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Public Comment Period for K-12 Mathematics Textbooks The Virginia Board of Education is now seeking public comment on these textbooks and intends to review and approve lists of recommended textbooks for use in the public schools of the Commonwealth. Final lists of approved textbooks will be made available on the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) website following the Board of Education’s action on the recommended textbooks in March 2018.

Review copies of the mathematics textbooks submitted for the seven-year Standards of Learning revision cycle are available for public examination at various sites around the Commonwealth between January 29, 2018, and March 1, 2018.

The local examination sites include: 
The College of William and Mary
Old Dominion University 
George Mason University 
James Madison University 
Radford University 
The University of Virginia’s College at Wise
Longwood University 
J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College

A list of specific contacts and locations for each of the review sites may be found on the VDOE website at Textbook Review and Approval: Location of Public Review Sites.

Individuals are invited to examine the proposed textbooks at the examination sites and to submit written comments. Comments on the proposed K-12 Mathematics Textbooks may be sent via email to Comments may also be mailed to Tina Mazzacane, Mathematics Coordinator, Office of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, Virginia Department of Education, P. O. Box 2120, Richmond, Virginia 23218-2120.

JiJi Comes to Clarke
JiJi math or Spatial – Temporal Math or ST Math is a game based math software designed to boost math comprehension and proficiency through visual learning.  The games are designed to improve conceptual understanding and problem solving skills.  The approach consists of language independent, animated representations of math concepts.

What parents need to know about JiJi
Think of JiJi as a video game you’ve allowed your child to download.  Do you usually watch over your child’s shoulder and tell him/her how to play the game? Do you tell your child what to do when he/she “loses a life” or how to get to the next level?  The same goes for JiJi – resist the urge to tell your child how to get JiJi across the screen.  Each child must figure it out on his/her own. 

If you would like to read more about the development of JiJi or watch the Ted Talk by the creator of the program visit

If you have questions about its use in Clarke County Public Schools, please contact Shelly Pine at

J-WMS offering Pre Algebra

Johnson-Williams is excited to offer Pre Algebra beginning in 2017-2018. One of the major reasons for this change stems from the new Math Standards of Learning which will be taught beginning in the 2017-2018 school year.  The Virginia Department of Education has included a new definition of Algebra Readiness which states that “‘Algebra readiness’ describes the mastery of, and the ability to apply, the Mathematics Standards of Learning, including the Mathematical Process Goals for Students, for kindergarten through grade 8.”  The full statement can be found at the following location on page vii.

In anticipation of this new definition, Pre Algebra in grade 6 will include the new 6th grade, 7th grade and 8th grade standards. Pre-Algebra in 7th grade will include most of the 7th grade standards and all 8th grade standards. Pre-Algebra in 8th grade will include the new 8th grade standards. These curriculum definitions will ensure students receive instruction through the 8th grade standards prior to taking Algebra I the high school credit bearing course.

Helpful Links for Parents

AAA Math Websitefree math practice, lessons and games
Cool Mathmath skills practice in the form of games
Fun4theBrainmath games
IlluminationsNCTM - lessons and games from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
IXL Mathfree trials and practice
Khan Academystep by step instructional videos
SOL Teacher - To find available activities, click on the grade level, subject, and then specific standard.
Teachable Moments for ParentsScholastic Channel on YouTube