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MathWelcome to the Mathematics Department's website. The goal of the Mathematics Department in Cambridge Public Schools is to ensure that children have learning experiences that create lifelong problem solvers who can collaborate, adapt, and adjust to a diverse and an ever-changing society. The actions of the math department are designed to ensure instruction that is equitable and rigorous and that supports each school in becoming a multi-generational math learning community. We strive to create equitable mathematics communities that engage all students in making sense of challenging mathematics, provide all students with access to challenging curriculum and empower students to participate meaningfully in mathematics discourse?

Supports from the math department will ensure that students in Cambridge Public Schools will:

  • engage in mathematics classrooms that stimulate curiosity, create enjoyment of mathematics, and develop depth of understanding; and
  • experience higher levels of academic achievement that eliminate inequities and achievement gaps between student groups.

On this site, you will be able to understand more of what we teach in the math department from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12. We are working to make sure that this site meets your needs, so please feel free to contact us if there is anything else you'd like to see on this site.

Upper School Math
Grade 6 and 7 Mathematics
Each year, sixth grade math teachers welcome students with a variety of learning styles, strengths, and needs into their classroom. Transition conversations about all students begin during the spring of 5th grade that engage 5th and 6th grade teachers, as well as counselors and Office of Student Services staff when applicable. During the first weeks of school, teachers focus on getting to know students academically and socially, while cultivating a classroom community that enables students to take the academic risks and challenges essential for growth. Read on >>

Teachers, coaches, and administrators continue to develop and refine curriculum maps to better align with the math standards, developing strategies to support making student thinking visible, deepening strategies to effectively differentiate instruction, and focusing on vertical alignment to support student mathematical growth from sixth through ninth grade. This work will continue throughout the coming years.

If you have questions or concerns about your student’s progress in upper school, we encourage you to first reach out to the classroom teacher. 

High School Math

Contact Us:
Julie Ward, Math Coordinator
Heidi Fessenden, District Math Coach (K-5)
Katisha John, District Math Coach (6-8)
Jeff Gaglione, Dean of Math, CRLS (9-12)