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About Mrs. Magsino

I am a true believer in that teaching is a team effort! Parents + Students + Educators = Success


I have 2 children - a fifth and second grader * 1 Havapoo dog, Kodi * I am a baseball and gymnastics mom * LOVES Coffee, chocolate and reading.


*Have been in HLPUSD since 2005 and have been teaching middle school since then. *Involved with Science Olympiad and our School Instructional Leadership Team. *Graduated from Cal State LA with a Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Child Development in 2002. *Graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a Master's of Arts Degree in Education and Multiple Subject Teaching Credentials in 2004. *Obtained Single Subject Math Teaching Credential in 2015.


Be INSPIRED and AIM to inspire others.

Kathy Magsino

Overview of the School Year:

This year students will strengthen critical thinking skills, they will be working in collaborative learning groups, writing, analyzing, completing projects and problem solving.  As a class, they will learn to value and respect opinions, different personalities, learning styles, and each others’ strengths to become successful.  Most importantly, they will be challenged on a daily basis.

Collaborative Work
Collaborative Work

What is Common Core Math?

  • The Common Core focuses on developing the critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills students will need to be successful.

  • It concentrates on a clear set of math skills and concepts.

  • Students will learn concepts in a more organized way both during the school year and across grades.

  • The standards encourage students to solve real-world problems.

At Home

Although learning happens in class, it also continues at home.  There are many opportunities to help your child at home.

1. Ask your child to take out their notes from class and refer to them while doing their homework.  Many students do not know how to use their notes.

2. Have your child create real world problems using the topic learned from class.   Creating real world problems helps the child understand the math concept.

3. Ask your child to explain how they solved the problems.  If they can explain why or if they can teach the math, they understood the concept. 

4. Have your child explain which SMP their homework entails and “why” they think so.

5. Have your child complete their homework the best they can.  Incorrect homework is better then no homework.

Standards for Mathematical Practices

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.

Helpful Websites

Need help? Here are some helpful websites for extra practice or some help. Find your grade and standard you need help with.