8th Grade Math - Wade

Teacher: Mrs. Cathy Wade, cwade@stclarepdx.org

This is my  year sixth teaching at St. Clare and I am delighted to work with such a wonderful team of dedicated educators in a truly dynamic community!

In my 20 years in education, I have taught at St. Thomas More and Christ the King in the Portland Archdiocese and at St. John's in the Seattle Archdiocese.

I believe that education is the process of uncovering, discovering - seeing with new eyes the wonders about us. The greatest joy for me in teaching is to be part of the "Aha!" moments in the classroom.  My role is to organize, plan and prepare so that I can support and challenge students to make connections, to become competent, confident mathematicians.

Students will also have the opportunity to participate in the American Math Competition in the fall and the Central Catholic Math Festival in winter.  Both opportunities center on problem-solving and application of mathematics in puzzling situations.

I look forward to working with you!

Cathy Wade

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Extra Help

We follow the standards set forth by the Archdiocese of Portland which are based on the Oregon State standards.  In the 8th grade accelerated math class, students study Algebra 1.  

"The content of Algebra 1 is organized around families of functions, with special emphasis on linear, exponential, and quadratic functions. As students study each family of functions, they will learn to represent them in multiple ways - as verbal descriptions, equations, tables, and graphs.  They will also learn to model real-world situations using functions in order to solve problems arising from those situations."

Mathematical Practices

We emphasize mathematical practices as we approach each area of content. These practices include the following standards:

  1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
  2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
  3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
  4. Model with mathematics.
  5. Use appropriate tools strategically.
  6. Attend to precision.
  7. Look for and make use of structure.
  8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.


Students can expect a daily assignment.  Usually some class time will be given for students to start their assignment.  This allows them to ask any questions they might have about the assignment before they take it home.

All grades will be determined in the following way:
     Tests, Quizzes and other Assessments   50%
     Assignments and Notebooks 50%

Extra Help

I encourage students to share ideas, questions, and alternate strategies, and to advocate for themselves when concepts are challenging.  The entire class benefits when members participate in the community of learners. If students need assistance beyond our scheduled class time, I am available before school and during lunch/recess by appointment.  

Please feel free to email with questions or concerns.