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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 Mathematics Teacher Focus Groups (K-5) Forming

The Office of Mathematics will facilitate Teacher Focus Groups for grades K-5 during spring and summer 2014. The outcomes of these meetings will include but are not limited to the following:

  • Updates or revisions to the PWCS pacing guides and planning calendars for the 2014-15 school year
  • Revisions and continued improvements or updates to the Unit Guides and supporting resource
  • Possible revision of End-of-Unit Common Formative Assessments, based on curriculum match, results, and teachers’ observations  

Teachers selected to serve on the Teacher Focus Group for any grade level will be paid $25 an hour for their work and will earn recertification credit.  We welcome classroom teachers as well as interested teachers of gifted, special education, and ESOL students, instructional technology resources teachers (ITRTs), and any other teachers who impact mathematics instruction at the elementary level. Two after-school meetings are scheduled for each grade level in May and two days in the summer. Meeting dates and times are included on the application. Additional work will need to be completed outside of meeting times. Because we are aiming for representation from across the Division, it is possible that no more than one teacher per school for each grade level will be selected. If you are interested in participating on a Teacher Focus Group, please complete the application and return it to the Office of Mathematics, Kelly Leadership Center by Thursday, April 24, 2014. Email submissions or questions can be sent to Kathleen Morris at morriskx@pwcs.edu for grades K-2 or to Donna Stofko at stofkoda@pwcs.edu for grade 3-5.

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!

Lake Ridge Middle School’s Stephanie DeRaymond Named VCTM Middle School Math Educator of the Year

Congratulations to Stephanie DeRaymond, math teacher at Lake Ridge Middle School, who has been selected to receive the Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics (VCTM) William C. Lowry Mathematics Educator of the Year Award for the Middle School level for 2014. She was honored at the VCTM conference and received her award at a dinner at James Madison University on March 14. DeRaymond was chosen by a panel of former award winners, who brought high standards to their deliberations.

Stephanie has taught in PWCS for 25 years. Even with her vast experience, she understands the importance of being a life-long learner. She is not afraid of trying new things and finds great success with all of her students. In the words of her principal, Jo Fitzgerald, “Mrs. DeRaymond is truly deserving of this award for she exemplifies what a world-class professional educator should be.” 

Proposals Now Being Accepted for the Elementary Day Conferences
 The Office of Student Learning will host The PWCS Elementary Educators' Day Conferences on August 26, 2014 from 8:30 -12:45 at the following locations:

Grades K-2 at T. Clay Wood Elementary School
Grades 2-3 at Ellis Elementary School
Grades 4-5 at Old Bridge Elementary School

Presenters are needed for all grade levels and core content areas. Please complete this proposal form if you are interested in presenting at this conference. Proposals are due by March 28, 2014. 
Looking for a way for your students to practice with TestNav online tools (ruler, protractor, or compass)?

The online Mathematics Tools Practice allows students to practice using the online tools (such as the ruler, protractor, or compass) available within TestNav, the online testing software used in Virginia. These are posted under the SOL Practice Items.
Grades 3-8 Tools Practice
End-of-Course Tools Practice

VCTM Professional Development Grants
The Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics (VCTM ) Professional Development Grant Program is a one-time grant opportunity of up to $500. Two grants are awarded. The purpose of this program is to provide funding support to VCTM members who wish to attend workshops, institutes, or other professional development opportunities. Click on the title above to download the application. Applications are due by May 1, 2014.

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching Program
Nominations and applications are now open for the PAEMST for mathematics and science teachers in grades K-6. The deadline for nominations from individuals, including students, parents, teachers, and administrators is April 1. All applications are by due May 1. See Superintendent's Memo #002-14 for more information.

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