December 2019 Middle School Math Newsletter
Hello Math Community,

Can you believe it will be winter break in less than two weeks? We know this is an extremely busy time of the school year, and we want to thank you for all you do for your students. We hope that you have time to rest and rejuvenate over winter break. 

Read on for information about: 

  • Upcoming Professional Development
  • Core Curriculum News
  • Featured Strategy and Resource
  • Upcoming Opportunities
  • Recent Activities
This information (and more!) is also provided on the SFUSD Math website at, and you can follow us on Twitter: @SFUSDMath.

Thank you for all that you do!

The Math Team

photo of people walking along the beach under stormy skies at Asilomar
Taking time to connect with colleagues and nature during a  break in the schedule and the weather, at the California Math Council Conference-North at Asilomar.

Upcoming Math Professional Development

Spring Collaboration Days

Spring Collaboration Days are around the corner! All math teachers, including special education math teachers, are invited to participate in one of our Collaboration Days this spring.

Math 6 Collaboration Day: January 28, 2020; Leola Havard Auditorium 
Math 7 Collaboration Day: February 13, 2020; Cabrillo Multipurpose Room
Math 8 Collaboration Day: February 20, 2020; Cabrillo Bungalow 2
Middle School Collaboration Day for K-8 Schools: January 29, 2020, Cabrillo Multipurpose Room

Substitute request information has been emailed out to math teams and is due by December 16th. Please check with your math colleagues to be sure that they received the invite, are planning to come, and have put in for a substitute!

Contact Person: Vriana Kempster

Problem Solving Cycle

Our first Teacher Leader Preparation (TLP) day of the spring semester, TLP 2-1, will be on January 9th at Cabrillo, Bungalow 2. 

Contact Person: Alisa Brown

Complex Instruction Program


Complex Instruction Course

The second follow-up day for Cohort 11 teachers who have completed the previous 6 days of the course is on January 15th, at Cabrillo, Bungalow 2. Participating teachers have received an email from Angela Torres about substitute requests.

Teacher Facilitators (T-facs)

The next T-Facs meeting will be on February 4th, at a location to be determined.

Contact person: Angela Torres

For a calendar of all middle school math professional development activities, visit the Math Department website. You can also refer to this Overview of our Middle School Professional Development Structures

Core Curriculum News

Spring Curriculum Delivery

Print materials (student workbooks and new teacher materials) for spring semester units are slated for delivery before winter break. All curriculum materials are available online through the SFUSD Math Portals

Contact person for Grades 6–8 Math Core Curriculum: Vriana Kempster

Featured Resources

Your featured resources this month are your very own SFUSD colleagues!

At the California Math Council North conference at Asilomar last weekend, we had the pleasure of learning from and with SFUSD math teachers from many of our schools, including Aptos, Bessie Carmichael K-8, Buena Vista Horace Mann K-8, Denman, MLK, and Willie Brown! There were also teachers, IRFs, and at least two principals representing SFUSD!

Some of our SFUSD teachers also presented at the conference: Michelle Cody from Willie Brown MS and Nick Chan from SF International High School were both lead presenters, and Rori Abernathy (Denman MS), Brittany Ueno (SF International), and Megan Tangonan (Balboa) served on a panel engaged with how to make CMC North a more inclusive and welcoming place for Educators of Color.
Left: Panel featuring SFUSD teachers Megan Tangonan, Brittany Murphy, and Rori Abernathy. Right: SFUSD Math folks at Michelle Cody's presentation.
SFUSD math teachers at Asilomar
SFUSD math teachers at Asilomar
Connecting and learning with math colleagues from Bessie Carmichael (lett) and BVHM (right).

Upcoming Opportunities

San Francisco State Master's Degree in Education Program
San Francisco State is seeking K–12 teachers who want to earn a Master's Degree in Education with an emphasis in Mathematics Education. They plan to accept a new cohort for Fall 2020. This two-year program is jointly run by the Departments of Elementary Education, Secondary Education, and Mathematics. For more information, email Professor Judy Kysh: or Professor Maria Zavala:

Alameda Contra Costa Council of Math Educators (AC3ME) social
AC3ME is holding its holiday social on Saturday, December 14th, from 3:00 to 5:00 PM. Meet, mingle, and play fun math activities with SF Bay Area Math Educators! The gathering is at Rosamunde Sausage Grill, 911 Washington St, Oakland, CA, just three blocks from 12th Street BART. Please RSVP to

San Francisco Math Teachers' Circle (SFMTC)
The San Francisco Math Teachers’ Circle is a professional community of teachers and mathematicians who love solving fun, challenging math problems. The SFMTC offers monthly Saturday meetings for math teachers interested in exploring accessible, exciting topics in mathematics. All teachers are welcome to attend. Meetings include lunch, which is complimentary. The next meeting is on Saturday, January 25 from 9:30 AM to noon at the Proof School. Check out the SFMTC website for more information and to register.

LWEA (Living Wage for Educators Act)  
Your 18 Paid Professional Development Hours for Educators (known as Prop G or LWEA) are available to all paras and teachers in SFUSD! LWEA PD Hours are meant to differentiate, enhance, or customize learning for each individual (to extend, not replace site PD). How will you use yours? Remember to submit your hours from CMC-North if you attended!

For detailed information, including what qualifies as PD, how to utilize your hours, and a link to the Passport, see 18 Paid PD Hours for Educators.

Discounts for Teachers at Liholiho Yacht Club
The SFUSD parent and chef-owners of Liholiho Yacht Club, a fun Hawaiian and Asian-inspired restaurant on Nob Hill, love SFUSD! To express their gratitude for all you do, Liloliho has a special offer: please enjoy 50% off all food, for up to 4 guests, at all times (until further notice). This offer is good for any employee of SFUSD (proof of employment required). It is also honored in Gen-Gen Room (their little cocktail bar with food hidden below Liholiho). To book: Liho Reservations or Gen-Gen Reservations 

If you know of other upcoming opportunities for math teachers or students, please let us know! 

Contact person: Sarah Gleason

Recent Activities

Complex Instruction (CI) Teacher Facilitators (T-facs) met for their third and last meeting of the semester on November 5th. T-facs participated in a Building on Productive Beginnings Protocol to reflect upon their site learning goals with the support of colleagues. Then they looked at and refined their site learning goals with a lens of: What work do we need to do as T-facs or as a team to push our growth as a powerful adult learning community?

Problem Solving Cycle teacher leaders came together for the third and final teacher leader preparation (TLP) day of the fall semester on December 5th. Participants deepened their common understanding of the value of student centered closures in teaching and learning through Video Based Discussion, as well as reflected upon and set goals around closure in our own classrooms. 

cross-site teachers at PSC TLP 1-3
PSC Teacher Leaders brainstorm potential learning questions at TLP 1-3.

Thankful for you and all that you do!

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