V2CTM will be the host for the 2017 Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics conference to be held on March 10 and 11 at James Madison University. For more information, click here.
V2CTM will again sponsor the Regional 24 Challenge Tournament this coming April 20 at at Wilson Middle School in Fishersville. At the 24 Challenge Tournament, the top four mathletes from each elementary school will compete against the best and brightest from school divisions throughout the Shenandoah Valley.
Click to download the complete brochure about the 2017 Regional 24 Challenge Tournament: regional-challenge-24-brochure-2017
Click to download the 2017 Regional 24 Challenge Tournament Flyer: 2017regionalgameflyer
For more information, contact:
Elementary Mathematics and Science
Augusta County Public Schools
The Annual Fall V2CTM Meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, at Skyline Middle School in Harrisonburg. The meeting will feature a keynote presentation by Dr. Kristina Doubet, Professor, James Madison University. To get to Skyline Middle, take Interstate 81 to Exit 247 (US 33 East). Immediately get into the left lane and turn left at the first stoplight onto Linda Lane. Continue through the light and turn right when you see the school signs: Skyline Middle School adjoins Smithland Elementary School; both schools’ parking lots are available.
Please register by October 19. Conference registration costs are only $5 and include a fully catered dinner provided by White Hill Catering. There will be numerous appealing door prizes! The program is below:
4:30 – 5:00 Registration
5:00 – 5:45 Dinner catered by White Hill Catering (Meat Lasagna with Homemade Marinara Sauce, Vegetable Lasagna with Homemade Alfredo Sauce, Mixed Vegetable Medley, Green Salad, Garlic Bread, Dessert, Sweetened/Unsweetened Tea and Water)
5:45 – 6:00 Business Meeting: Anne Loso, V2CTM President
6:00 – 7:00 Keynote Address: “3D Differentiation”: Addressing Students’ Readiness Needs, Interests, and Learning Preferences in Mathematics Instruction, Dr. Kristina Doubet, James Madison University
7:15 – 8:00 K-5 Sessions:
- Open-ended Questions and Math Talks, Jackie Gulino, Harrisonburg City Schools
- Incorporating Writing and Drama in Word Problems, Sarah Lopacinski, Harrisonburg City Schools
7:15 – 8:00 6-12 Sessions:
- Rafts and Menus, Judith McNett, Harrisonburg City Schools
- Differentiation Strategies, Dr. Kristina Doubet, James Madison University
The Regional 24 Contest was held on April 12 at Wilson Middle School. This year, there were almost 60 players representing 13 elementary schools from Augusta County, Rockingham County, and Greene County.
The top winners were:
1st place: Clark Dana, Wilson Elementary School
2nd place: Jack Liskey, Clymore Elementary School
3rd place: Cayden Swatts, Beverley Manor Elementary School
4th place: Mason Earlywine, Beverley Manor Elementary School
Congratulations to all those who participated! Special thanks to John Stevens for being the MC for the contest and to Laurie Biser for coordinating it.
Approximately 100 teachers and administrators enjoyed Michael Bolling’s presentation on Wednesday, March 16, at the Spring 2016 V2CTM Conference. Michael, who serves as the Director of Mathematics at the Virginia Department of Education, gave attendees an overview of the proposed changes to the Mathematics SOL in Virginia which were presented to the State Board of Education on March 17. The timeline for the SOL revision is for it to be reviewed and approved by Fall, 2016. He also challenged teachers toward excellence in teaching and highlighted recent improvements on statewide math scores.
The conference was hosted by Fort Defiance High School where a delicious catered meal was prepared by White Hill Catering. At the business meeting, the new slate of officers was approved including the election of President-Elect Laurie Biser from Augusta County Public Schools. New Board members include Angie Deitz of Augusta County Schools, Missy Luikart from Rockingham County Public Schools, and Ellen Avalos from Harrisonburg City Schools. John (Zig) Siegfried will continue as Treasurer. Also at the business meeting, awards were presented to Dr. Bob Hanson for 50 years of teaching mathematics at JMU, to Joe Hill for 23 years of editing the V2CTM newsletter (Jenny Gibson is taking over these duties), and to Maria Swartzentruber from Linville-Edom Elementary School in Rockingham County for being presented the H. Joseph Hill Award for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics.
The Valley of Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ Spring Conference will be held Wednesday, March 16, at Fort Defiance High School. The program will feature a presentation about the new Mathematics Standards of Learning (due to be released in March) by Michael Bolling, Director of Mathematics from the Virginia Department of Education. As always, a delicious catered meal will be offered for only $5.00. Registration will begin at 4:30, followed by dinner, business meeting, and the featured presentation, SOL Revision and the State of Mathematics in Virginia. To register, click here. Please register no later than March 9.
More details about the Spring meeting are in the Spring 2016 Reflection newsletter. Click here to see it.
At the Fall 2015 V2CTM Conference held October 13 at Wilbur S. Pence Middle School, nearly 90 educators, administrators, and college students learned from Dr. Kenn Barron that there is a formula for optimally motivating students in the math classroom: M = E + V – C. Kenn defined and gave examples of M (Motivation), E (Expectancy), V (Value), and C (Cost).
As always, White Hill Catering provided a delicious catered meal and many door prizes were won by attendees.
The second Share Fair Nation sponsored by Bridgewater College and the Morgridge Foundation was held on Saturday, October 10 with over 1300 teachers, parents, and students in attendance. Teachers had staff development sections related to teaching STEAM topics and students were treated to a gymnasium full of exhibits in the Funkhouser Center. Here are some pictures of students and parents at the Bridgewater College Hands-On Math booth: