Secondary Math

Steve Hiner * Greta Robertson, PhD

ALEKS Training

Good news! We are pleased to announce that our ALEKS trainer, Kevin Thuman, is available now through May to work with you in your building. Principals recently received a form to complete and submit to Steve (middle school) or Greta (high school). If interested, please talk with your colleagues and your principal. You can also contact us and we will work with your principal to schedule a training session.

News from ODE

The ONLY item type that will no longer appear on the state assessments is the Constructed Response items where the students write/type in a justification using sentences.

Exceptions from this is the Writing component in the ELA assessments and, for a few high school students, the Physical Science assessment.

The Model Curriculum is expected to be approved by the Board at their February meeting.

SMART Notebook PD - rescheduled due to snow day

Sign up today for a SMART Notebook PD on February 21. Below is the description of the event as it appears in CiMS (activity #1000030506).

If you are new to SMART Notebook or it has been awhile since you worked in Notebook, then this session is for you. Learn how to navigate through SMART Notebook 17.1, access additional support materials from the SMART Exchange and Interactive How-to-Guides. Representatives from SMART will be here to help you make the most out of this important program.

Note: SMART representatives are also available to come to your school to assist you during the school day. Ask your principal to contact our office to set that up.

Math Competition Opportunities

2018 OCTM State Tournament of Mathematics

Sponsored by the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics

February 24, 2018

Students in grades 9 through 12 are eligible to participate in the tournament. Math students can register for the tournament as independent students and be eligible for individual student awards if their school is not sponsoring a team.

Tournament testing will be administered at over 20 sites strategically located throughout Ohio. The registration fee this year is $5.00 per student. Please mark these dates:

February 8, 2018 – Deadline for registration without late fee (must be postmarked by this date

February 15, 2018 – Last day for registration and must include a $25 late fee

Complete tournament information can be found at www.OCTMTournament.org.

Tournament registration payments (purchases orders not accepted) in the form of a check made payable to OCTM should be mailed to the following address:

Kevin Dael, OCTM Tournament Director

5485 Pleasant Hill Road

Athens, OH 45701

2018 Ohio High School Mathematics Invitational Olympiad

Sponsored by the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics

March 3, 2018

The Ohio High School Mathematics Invitational Olympiad (OHMIO) rewards mathematical excellence and team work. Top scoring Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics (OCTM) Tournament individuals and the 4-member team of each 1st place school in the five levels, based on school size, are invited to participate. The qualifying score is determined on the OCTM grading day, March 3, 2018.

For more info contact:

Brian Meeron
OHMIO Director
Email: ohmio@octmtournament.org

Graphing Lesson Plan

Click the link below to download a graphing lesson plan. Plot the points to discover an item related to the Super Bowl.


Math Department Chair Meetings

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SMART Software Update 17.1

Download SMART Notebook software on your own computer or laptop. The link and serial number are below.



Continuing Contract Information

It's that time of year: teachers can apply for their continuing contract. For more information, visit the site below:


Math Teachers Hard At Work After 2:45… Thanks For All You Do!

Boys Varsity Basketball Coach Sean Taylor, Northland HS

Basketball Announcer & Clock Operator Tom Fast, Northland HS

Boys Varsity Basketball Coach Jeremy Stuhlfauth, Linden McKinley STEM


It is time to think about which session you want to propose to lead at OCTM’s 2018 annual conference. Go to OCTM’s website and send in your proposal. Share all the good work you do around the state with everybody!


CONGRATULATIONS Zachary Patterson!!!!

Congratulations to Zachary Patterson, math teacher at Dominion Middle School, who recently earned the designation of a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT). Zachary earned this extremely high mark of achievement through a rigorous, performance-based, peer-review process. Great job Zack!

ALEKS Incentive

Do you have a student who has finished an ALEKS course? Or do you have a student you would like to recognize for working really hard in ALEKS? Please let us know, because we'd like to send out a little gift, an ALEKS Pie Champion water bottle.

As students finish an ALEKS course, teachers can create a new class and enroll them in it. For instance, if a student finishes Math 6, the teacher can create a Math 7 course and enroll that student in it to allow him or her to get a head start on the new material. The teacher can then either unenroll the student from the original Math 6 class (no progress is lost) or leave the student in both classes.

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