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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Spring VCTM Conference a Huge Success

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The annual spring VCTM Conference hosted by V2CTM at JMU on  March 14, 15 was a huge success.  Nearly 1,000 teachers attended the conference including approximately 500 from the V2CTM region.   Program chairman Kyle Schultz had arranged for over 150 excellent sessions for teachers to choose from.

The conference ran extremely smoothly thanks to the excellent planning by Kyle and Conference chairman LouAnn Lovin and the many hard working volunteers who assisted them.  LouAnn sent a thank you note to the many V2CTM volunteers that included this message:

I was approached Thursday, Friday, and Saturday by many people who expressed how much they were enjoying the conference and their appreciation for the work the local group was doing to host the conference. It is a pleasure to work with people who jump right in and do tasks that need to be done and then come back to do more. Your hard manual labor, positive attitudes, and good humor were much appreciated by many but most of all by me.

V2CTM is especially grateful to the hospitality provided by James Madison University.  The facilities in the ISAT/HHS complex were superb and widely appreciated by conference attendees.  The JMU food service provided tasty food a’plenty for those in attendance.  The vendors seemed as pleased as the conference attendees.

Below are a few photos taken:

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Some 2013 Math Tests Released by DOE

Available on the Department of Education website now are the 2013 released tests for Math 3, Math 4, and Math 5.  In order to preserve the integrity of the test item bank, some items on these forms, as administered in spring 2013, were replaced with items of similar content.  To access these tests, visit:

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/sol/released_tests/index.shtml

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V2CTM Prepares for VCTM Conference

Don’t forget that there will be no spring 2014 V2CTM Conference this year since we are hosting the Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference at JMU on March 14-15.  You can view the program and register for the VCTM conference at http://vctm.org

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2014 Regional 24 Challenge Tournament Announced

V2CTM is once again sponsoring the Regional 24 Challenge Tournament.  The event will be held on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 6:00 pm at Wilson Middle School in Fishersville, VA.  All elementary schools are invited to participate.  Each school may bring a team of four participants with one proctor.
To register an elementary school team, please email me at lbiser@augusta.k12.va.us by Friday, March 28, 2014.  We look forward to seeing you at the event!
Regional 24 Challenge Tournament Information
Date:  Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Location:  Wilson Middle School
Address:  232 Hornet Road, Fishersville, VA  22939
Time:  6:00PM Registration Deadline:  Friday, March 28, 2014
Contact Info:  Laurie Biser   lbiser@augusta.k12.va.us
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Fall Conference a Big Success

Nearly 100 teachers and administrators enjoyed the Fall 2013 V2CTM Conference  held on November 7, 2013 at Clymore Elementary School.  Dr. Jennifer Suh from George Mason University presented a thought-provoking opening session including a discussion of the Five Strands of Mathematics Proficiency which was followed up by three breakout sessions presented by Zig Siegfried from James Madison University, Katy Ulrich from Virginia Tech, and Pat Gabriel from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.

At the business meeting, President Jenny Gibson led a discussion of the spring VCTM conference to be held at JMU, March 14-15, and hosted by V2CTM.  Jenny announced that there would be no spring V2CTM meeting due to the VCTM conference.  Numerous door prizes were presented thanks to Kara Velez’s efforts.

White Hill Catering’s Italian dinner was enjoyed by all.

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Register for the Fall 2013 Conference

Click here to register for the Fall 2013 V2CTM Conference to be held on November 7, 2013 at Clymore Elementary School in Fort Defiance.  To find out the details of the conference, download the newsletter: ReflectionFall2013

The Fall conference features four experienced and well known Virginia mathematics educators:  Jennifer Suh from GMU, Zig Siegfried from JMU, Katy Ulrich from Virginia Tech, and Pat Gabriel from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.

At the business meeting, led by President Jenny Gibson, there will be a discussion of the spring VCTM conference to be held at JMU, March 14-15, and hosted by V2CTM.

You can’t beat all of this and a catered Italian dinner by White Hill Catering for only $5!

Please complete your registration prior to November 1.

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Save the date–November 7

The 2013 Fall Meeting will be held on November 7 at Clymore Elementary School in Fort Defiance.  There will be several speakers with statewide recogntion–the full program will be posted soon.

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April 25 Meeting a Big Success!

Approximately 85 educators enjoyed a very good evening of mathematics education on April 25 at the annual Spring V2CTM Meeting at Pleasant Valley Elementary School as detailed in the pictures below:
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A packed house enjoyed LouAnn Lovin’s session for K-2 teachers.DSC02925

 

 

 

 

Likewise, Eric Imbrescia’s 3-5 presentation was appreciated by a room full of teachers.

 

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Husband/wife team of Alexis and John Stevens shared the importance of proportional reasoning in a session with 6th – 12th teachers.

 

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Door prizes a’plenty were handed out thanks to Kara Velez with help from Jean Sterner.

 

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The meeting included a delicious catered dinner provided by White Hill Catering.

 

 

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