SUMMER PROGRAM CATEGORY: Summer-NDA
COURSE NAME: NDA- Pre 7th- Full Program: Math and Humanities
AGE GROUP: Notre Dame Academy Incoming 7th Graders
This course is designed to reinforce the mathematics covered in the 6th grade mathematics curriculum but also extend knowledge into Pre-Algebra concepts and topics. The goal of this course is to solidify the student’s foundation of mathematics prior to starting at Notre Dame as a Grade 7 student in the fall but also give opportunities to extend and challenge their conceptual abilities and skills. Through our experience teaching middle school mathematics, the topics chosen for this course are some of the most important to review and reinforce skills and knowledge prior to the fall. The course is open and designed for students entering Pre-Algebra in the fall.
Topics include: Working with all operations involving positive whole numbers, fractions, and decimals, order of operations, evaluating variable expressions, one-step equations, two step equations,and introduction to exponents rules if time permits. Most students take this in conjunction with the Pre-7th Humanities program.
Students taking this course will be required to bring their own device (laptop or tablet) to class each day.
This program is open to and strongly encouraged for any incoming Notre Dame 7th-grade student.
The Pre-7th Humanities course is open to and strongly encouraged for any rising and incoming Notre Dame Academy 7th-grade student. Over the course of the two-week program students will review grammar principles, complete their summer reading assignments, improve their writing skills, and develop their critical thinking and analytical skills. At the end of the course, students will be prepared to begin the rigorous 7th grade instruction at NDA. (Students must obtain a copy of The Radium Girls: Young Reader’s Edition by Kate Moore before the start of class. Amazon
COURSE LENGTH: Two Weeks
SCHEDULE: June 21 - July 2. Weekdays from 9 AM - 12 PM.
Kate Connor has been a math teacher at Notre Dame Academy for 5 years and is also a 1991 graduate of NDA. She has a BA from St. Michael's College in Winooski Vermont and a Masters from Worcester State University. She has taught 7th grade Math, Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra 2 from grades 7-11. She lives in Holden with her husband, 3 kids and 1 cat.
Denise Shipp has been a Math teacher in area Catholic Schools for 17 years. A graduate of NDA, she joined the NDA Math Faculty this year, teaching 7th & 8th Grade Math as well as Algebra I for Freshman. Prior to teaching, she was a software engineer for almost 20 years at Raytheon Corporation. She has a BA from Assumption University, a BS and MS from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She is the ultimate Disney-addict, visiting Walt Disney World as often as possible.
Pam Mason - I have been a Latin and Religious Studies teacher at NDA for 4 years, and previously taught at the elementary and junior high level in Catholic schools in the Worcester, Boston, and Manchester NH dioceses. I also currently teach ESOL Level 1 to adult immigrants for Mount Wachusett Community College. Literacy has always been a special focus of mine in the classroom, particularly when it comes to grammar and vocabulary development. I look forward to helping you get your NDA journey off to a great start!
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