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I was born in Buffalo, New York and received a B.S degree in Education at Baldwin-Wallace College, concentrating in math. After moving to Florida, I taught a variety of subjects at the middle school level for nineteen years. In 1995, my family and I moved to Maine and I have been teaching for twenty-one years here, twenty of them at Cave Hill. While at Cave Hill, I've taught grades five through eight, but most of the time in middle school. I have also been a member of many committees such as the Math team, the Positive Intervention Support team, Civil Rights team, Data team and many others. For the past ten years, I have been the eighth grade adviser and am a mentor to our new teachers. I am also a member of the National Council of Teachers of Math.
 

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Algebra

July 23, 2021
 
Hi Everybody!
Welcome to the 8th grade! You’re the oldest ones in the school, and this is your year to shine! I’m very excited to have you in my class again! I hope you’re having a very fun summer and have found ways to stay cool. I’ve been doing a lot of gardening and swimming this summer. It’s funny how summer goes by so fast! It feels like we got out of school just a couple of weeks ago! August 31st is the first day of school. I’ve missed you all and am very excited to see you again and hear about your summer!
I’ll be teaching you Algebra and science and Mrs. Cramer ELA and social studies. You’ll be given a copy of your schedule on the first day of school to make it easier for you.
We are recommending that each student brings a water bottle to school every day. You will be able to fill it at the water fountain, but won’t be able to drink from the fountain because of safety precautions. There are also a few supplies that you will need for my classes. They include:
2 - 2 inch 3 ring binders 2 - 5 tab dividers
a ruler lots of pencils
notebook paper pens to correct your work with
ear buds

In 8th grade, using an assignment book is recommended but not mandatory. I’ll give you one the first day if you want one. You already know how important completing homework is to succeed in your classes. We don’t want to give ANY detentions this year!
We’ll be using the Eureka Math Program again this year, supplementing it with Moby Max. As a class, you work very well together. Your math class is the same as the ninth grade Algebra class in high school. So if you do very well in my class, you will be taking either Algebra 2 or Geometry in your freshman year! In science, we’ll be studying Life Science. I love this curriculum because there are so many fun experiments to do!
In Eureka and most math curriculums, there is an emphasis on being able to explain how you solved the math problem so I have set two goals for myself to help my students be able to do this. They are 1) I will help each student show on paper how they solved the problem, 2) I will help each student explain in writing and verbally how they solved the problem.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to e-mail me at mbertothy@rsu24.org or mbertothy@hotmail.com, call me at 288-9481 or text me at 266-9481anytime.
I hope you are selling your lobster raffle tickets. They are due on the first day of school so we can draw the winner before the Labor Day weekend. Our next fundraiser will be the bottle drive on September 11th. We’ll discuss the details when we are back at school. I will also have an 8th grade student/parent meeting close to the beginning of school to discuss future activities. Also, in the first few days of school, we’ll begin organizing the yearbook, so begin thinking about what you want to put in it. There’s always a lot of different things to keep us busy in 8th grade!
Enjoy the rest of your summer!
See you soon,
Mrs. Bertothy

8th Grade

July 23, 2021
 
Hi Everybody!
Welcome to the 8th grade! You’re the oldest ones in the school, and this is your year to shine! I’m very excited to have you in my class again! I hope you’re having a very fun summer and have found ways to stay cool. I’ve been doing a lot of gardening and swimming this summer. It’s funny how summer goes by so fast! It feels like we got out of school just a couple of weeks ago! August 31st is the first day of school. I’ve missed you all and am very excited to see you again and hear about your summer!
I’ll be teaching you math and science and Mrs. Cramer ELA and social studies. You’ll be given a copy of your schedule on the first day of school to make it easier for you.
We are recommending that each student brings a water bottle to school every day. You will be able to fill them at the water fountain, but won’t be able to drink from the fountain because of safety precautions. There are also a few supplies that you will need for my classes. They include:
2 - 2 inch 3 ring binders 2 - 5 tab dividers
a ruler lots of pencils
notebook paper pens to correct your work with
ear buds

In 8th grade, using an assignment book is recommended but not mandatory. I’ll give you one the first day if you want one. You already know how important completing homework is to succeed in your classes. We don’t want to give ANY detentions this year! We will continue to have the homework reward activities for those students who do their homework!
We’ll be using the Eureka Math Program again this year. As a class, you work very well together. Eighth grade math is a Pre-Algebra class which will prepare you for Algebra in ninth grade. In science, we’ll be studying Life Science. I love this curriculum because there are so many fun experiments to do!
In Eureka and most math curriculums, there is an emphasis on being able to explain how you solved the math problem so I have set two goals for myself to help my students be able to do this. They are 1) I will help each student show on paper how they solved the problem, 2) I will help each student explain in writing and verbally how they solved the problem.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to e-mail me at mbertothy@rsu24.org or mbertothy@hotmail.com, call me at 288-9481 or text me at 266-9481anytime.
I hope you are selling your lobster raffle tickets. They are due on the first day of school so we can draw the winner before the Labor Day weekend. Our next fundraiser will be the bottle drive on September 11th. We’ll discuss the details of it when we are back at school. I will also have an 8th grade student/parent meeting close to the beginning of school to discuss future activities. Also, in the first few days of school, we’ll begin organizing the yearbook, so begin thinking about what you want to put in it. There’s always a lot of different things to keep us busy in 8th grade!
Enjoy the rest of your summer!
See you soon,
Mrs. Bertothy

7th Grade

July 23, 2021
Hi Everybody!
Welcome to the 7th grade! I’m very excited to have you in my class again! I hope you’re having a very fun summer and have found ways to stay cool. I’ve been doing a lot of gardening and swimming this summer. It’s funny how summer goes by so fast! It feels like we got out of school just a couple of weeks ago! August 31st is the first day of school. I’ve missed you all and am very excited to see you again and hear about your summer!
You’ll be in Mrs. Cramer’s homeroom with the 6th graders. I’ll be teaching you math and science and Mrs. Cramer ELA and social studies. You’ll be given a copy of your schedule on the first day of school to make it easier for you.
We are recommending that each student brings a water bottle to school every day. You will be able to fill it at the water fountain, but won’t be able to drink from the fountain because of safety precautions. There are also a few supplies that you will need for my classes. They include:
2 - 2 inch 3 ring binders 2 - 5 tab dividers
a ruler lots of pencils
notebook paper pens to correct your work with
ear buds

If possible, please bring in these supplies on the first day of school.
You will be given an assignment book which you’ll be expected to use for all of your classes. By using an assignment book, you’ll be able to keep all of your assignments organized from your teachers. You won’t do well in our classes if you don’t do your homework and hand it in on time. We don’t want to give ANY detentions this year! We will continue to have the homework reward activities for those students who do their homework!
We’ll be using the Eureka Math Program again this year. We’ll also be using Moby Max to supplement the curriculum. We’ll be doing some group work this year. I’m very excited to teach the Life Science curriculum again! I love this curriculum because there are so many fun experiments to do!
In Eureka and most math curriculums, there is an emphasis on being able to explain how you solved the math problem so I have set two goals for myself to help my students be able to do this. They are 1) I will help each student show on paper how they solved the problem, 2) I will help each student explain in writing and verbally how they solved the problem.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to e-mail me at mbertothy@rsu24.org or mbertothy@hotmail.com, call me at 288-9481 or text me at 266-9481 anytime. Enjoy the rest of the summer and try to stay cool!

See you soon,
Mrs. Bertoty

6th Grade

July 23, 2021
 
Hi Everybody,

Welcome to the 6th grade and middle school! You’re part of the ”big” kids now! I’m very excited to have you in my class again! I hope you’re having a very fun summer and have found ways to stay cool. I’ve been doing a lot of gardening and swimming this summer. It’s funny how summer goes by so fast! It feels like we got out of school just a couple of weeks ago! August 31st is the first day of school. I’ve missed you all and am very excited to see you again and hear about your summer!
You’ll be in Mrs. Cramer’s homeroom with the 7th graders. I’ll be teaching you math and science and Mrs. Cramer ELA and social studies. You’ll be given a copy of your schedule on the first day of school to make it easier for you.
We are recommending that each student brings a water bottle to school every day. You will be able to fillet at the water fountain, but won’t be able to drink from the fountain because of safety precautions.
There are also a few supplies that you will need for my classes. They include:
2 - 2 inch 3 ring binders 2 - 5 tab dividers
a ruler lots of pencils
notebook paper pens to correct your work with
ear buds

If possible, please bring in these supplies on the first day of school.
You will be given an assignment book which you’ll be expected to use for all of your classes. By using an assignment book, you’ll be able to keep all of your assignments organized from your teachers. You won’t do well in our classes if you don’t do your homework and hand it in on time. We don’t want to give ANY detentions this year! We will continue to have the homework reward activities for those students who do their homework!
We will use the Eureka Math program again with Zearn. We’ll also be using Moby Max to supplement the curriculum. In science, we’ll be studying Life Science. I love this curriculum because there are so many fun experiments to do!
In Eureka and most math curriculums, there is an emphasis on being able to explain how you solved the problem, so I have set two goals for myself to help my students be able to do this. They are 1) I will help each student show on paper how they solved the problem, 2) I will help each student explain in writing and verbally how they solved the problem.
I’m very excited to see you the first day of school. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at mbertothy@rsu24.org, or mbertothy@hotmail.com, call me at 288-9481 or text me at 266-9481 anytime! Enjoy the rest of your summer!
See you soon,
Marie

Almost the end of the year!

I am so happy to have everyone back in school today! I can't believe there is only 17 more days of school and there's still so much to get done! The NWEA tests begin tomorrow and end next Wednesday. Many students still have 1s and 2s on their math and social studies assessments so there is very little time to retake them. The deadline for retaking them is June 8th. They can redo them at home or stay after school. I'm always here to help them. Let me know if you have any questions.
Marie Bertothy

Welcome back to school!

Welcome back! I know this year is not going to be a "normal" year, but I'm very excited to get back and see all of the students and parents. Again, I'll be teaching 6th - 8th math and 6/7th and 8th grade social studies. 6/7th social studies will begin with the hominids and go through all the ancient civilizations, including Greece and Rome (two of my favorites). 8th grade will be studying American and Maine histories beginning with the American Revolution. Eighth grade math is basically a Pre-Algebra class, including integer exponents, congruence, similarity, linear equations and functions. This course gives the students the basics to prepare them for Algebra in ninth grade. The topics we will cover in 7th math are ratios and proportions, rational numbers, expressions and equations, percent, statistics and geometry. In 6th math, we will cover ratios and unit rates, all fractions, rational numbers, expressions and equations, areas and volume and statistics. It is all very exciting to me. YES, I do love math!
 
We will be using Google Classroom again this year with Seesaw. More information will be coming home soon concerning these. They will be used for listing assignments, communication and sharing information.
 
I will be sending home a letter soon listing the supplies each student needs for my classes this year. If you are unable to purchase them, please let me know and I will help you.
 
If at any time, you have a question, please feel free to call, email or text me. My email addresses are mbertothy@rsu24.org and mbertothy@hotmail.com. I will share my cell and home phone numbers in the letter I will send you soon.
 
I can't wait to see you all!
Mrs. Bertothy

What a busy time of year! It's hard to believe the year is almost two thirds over. Grades close this Friday, March 13th and progress reports will go home March 20th. MEA's are also starting sometime next week!
 
In social studies, the 8th graders are learning how and why the Federalist and Republican Parties were formed. This is such a great connection to our country's election year campaigns. We've had very interesting discussions in class lately.
 
The 8th graders are also getting ready for their second class trip and working on their yearbook. Always lots of things to get done.
 
If you have any questions, please let me know.

In our social studies class, we have been studying the important people during the Renaissance and how they affected the society around them. For their assessment, they had to make a pedestal of a person, share what they were known for and how they changed their times.
The 6/7 grade social studies class made games as a final assessment for their Aztec, Mayan and Inca civilizations unit. The students had a great time making them and then playing their friends games. I included more pictures in my album. Take a look!

End of the First Trimester

I just want everyone to know that the first trimester ends December 6th. This gives the students another week to redo any assessments they didn't do well on.
Thanks so much,
Marie