NPS Teaching and Learning Flyer
Issue I, December 2022
Students are Learning about Ratios & Fractions
NPS is focusing on MATH this year!
On August 30 and November 8, 2022, all district K-8 math teachers and special education teachers received a full day of training from professional presenters on our new Bridges in Math program and Illustrative Math program. These programs were selected by the Vertical Curriculum Math Team last year (comprised of teachers and administrators) and are being implemented in PK-2 and 3-8 classrooms, respectively, this year. Both programs are standards-based and are designed to help students gain a deep understanding of concepts, key skills, and develop students' ability to solve complex problems.
Kindergarten and first grade students are engaged in mathematical thinking
JFK math teachers and special education teachers of math are taking a FRACTIONS AVMR course this year- taught by math coach and 'AVMR Champion', Diana Smith!
Some quotes from JFK particpants on the course:
- "I wasn't too into this the first week, but every week it gets better. I am really enjoying trying to solve the sample problems and talking about fractions."
- "Thanks, Diana, this was fun today."
- "My question is how can we help students jump out of the 'chasm' between part- whole and measurement within our daily instruction?"
Coach Martin on using AVMR techniques with middle school students:
Get acquainted with some of our math teachers and coaches:
Emma Martin, Math Interventionist, grades 6-8
Math Coaches Diana Smith (K-5) & Susan Buchanan (6-8)
Ben Greenwood, JFK Tiered Interventionist
Ben Greenwood is a Tiered Support Specialist and Math Interventionist at JFK Middle School, and publishes the school newspaper. Ben is also the Director of the North American School Scrabble Championship and coaches the JFK Scrabble team.
He enjoys recreational mathematics, raising chameleons, and playing competitive Scrabble.
Anisa Schardl, NHS Math Teacher
American Math Competition is what many secondary students are choosing!
What is the AMC 8?
The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple choice examination in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development of problem-solving skills. The AMC 8 provides an opportunity for middle school students to develop positive attitudes towards analytical thinking and mathematics that can assist in future careers. Students apply classroom skills to unique problem-solving challenges in a low-stress and friendly environment.The material covered on the AMC 8 includes topics from a typical middle school mathematics curriculum. Possible topics include but are not limited to: counting and probability, estimation, proportional reasoning, elementary geometry including the Pythagorean Theorem, spatial visualization, everyday applications, and reading and interpreting graphs and tables. In addition some of the later questions may involve linear or quadratic functions and equations, coordinate geometry, and other topics traditionally covered in a beginning algebra course. Here's an example of a question: What is the number of ounces of water you would need to add to change 9 ounces of limeade (containing 50% lime juice) to a new mix containing 30% lime juice?
Benjamin Greenwood, Tiered Support Specialist, is leading a group of JFK students who have selected to be part of the Northampton AMC team. The group meets during FLEX time (which is built into the schedule) to solve problems together. When asked why he joined the team, Nathan, an 8th grade participant, replied, "I just like doing math. It's really fun subject and you can actually use math in real life situations."
Sample 8th grade question: Jack and Jill are going swimming at a pool one mile from their house. They leave home simultaneously. Jill rides her bicycle to the pool from their house. Jill rides her bike to the pool at a constant speed of 10 miles per hour. Jack walks to the pool at a constant speed of 4 miles per hour. How many minutes before Jack does Jill arrive?
Statistics and Precalculus classes at the High School
Roxanne Dorrie, Director of Curriculum & Instruction
- Entitlement Grants
- Title I Program
- Educator Professional Development
- K-12 Curriculum Development & Purchases
- Instruction and Assessment
- Mentorship Program & New Teacher Orientation