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Mathematics Vision Statement
The Prince William County Schools Mathematics program promotes an environment in which students develop a comprehensive and enduring understanding of the concepts of mathematics. Students learn to effectively apply these concepts and use a variety of problem solving strategies. The program nurtures a productive disposition toward mathematics, challenges all learners and supports further investigations in this field.

2014-15 Elementary New Teacher Induction: Content Workshops
These content-focused workshops are designed for elementary teachers new to PWCS. Teachers will attend three full days for their grade level. During these sessions, teachers will gain an understanding of specific content expectations for their grade level and the depth of knowledge expected of their students in the core content areas. Instructional strategies and resources will be shared.  This chart includes dates for all grade levels (K-5), the specific content areas of focus for each session, and registration information. All elementary content teachers new to PWCS should register in the Professional Learnings Catalog for the course number designated for their grade level.
Elementary Educators' Conferences - August 26
The Office of Student Learning is sponsoring three conferences for elementary educators on August 26. These conferences are targeted toward teachers in the following grade level bands: K-1, 2-3, and 4-5 and are scheduled from 8 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Each conference features presentations across all four core content areas, instructional technology, and general interest sessions. Teachers will receive five recertification hours for attending. Pre-registration at http://goo.gl/j5ihwx is required due to limited space at all locations. Sessions will be selected during the registration process. Conference programs are available on this flyer. 
Prince William County Boasts Two Mathematics Beauty Contest Winners!

Perla Valles, a second grader in Ms. Susan Larson’s class at Mullen Elementary School, and Abigail Rice, a fifth grader in Mrs. Crooker’s class at Lake Ridge Elementary School topped all Virginia students in their grade levels on the Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics 2014 Math Beauty Contest. This annual contest gives students across Virginia a chance to show their problem solving abilities in “beautiful ways.” Students solve a mathematical problem related to the Standards of Learning at their grade level and write a paragraph to explain their thinking and problem solving strategies. Each winning student is awarded a framed certificate, a $25 gift card, and a pizza party for the class.  Asher Avery, Mathematics Resource Teacher at Mullen ES, noted that “the opportunity for Mullen students to enter major contests throughout our county and state is a really important part of their educational growth and enrichment.”

Abigail entered the contest through her gifted education class. Barbara Magnum, Abigail’s SIGNET teacher at Lake RidgeES,said Abigail “does not believe she is a ‘math student’ but she tried her best with the problem and it paid off. She loves horses and she works hard at whatever she does.”

Congratulations Perla and Abigail for showing off your strong mathematics reasoning and problem solving skills. We are very proud to have two first-place winners in the PWCS community!

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