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.
mr. lawrence hargarten
Mr. Hargarten earned his bachelor’s degree in education and his teaching credentials at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After college, he taught ninth grade civics before deciding to combine his love for teaching and his desire to see the world by traveling to teach in Japan. In Japan, his love for teaching middle school math grew exponentially, and he spent six years teaching in the countryside outside of Tokyo. Upon his return to San Francisco, his beloved hometown, he continued to teach middle school in the Mission District and San Rafael. Mr. Hargarten is excited to be a part of the St. Peter’s family, where he can share his faith, love for mathematics, and hopefully also his love for all sports, especially baseball and soccer.
Middle School Science Courses
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.