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Ms. Cathy Browne, Junior High Math

Welcome to Jr. High Math! My name is Cathy Browne and this is my 7th year at St. John Fisher. I am excited to be working with your child in 7th and 8th grade math. We are going to have a terrific year!

March 30 - April 03

Posted on Mar 30, 2020

Thanks to everyone for working so hard as we continue to navigate the e-learning process. In order to enhance our virtual learning, the Jr. High teachers have been and will continue to communicate with their students on specified days of the school week, at designated times. These days and times will be listed on each teacher's blog.

I will be having live meetings on Monday - Friday from 11:30 am - 12:00 pm.  The link for these meetings will be posted to my Google Math Classroom every morning. I encourage students to sign in and ask questions.   Students can also email me using their school Gmail accounts. 

Here’s what we will be working on this week in Math...

8th  Grade: We have completed our work with Pythagorean Theorem.   This week we will learn how to solve equations with variables on both sides. We will also spend some time reviewing how to evaluate algebraic equations, as well as one & two step equations.


7th Grade: Our focus this week will be on circles.  We will continue solving for the circumference of a circle and then learn how to find the area of a circle. We will also work on finding the relationship between circumference and area.  


Important Note to Students and Parents:

This week, we will begin "Block Scheduling" with our virtual Jr. High curriculum.

Thank you for your patience and continued support as we continue to navigate the e-learning forum.  As Mrs. Nash mentioned in her Friday, March 27th video message, the junior high teachers are working diligently to present meaningful lessons to help students progress academically.  We feel strongly that our junior high students will be best suited following a block schedule. We believe that 2-3 hours of classwork each day is a realistic and manageable expectation for our junior high students.

7th - 8th 



















Global Studies


Global Studies



*See Specials section below


Please know we are trying to provide our junior high students with a quality education by keeping them motivated, engaged, and accountable with our e-learning program.  We understand that every household faces its own challenges. If there are ever any extenuating circumstances (illness, internet interruptions, etc.) that may prevent our students from completing their assignments in a timely manner, please notify the homeroom teacher through email. Parents and teachers working together, maintaining effective communication, will surely enhance the success of our students' education during this challenging time.



Teacher Blogs

The junior high teachers’ blogs, located on our SJF website, will reflect an overview of the subject matter being covered for that particular week.  Blogs should be checked weekly by parents and students for any other pertinent information or communications from our junior high teachers. Assignments will be posted to our teachers’ individual Google classrooms. 



On e-learning days, students are required to complete the Google attendance form located on their Google Classroom Math class.  Completing the attendance form is necessary as it is evidence of e-learning. In the event a student is not able to participate in e-learning on a particular day due to illness or unforeseen circumstances, parents/students are to notify the student’s homeroom teacher.   



Teachers will post assignments to their Google classroom by 8:30 a.m. on their subject’s scheduled day. Assignments should be completed by the assigned due date and time. Grades may be lowered on those assignments received after the due date. PowerSchool will continue to be updated so that parents can monitor that assignments are being completed in a timely manner.


Teacher Support

Teachers will be working throughout the hours of the school day (8 a.m. - 3 p.m.). Students may email questions using their school Gmail accounts. Emails received by the teachers after 3:00 p.m., may not be replied to until the following school day. Each teacher also has online office hours in order to be available for student (or parent) questions about assignments, e-learning, etc. Please check teachers’ blogs for online office hours times and sign-in information. Thank you for your patience as our teachers are providing assistance to many of our junior high students.



The junior high students have previously joined Google classrooms for Spanish and Library. Mr. Mulchrone and Mrs. Corley have created Google classrooms for gym and art. Students should join the gym and art classrooms using the codes below. 


Gym: 7th/8th grade code: ghlprdt   

Art: 7th Grade code: jzhiwsv    8th Grade code: qpwpwdp

Assignments for each special can be found on each teachers’ Google classroom.  In addition, each of the specials teachers’ blogs will have a designated section for 7th & 8th grade students. 


Technology Support

If you experience a problem with your ChromeBook, please notify your homeroom teacher. We will work with our technology team to address any problems.  


March 23 - March 27

Posted on Mar 22, 2020

Thanks to everyone for your patience as we continue the E-Learning process.  Students please remember to complete the Google Form posted each day to your Math Classroom.  We use this form for our daily attendance. If you have any problems with the form, please email me using your school Google email account.  I will also be available through Google Meet from 11:30am-12:00pm this week. The sign-in information is available on our Classroom Stream. 


8th Grade 

We continue working this week with the Pythagorean Theorem. Monday’s lesson will be a video lesson reviewing right triangles and word problems using the Pythagorean Theorem. We will also be using Khan Academy to help review important topics such as square roots, absolute value and rational numbers. 


7th Grade 

We will start the week working on finding the perimeter and area of composite figures. Monday’s lesson will be a video lesson. We will also be using Khan Academy to review topics such as negative numbers, ratio and percents. 


March 17th

Posted on Mar 18, 2020

Thank you for a great start to our E-Learning process.  

Students, each day, as you begin the E-Learning process, please complete the Google Form posted to my Math Class. This is how we will take attendance.  

March 16 - March 20

Posted on Mar 15, 2020

A quick note...Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate through these unprecedented times.  For math class, the 7th and 8th grade students will use our Google classroom. I will post a new lesson everyday. Students should complete work on a daily basis. Feel free to reach out to me through email ( or by using our Google classroom for any questions.  


8th Grade

We begin our unit on the Pythagorean Theorem this week.  First, we will spend some time reviewing squares and square roots. Next, we will learn about the Pythagorean Theorem. We will learn how to determine the unknown side lengths in right triangles. Next, we will test the converse of the Pythagorean Theorem and determine if a triangle is a right triangle. 


7th Grade

We are going to pause our unit on equations and inequalities and begin our Geometry unit. Students will create a “Geometry Book” using Google slides.  Each of the highlighted terms in my lesson should be a slide in the Geometry Book. We will start our Geometry unit with Angle Relationships. Some of the material this week is a review. Please read the information and review the diagrams and pictures.  After angles, we will work to find the area and perimeter of composite figures. We will also review the properties of polygons. 

March 09 - March 13

Posted on Mar 09, 2020


Graduation Picture Retakes - Friday, March 13th

No School Monday, March 16th


8th Grade

Monday is Accelerated Math.  We conclude our unit on transformations this week by learning the connection between transformations and figures that have the same shape and size. Our unit test on transformations is scheduled for Friday, March 13.  We will complete a study guide in class to help prepare for the test. 


7th Grade

Monday is Accelerated Math. On Tuesday, we learn how to write and solve one-step inequalities. We will also learn how graphing the solution will help us to be certain we have the correct solution. Later in the week, we will learn how to write a two-step inequality.  Our unit test on expressions, equations and inequalities is tentatively scheduled for Friday, March 20th. 


March 02 - March 06

Posted on Mar 02, 2020

News & Notes

*Information regarding the “The Kevin Dowling” scholarship will be available to students on Monday. 

*Special Lunch is this Wednesday, March 4th 


8th Grade

On Monday, we continue learning about transformations. In this unit, we use tools such as models, rulers, paper and pencil to analyze two-dimensional figures.  We will learn more about reflections and their various properties using polygons on the coordinate plane. Next, we will learn about the properties of rotations. Finally, we will learn how to describe a translation, rotation, or reflection on coordinates using an algebraic equation. 


7th Grade

We will spend some more time writing and solving two-step equations this week. We will also begin solving equations with variables on both sides of the equation. Finally, we will learn how to write and solve one-step inequalities.