Mathematics

At Boltz Middle School, our instruction is centered on the Colorado Academic Standards.  We focus on both the content standards, as well as The Standards for Mathematical Practice. While facilitating mastery of these standards with our students, we implement three components of rigor.  Students develop conceptual understanding of the content through inquiry and discovery. They then become procedurally fluent by practicing efficient algorithms.  Finally, students use their conceptual understanding and procedural fluency in a variety of application scenarios.  Our ultimate goal is for students to learn content that can be applied in unfamiliar applications that are relevant to our adolescents.

At Boltz, math is more than content. Our staff is passionate about middle school learners. Using the workshop model, students discover the math, as we help them develop thinking strategies. We strive to have student-focused conversations – where accountable-talk is the norm.  Because of this, you would find students in cooperative learning groups, investigating, communicating, facilitating, and most importantly, growing. As students explore a series of connected problems, they develop understanding of the embedded ideas and, with the aid of the teacher, gain abstract powerful mathematical knowledge. We believe that learning math involves perseverance, reasoning abstractly, attending to precision, constructing viable arguments and more. We love our students and the journey of learning we embark on together. 

Math Opportunities:

  • Math Counts - Fun competitions AND state-wide
  • National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) - Be a tutor or access a tutor
  • Lego Robotics Teams
  • Engineering opportunities
  • 3-D Printing capabilities
  • AVID - Math tutorials and college preparation
  • Math focused avisories
  • GT focused Advisories with Advanced Learning Plan guidence and work-time
  • WEB student leader support in all academic area for 6th grade students

Resources:

Khan Acaedmy https://www.khanacademy.org/login

Big Ideas Math https://www.bigideasmath.com/BIM/login (Login with Clever)

Desmos https://www.desmos.com/

PSD Parent Tool Kit https://www.psdschools.org/math/parent-toolkit

CO Math https://www.cde.state.co.us/comath (Colorado Dept of Education)