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Middle School Mathematics

Mathematics 6, Mathematics 7 (accel), Algebra


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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)


WELCOME ST. MARY SENIORS!  So glad to have you back and cannot wait to get you started on the wonderful subject of ALGEBRA.  Get ready to work.  I hope that by midterm we will be finished the first three units. Unit 1 is titled “Introduction to Algebra” and we have done a great deal of seen many of these concepts last year – so we should have no trouble with this unit – (variables, grouping symbols PEMDAS, equations, and translations).  That last one will be the hardest – why because its the introduction to many many word problems you will be seeing in this text.  But have no fears!  I know you can do it!

You will be having me almost daily for Math 15.  We will meet at 11;45 until 12;00 in either Mrs. Karn’s or my room.  We haven’t hashed that out yet.  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.  Our first unit will be on measurement – not measuring things – but following directions and completing projects given directions and a ruler.

Also this year be on the lookout for WALL WORDS.  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.  BUT, 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


WELCOME TO MIDDLE SCHOOL!  Though I saw many of you last year in Mrs. Balog’s class, this year I am anxious to get to know each of you individually. We are not going to spend day after day doing concepts that you already have mastered.  I’m hoping we  will be able to complete the first three chapters in the first half of the trimester.  I know you worked with whole numbers and decimals last year so these chapters should seem fairly simple to you.  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.



Welcome to the math course that gets you ready for algebra in the eighth grade.  Everything about this course will look different to you – beginning with the textbook.  Our first unit involves mathematical expressions, order of operations (PEMDAS), exponents, the decimal system, equations and problem solving with equations.

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

9/20/18 – Pages 28 – 29 (4 – 15)

Accelerated Mathematics


9/20/18 – Pages 24 – 25 (1 – 32)

Mathematics Six Homework

9/20/18 – Page 47 (1 – 13)

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


Good at math