• Las Colinas Middle School
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Welcome & Classroom Information



    Period 1: cdggm53 (Math 8 Common Core) 8:40-10:15  

    Period 2:  fdqflgk (Physical Education 6/7/8)  10:35-12:05

    Period 3: nqgzcsv (Math 1 Honors)  12:45-2:15



    Period 4:  d5kds3c (Physical Education 6/7/8)  

    Period 5:  ypr32ib (Math 8 Common Core)  

    Period 6 (3B):  nz7i2pc  (Math 8 Honors)  


    The Dawn of a New Day




    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 until we are cleared to return to work.  While this is not how we hoped how this year would begin, I am excited 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.  Students and parents may also email me at sfrank@pleasantvalleysd.org to have questions answered and receive assistance.  I look forward to learning about my students during Zoom classes to open the school year.  Thanks for embracing this challenge with me as students prepare for high school and beyond!


    About Me

    I am very excited for my fifth year at Las Colinas (7th in PVSD) as I begin my 20th year teaching.  This year I have the privilege of teaching 8th grade math, Math 1 Honors, and two Physical Education classes as I help our students get ready for high school.  I spent the past six 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 (13 year old son and 10 year old daughter), and coaching.  I have coached the Las Colinas soccer program (won championship in 2019 and posted a lifetime 25-1-1 record over 2 seasons), flag football team with Mr. Jacobs, and basketball team with Mr. Castaneda.   We hope to resume sports as soon as we are cleared to do so.  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!