Middle School Mathematics

Mathematics 6, Mathematics 7 (accel), Algebra


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All things change, but GOD remains"

"There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give out children: one is roots, the other is wings."

Hodding Carter




Fun Facts

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How do you know when you run out of invisible ink?

How can you tell when Bagpipes are out of tune?





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)


Midterm is only two weeks away.  We should have completed unit two by that time and taken our second assessment.  Then before the end of the trimester hopefully we will have completed the units SOLVING EQUATIONS AND PROBLEMS (lots of word problems here – but not new to you – you’ll just love it), and Polynomials ( all new material – but fun).   So, let’s roll up our sleeves and buckle down and do algebra.  Remember my motto “Hoorah for math!”

Math 15 is running along quite nicely.  We are for the most part finished the measurement unit.  I can’t wait to see your original pictures. As stated earlier 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. Unit two will be more math like than unit one- PERCENTAGES.

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



We will definitely complete  Unit 2 by midterm – then on to decimals – which is hopefully a fast moving unit.  We have done more in the first two units than is in their  texts – just ask them about a Centillion or a Zillion..   In our work shortly we will be working with exponents, order of operations ( very important for working in higher math) and scientific notation just to name a few.  Our motto is going to be “no problem! I can do it”.

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 well on our way into mastering the content of our pre-algebra course.  At the present time we are working with positive and negative numbers (adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing).  Also in this unit we will be working with both positive exponents and negative exponents (this is NEW),  We finish the unit doing Scientific Notation. Remember – you can do it.

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 her at St. Marys 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

11/16/18 – Page 124 (9, 13, 14, 15, 16) , Pages 123-124 (7, 8, 10, 11, 12) and Pages 127 – 128 (1 – 6)

Accelerated Math Homework

11/16/18 – Pages 94 – 95 (1 -33)

Mathematics Six Homework

11/16/18 – Page 95 (1 – 31)

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 44 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. Last year was the most difficult one in my life. I am sure that the rest of my life will be a combination of some half way good days and really bad days.  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 freshman.

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

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



Mrs. Mentzer

Middle School Mathematics, St. Mary Catholic School


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