Middle School Mathematics

Mathematics 6, Mathematics 7 (accel), Algebra



Think about quotes

All things change, but GOD remains"


"I am only one,

But still I am one.

I cannot do everything,

But still I can do something.

And because I cannot do everything,

I will not refuse to do the something I can do."

Edward Everett Hale

From small beginnings come great things.  PROVERBS





Fun Facts

Tap water ran HOT PINK in Coal Grove, Ohio in June 2019

The distance a computer mouse moves is measured in “MICKEYS.”




Which is bigger in area ENGLAND or NEW ENGLAND?

Most people know that the most commonly used letter in English is E.  What's next S or T?






Algebra to Go – A Math Handbook  – Houghton Mifflin Company -(recommended for algebra and pre-algebra)

Math on Call – Houghton Mifflin Company – (recommended for sixth grade)




Well, we have almost finished the first trimester,.  By the end of time we will have completed the three chapters that had some concepts we had touched upon last year in pre-algebra.  No so with what is coming up during trimester two.  We will be working with monomials, polynomials, transforming  formulas, Rate-time;-distance problems, are problems.  And this  is just in unit 4. Then we will be into  factoring polynomials.  Oh the good times ahead.

You are also doing work in Math 15.  The first unit we did was on measurement.  Some of the original drawings were great..  The unit we are working on at present is  rules of exponents.  Next will be square roots.  As with last year you will be responsible for any and all the work we do in this mini-class and it is part of your over all grade.  Participation here is as important as in your algebra class. 

WALL WORDS. – DON’T FORGET THEM- you will be quizzed on them The arrow points to the word of the week – you have to find the arrow – read the word – learn the definition – all on your own.  REMEMBER, said words will be quizzed on.  You just will never know when..

As you  undoubtedly  remember from grade 6 and pre-algebra, we will be having assignments almost daily.  Rule one in all my classes is “copy the problem when doing assignments”.  The only exception is word problems.  Here it is  not copy the problem but show the process.   A notebook is required and will be graded at the end of the year.  Please purchase a notebook that will hold all your notes and not have to hand in several at the end of the year.  Also DO NOT tear pages out of your math notebook to do you assignments on.  Loose leaf note book paper for assignments – IN PENCIL. AND, YOUR PAPER MUST BE HEADED CORRECTLY AT ALL TIMES. You will also have a project to complete in the spring.  Daily review of work is to your advantage – it sure beats cramming for tests.

Mathematics 6


Because we are working out o two textbooks, it seems like we haven’t made much progress. But we have.  We finished the first chapter in the green book,  about 10 sections in the red book and took  our first major test.  The scores were very good.  Chapter two in the green book covers operations with fractions, decimals and whole numbers.  We have had to supplement with about 8 sections from the red book so far and we still have a ways to go.  We are covering a great deal  of material.   

You will doing Math 15 with Mrs. Ward every day from 8:15 until 8:30.  This 15 minutes of math is above and beyond your regular mathematics class, but it is still very important.  Mrs. Ward and I work together on what is being introduced during this time and it is part of your overall grade.

Remember rule #1 –  THY SHALL COPY THE PROBLEM WHEN DOING ASSIGNMENTS – not doing so will lose you points – something you don’t want to happen.  The assignments are very important, as in order to master a topic practice is needed and copying the problem reinforces the process.

REMEMBER  You are required to maintain  a  notebook which will be graded at the end of the year.  This notebook should be for class notes only and you should not be tearing pages out of it for assignments  or doing other subject’s work in it.


We are fast approaching the end of the first trimester and we are right where we should be.  We will soon be finishing the unit on rational numbers,  Then we will tackle solving equations – of all kinds.  Perhaps by the end of the second trimester, we will into doing work on the coordinate plane.   I can hardly wait and I know you are just as excited as I am..

Every week or so a new word will be highlighted .  It is entitled “Wall Word”.  The arrow points to the word – you have to find it  and know the definition of said word.  You will be quizzed on it – but you’ll never know when or how.  It’s a surprise!

Math 15  will be daily in Mrs. Karn’s room.  Remember, these activities are part of your math grade. As I work with you almost daily, I know how you are working and participating in these activities.  We will be starting with geometry and its many components – points, lines, planes, rays, angles and their measure, triangles, polygons, circles congruent figures, and basic constructions. Please try to be here at St. Mary’s on time as we will be starting promptly at 8:15.  I hope.

The number one rule in my class with assignments is “copy the problem”.  There were a few people last year who had trouble with that rule – straighten it out.   Rule two is “head your paper properly”.  Don’t lose points because your paper is not headed correctly and therefore not excepted.You will again be required to keep a notebook that will be graded at the end of the year.  Of course, we will be having assignments almost daily. I thought you would just love hearing this again.  Remember I don’t GIVE grades you earn them.   

Algebra Homework

3/13/20 – p. 235-236 (1-4, 9, 10)

Accelerated Math Homework

3/13/20 – p. 318 Class Exercise (1-8, 12-15)

Mathematics Six Homework

3/13/20 – p. 394-395 (1-26), Worksheet #2 computer -A- Design

What can I tell you about myself.  Number 1  – I love teaching – I have been doing it for over 50 years  – so I must love it.  I graduated from Hood College back in the “age of the dinosaurs” with a degree in mathematics. In that day, a female getting a degree in mathematics was not popular among many male dinosaurs. There were six of us out of a class of 128 who, for four years, always had 8:00 classes five days a week in our major. Then came my masters degree from Coppin State and an additional 30 hours from Hood which was needed to maintain my certification in Maryland. I have been either attending school (grade 1 through 12, college, and teaching) for a very long time. I guess you could argue that I must be a slow learner – I’ve always seemed to be in school.

Number 2 – I am a wife, mother, and grandmother.  All three of these vocations I thoroughly enjoy.  My husband and I have lived in the same house for 46 years. We have talked about downsizing, but it would probably take us a year or more to pack up all the stuff we have accumulated – and that’s just the basement and attic I am talking about.  My oldest son, Clifford, his wife, Kim, and their son, Parker, live in Colorado.  Parker, is a graduate of the University of Colorado.  My youngest son, Heath, unfortunately is no longer with us.  My husband and I are staying very involved in Jathan – his son- and Hayden – his daughter’s lives. Jathan who graduated in June of this year and is attending college while Hayden is attending Boonsboro High School as a sophomore.

Number 3 – I love music – all types. I love singing.

Number 4 – I love animals especially my Russel Terrier – Ruby.



Mrs. Mentzer

Middle School Mathematics, St. Mary Catholic School


Good at math