memorize, and to computationally calculate more and more digits.

Middle School Teacher Academy Kick Off - Feb 23rd

The Spring session of MSTA started off with a lot of energy and positive vibes! Every educator is focused on producing better results and zooming in on learning outcomes for students. See our Kick-Off video HERE.
Spring 2017 MSTA- Durham Public Schools

OOTB Day- Feb 15th

Mathematics teacher leader Candace Lynch (Shepard Middle School) held a OOTB session on Effective Usage of Anchor Charts in the Math Classroom. If you would like additional information on how to use anchor charts in your class, please contact Candace for assistance. Her session was awesome!

Teaching Spotlight- Carrington MS 7th Grade

The 7th Grade Team used our Carnegie Learning materials to teach cross-sections. Teachers planned collaboratively with their Media Specialist and EC Co-Teacher to make it happen. All three teachers merged classes in the library to co-facilitate the hands-on activity exploring cross-sections.

Team Members- Jake Wolfe, Jennifer Burton, Dawn Bishop, & Jonas Shawn


Motivate and celebrate student performance

Keeping students motivated during the school year is no easy task, but don’t worry, we’re here to help! Check out this article for tips and resources that will help your schools keep students excited to learn on i‑Ready!

Learn more about motivating and celebrating students

You're Invited to Me2: A Math Book Club Hosted by Carnegie Learning

You love math - so do we. That’s why we’re excited to announce our new virtual book club, bringing together teachers and coaches from around the country to learn new practices and share ideas.

Our first group read will be Tracy Zager’s new book, “Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You’d Had.” Every Tuesday evening, we’ll get together on Edmodo to discuss the book, with a few surprise guests!

1st Group Chat: Kick Off

March 7th

6:00pm PST

Equity, Access, and Achievement in the Math Classroom

Title: Equity, Access, and Achievement in the Math Classroom

Date: Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Time: 02:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

Duration: 1 hour

It’s a rapidly changing world, and one that will impact our children’s future. What career prospects will there be for them? Will they be prepared for success? Most lucrative careers require a background in mathematics and if students leave elementary school without a positive growth-mindset and a firm foundation built for algebra, the doors for access into STEM careers may be in jeopardy. How do we keep the doors open for them?

In this webinar, we’ll explore how to create a positive growth-mindset and showcase the evidence-based results that can be achieved. We’ll examine how learning trajectories can be used to monitor and support mathematical growth during engagement in rich, vibrant math workshops in contrast to the use of textbooks, and how technology can be a powerful tool in providing differentiation and professional support.

Guest Speakers:

Cathy Fosnot, president and CEO, New Perspectives on Learning

Fran Roy, chief academic officer, Fall River Public Schools, Fall River, Mass.

Moderator: Stefani Kauppila, curriculum designer, DreamBox Learning

Truenorthlogic- Professional Development

Please check out the NCEES Wiki for all of the upcoming webinars scheduled for this school year. We encourage educators to register and learn more about the NCEES System. The NCEES Webinars and Office Hours are scheduled on Tuesday afternoons. See webinars below:

March 2017

NCEES Webinar: Teacher Standard 5 - Reflect on Practice

Tuesday, March 7, 4:00 - 5:00 PM

NCEES Webinar: Executive Standard 6 - External Leadership

Tuesday, March 14, 4:00 - 5:00 PM

NCEES Webinar: Teacher Leadership Standards

Tuesday, March 28, 4:00 - 5:00 PM


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Summer Workshops at Shodor for 6th-12th Graders Who Like Computers, Math & Science

Summer Workshops at Shodor

for 6th-12th Graders Who Like Computers, Math & Science

For middle and high school students who are interested in COMPUTERS, MATH and/or SCIENCE, Shodor offers a variety of explorations to satisfy their intellectual appetites during time away from school this summer.

Middle and high school students attend separate workshops during the week Monday - Friday

Most workshops are half-day sessions
(9 a.m. – noon) and (1 p.m. – 4 p.m.)
Some are full day sessions (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.).

To register and for more information, go to:

Summer 2017 WORKSHOPS:

Middle School (rising 6th-8th)

6/19 – 6/23 Explorations In Engineering and Computer Programming Concepts

7/17 – 7/21 Website Design and Forensic Science Investigations

High School (rising 9th-12th)

6/26 – 6/30 Computer Programming Concepts and Website Design

7/10 – 7/14 Advanced Programming Concepts and Modeling Your World

7/17 – 7/21 Explorations in Engineering

7/24 – 7/28 Intro to iPhone App Development and Parallel Universe

7/31 - 8/11 Shodor Scholars Program

To register and for more information, go to:

* It is the policy of The Shodor that no otherwise qualified student should be discouraged from participation due to financial circumstances. Financial assistance is available for all programs.


Shodor is located in downtown Durham, in the Golden Belt complex. Location & direction information can be found at:

Girls World Expo

FYI- Free event.

Event Details

Girls World Expo is a day-long event created by local teen girls for local teen girls – our local Girls Advisory Board is made up of teens from Raleigh who have created a unique show just for you! We have also worked closely with our local media partner, The CW22 and My RDC, to fill the day with seminars, performances, demonstrations and vendors that serve your needs in the Raleigh area!

  • Girls of Merit Award Ceremony
  • Hot-topic seminars
  • Live music, dance, performances
  • Healthy living
  • College and Career Fair
  • Art Show
  • Bright Ideas Science Fair
  • Street Style Marketplace
  • Live Runway Fashion Show
  • Pamper Me Lounge

The Math Ninja Challenge - Calling all North American math ninjas!

A web-based math program is challenging students from across the continent to show their skills in a free math competition open to all schools and grade levels.

At their own pace, in class or at home, students can work through standards-aligned games and question sets. The online environment of sponsor Mangahigh, first featured in these pages seven years ago, continuously adapts the Math Ninja Challenge to students' current level of demonstrated mastery.

The prizes include gold medals for students and Amazon gift certificates for schools. Register for one of Mangahigh's training webinars, starting the first week of March—also at no cost.

Triangle TechGirlz Opportunities

March 13, 2017 at 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

120 S. West Street, Raleigh, NC 27603

Students will learn the elements of HTML and CSS and use them to create a website. Using a text editor and web browser, students will edit web page templates and use them to make their own website. No programming experience is required

Tickets for this session will be available starting on 2/20 on our Eventbrite page.

Triangle TechGirlz - Logic and Programming

Mon, March 27, 2017 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

The Iron Yard - Durham

334 Blackwell Street, Suite B001

How do programmers think through problems? Logic is one of the most basic and important skills for a programmer. In this class, girls will learn about binary and how to solve truth tables. We will use logic gates to build a physical model of complex logic statements (A and B or not C and not D). Tickets are available on March 6.