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Welcome & Classroom Information

  • The Dawn of a New Day

    GREAT DAYS CONTINUE VIRTUALLY WITH LAS COLINAS

    Welcome to 8th grade math online with Las Colinas!  I am embracing the challenge of preparing our students with high school math through a distance learning platform.  While this is not how we anticipated how this year would play out, I am excited to continue to work with my students as they develop the skills of discipline, time management, and dedication.  These skills will help our students succeed now, in high school, in college, and beyond.  Video lessons will be posted online, and office hours will serve as drop-by tutoring for our students to ask questions through an online platform.  These office hours will take place each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10-10:30am beginning March 31st.  Students and parents may also email me at sfrank@pleasantvalleysd.org to have questions answered and receive assistance.  Thanks for embracing this challenge with me as students prepare for high school and beyond!

     

    Lessons will be availble in the "Links" section of this website.  There will be two block style lessons each week that cover multiple topics.  I would suggest that students do the lessons on Mondays and Wednesdays so they can best take advantage of the Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday office hours.  If there are any questions, please e-mail me or contact me during office hours.

    Mr. Frank is inviting students to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

    Topic: Frank Tank--Math Office Hours
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    Zoom codes will be found on Mr Frank's Google Classroom Page

     

    About Me

    I am very excited for my fourth year at Las Colinas (6th in PVSD) as I begin my 18th year teaching.  This year I have the privilege of teaching 8th grade math and helping our students get ready for high school.  I spent the past five years teaching 8th, 7th, and 6th grade math during the common core transition, so I have a perspective which allows me to know where the students have been and where they are headed. My favorite topics to teach include exponents and problems involving the interior angle measures of regular polygons.  During my teaching career, I also spent over 12 years as a physical education teacher (PVSD Elementary PE Specialist, LAUSD, Camarillo Academy of Progressive Education, the Briggs School in Santa Paula, and an elementary school in Oregon).  During my free time, I enjoy traveling (been to all 50 states at least twice), exercising (completed 3 marathons), spending time with my family (12 year old son and 9 year old daughter), and coaching.  I coach the Las Colinas soccer program (won championship in 2019) and flag football team (with help from Mr. Jacobs).   I look forward to another great school year!

     

    Things Students Can Do To Raise Their Mathematical Level During A Break (or any down time)

    1. Click on the "links" section to the left and review concepts from the 7th grade textbook (integers, equations, proportions).
    2. Click on the "links" section to the left and review concepts from the 6th grade textbook (fractions and decimals, ratios)
    3. Review Class Notes
    4. Read ahead in the current chapter to gain a greater foundation for a topic that will be taught later in the month or year.
    5. If you are an A student, challenge yourself by clicking on the Algebra textbook link to give yourself extra problems.
    6. Go to Khan Academy in the links section and use the tutorials.
    7. Turn every road trip into a series of math problems.  Example:  If we are driving to Las Vegas and hit a one hour traffic delay over the first two hours, what speed will we need to drive the rest of the way to arrive by 5pm?

     

    The Quadratic Formula

    This may look complex now, but you'll be working with quadratics before you know it!