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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.
 

Recent Posts

8th Grade

July 29, 2019
 
Hi Everyone!
I hope you’ve been having a very fun summer and have found ways to stay cool. I’ve been doing a lot of gardening and swimming this summer. You’re in 8th grade this year! You’re the oldest ones in the school, and this is your year to shine! August 29th, the first day of school, is fast approaching!
 
You’ll be in my homeroom. I’ll be teaching you math and social studies, Mrs. Cramer ELA, and Ms. Davis science. I’ll give you a schedule the first day of
school to make it easier for you.
 
We’ll be using the Eureka Math Program again this year, which uses cooperative learning strategies. As a class, you work very well together. We’ll be doing more group work this year. Eighth grade is a Pre-Algebra class which will prepare you for Algebra in ninth grade. In social studies, we will be studying American History, beginning with the Revolutionary War and getting as far into the 20th Century as we can. This is absolutely my favorite time period to teach in history!
 
In Eureka and most math curriculums, there is an emphasis on being able to 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.
 
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!
 
There are a few supplies that you will need for my classes. They are the same as last year.. They include:
2 - 3 ring notebooks
a ruler
2 - 8 tab dividers
lots of pencils
notebook paper
dark blue or black pens

We will continue doing the Bear Paws homework chart to reward all the students who always do all of their work. We’ll again go on reward field trips twice a year. Hopefully, we will have snow in January so we can go tubing at Hermon Mountain.
 
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to e-mail me at mbertothy@rsu24.org or mbertothy@hotmail.com or call me at 288-9481anytime.
 
I’m very excited about doing all the fundraising activities for your yearbook, promotion and class trip with you. I hope you are selling lots and lots of the lobster tickets. Please bring in your lobster money and receipts the first day of school. I’m planning to have an 8th grade student/parent meeting after the Back to School Family Night on August 27th. It is very important for you and your parents to attend so we can plan the fish fry. 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 25, 2019
 
Hi Everyone!
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. I can’t believe it’s almost August already! August 29th, the first day of school, is fast approaching!
 
I’ll be teaching you math and social studies again this year, Mrs. Cramer ELA and Ms. Davis science. You’ll be in Mrs. Cramer’s homeroom with the 6th graders. We’ll give you a copy of your schedule the first day of school to make it easier for you.
 
There are a few supplies that you will need for my classes. They are the same as last year. They include:
2 - 3 ring notebooks (binders)
a ruler
2 - 8 tab dividers
lots of pencils
notebook paper
a pen to correct your work

If possible, please bring in these supplies on the first day of school.
 
We’ll be using the Eureka Math Program again this year which uses cooperative learning strategies. We’ll be doing more group work this year. As a class, you use these very well. In social studies, we’ll continue studying Medieval History from where we finished last year..
 
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.
 
You will be given an assignment book which you’ll be expected to use for all of your classes just like last year. You know how important it is to hand in completed assignments on time and using an assignment book is a great way to stay organized We don’t want to give ANY detentions this year!
 
We will continue doing the Bear Paws homework chart to reward all the students who always do all of their work. We’ll again have reward field trips twice this year. Hopefully, we will have snow in January so we can go tubing at Hermon Mountain.
 
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to e-mail me at mbertothy@rsu24.org or mbertothy@hotmail.com anytime. Enjoy the rest of the summer and try to stay cool!

See you soon,
Mrs. Bertothy
 

6th Grade

July 25, 2019
 
Hi everyone!
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 because I’ve heard a lot of great things about you. I can’t wait to get to know you better. 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. I can’t believe it’s almost August already! August 29th, the first day of school, is fast approaching!
 
You’ll be in Mrs. Cramer’s homeroom. I’ll be teaching you math, Mrs. Wilbur social studies, Mrs. Cramer ELA and Ms. Davis science.You’ll be given a copy of your schedule on the first day of school to make it easier for you.
 
There are a few supplies that you will need for my class. They include:
1 - 3 ring notebook (binder)
a ruler
1 - 8 tab dividers
lots of pencils
notebook paper
pens to correct your work with

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 four 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!
 
This will be a very exciting year for you. We will use the Eureka Math program again. I’m so glad you’ve been using it already, but the 6th grade program is a little different. We’ll also be using IXL and Moby Max to supplement the curriculum. It is very important that you know the multiplication facts up to ten when you come to school, so I hope you’ve been practicing them over the summer.
 
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.
 
Ms. Davis, Mrs. Cramer, Mrs. Wilbur and I will continue doing the Bear Paws homework chart to reward all the students who always do all of their work and hand it in on time. Those students will go on a reward field trip twice this year. In the past years, we have gone snow tubing (hopefully we’ll have snow this year in January), to Playland Adventures in Bangor, bowling and Wild Acadia Fun Park and Water Slides in Trenton.
 
I’m very excited to see you the first day of school. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to e-mail me at mbertothy@rsu24.org or mbertothy@hotmail.com anytime. Enjoy the rest of the summer!
 
See you soon,
Mrs. Bertothy