Middle School Math


My goal is for students to embrace Math and Learning. Students who show respect, take notes, show their work, and do their accelerated math and homework will be successful in my class. Communication is very important. I want to teach my students to advocate for themselves and to be comfortable communicating with authority. So I encourage them to email me themselves if they have questions or concerns.

Accelerated Math in Middle School

Accelerated Math is an essential part of the Holy Family School math curriculum that provides deep math practice at the unique levels students need in order for them to grow—from foundational skills to grade-level standards. It’s the key to mastering math: Building incremental confidence. Once students feel confident, they open up to mathematical discourse in the classroom and productive struggle in their practice, to enrich their math experience.

Students will be expected to complete about 10 objectives per month and 30 objectives per trimester. Students will be graded 3 times during each trimester based on how many objectives they complete. Students must take practices (online) in order to get testable objectives. Once they have 5 testable objectives I will print them a test. If they “pass” those 5 objectives then, they will have 5 mastered objectives towards their goal. Beware: if you fail review problems, objectives may become un-mastered! The website is: www.hosted380.renlearn.com/306665/homeconnect



If a student did not understand a concept or missed a lesson please try to troubleshoot. Visit www.my.hrw.com Students will receive a username and password to this site via email. There is a digital copy of your book and videos of a teacher explaining each lesson! If a student has trouble anytime, please watch a video, if they are still confused they can email me or come to 7:15 am tutoring.


Study sessions will be held every Wednesday and Friday morning at 7:15am. The door will be open at 7:15 am sharp. Students who arrive late may not be allowed to attend. You are encouraged to attend the sessions when you need help, I will be here to answer questions.

A complete Class Syllabus is available to each student and parent on Schoology which is password protected.

6th Grade Math

In order to fulfill the mathematics requirements for the sixth grade class as established by the California Content Standards we will be covering the following:
Text: Holt Mathematics Course 1: Numbers to Algebra

  • Chapter 1 – Algebraic Reasoning
  • Chapter 2 – Integers
  • Chapter 3 – Number Theory and Fractions
  • Chapter 4 – Operations with Rational Numbers
  • Chapter 5 – Proportional Relationships
  • Chapter 6 – Percents
  • Chapter 7 – Collecting, Displaying, and Analyzing Data
  • Chapter 8 – Probability
  • Chapter 9 – Geometric Figures
  • Chapter 11 – Measurement and Geometry
  • Chapter 12 – Multistep Equations and Inequalities

7th Grade Math

In order to fulfill the mathematics requirements for the seventh grade class as established by the California Content Standards we will be covering the following:
Text: Holt California Mathematics Course 2: Pre-Algebra

  • Chapter 1 – Principles of Algebra
  • Chapter 2 – Rational Numbers
  • Chapter 3 – Multi-Step Equations and Inequalities
  • Chapter 4 – Exponents and Roots
  • Chapter 5 – Ratios, Proportions and Similarity
  • Chapter 6 – Percents
  • Chapter 7 – Graphs and Functions
  • Chapter 8 – Foundations of Geometry
  • Chapter 9 – Two-Dimensional Geometry
  • Chapter 10 – Three-Dimensional Geometry
  • Chapter 11 – Data Statistics and Probability
  • Chapter 12 – Polynomials

8th Grade Math

In order to fulfill the mathematics requirements for the eighth grade class as established by the California Content Standards we will be covering the following:
Text: Holt Algebra I

  • Chapter 1 – Equations
  • Chapter 2 – Inequalities
  • Chapter 3 – Functions
  • Chapter 4 – Linear Functions
  • Chapter 5 – Systems of Equations and Inequalities
  • Chapter 6 – Exponents and Polynomials
  • Chapter 7 – Factoring Polynomials
  • Chapter 8 – Quadratic Functions and Equations
  • Chapter 9 – Exponential Functions
  • Chapter 10 – Data Analysis and Probability

Holy Family Middle School & Youth Ministries


Confirmed by the words of Pope John Paul II, the Holy Family Middle School & Youth Ministries believe that the Church needs to “find ways of involving young people in projects and activities of formation, spirituality and service, giving them responsibilities for themselves and their work, and taking care to avoid isolating them and their apostolate from the rest of the community.” 
The basic components of our parish programs are:
  • Weekly youth Mass (Sundays at 5:30pm)
  • Weekly catechetical Life Nights
  • Justice and Service opportunities
  • Retreats
  • Relational ministry
  • Community building within the young church as well as the parish at large. 

For more information, please visit the Holy Family Middle School & Youth Ministry Web Page.


Stations of the Cross



“Because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world”

The Lenten 2020 Season holds a very special place in the hearts of our Holy Family students, faculty and staff. Especially our 8th grade class. This tradition was unfortunately cut short this year do to our school closure and COVID-19. With a collection of images taken at a dress rehearsal and at their 1st and only reenactment, we are able to share with you, a version of the 2020 Living Stations of the Cross. This is dedicated to the HFS Class of 2020. Much love you guys!

Stations of the Cross

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Helpful Tips for Incoming Kindergarten Parents

Here are a few tips and hints from present and past HFS Kindergarten parents to help ease your way into the school year!

  • Class Password Protected Shutterfly Account.
    • You will be receiving an email invitation to join the Class of 2027 Shutterfly Account. You’ll use this site to upload pictures from various class events throughout your years at Holy Family, sign up for class volunteering opportunities and general class information as well as roster.
    • All parents are required to be Vitrus Trained and Fingerprinted before the start of the 2019-2020 school year. Click here for that information.
    • Part of our Safeguard the Children program, is the protection of Images/Voice/Work/Name of students on social media. Click here for Social Media Safeguard information.
  • Knights Pride Spirit Store! – For all your parent “Fan & Sideline” Apparel.
  • The children have PE twice a week – and will wear their “PE uniform” for those days – as you plan your first purchase at CKW, please keep that in mind!
  • PE Shirts – Purchase only about 3 because you’ll also be able to wear the annual Jog A Thon T-Shirts on PE days! And go big – the CKW ladies knew what they were talking about with the sizing – everything lasts about 2 years. My son graduated HFS (C’17) and I kept his older PE-Shirts for my daughter (C’26) .. they’re still in great condition!
  • NAMES – CKW embroiders names on jackets/sweatshirts – DO THIS -last names, initials or last name with 1st Initial are fine – While there is an extra expense, those uniform sweatshirts & jackets will surely find their way home if they are clearly embroidered!
  • Girl?  Keep your eyes peeled for those little “boy shorts/bloomers” that the girls wear under their jumper – Sometimes called “monkey bar buddies”.  Black or Navy Blue are the preferred color – CKW has them – but sometimes Target has them on special.
  • Naptime blanket – Ms. Sicka & Mrs. Ascencio have a “naptime” for the children – a rest time after lunch – this continues until Christmas break – CKW has a lovely bed roll, with the uniform plaid on it or you to also bring in a beach towel less bulky (fits in their cubby) and easier (sent home Friday to be washed).
  • At the end of Summer we have a Drop in Day TUESDAY, AUGUST 27, 2019 8:AM – 11:00AM – a fun visit in the classroom and a chance to sign up for different things (Helping in the classroom, the art program, etc.) – Don’t feel like you need to sign up for anything that day -though its fine if you do –  you can think about it – there will be plenty of chances to help – especially kinder because there is a party about once a month.
  • Kindergarten Orientation – TUESDAY, AUGUST 27, 2019 10:15AM – You will meet with your child(ren) teacher, explore their assigned classroom and hear about all the exciting adventures your child(ren) will experience while at HFS
  • Be kind and assume good will – you are building your “village” that will last for 9 years – help when you can and reach out to those families who you may not see often.
  • Enjoy Kinder – your child is everyone’s baby this year – Welcome to HFS 🙂



Literature Tea

Literature Tea

Could be one of the MOST fun events at HFS. The Annual 3rd Grade Literature Tea. What better way to introduce children to the Classics of Literature than reading one and transforming yourself into that character.