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Mt. Rushmore, SD
Mt. Rushmore

Wendy Nacamu


About Ms. Nacamu

I grew up in the east bay attending Foothill High School in Pleasanton. From there I attended college at CSU Stanislaus and SUNY New Paltz, I earned my BA at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. I have a Multiple Subject credential with a supplemental authorization in Mathematics.  Most recently I completed my Masters in Mathematics Education from San Francisco State University.

I am very excited about the new Common Core State Standards.  The Mathematical Practices we will be implementing encourages everyone to become stronger and more confident math thinkers.  Instead of students asking me if their answer is right, my goal is for them to explain to me why they know it is right (or wrong).  Not only do the CCS Standards include these wonderful math practices that will get all students thinking, but they also will  minimize the breadth of information students are taught.  The old saying of "a mile wide and an inch deep" will no longer be a descriptor of our math standards.  Instead we will cover less material with more depth, which in reality will make students better problems solvers so they can accurately think through the material that is not covered.

Mathematical Practices grade 6-8:

  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.

The most exciting and different teaching experience I've had is teaching at an Outdoor Education School. Students across different economic and cultural backgrounds would come to camp to learn about science and nature. I had the privilege of teaching small groups about the importance of interdependence, waste, and community. I would help students to break boundaries by taking a solo night hike and participating in team-building activities. This experience was educational for all involved.

As a teacher at Stone Valley I've enjoyed coaching both volleyball and basketball. I believe it is important for students to be involved in extracurricular activities so that they can build teamwork skills and increase their self-esteem. I also co-run the WEB program that introduces new students to Stone Valley.

Outside of schools I am involved in Tri-Valley Animal Rescue whose primary mission is to "trying to give them another chance". My participation allows me to foster dogs until they find a permanent home thus providing them 'another chance'. Please visit their site and browse some of the animals that are waiting to be adopted.

Please feel free to contact me if you ever have any questions. I can be reached through district email,

Student Expectations

Academic performance

1.  Required material

  • 1 spiral notebook or composition book.  All assignments will be completed in it unless told otherwise, used sole for math.  Graph paper recommended but not essential.
  • Minimum of two sharpened pencils or mechanical pencils with erasers
  • 2 Red pens or colored pencils for daily correcting
  • Protractor and compass (leave at home until needed)
  • Time Tracker to record daily assignments

2.  Policy on late work

  • Student’s absent assignment needs to be completed and turned in before test on material covered or within 2 days of return to school.  It is the responsibility of the student to get the assignment and turn it in on time for credit.
  • You will receive 2 points for work that is one day late and 1 point for work that is more than one day late.
  • If you have no missing assignments at the end of the quarter, you will receive extra credit points.
  • To receive credit for late work, you must show work to Ms. Nacamu before or after school OR label clearly and put in your periods “in-box” and it will be checked off later.

3.  Tests and Quizzes

  • Most quizzes will be worth ~30pts and will often be a “group quiz”.
  • Rules for a group quiz:  Everyone must be on the same problem at the same time, Everyone must show their work or the answer is wrong,  You may only talk with people in your group, only one quiz is corrected and everyone gets that grade.
  • Tests will cover a broader amount of material and be worth ~100pts. 
  • If you are absent the day of an exam, it is your responsibility to make it up in a timely manner.  I recommend during one of the math help times each week.

4.   Classwork & Videos

  • All classwork assignments will be written and completed in your notebook. Classwork is assigned almost everyday and is expected to be completed at home for the following school day.  Work should be done on the next page in your spiral math notebook.  In order for a student to receive full credit on a classwork assignment, every problem must have been attempted, directions followed and all work shown.  Simply writing an answer in unacceptable.
  • When given a video as an assignment you need to watch the video, take down any notes in your notebook, and do any examples given to you in the video.  A score for your notes will be recorded the next day in class.  Notes are expected to be complete and legible.  If you have a problem with watching the video, you are expected to arrive before 8am the next day to watch the video on an ipad in my classroom.

5.  Notebook Requirements

  • All work is to be done in a spiral math notebook.
  • Use a #2 pencil for all work and red pen for correcting
  • Always put the complete assignment or video header on top line
  • Work neatly, unreadable work will not be accepted
  • Write out original problem, except for word problems.  Show all work, and box or circle your final answer.  WORK is NOT equal to calculations, it is the process you used to get to your solution.
  • Don’t use a calculator unless I tell you to do so, or multiplication/division is bogging down your ability to comprehend the problem.
  • Don’t crowd problems together.  Leave plenty of white spaces around each problem. You may need space later to make corrections.
  • Complete your classwork and correct the odd-numbered problems (using the back of the book) BEFORE you leave class or return to class the next day.
  • Try all problems and ask a neighbor  or see me if you get stuck.

6.  Assignment Scoring  (4pts possible)

      4 - Complete assignment with work shown clearly

      3 - Mostly complete with work shown

      2 – Incomplete and/or unclear assignment with some work shown

      1 – Very incomplete assignment with some work shown.

      0 – Very incomplete or hard to read assignment

      NC – (No Credit) No work shown or completed in pen.  Re-submit next day for full credit.

      Mi – missing assignment

      Ab – Absent, work needs to be completed before test on material covered or within 2 days of return to school


Behavior & Participation

            Each student is expected to be prepared and on task when in the classroom.  All school rules are to be followed at all times.  Therefore, RESPECT everyone and everything.  Failure to behave respectfully will result in:

  1. Verbal Warning
  2. Lunch Detention
  3. After School Detention and phone call home

Poor behavior with a substitute teacher results automatically with an after school detention.


You are also expected to be aware of Stone Valley’s Academic Integrity Policy, Tardy Policy, and Hallway Expectations

Fun with numbers!
Fun with numbers!
"Math Rocks Road Trip" Summer 2010
Math Rocks
Old Faithful steaming out of my cup
Old Faithful steaming out of my cup
Meet Ms. Nacamu
A Nacamu favorite video

    Math Help Times

    Welcome to Common Core Math with Ms. Nacamu.

    Math Help Times room A7:  

    Most days at lunch or after school. 

    Let me know ahead of time if you want me to be there for certain.

    Otherwise, come on by and see if I'm available.

    Wendy Nacamu Locker
    "Beauty Pool", Yellowstone
    Beauty Pool, Yellowstone