Middle School math at St. Peter's
Middle school math courses are taught combining hands-on exploration, critical thinking, project-based learning and the grade-level specific content and skills using a variety of different texts and resources including Glencoe "CCSS MATH" and Prentice Hall. The math curriculum in middle school begins with an overview of the fundamentals of number sense for integers, decimals, and fractions. Students explore probability, statistics and geometrical relationships in real-world scenarios. As students venture into algebra, they learn how to solve equations and inequalities, representing them on graphs.
Students work individually as well as in their problem-solving discussion groups on a weekly basis. Common to all St. Peter's middle school mathematics courses is a hands-on, realistic, and comprehensive view of exploring math in the world around us.
Sixth grade covers the foundation of mathematical learning with the inclusion of the fundamental skills such as integers, decimals, fractions, probability, statistics, and geometrical relationships. Students work individually as well as in their problem-solving discussion groups on a weekly basis. As fractions are an integral part of sixth-grade math, what better way to to practice than a festival? The students explore, discover, and present how fractions are used in every aspect of life and then present their findings in a "festival" like manner, with games, projects, food, song, dance and fun—all fraction related. They share their discoveries and new knowledge with our St. Peter's community.
The seventh grade studies pre-algebra, linking their foundational knowledge, using all operations, to learn the big four pre-algebraic skills: number sense and rational numbers, expressions and equations; ratios, proportions and percents; measurement; and geometrical relationships. Seventh graders have three main projects throughout the course of the year. They choose their careers; learn about personal finance and financial reasoning, including how to determine the cost of living in different cities; and then finish of the year designing a scale drawing and 3-D model of their dream house.
The eighth-grade math course is a tiered and structured exploration of algebra skills that focuses on linear equations, slopes, graphing, and polynomials with factoring. The eighth graders get to choose a product to sell and open a hypothetical small business to sell their product using equations and rational numbers. They then "pitch" their proposals to a board to convince them that their business is viable. In the second semester, they get to design and construct their own racing ramp for the mousetrap cars they construct in science class.
MR. DAVID GUZMAN
Mr. David Guzman graduated with a bachelor's degree in sociology from San Francisco State University. He returned to SFSU's teaching credential program and earned a single subject social science credential and a multiple subject credential. Mr. Guzman is in his seventh year teaching at St. Peter's, but prior to that, he worked with our school as the Catapult Learning Reading and Math teacher. Before coming to St. Peter's, he taught in Maui at an after-school program with the Hui Malama Learning Center and began his teaching career in the city teaching history, economics, and coaching baseball at Mission High School. Mr. Guzman has a passion for teaching and learning and chose to be a teacher because there were educators who made a difference in his life. He hopes to do the same for the students who walk into his classroom. As each new school year begins, he looks forward to working together with students, parents, teaching colleagues, and administrators to provide a quality Catholic education.