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.
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
Outreach & Engagement
The winners in the annual Regional “24 Game” Challenge held on April 9 at Wilson Middle School are as follows:
Grayson Wright from Wilson Elementary School in Augusta County
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.