Secondary Math

October 2017

Steve Hiner, Middle School - Greta Robertson, PhD, High School

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Exploding Dots!

Teachers can receive prizes (marker boards, TI-30 calculators, etc.) for participating in the Global Math Week initiative.

Register at and devote at least 15 minutes during the week of October 10 to the exciting concept of Exploding Dots. Random drawings will be held for participating teachers. Help the initiative reach 1,000,000 students!

Check out the video featuring Dr. Raj Shah.

Dr. Raj Shah - Exploding Dots: A Preview to Global Math Week 2017
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TODOS: mathematics for all

TODOS: Mathematics for All is a mathematics equity organization that was established in the years 2000 to 2003 through initial efforts from the Equity and Diversity Advisory Committee (EDAC) of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). The group advocates for equity and high quality mathematics education for all students, in particular, Latina/o students.

TODOS: Mathematics for All will recognize up to six Columbus area students in Grades 5-12 at a ceremony following the Keynote Presentation on Friday, October 20, 2017, at the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference in Columbus. The Keynote presentation is scheduled from 11:00 AM – 11:50. Each student will receive a calculator donated by Texas Instruments and a certificate from TODOS. Nominating teachers of award winners will receive a one-year membership/extension in TODOS and a recognition certificate.

Please consider nominating a student for this award by completing this linked application by Friday, October 13, 2017 and forwarding to:

Middle school PD: Versatiles

Teachers of Math 6-8 are invited to join us on October 12 from 4pm-6pm to see how to use Versatiles in the classroom to making learning fun! Participants will receive 3-5 kits they can use right away (grade 6 material). Also, you will receive a flash drive containing customizable PDFs so you can create your own Versatiles activities. Check out the short video below.

Sign up today in CiMS: Activity number 1000028428

A number of people would like to attend but have parent-teacher conferences that night. A second date is being considered. Please email Steve Hiner if you are interested in attending on a different night.

High School Department Chair Meetings Schedule

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Math 6 Accelerated Testing Info

We are in the process of identifying students who will take the accelerated middle school math benchmark test. The assessment will be given in your building the week of November 13-17. Parent information nights will be held in different parts of the city prior to testing. Complete details will be available at:

Students are identified to test if one or more of the following is true:

  • 230 on Map (BOY)
  • Identified as G-T in math or superior COG
  • Earned all 3s and 4s in Math 5
  • Earned a 4 or 5 on AIR test in Math 5
  • Teacher recommendation

September 22nd PD day

Over 700 teachers attended the September 22nd PD held by The Office of Teaching and Learning. Files relating to the different sessions can be found at the link below:

If you did not have the chance to complete the survey, please do so by clicking on the link below:

PD Day 2: October 20, 2017

The schools listed at right have signed up with The Office of Teaching and Learning for professional development on October 20, 2017 (click the image for full size).

ALEKS support - PD in your own building

Principals were sent an email along with a document explaining how to get an ALEKS trainer to come out and work with you in your building. To take advantage of this opportunity, click here to download the document. Then talk with your building principal to schedule an appointment.

Math & Science Design Challenge (MSDC)


The MSDC is open to all students in grades 6. Students will work on mini challenges at their school during the year. In May, selected groups will compete in a final challenge at COSI. We invite you to join in the fun this year! An informational meeting will be held on October 19 from 4pm-5pm at Linmoor Education Center, 2001 Hamilton Avenue.

Contact Jesse Ireland (JIreland4224) for details.

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