7C and 8W Homework: May 27th

Hi Grade 7 and 8!

Both grades are working on Probability this week and next. Each night you will have homework to complete (one sheet each night) Top left hand corner tells you what Lesson it is for.

Tonight’s homework is a probability review sheet: Homework #1 “Intro To Probability.”

Please complete tonight and return tomorrow.



Did You Know? Mrs. Cleveland has been busy!

Did you know that I have been planning the OAME (Ontario Association for Mathematics Education) conference for the past three years! and….tick tock…it’s now happen in just mere days! Yep! A whole province wide conference!!

We have over 1500 attendees of teachers, professionals and educators from across Ontario, as well as over 500 speakers and presenters from around the world visiting the conference for just over 3 days! WOW! It’s been so much work, but it’s been so worth it! Also, being able to work so closely to the one and only Marian Small, (who is the Head Chair) has been an absolute delight and experience I will treasure forever!

OAME 2019 is happening in Ottawa this year May 16-18. With my role and positions on both the board as a chair on this planning council, and with my executive role and position on the local board COMA (Carleton Ottawa Mathematics Association), soon to be O34ME, places me in an amazing position to not only prepare, organize and implement this conference, but also as my role here as Math Specialist at the OJCS, to bring some of my wonderful colleagues along to participate in many of the hundreds of sessions and courses being offered.

Mrs. Thompson, Mr. Kom, Mrs. Bennett, and Ms. Krantzberg will all be attending many wonderful and meaningful sessions this week at Ottawa University during the conference on Thursday and Friday. I am so proud of my colleagues and so look forward to learning with them, and bringing new ideas, inspiration, and math moments back to the OJCS!

Some of the sessions in which they will be attending are the following:

  • Harnessing the Power of Assessment in Mathematics
  • Number Structure: Reconceptualizing NUmbers with Depth, Breadth, ad Complexity
  • Creating Mathematical Possibility by Constraining Mathematical Possibility
  • Structures for Differentiating Middle Years Math
  • Teaching on the Edge of Understanding and the Speed of Learning
  • Teaching for Mastery
  • Improving Teacher voice in the Math Classroom
  • #slowmath: Reflecting, Connecting, Communicating
  • Strengthening Math Instruction and learning trajectories in K-1
  • Building Fluency in Junior and Int Grades
  • Math Thinking using Code
  • Personalized Learning Environments in Math
  • What does Understanding and Thinking actually look like as fundamentals in K-8 Math.

We will also be tweeting out and sharing our learning experience with our fellow colleagues here at the school as well as the greater digital community as we all continue to grow our own Personal Learning Networks.

You can follow all of our learning and time at this year’s conference by following the Twitter Hashtag #OJCSlearns, and also by following myself @mathemachic Mrs. Thompson @melissa_thomp Ms. Krantzberg @LKrantzberg

Can’t wait to have you all follow along with us as we bring the best math practices and techniques back to our classes to make math meaningful and momentous at the OJCS!

Yours in Mathematics,

Mrs. Cleveland


8W & 7C Gauss Math Contest

Hi Grade Seven and Grade Eight!

This year, the grade 7 and 8 students will participate again in the Waterloo Mathematics Gauss Contest.

“The CEMC develops and administers many internationally recognized contests to help to inspire the next generation of students to develop an interest in and love for mathematics and computer science.” ~Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing, Waterloo University

The OJCS will write the contest on Tuesday, May 14th during the first two periods. The contest is 60 minutes in length and calculators are allowed.

We have begun, and will continue to go over contests from previous years’ to become familiar with the wording of questions and the marking scheme.

The Contest is a fun way to measure your own growth and abilities. The mark (your score) does not become of your final math mark. It is just one point of your own growth in your own mathematical learning continuum.



7C Math Integers Test

Hi Grade 7,

Next Friday March 29th, we will have our unit test on Integers. Your study package is due before Friday. Earlier if you want more feedback from the teacher about how you are progressing.

For the test:

Half of the test will be WITHOUT a calculator (calculating smaller numbers) and the other half calculators will be allowed ( word problems and more complex values)

You should know how to add and subtract positive and negative numbers, and the rules and terms we have learned: zero principle, opposite integers, integer rules, and canceling out. There will also be word problems which we will practice more in depth next week! 🙂



7C: Budget Project

Hi Grade 7!

Here is your Budget Project that you will receive this week. I will give you your jobs and salaries tomorrow. (Wednesday) We will get all set up with google sheets and a google budget folder… and go over the basics to get us all started.

Within the package you will see that I’ve added a timeline to help you plan out when to complete portions by. This will help you, as well as check-in’s with me along the way.

The entire project is due the week of June 10th, and YES you will have some class time to work on it and have conferences with me.



7C: Math Escape Room

Hey there grade seven!

What a great afternoon we had yesterday, escaping from the math class! We shortened our time from 60 mins to 40 minutes because of STEAM fair preparation, but we still had fun solving clues and working together, and persevering to find the correct solution.  What I overheard at the beginning…”I can’t” “It doesn’t make sense” “there is no solution” was how knew you were in the right “uncomfortable” space for learning.

It was hard for me to #notstealyourstruggle…..but I did it…and more importantly YOU did it! Ending the class with lots of “We did it” “OMG, we got the answer” and “Can we do that again” shows me your progress and again…more importantly, YOU should feel better for getting there yourselves! Way to go!!! and thank you to the teachers that popped in to watch this exciting lesson and experience in action! You are always welcome!

I’m already thinking of the next Escape Room to plan for you!!! Stay tuned…..



7C: Math Test Chapter 5

On Friday March 8th you will have your unit test on Chapter 5.

For this test you will be responsible for the following:

  • Perimeter and Area of
    • Rectangles
    • Squares
    • Triangles
    • Parallelograms
    • Trapezoid
  • Also finding the area of “shaded” or missing areas (hint, taking away what you know to find for the negative space)
  • You are responsible to REMEMBER the formulas. They will NOT be provided for you.
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