Upper Division Math

Chris Stava

About Mrs. Stava

Ms. Stava has been teaching at St. Francis since 2003.  Prior to joining the St. Francis faculty, Chris taught 8th grade math at Sonoma Charter School. From 1988 to 1997 she was the 6th grade homeroom teacher here at St. Francis. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree and her multisubject teaching credential from Cal State Fullerton, then went on to compete course work to obtain a supplementary math credential. The Justin Siena Math Contest is a yearly event in which she coaches a group of students for competition. The team took first place in the 2013 contest against 10 area schools. She loves the beauty and order of math and enjoys sharing her enthusiasm with students. Chris and her husband, Randy, raised two daughters in Sonoma, both of which are graduates of St. Francis Solano School.  Travel and cooking are two of her favorite hobbies along with running and being with her family.

A message from Mrs. Stava about teaching and learning math:

My goals in teaching, apart from giving students the opportunity to learn and understand mathematics required for their future education, are to
 awaken their sincere interest or even passion for mathematics. Aside from ‘math for maths sake’, the study of mathematics teaches problems solving, analytical thinking, perseverance, and leads to intellectual satisfaction and joy of being able to understand mathematical concepts. I strive to create a friendly, respectful and supportive atmosphere in the classroom, where we can all celebrate our achievements, learn from mistakes and share a good sense of humor.



  • Master basic arithmetic
  • Come to class prepared with all necessary tools
  • Stay on task in class
  • Ask questions when you have them
  • Show all your work in pencil
  • Be organized (very organized)
  • Work at least 20 min. on math each night
  • Utilize the time I am available to you
  • Keep a positive attitude

Important class information:

  • Grading information:  Quizzes and tests are only a part of the trimester’s grade for math. It is important to note that if a quiz or test score is below passing (70%), a student needs to give up some time to see me, discuss the  mistakes and complete a few make up problems. The grade will then be raised to passing. (Since this is a second chance, the grade will be raised to 70%). These retakes should be completed within one week of getting the original test returned. Tests are usually worth about 70 points and quizzes about 40. Notebooks are also part of the trimester grade. They will be collected weekly from 8th grade and every two weeks for 6th and 7th grades. Expectations are very clear and a sample notebook is hanging in the classroom. Labeled and dated notes, class assignments and homework are key. Each assignment and homework page should be corrected/scored by the student. Neatness and organization count. If a worksheet is assigned it should be clipped in on the appropriate day. Work must be shown for all assignments on binder paper. Only if there is room on the worksheet for work to be shown neatly will it be accepted. Notebooks will be graded out of 10 points each time they are collected.
  • Extra Credit: There are two opportunities per week for students to earn extra credit. The ECOW, which is class specific, will be a set of problems to review what we’ve done or what we are currently working on. They will be posted on this website on Monday, and if completed with 80% accuracy and turned in on Friday will earn the student extra credit points. The second way to earn points is by practicing math on khanacademy.org. The student must be signed up with me as their ‘coach’ so I can track their progress and see what they are working on. Thirty minutes of grade level practice on what we are working on or what needs to be reviewed will earn them extra points. Please note that there are 6 points per week of extra credit. If a student wants to see a difference in their grade they must do more that just one week worth of extra credit.
  • Office hours:  My 2018-19 yard duty schedule (times I am not available) is Monday thru Friday: Before school, 7:45 – 8:10. If I am not on duty I am available to students. However, as a courtesy to me and others who need to meet with me (in case there may be a scheduling conflict) please let me know when you’d like to come in.  After school most any day is also an option.

Favorite Math Websites
These websites can help you find answers to math questions, extra practice sites (interactive) and printables.

  • The Math Forum at Drexel University
  • The publisher of the textbook, McDougal-Littell, has a text-specific site at www.classzone.com
  • Ask Dr. Math is a great resource for students and parents to get answers to math related questions. You can browse the archives (a great rainy day activity!) and if you can’t find the answer to your question you can email Dr. Math and await the answer.  Visit Dr. Math at:  www.mathforum.org/dr.math/
  • Explanations and help with difficult concepts can be found at:  www.purplemath.com
  • Practice worksheets (with an answer key):  www.kutasoftware.com
  • More practice worksheets (with an answer key):  www.mathmaster.org

Video lessons:

Everything Math: