Teachers

Name E-mail Phone Courses
Noel Berghout nberghout@pausd.org 856-5188 x5672 Teacher Math 6, Science 6
LeeAnn Constant lconstant@pausd.org 856-5188 x5865 Teacher Math 6, Social Studies 6
Sue Duffek sduffek@pausd.org 856-5188 x5070 Teacher Math 8, Algebra 8
Elizabeth Fee efee@pausd.org 856-5188 x6480 Teacher Math 8, Algebra 8, Money Matters, Math IS
Marissa Ferrante mferrante@pausd.org 856-5188 x6922 Teacher Math 7, Algebra 8
Molly Flanagan mflanagan@pausd.org 856-5188 x6923 Teacher Math 8, Algebra 8
Kate Franklin kfranklin@pausd.org 856-5188 x6171 Teacher Math 8
Stephanie Ling sling@pausd.org 856-5188 x5767 Teacher Math 7, 7A
Christina MacMillan cmacmillan@pausd.org 856-5188 x5894 Teacher Math 6, Science 6
Mikaela McKenna mmckenna@pausd.org 856-5188 x6673 Teacher Math 6, Science 6
Joseph Ogle jogle@pausd.org 856-5188 x5827 Teacher Math 6, Science 6
Arianne Piedrahita apiedrahita@pausd.org 856-5188 x6274 Teacher Math 6, Science 6
Alex Salzmann asalzmann@pausd.org 856-5188 x6292 Teacher Math 6, Science 6
Steven Shirley sshirley@pausd.org 856-5188 x6469 Teacher Math 7A, Geo H
James Sperry jsperry@pausd.org 856-5188 x5114 Teacher Math 7, 7A, Tech Mentor
Amy Stock astock@pausd.org 856-5188 x5501 Teacher Math 7, 7A
Joe Yribarren ryribarren@pausd.org 856-5188 x6470 Teacher English 6, Math 6

Curriculum

Textbooks

Students will link to the online textbook through the student portal. Parents can follow these instructions to get to the online textbooks:

Common Core Mathematical Practice Standards

  • Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.
  • Look for and make use of structure.
  • Attend to precision.
  • Use appropriate tools strategically.
  • Model with mathematics.
  • Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
  • Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
  • Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

Common Core Content Standards

Math 6

All students study the mathematical strands recommended by the California Framework: Number, Measurement, Geometry, Patterns and Functions, Statistics and Probability, Logic and Language, and Algebra. Focus is placed on problem solving, conceptual understanding, building connections throughout the strands, and developing computational skills. Students solve problems, communicate ideas in both oral and written form, analyze and organize information, evaluate alternative mathematical approaches, and interpret results. Students use mental math, estimation, paper and pencil computation, manipulatives, calculators, computers, and other technology as appropriate. Students are heterogeneously grouped in sixth grade and work both independently and in cooperative group situations. Instruction is differentiated to appropriately challenge students. Extra challenge and enrichment opportunities are available to all students. 

Parent information night slides ( English | Mandarin | Spanish)

Math 7

Students will follow the 7th grade Common Core Content Standards. Seventh grade mathematics focusses on the application of ratios and proportional reasoning. Students develop an understanding of and apply proportional relationships. They develop a further understanding of operations with rational numbers and work with expressions and linear operations. Students solve problems involving scale drawings and informal geometric constructions. They work with two- and three-dimensional shapes to solve problems involving area, surface area, and volume. They draw inferences about populations based on samples. Students will solve problems, communicate ideas in both oral and written form, analyze and organize information, evaluate alternative mathematical approaches, and interpret results. The Mathematical Practice Standards will be used to build on the student’s ability to make sense of a variety of problems.

Math7A

This is the first year in a two-year accelerated course. Students will cover all of 7th grade Common Core standards, with the addition of some Standards for 8th grade, allowing students to cover 3 years of material in 2 years (7th and 8th grade). These additions from 8th grade include having students develop the concept of a function and use functions to describe quantitative relationships as well as analyze two- and three-dimensional space and figures using distance, angles, similarity and congruence. They grasp the concept of a function and use functions to describe quantitative relationships. Students learn and apply the Pythagorean Theorem. The Mathematical Practice Standards will be used to build on the student’s ability to make sense of a variety of problems. Students are expected to maintain a B- or better for placement into the Algebra 8 course in 8th grade.

Math 8

Students will follow the 8th grade Common Core Standards. Eighth grade mathematics focusses on the algebra of linear relationships. Students formulate and reason about expressions and equations, including modeling an association in bivariate data with a linear expression and solving linear equations and systems of equations. They grasp the concept of a function and use functions to describe quantitative relationships. Students analyze two- and three-dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity, and congruence, and learn and apply the Pythagorean Theorem. Students continue to use and improve their skills in problem?solving, communicating mathematical ideas in oral and written form, analyzing complex situations, organizing information, using computers and graphing calculators, and working independently and in groups. The Mathematical Practice Standards will be used to build on the student’s ability to make sense of a variety of problems.

Algebra 8

This is the second year in a 2-year accelerated course. This course completes the 8th grade Common Core Content Standards in addition to the Algebra Content Standards. Students deepen and extend their understanding of linear and exponential relationships by contrasting them with each other and by applying models to data. Students engage in methods for analyzing, solving, and using quadratic functions. Students analyze two- and three-dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity, and congruence. In addition to analyzing bivariate data, students will also focus on data distribution and correlation. The focus is on solving linear, quadratic and exponential functions. The Mathematical Practice Standards will be used to build on the student’s ability to make sense of a variety of problems. Students are expected to maintain a B- orbetter for placement into Geometry in 9th grade. Pre-requisite: Math 7A or satisfactory completion of the Summer Bridge to Algebra Course.

PAUSD Math Placement

PAUSD's mathematics placement policy is available to view on the PAUSD web site
 
Please contact Instructional Supervisor Elizabeth Fee (efee@pausd.org) to take the 7th-grade Mastery test. Math 7A Mastery Test Topics (Note: Read Placement Policy first.) 

Extension Activities

Khan Academy

Khan Academy is an online learning resource available to students, parents, and teachers at JLS. Parents may sign up as "coaches" for their child. Teachers may also sign up as "coaches" (students can have more than one coach.) Please see instructions on Signing up for Khan Academy with your PAUSD provided Google Account (pdf)

Clubs

Two math clubs are offered for interested students. To sign up, go to the Club Faire (announced on KJLS), or contact Elizabeth Fee (efee@pausd.org).

  • Math Madness Club (after school)
  • Math Counts Club (at lunch)

Competitions

There are several opportunities to compete in mathematics events during the year. Information will be posted on Schoology and announced on KJLS. Contact Elizabeth Fee (efee@pausd.org) if you have questions.

  • AMC8 Open to all students, the AMC8 competition is held in November during WIP (runs a few minutes after school). Stay tuned to KJLS and math classrooms for information about sign-ups, which take place about 2-3 weeks prior to the competition. Sponsored by the JLS Math Teachers.
  • AMC10 By invitation only. Open to the top 10 scores from the AMC8 competition. Held in February. Sponsored by Elizabeth Fee.
  • Math Madness Club and weekly competitions against other middle schools around the country. These competitions are computer based and sponsored by AMC. Open to all students, but they must sign up prior to competing. Sponsor is Elizabeth Fee.
  • Math Counts 10 students compete live against other schools. Try outs take place in December. There are weekend obligations with this competition. 
  • BAMO - Bay Area Math Olympiad Students have up to 4 hours to work through a set of questions. Competition takes place on a Thursday in February. 

Summer School

The Middle School Summer School Program (Registration by invitation only) is designed to support rising 6th, 7th and 8th graders. We believe in developing an engaging summer program that provides opportunities for our students to advance, equitably supports and challenges students experiencing an opportunity gap.