Category Archives: Mathematics


Each February, Fresno County Office of Education provides a time and place for MATHCOUNTS CompetitionMATHCOUNTS offers fun and engaging programs that get middle school students excited about math. These programs include the MATHCOUNTS Competition Program, the MATHCOUNTS Club Program, and the MATHCOUNTS Reel Math Challenge.  This year 17 schools competed at The Satellite Student Union at Fresno State.

Winning team, Granite Ridge in Clovis!

Thank you, Jon Dueck for all your work in providing this competition.

Looking for Algebra 1 and Math 1 teachers!

If you are an Algebra I or Math I teacher, please see below.

WestEd, a not-for-profit educational research agency, has been funded by the U.S. Department of Education to conduct a study during the fall 2017 semester to evaluate the Querium StepWise™ Virtual Tutor for Algebra. StepWise is an online supplemental homework and quiz program that uses artificial intelligence to help students improve their mathematics problem solving. Aligned with Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, the intelligent tutoring system provides real-time, personalized tutoring to Algebra 1 students with the goal of achieving outcomes similar to those found with 1:1 tutoring.

Participating math teachers will receive stipends up to $850 for their involvement in this 8-week study! To participate, teachers must: a) be currently teaching Algebra I, and b) have at least part-time 1:1 student access to a computer, laptop, or tablet.

Please indicate your interest in participating by Friday, May 5th:

Please also forward this information to any Algebra 1 teachers who you think might be interested in participating. We look forward to the opportunity to work with you!

Bryan Matlen, Ph.D.
Research Associate, WestEd, STEM program


The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Fresno Branch and Younger Member Forum would like to invite faculty, students, and parents to the ASCE Dream Big screening. Our previous movie screening date has SOLD OUT, BUT we have opened a SECOND SCREENING DATE. The second screening will be held on Saturday, February 25th located at Campus Pointe’s Maya Theater across from Fresno State. The screening is 100% free, but tickets are limited, so reserve them now!Attached is a flyer with all the information. ASCE professionals will be eager to meet our future leaders and answer any questions they may have. Hope to see you and your students there!

Please use this link to obtain tickets for the Saturday showing. Please bring a printed copy of your ticket(s) to the movie showing:

Please Note – If you have advanced tickets for the Wednesday showing (February 22nd) there is no need to register for the Saturday showing. Please bring a printed copy of your ticket(s) to the movie showing. Flyers for this event do not count as tickets.

 If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact our K-12 Outreach coordinators Analisa Gonzales ( and James Loy (

 All around the world, engineers are pushing the limits of ingenuity and innovation in unexpected, imaginative, and amazing ways. Dream Big: Engineering Our World, a giant-screen film about engineering, will take viewers on a journey of discovery from the world’s tallest building to a bridge higher than the clouds. Along the way, the audience will witness how today’s engineers are shaping the world of tomorrow.

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Senior Design Engineer

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Math Counts Results – Fresno, California

We had 15 teams for MathCounts this year! This was the largest group ever and the most teams ever! It was a great day. It went longer than usual (due to so many teams), and everyone enjoyed it! I’ve attached pictures of the first place team and top 5 individuals. El Portal Elementary from the Mariposa area came for the first time and moved quickly to 3rd place (quite the upset!)

The top 6 teams were:

1st—Granite Ridge

2nd__ Clark Intermediate

3rd—El Portal Elementary

4th—Edison Computech

The top 10 individuals were:

1st—Jai Mehrotra-Varma(Granite Ridge)

2nd—Tyler Ho (Clark)

3rd—Luke Chao (Granite Ridge)

4th—Andrew Lu (Alta Sierra)

5th—Weehan Choi (Granite Ridge)

6th—Deepro Pasha (Granite Ridge)

7th—Iris Wang (Granite Ridge)

8th—Nipun Amarasingh (Alta Sierra)

9th—Lilian Chen (Granite Ridge)

10th—Pratham Hombal (Alta Sierra)

The top 2 teams qualify to go to the state competition so congratulations to Granite Ridge and Clark Intermediate!

The top 3 individuals not on a winning team also qualify to go to state so congratulations to Andrew Lu, Nipun Amarasingh, and Pratham Hombal all from Alta Sierra!

Thanks for Jon Dueck and Fresno County Office of Education for taking time to prepare this math competition for students!

Teaching At Home/Addition

Once your student understands counting with manipulatives and identifies where whole numbers fall on a number line, you can add using both of this visuals.  Start with adding 1+1, put out two beans and push the one and one together.  The student should come up with 2.  Have the child count the one and one and then count it again as 2.  Show the numbers with dots on a paper.  One dot plus one dot equals two dots.  Now add 2+1 and move through the same process.

1+1, 2+1. 3+1, 4+1, 5+1, 6+1…

Then add 1+2 and look at 2+1 again to show student that 1+2 and 2+1 gives you the same number of beans or dots.  This is COMMUTATIVE PROPERTY.  Shows that you can add in either direction and get the same thing.

Move to the number line now.  Put your finger or a pencil on the number 1.  Adding one means moving right by one number.  This will also show that 1+1=2.  Show it with beans, dots and number line for several examples.

Go back and ask if 4+5 = 5+4 to revisit commutative property.

Continue to practice single digit addition until student feels confident.