Posted: November 6, 2013 in Uncategorized

We have recently subscribed to a new mathwebsite that helps students with math skills through games and problems. It is called MobyMax. The 5th grade has been using this site for the past month and the students tend to enjoy it more than IXL. I will be using this as a grade for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th 9-weeks grading period The students have all been given usernames and passwords on a letter that should be placed inside of their binders. Students with intervention have been assigned a day each week to work strictly on Moby Max. However, it is imperative that they work on this at home as well. I encourage them to work on this at least 15 minutes each day on average. The more they work, the better they will get at math. I am still learning how the website works, but if you have any questions, feel free to email me and I will do my best to answer them. Thanks!


Pearson Success Site

Posted: August 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

Ever have your child say that they can’t do their homework because they left their book at school?  Now that doesn’t matter.  Your child now has access to their textbook online.  All you have to do is register with an access code (provided at Back-to-School Night and the first day of school).  After that, your child has access to not only the textbook, but also resources to help improve their math comprehension.  Additionally, students will have assignments posted onto their account which will be checked periodically.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Welcome to 6th Grade Math

Posted: August 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

Dear Parent(s);

Welcome to another school year.  My name is John Berry and I teach 6th grade math.  This is my seventeenth year teaching at Zane Trace.  I previously taught 7th and 8th grade math, 8th grade algebra, 6th grade reading, and 7th grade science.  I graduated fromOhioUniversity –Athens in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in Education and a concentration in mathematics, science, and language arts.  I also have a Master’s degree in Educational Administration through Ohio University and a K-12 Principal’s License.

This will be a rough year for many students as they prepare for the Achievement Tests in reading and math.  The math program is a continuation of the program began in 5th grade.  The work is often more difficult than traditional math programs due to the increased expectations throughout the nation.  I have found that if the parents and teachers expect more from the students, the kids are more likely to adapt and succeed.

Much of the work this year is done in class, but some homework will be assigned.  I would like to warn you, however, that it might be difficult for parents to help with the homework because it is based on the work done in class.  Therefore, attendance is extremely important (both mentally and physically).  In order to help your child to do well, parents are encouraged to make sure that students are completing and turning in all assignments.  You can do this by repeatedly checking Progress Book to view your child’s grades. I update ths daily.  Parents or students can email me through the school site if they have questions or concerns.  Parents are also highly encouraged to check Progress Book often to see grades and assignments.  It is the student’s responsibility to keep track of his/her grades and to keep parents informed.

Materials need for this class include: lined paper (college ruled preferred), a binder, pencils, and a calculator.  I do not accept work completed in ink or colored pencils because it is too messy for math assignments.  Students will be using basic 4-function calculators all year and on the PARCC (replaced the OAA). If you do not wish to purchase a calculator, I have a set for use in the classroom only.

I hope that I have answered some questions for you.  I know that more will arise as the year progresses.  Please feel free to contact me at school (773-9854), through email (, or as a comment through this website and I will respond as soon as possible.  Thank you and I hope that your child has a great year.


John A. Berry

ZaneTraceMiddle School

I recently found out about a new website created by INFOhio, a resource for the Ohio Department of Education that helps cover standards for all grade levels.  It is designed to help students prepare for various types of tests such as the Ohio Achievement Assessment and College Entrance Exams (ACT and SAT).  From what I have seen, it looks fairly simple to use.  Students must first create an account and then they can take practice tests online.  The site monitors and keeps track of each students progress.  As far as 6th grade math is concerned, it can be broken down into tests dealing with each of the main categories (Algebra and Patterns, Data Analysis and Probability, Geometry and Measurement, and Basic Math).  This site also deals with other subjects.  I encourage everyone to register and try it out.  Please let me know what you think.