Welcome students (new and returning)!
I am so excited to be teaching Junior High Math and Religion this year at St. Cletus. I have been involved with St. Cletus since 2019 (substitute teaching, early childhood teacher, second grade student teacher). See below for my bio.
The eighth grade 8A math will begin the year doing a review of important pre-algebra concepts. We will be starting the first lesson in the Algebra I book next week. The eighth grade 8B class has started lesson 1 and begun converting fractions to decimals and decimals to fractions. They are also learning new notation and vocabulary such as terminating decimal and repeating decimal.
Seventh grade has been diligently working on a review benchmark test. They will be starting lesson 1.1 in the text on Monday – Adding Integers with the Same Sign. Students will also receive Simple Solutions books that will review various math areas throughout the year.
Next week, I will give students a detailed syllabus highlighting the plan for the year. I have also secured an online version of the GoMath! textbook for 8B and 7th grade math classes. Having the books online is convenient. The 8A math students can also use the 8B book for review of core concepts. As of right now, the Algebra I book is hard copy only.
In religion, we talked about finding ways to make time for God. It is so important to find a special place, time, or way to bring God closer to us everyday. In times of uncertainty and stress, we can turn to God for comfort in our own way (i.e. walking in nature, listening to songs of praise, admiring art and sculpture, lighting a candle at church). There are many, many ways to get close to God in our own way.
We also made welcome cards and notes for Fr. Elmer Romera (new pastor) and Fr. Dan Costello as they embark on a new beginning. They turned out to be really special!
Reminder: Gym clothes and gym shoes are to be worn to school on Tuesday and Friday for Mrs Van Wyck’s homeroom (room 121).
My name is Jennifer Van Wyck. I graduated from St. Cletus School and Queen of Peace High School. I went on to receive a B.A. in Economics from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, working as a Business Analyst for 10 years for Inland Steel (Arcelor Mittal). I used math everyday at my job! During this time I also got my Masters degree in Applied Economics from DePaul University. I was married to my husband in 2001 at St Cletus Church. We have four beautiful daughters. My oldest daughter graduated from St. Cletus last year and is now attending Lyons Township High School. About 6 years ago, I began teaching for the Northwestern Gifted and Talented program in subjects such as Algebra/Geometry/Probability and Statistics. This year I will be completing my Masters in Education from National Louis in Elem Ed/Middle School Math Endorsement.