Wilson Elementary School Scores Big in 2015 Regional 24 Challenge Tournament

V2CTM again sponsored the Regional 24 Challenge Tournament on April 23 at Wilson Middle School.  The competition brought together 70+ students from 14 schools, including schools in Staunton, Waynesboro, Augusta County, Greene County, and Rockingham County.

Player representation in the semi-final round of 16 included students from Staunton City, Rockingham, and Augusta County. The final four players were all from Wilson Elementary School in Augusta County. The winners were:

Third Runner Up: Ethan Briseno, Wilson Elementary School

Second Runner Up: Clark Dana, Wilson Elementary School

1st Runner Up: Aiden Podgorski, Wilson Elementary School

Grand Champ: Jimmy Chen, Wilson Elementary School

Wilson Elementary School’s coaches are Linda Bowers and Donald Burton.

Special thanks to John Stevens, Stuarts Draft High School, for being the emcee for the event and to Laurie Biser who chaired the event for V2CTM.

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2015 Spring Conference a Big Hit!

“The fastest two hours I have spent in ages” remarked one person as he left the Number Talks session by Dr. Sherry Parish at the 2015 Spring V2CTM Conference held March 17 at Skyline Middle School in Harrisonburg. “Great Google Sketchup Session” commented another attendee who had attended Dr. Carl Lee’s session. These two were among the 131 teachers and administrators who enjoyed a delicious buffet dinner supplied by Whitehill Catering, efficient business meeting run by Jenny Gibson, and two excellent and well-attended workshops.

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2015 Spring Conference Set for March 17 at Skyline Middle

The 2015 Spring V2CTM Conference, to be held March 17 at Skyline Middle School in Harrisonburg, features two nationally known speakers.  Dr. Sherry Parrish, author of the widely popular Number Talks, will conduct an extended workshop for K-8 attendees.  Dr. Carl Lee, a distinguished professor from the Department of Mathematics at the University of Kentucky, will conduct a workshop, Modeling with Google SketchUp in the School Classroom.  As usual, Whitehill Catering will bring us a delicious meal.  More information about the workshops and other conference details will be forthcoming in the spring Newsletter.  Mark your calendars!  Registration is already open–click here to register online.

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2014 Fall Conference Sets Attendance Records

To put it in mathematical terms, if n(x) = number of people who attend event x and A is the set of all previous V2CTM conferences, then n(Oct 7 V2CTM Conference) > n(a) for all a in set A.

To put it in statistical terms, the number of people who attended the Oct. 7 conference was an outlier, more than two standard deviations above the mean number of attendees at all V2CTM conferences.

To put it in everyday terms, we had a record number of teachers attend our Fall 2014 Conference!

200 teachers heard great presentations from Dr. John Almarode, Dr. Kateri Thunder, Kara Velez, and Amanda Rickard.  Amanda was also presented with the V2CTM Award for Excellence in Teaching during the conference.

Attendees enjoyed a delicious lasagna meal catered by White Hill Catering.  Approximately 50 door prizes were distributed.

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Register for the Fall 2014 Conference

Click here to register for the Fall 2014 Conference to be held on Tuesday, October 7, at Skyline Middle School in Harrisonburg.   As shown below, there are some excellent sessions planned for the conference.  Registration costs, including the catered dinner, are only $5, payable at the door.  You must register by October 1.  You can download the Fall newsletter which has lots more details about this conference and other V2CTM activities by clicking here.

4:30 – 5:00      Registration

5:00 – 5:45      Dinner catered by White Hill Catering

5:45 – 6:00      Business Meeting/Door Prizes:  Jenny Gibson, V2CTM President

6:00 – 7:00      Keynote AddressIf You Want Smart Thinkers in Mathematics, You Have to Engage in Smart Teaching, Dr. John Almarode, James Madison University.

7:15 – 8:15      Breakout Sessions

Elementary K-5 Session: Differentiation in the Elementary Mathematics Classroom, Dr. Kateri Thunder, James Madison University

Middle & High School Session:   Flipping Out Over Math, Kara Velez, Wilbur S. Pence Middle School and Amanda Rickard, East Rockingham High School

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Save the Date–October 7

The fall V2CTM Conference will be on Tuesday, October 7, at Skyline Middle School in Harrisonburg from 4:30 – 8:00.  The keynote speaker is Dr. John Almarode from JMU.  Other breakout sessions will be presented by Dr. Kateri Thunder, JMU, Kara Velez, Pence Middle School, and Amanda Rickard, East Rockingham High School.  As always, there will be a delicious dinner, door prizes, lots of comraderie, and good professional development.  More details will be posted here soon.

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JMU Offers Online Masters of Education in Mathematics for Secondary Teachers

JMU is now offering a Master’s of Education in Mathematics online.  The program, aimed at secondary teachers, includes a minimum of 34 credit hours of course work which are organized with 13 hours of educational development and 21 hours of mathematics.  All the course work for this program is offered online. Click here to download a brochure which describes the program.

For more information, contact the program’s director:

Dr. Anthony Tongen, Associate Professor
Department of Mathematics
James Madison University
MSC 1911; Roop 109
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
phone:  (540)568-7328
fax:       (540)568-6857
web:   http://educ.jmu.edu/~tongenal/:

or

Outreach & Engagement
www.jmu.edu/outreach
540.568.4253
outreach@jmu.edu

 

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Winners in Regional 24 Game Announced!

The winners in the annual Regional “24 Game” Challenge held on April 9 at Wilson Middle School are as follows:

1st Place:

Grayson Wright from Wilson Elementary School in Augusta County

Finalists:

Jack Liskey from Clymore Elementary School in Augusta County

Caroline Cheung from Stuarts Draft Elementary School in Augusta County

Tony Townsend from Nathaniel Green Elementary School in Greene County

Many thanks to Laurie Biser for coordinating this highly successful event.

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Early details about Fall 2014 meeting announced

The 2014 Fall meeting of the Valley of Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics will be on Tuesday, October 7.  It will be held at Skyline Middle School in Harrisonburg.  The keynote speaker will be Dr. John Almarode, Assistant Professor of Education and Professional Development Associate at the Leadership and Learning Center at James Madison University.  Breakout sessions will include a session about “flipping” your classroom by Kara Velez, Wilbur S. Pence Middle School, and Amanda Rickard, East Rockingham High School plus an Elementary Session by Dr. Kateri Thunder from JMU.  Other conference details will be posted later.

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More released tests….

As communicated via Superintendent’s Memo #167-13, the following tests have now been released:
·         Grades 3-5 Mathematics;

·         Grades 6-8 Mathematics;

·         EOC Algebra I;

·         EOC Algebra II; and

·         EOC Geometry.

The mathematics tests have been posted to the Virginia Department of Education Web site at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/sol/released_tests/index.shtml.  Each of these tests is available in PDF format.  A link for students to experience the test items in TestNav, the online testing software, is also provided.  The TestNav version of the tests do NOT provide scores for students; however, the PDF version contains the answer key for all items in the test.

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